Information Technology


Your Future in Information Technology

Are you customer service oriented? Have a desire to create computer networks or games? Want to ensure a company’s information remains safe? Are you familiar with web programming languages? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Technology at the University of North Texas.

Information technology applies modern technologies to the creation, management and use of information. IT professionals perform a variety of duties ranging from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information databases. Possible career opportunities include:

  • Data and information management
  • Database systems design and applications
  • Network and systems security
  • Software design and development
  • Systems and network administration and configuration

What we offer

The IT degree program provides you with computer science skills while offering more flexibility, fewer math and science requirements and a supporting area that can be outside of computer science. The supporting area can utilize course credit earned in non-engineering classes. This is helpful to those students transferring into the program from another major. With this flexibility, you remain on track to earn your degree without having to take any extra classes.

This is an applied major focusing on topics such as database management, project management and web development. As you progress toward your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Concentrate your course work on a particular focus area such as game development, business, information security or pre-law
  • Earn certification from the Committee on National Security Systems or in game programming

Our game design program is one of the nation’s best undergraduate programs according to The Princeton Review and GamePro magazine. Engineering students work with students from the College of Visual Arts and Design to create 2-D and 3-D games, learn physics simulation and perform research.

We’re one of the few public universities in Texas that offers a bachelor’s degree in IT. Ours is the only IT program eligible for engineering accreditation from ABET (415 N. Charles St.; Baltimore, Md. 21201; telephone 410-347-7700). This accreditation recognizes the degree program for its strong technical components.

You’ll learn from faculty members who’ve been recognized by the National Science Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Their research areas include computer networks and security, computer science theory, computer systems, software engineering, user-centric design, very-large-scale integration and computer-aided design.

Research facilities and other resources

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering operates several top-ranked centers and laboratories to help you complete course work and conduct research. They include the:

  • Algorithms, Combinatorics and Graph Theory Laboratory
  • AI and Human Language Technologies Laboratory
  • Bioinformatics Laboratory
  • Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory
  • Computer Systems Research Laboratory
  • Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory
  • Dependable Computing Systems Laboratory
  • Global Software Development Laboratory
  • Information Management and Knowledge Discovery Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Recreational Computing
  • Multimedia Information Laboratory
  • NanoSystem Design Laboratory
  • Network Security Laboratory
  • Software Engineering Language Laboratory
  • Software Testing Laboratory
  • Trusted Secure Systems Laboratory
  • Wireless Sensor Laboratory

The Net-Centric Software and Systems Center was selected as the 2012 Tech Titan of the Future at the university-level by the Metroplex Technology Business Council. The award recognizes higher education institutions in the Dallas-Fort Worth region that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines as a preferred path.

A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings together engineering students who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

Located 4.5 miles north of the main campus and serviced by a free shuttle, Discovery Park houses the College of Engineering and the computer science and engineering department. This 300-acre research facility pulls together academic laboratories, offices and classrooms to maximize the potential for creativity, collaboration and technology innovation.

Our students prepare for engineering careers that solve societal problems, advance technology and improve quality of life for people everywhere.

What to expect

Your required course work is divided into university core courses (30 credit hours), College of Engineering core courses (18 credit hours), computer science and engineering required courses (42 credit hours), concentration area courses (9 credit hours) and supporting area courses (21 credit hours).

The College of Engineering’s core requirements involve two laboratory science courses, two math courses and a technical writing course. A 2.75 GPA is required for all advanced computer science and engineering courses.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you’re attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. More than 3,500 students transfer to UNT each year.