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Information Technology Infrastructure Bachelor's Degree

Julia Nelson

Upgrade to a Balanced IT Degree

Position yourself for success in this industry-driven bachelor’s degree designed for working adults. Explore real-world problems and solutions through a unique combination of business and IT courses. You'll gain the in-demand technical and professional skills that can set you apart.

You can also specialize your expertise through one of six tracks (or choose a self-designed option): 

  • Data Science
  • Data Management
  • Systems
  • Security
  • Development and Operations (DevOps)
  • Networking

Requirements and Courses

You'll work with your advisor to construct a plan with 120 semester credits, including 89−98 within the major. Consult the course prerequisite guide for suggestions on the best course sequence. (See the Admission section for information about transferring credits.)



Prerequisites (20 credits)

You can apply to the ITI program if you have completed at least 30 college credits, which will count toward your 120 credit total.

Admission Prerequisites

Subject Course Number (if taken at the U of M)
Mathematics* (Mathematical Thinking LE) MATH 1042 or 1142 or 1271
Physics I and Lab* (Physical Science LE) PHYS 1101W or 1301W
Intro to Computing & Programming Concepts* CSCI 1103 or 1113 or 1133**
Intro to Algorithms and Data Structures* CSCI 1913 or 1933**
Machine Architecture and Organization* CSCI 2021


Preparatory Courses

Subject Course Number (if taken at the U of M)
English Composition WRIT 1301 or 1401
Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication COMM 1101 or 3402 or 3605W
Introduction to Statistics STAT 1001 or 3011 or SCO 2550 or EPSY 1261
Financial Accounting ACCT 2050 or APEC 1251
Technical Writing WRIT 3001 or 3152W or 3562W, or PHYS 1101W or 1301W, or WRIT 3257
Microeconomics (SOCS and GP LEs) ECON 1101 or APEC 1101
C Programming Language & Applications INET 3101
Web Infrastructure or Discrete Structures of Computer Science* INET 3102 or CSCI 2011**

* Required completion (or in progress) before official admission to the U of MN Bachelor of Applied Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI) major.

** Required to enroll in CSci courses beyond ITI major requirements.

Business and Communication Courses (15 credits)

In addition to the courses below, you will take one Business Elective (ABUS, IDSC, or MGMT 3XXX or 4XXX course, or other department-approved elective).

Focus Areas (10+ credits)

Our focus areas prepare students for employment in the most current and in-demand computer technology areas. You can also design your own course of study. Your IT infrastructure advisor will help you determine the option that best fits your career goals.

Data Management

This track features hands-on experience with data, starting in relational databases, migrating to NoSQL (big data) concepts, and culminating with building infrastructure to support data management.

Data Science

Learn to use massive amounts of data to ask questions, find patterns and anomalies, and further the research and development of industries outside of IT, such as health care and biological sciences.


This track covers the development of applications, as well as the role of code in the building, managing, and monitoring of infrastructure and operating systems and the packages required to run those applications.


The Networking track develops foundational knowledge of how networks work—everything from theory to physical devices.


The Security track provides foundational knowledge in not just "keeping people out," but also the how and why of security breaches. This specialty examines the tools and mechanisms to track who did what, and covers the exponentially growing challenges of cloud security.


Stepping from the fundamentals of bare metal computing to cloud, virtualization, and software-defined networking requires a unique focus.

General Education Courses (50 credits)

Your plan will also include courses that fulfill University of Minnesota Liberal Education requirements (unless you've completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum at a MNSCU institution) and Writing Intensive requirements. 

While you can transfer credits from other institutions, 30+ of your 120 credits (at a GPA of 2.0+) must be at the U of M, including 24 after admission.

For more information about these requirements, visit One Stop.


These courses can be used in a track or to round out your 120 credits.

INET 3350 Special Topics in IT Infrastructure (1-3 credits)
A deep dive into a different IT topic. Offered as needed.

INet 4596 Internship (1 credit)
An internship provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. If you are already employed, you may be able to create a new project within your current role. Offered every semester.

INet 4193 Directed Study (1-4 credits)
If you have a project in mind that does not involve an employer, you may choose the Directed Study option. A Directed Study is a self-designed research project that will include completion of a paper and a presentation. Offered every semester.


The IT infrastructure degree accepts applications from students with some college credits. You may apply at either Premajor (30+ transferable credits amassed) or Major (45+ transferable credits amassed) status.

Current U of M Students: You can run a "what if" APAS report to see how your coursework meets the manufacturing program requirements.

Transfer Students: Sometimes foundation courses can be taken at another school, including community colleges. Consult Transferology to see how credits might transfer to the University of Minnesota. To learn more about the ITI major and transfer coursework, contact an advisor.

Fall Semester Application Deadline | August 1
Spring Semester Application Deadline | December 1

Premajor Admission Criteria

  • 30+ transferable premajor credits
  • +2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrated interest in IT field

Major Admission Criteria

  • 45+ transferable premajor credits
  • 2.5+ GPA
  • Completion of (or in progress) the following five courses: Short Calculus or Calculus I; Physics I and lab; Introduction to Programming; Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures; Machine Architecture and Organization (CSCI 2021)

Secondary Review Factors

  • A pattern of steady improvement in academic performance
  • Nonacademic experience in a related field
  • Work experience, paid or unpaid
  • Extenuating circumstances

In addition to meeting specific college admission requirements, transfer students must be eligible to return to their previous colleges or universities. The University also reserves the right to deny admission to an otherwise admissible applicant if the University determines that the applicant's enrollment would not be in the applicant's and/or the University's best interest.

Transcript Review

If you have a PDF of your transcript available, an advisor would be happy to review your transcript and send you a report of what transfers.

Connect with Us

You can learn more about the IT Infrastructure program in a way that works for you.

1) Schedule an online appointment with Enrollment Advisor, Willie Wong; or

Willie Wong


2) Complete the form below to receive program news.

Contact Information

612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 | ccapsinfo@umn.edu

20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 

In-Person Hours: Monday−Friday, 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.

Phone Hours: Monday−Friday, 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.