Business Intelligence Track
The Information Technology (IT) major is a jointly offered program between the College of Management (CM) and the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The IT major consists of a common core of ten courses, a track of four to six courses in a particular area of specialization (the business intelligence track requires five courses), a common capstone course, and three professional electives.
The IT major is designed to offer a top notch program that addresses the Commonwealth’s IT workforce needs through collaboration between CM and CSM. This degree provides a pathway from the bachelor’s degree to IT position in the public and private sectors, profit, and nonprofit. Exercises assigned throughout the BSIT are designed to be the kind that a student might encounter in his or her work: collaboration, competence, and outcomes assessment are the hallmark characteristics of the program.
Business Intelligence (BI) is the technology that companies such as Amazon.com and Google use to take advantage of the enormous amount of data they collect and analyze. It is the technology with which Amazon.com knows what book to recommend you every time you login, Google knows how to rank the pages you are searching for, and banks decide whether to approve loan applications almost instantly. As organizations increasingly have to deal with “big data," the number of job openings and the need for skilled professionals in this field will continue to increase.
- College of Management students should see general advising from the University Advising Center until they have earned 60 credits and selected a track. Students seeking advising regarding track courses should see a faculty mentor for their chosen track (names available in the college advising offices respectively). Advising for degree exceptions and policy overrides should go through the advising office for the college in which the student is enrolled (CM students should go to M-5-610), as appropriate.
- Students should plan to take the track courses over the course of two years (four semesters) to ensure a wide selection of required and elective courses in the concentration. Some track courses may be offered once a year and are subject to sequencing due to prerequisites, making this time allowance necessary.
- The prerequisites for these courses are strictly enforced; students should plan their schedule early and carefully.
Take Three Required Courses
IT 370 Business Intelligence
IT 471 Data Warehousing
IT 472 Data Mining
Take Two of the Following Elective Courses
IT 360 Enterprise Software
IT 428L Information System Security
IT 456 Storage Management
IT 460 Integration Methodologies and Tools
IT 461L Systems Analysis and Design
MSIS 422 Decision Support Systems
MSIS 426 E-Business and E-Commerce
MSIS 427 Knowledge Management