UNCP adds an information technology major


A new major in information technology (IT) will be launched this fall at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

steven_bourquin.jpgUNCP’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will also offer a minor in information technology. The program is designed to give students practical, hands-on training, said Dr. Steven Bourquin, department chair.

“The goal of the program is to prepare our graduates with the necessary skills to enter the job market in the field of information technology or to successfully pursue graduate studies,” Dr. Bourquin said. “As the Internet has grown and Web sites become more interactive, the demand for application and database developers has expanded.

“We expect significant interest in this program because it will prepare students for good jobs in the knowledge economy,” he said. “As the program rolls out over the next 5-8 years, we expect an estimated 40 majors.”

Dr. Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, said the information technology program will be an outstanding addition for the University.

“In an increasingly technological and global society, information technology permeates every sector of business, industry, health care, social sciences and education,” Dr. Harrington said. “New communication and information challenges, matched with the demand for technology-based applications, make this degree program a necessity. Our faculty worked extremely hard to make certain that this new degree program will fully prepare graduates to be productive and successful in IT firms.”

Information technology encompasses all aspects of computing technology. The major will require 54 hours of training in computer science as well as mathematics and statistics.

Twelve new courses will be added, including network and data communication, Web site development, system administration, Web database development and Windows and game programming. An internship and an independent study are also important pieces of the new major.

Dr. Bourquin said computer science faculty in the department worked on the proposal.

“The entire department was involved in building this program,” he said. “This is a talented and dedicated faculty, and without their good work, this would not have happened.”

Contributing to the proposal for information technology program were Drs. William Campbell, Deok-Hyun Hwang, Charles Lillie, Leszek Piatkiewicz and Joe Goldston. An additional tenure-track faculty member will be added for 2008-09.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Studies has 17 faculty members. The department offers majors in mathematics, mathematics education and computer science.

For more information about information technology at UNCP or other mathematics and computer science programs, please contact the department at 910.521.6244 or email mathcs@uncp.edu.