Colorado State University will launch a new information science and technology interdisciplinary studies program this spring as one of the key initiatives at the university to improve technology education. The new program has been designed for Colorado State students who are seeking a broad foundation in information technology but who are not majoring in a specific IT-related field.
The university’s Faculty Council approved the information science and technology program to meet the emerging need for technology education for students in all fields of study. The new program is expected to substantially enhance students’ knowledge of technology and their employment opportunities.
"The creation of this new program exemplifies Colorado State’s commitment to provide an all-encompassing educational experience for our students," said Al Dyer, interim provost at Colorado State. "Technology is a critical part of the learning experience whether the student is majoring in English or engineering. A decline in the need for technology workers has not led to a decline in the need for all workers to have technology-related skills."
The university’s strong existing technology education structure will allow the program to be implemented through the Information Science and Technology Center at Colorado State without adding new administrative functions.
The 22-credit program is similar to a university minor program of study in the number of courses required. Students admitted to the program will be required to have a solid background in mathematics and be familiar with basic computer applications. The program consists of five required courses and two elective courses offered by Colorado State’s four information science and technology departments: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Journalism and Technical Communication.
More information about the program is available on the Information Science and Technology Center web site at ISTeC.colostate.edu or by contacting Pete Seel, professor of journalism and technical communication, at (970) 491-2030 or Pete.Seel@colostate.edu.