Revolutionary Degree Program
IT at Rensselaer presents a unique opportunity for you to combine a mastery of Information Age technologies with an academic concentration of your choice. The result is a revolutionary and interdisciplinary degree program that prepares you well for the exciting careers of the future. Whether your interests are in engineering, science, management, the arts, or something else, information technology is an essential tool. Engineers use information technology to design better products and operate more efficient factories, scientists use information technology to help discover new cures for diseases and discover new solar systems, managers use information technology to make companies run more smoothly with higher profits, and artists use information technology to enhance existing art forms and create new ones. The education that you receive at Rensselaer, prepares you to be a leader in the high-tech world of the future.
Multi-Dimensional, Problem Solving
The IT degree at Rensselaer is the integration of a traditional education with an innovative focus on information technology and its impact on the world. More specifically, IT at Rensselaer looks at technologies such as computing, telecommunication, and on-line information resources like the web, and it focuses on their application to solving problems. But it is much more than the study of the technology itself. It also explores the social, legal, and ethical issues in employing technology around the world, management concerns for the effective use of technology, human-computer interaction to make technology more usable, creativity and the development of problem solving skills, and communications and leadership skills to improve your ability to function within a technologically-oriented world.
Designed for Technically Focused Students
The IT program is designed for technically focused students with substantial technical aptitude, but whose interests go beyond the computing. Its objective is to prepare you not only to enter a rewarding career in information technology but also to pursue advanced education in a disciplinary field. This is accomplished through a combination of IT core courses and a concentration of your choice that serves as an application area for the information technology. The IT core courses provide a solid foundation for the application of information technology to any discipline. The concentration courses prepare you both for a career in that discipline and as an information technology specialist who knows how to exploit technology in innovative ways within that discipline. Concentrations can be chosen in engineering, science, management, humanities, social science, and architecture.
IT Degree Programs
“Through our close ties with leading global companies, we understand the IT needs of industry—and we have crafted a revolutionary program to answer those needs.”
It’s an IT world. Information Technology (IT) is, and will continue to be, the driving force of every industry on the planet. IT is computers and communication. IT forms the infrastructure of business. IT is the enabler of the information age. IT permeates your everyday life. IT brings it all together.
It has been called “the largest human resource challenge in the nation.” The May 2002 survey of employers conducted by the Information Technology Association of America documents a predicted shortfall of more than 500,000 IT workers next year. Demand continues to outpace the ability of colleges and universities to produce qualified IT graduates. This tremendous demand has no end in sight.
Facts & Figures
Rensselaer currently has two degree programs in Information Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BS in IT) and a Master of Science in Information Technology (MS in IT). Both are highly interdisciplinary, drawing courses from four of the five academic schools at Rensselaer. In addition, all of Rensselaer’s schools offer PhD programs that can be focused in IT-related areas.
The BS in IT was created in 1998 and graduated its first full class of students in May 2002. Currently, there are more than 375 students enrolled. In May 2002, the average starting salary for graduates was $54,000. Nearly all graduates found rewarding job opportunities or continued on to graduate school. A minor in Information Technology is also available.
The MS in IT was created in 2000 and graduated its first students a year later. The program is available on the Troy campus, the Hartford campus, and through Distance Education. More than 140 students are enrolled. Starting salaries have ranged from $55,000 to over $70,000 and included positions at major IT corporations like Oracle and non-IT firms such as UBS Warburg.
PhD opportunities in IT exist across the Rensselaer campus. From engineering and science to management, the humanities and social sciences, and architecture, IT is playing an increasing important role.
The IT degree programs are the responsibility of the Faculty of Information Technology. The 133 members of this faculty come from the five academic schools at Rensselaer and have secondary appointments in the Faculty of IT.
The Bigger Picture
In the broadest sense, much of what Rensselaer does in education and research falls under the umbrella of Information Technology. IT is one of Rensselaer’s top two priorities, along with Biotechnology.
In addition to the BS and MS in IT, other educational programs closely related to information technology include:
- BS, MS, and PhD in Computer Science
- BS, MS, and PhD in Computer and Systems Engineering
- BS in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communications
- MS in Technical Communication with a Human Computer Interaction focus
- BS in Bioinformatics
- BS in Minds and Machines
- MBA in entrepreneurship and technology
- BS, MS, PhD in Science and Technology Studies
Faculty in all five academic schools at Rensselaer are actively involved in research focused on development of new information technologies or applying information technology to solve problems. Several interdisciplinary research centers are related to information technology, including The Academy of Electronic Media, the Center for Integrated Electronics (CIE), and the Scientific Computation Research Center (SCOREC).
Information technology research constellations are under development in three focal areas: