Information Technology Major

Approved StemJobs College 2015Why study Information Technology?

Information technology refers to the preparation of students to meet the computer technology needs of business, government, health care, schools, and other kinds of organizations.

IT professionals select and integrate hardware and software products with organizational needs and infrastructure. They install, customize and maintain those applications, thereby providing a secure and effective environment that supports the activities of the organization’s computer users.

There are important hardware and software systems concerns such as reliability, security, usability, and effectiveness and efficiency for their intended purpose; all of these concerns are vital. These topics are difficult and intellectually demanding


  • IT Infrastructure
  • Foundations of Information Systems
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Architecture
  • Operating Systems
  • Networking
  • Web Systems
  • Database and Information Management
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Project Management and Integration
  • Information and System Security
  • Pre-calculus
  • Rational Problem Solving
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Advanced Computer Networks
  • Network Management
  • Computer Forensics
  • Security Cyber Systems

Career opportunities

Our innovative Organizational Information Systems and Technology Program (OISTP) includes majors in information technology (IT), information systems (IS) and software engineering (SE). Upper Iowa graduates can become software and web developers, database and security analysts, network administrators. Those skills are in high demand and frequently rated as top jobs by Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.

Our major programs adhere to discipline-specific standards to provide you with the necessary rigor and relevance for success in your future career. Eight-week terms allow you the ability to focus on a few courses at a time and get the most out of each learning experience while at UIU. Our small class sizes allow you to directly interact with the professors both inside and outside the classroom. These small classes allow you to know your fellow students and form student working groups so you never feel isolated.

Take it from our student

“The IT Department at Upper Iowa University is incredible. We have two of the best IT professors and the classes are great. Studying IT is fun and I recommend anyone who is interested in IT should join the Upper Iowa University IT program.” ~ Nathan Deeney

Job outlook (2012-22)

  • Web Developers*
    • Job outlook: 20% increase
    • Wages: The median annual salary for web developers was $62,500 in 2012, or $30.05 per hour.
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  • Software Developers*
    • Job outlook: 22% increase 
    • Wages: The median annual salary for software developers was $93,350 in 2012, or $44.88 per hour.
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  • Information Systems Analysts*
    • Job outlook: 37% increase
    • Wages: The median annual salary for information systems analysts was $86,170 in 2012, or $41.43 per hour.
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  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators *
    • Job outlook: 12% increase
    • Wages: The median annual salary for network and computer systems administrators was $72,560 in 2012, or $34.88 per hour.
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*Taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Department website

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Information Technology is offered at the following Upper Iowa University locations:

  • Residential Fayette campus
  • Online Program
  • Select international locations