The IT Infrastructure minor will provide an industry-identified set of competencies and business skills essential for a career in information technology infrastructure.

Students can select from six different track options (sub-plans) or design their own curriculum with program assistance.


The ITI minor is available to any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the University of Minnesota.

Admission Criteria

To apply for the ITI minor, you need to have:

  • earned 45 credits
  • 2.5+ GPA
  • completed CSci 2011 Discrete Structure of Computer Science (4 cr)


    Courses and Tracks

    The courses you'll take in the IT Infrastructure minor are organized by tracks consisting of 18-19 credits. Each track includes the same two required courses, plus three specialized courses. A self-designed minor is also offered, consisting of the two required courses plus three INet electives. Your advisor can help you determine the option that best fits your career goals.

    Required Courses (for all tracks)

    • INET 4001 Intro to Operating Systems (4 cr)
    • INET 4002 Foundations of Networking (3 cr)

    Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
    Class Schedule | Courses details by semester

    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.

    • INET 4707 Intro to Databases (4 cr)
    • INET 4709 Data Management I: Fundamentals (3 cr)
    • INET 4711 Data Management II: Distributed Systems (4 cr)

    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. 

    • INET 4707 Intro to Databases (4 cr)
    • INET 4061 Data Science I: Fundamentals (3 cr)
    • INET 4710 Data Science II: Big Data Analytics (4 cr)


      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.

      • INET 3101 C Programming: Language and Applications (2 cr)
      • INET 3102 Web Infrastructure (2 cr)
      • INET 4021 DevOps I: Network Programming (4 cr)
      • INET 4121 DevOps II: Development Strategies (4 cr)


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

      • INET 3101 C Programming: Language and Applications (2 cr)
      • INET 3102 Web Infrastructure (2 cr)
      • INET 4011 Networking I: Network Administration (4 cr)
      • INET 4041 Networking II: Emerging Technologies (4 cr)


      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. 

      • INET 4153 Intro to Security: Policy and Regulation (4 cr)
      • INET 4165 Security I: Principles (3 cr)
      • INET 4007 Security II: Cyber Security (4 cr)


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

      • INET 4031 Intro to Systems (4 cr)
      • INET 4032 Systems I: Storage (4 cr)
      • INET 4083 Systems II: Analysis and Design (3 cr)

      Contact Information

      612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 |

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

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

      Admissions Advising

      Willie Wong

      Willie Wong

      I'm here to answer your questions about admission requirements and the application process, and to help you choose the right courses. Let's talk!

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