Information Technology


Fairleigh Dickinson University's new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Information Technology (IT) provides students with the comprehensive knowledge, skills and training needed to pursue careers as IT professionals in one of the most dynamic areas of modern technology.

It is the only program of its kind in northern New Jersey's Bergen County, where there are ample co-op, internship and career opportunities with major corporations, health care facilities, government agencies and high-tech firms in the dynamic metropolitan New York/New Jersey corridor.

In this exciting and challenging field, information technologists help the general user community solve their IT problems, determine which technologies are most appropriate for their needs and show them how to employ these technologies effectively. Students learn how to evaluate current and emerging technologies; Identify user needs; design user-friendly interfaces; apply, configure and manage these technologies; and assess their impacts on individual users, organization and the environment.

The program emphasizes the practical applications of information technology. It provides students with both the breadth and depth of knowledge in information technology needed for professional success in this field.

The IT core courses provide students with the integrated, technical knowledge and training in various areas of information technology. Students learn about multimedia technology, the Internet, Web-site design, computer-based systems, computer networks, data communications, network security, disaster recovery, databases, application development, programming, management and economics. They also study the influence of information technology on the economy, politics, culture and the global society. Students can avail themselves of the opportunity for a cooperative education experience that provides a paid professional salary, invaluable on-the-job work experience and a maximum of 6 credits earned toward the degree.

The mathematics, science and programming courses provide students with a strong analytical and scientific foundation. The students receive a well-rounded education and a strong foundation for thoughtful global citizenship from the liberal arts courses. The development of strong oral and written communication skills is emphasized throughout the curriculum. The program also allows students sufficient flexibility to concentrate in Web Development Technology and/or Network and System Administration and to undertake another concentration or  a second discipline of interest (a minor). An adviser is assigned to each student in the first year and guides him or her throughout the program. Any concentration areas or second disciplines undertaken by the students must be approved first by the adviser.

The program is part of University College: Arts · Science · Professional Studies on Fairleigh Dickinson's Metropolitan Campus.

Career Opportunities:

Information technology is credited with being a major factor in increased productivity and the driving force behind the new global economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that computer support specialists held 565,700 jobs in 2008; computer network, systems and database administrators, 961,200 jobs. BLS also projects an employment growth of 14 percent for the former job category and 30 percent for the latter one from 2008 to 2018. The two growth rates are higher than the average rate for all occupations. Other IT and computer-related jobs are expected to grow at a faster rate as well. The great demand for IT professionals, not only in the New York and New Jersey areas but throughout the country and the world, ensures graduates of strong employment opportunities following completion of the program.

Industry-Wide Recognition and Support:

The programs of the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering (GHSCSE) at Fairleigh Dickinson University have received wide recognition and support from both private and public sectors. The Jos. L. Muscarelle Co., one of the biggest and most successful construction firms in New Jersey, donated funds and built the Muscarelle Center for Construction Studies - home of GHSCSE. AlliedSignal (now merged with Honeywell), a conglomerate of high-tech companies in New Jersey and one of 30 Dow Jones companies, donated $1 million to support engineering and engineering technology programs. GHSCSE has also received various grants, totaling more than $1 million, from the National Science Foundation, the State of New Jersey, the Paterson School District, the Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey, Motorola, IBM, GE, PSE&G, John VictorMachuga Foundation, Exxon Mobil, BAE Systems, Verizon and Toyota USA Foundation. More recently, a $5 million gift was donated by Dr. Gregory Olsen, an FDU alumnus and board trustee, in naming GHSCSE in honor of his two former FDU professors, Drs. Lee Gildart and Oswald Haase.

Laboratories:

The Metropolitan Campus has six general purpose computer labs with a total of nearly 150 Intel Core 2 Duo computers available for student use. Also available is a multimedia lab running Windows XP and equipped with high-resolution color printers and scanners for the production of animation, multimedia presentations and high-quality graphics. Moreover, four more computer labs with a total of 111 computers are dedicated for exclusive use by students in the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering. All the PCs are connected to the University network and to the Internet. All the buildings, including residence halls and library, are connected with either fiber or high-speed Ethernet. Wireless access is available campus-wide.

Multimedia software packages include Adobe Creative Suite CS3, 3D Studio Max, Corel Photo Paint, Corel Draw, Director, GoLive, Pagemaker, HyperStudio, QuarkXPress Passport and Sound Forge 4.5. Programming tools and environments are available for several languages including Ada, Visual BASIC, C, C++, Assembly and Java. Other software packages available to students include WinBreadboard,  PSPICE, Electronic Workbench, AutoCAD, Mathcad, Oracle, Primavera, Microsoft Office Suite, System View, Modelsim, Xilinx, RISA, Texas Instruments and Motorola Digital Signal Processing Development Software, Simulink and MATLAB, with various toolboxes such as Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Communications, Signal Processing, Image Processing, Control and Symbolic Math. FDU also participates in the MSDN Academic Alliance program whereby students get access to Microsoft software at no cost for use in their classes, projects and labs.

The laboratories in the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering include the Computer and Graphics Lab, Electronics Lab, Computer Applications and Interfacing Lab, Systems Security Lab, Networking Lab and Digital Signal processing Lab. In addition, theUniversity has a state-of-the-art Photonics Lab, funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of New Jersey for students to conduct experiment and research on optics, lasers and optical communications. A VLSI Design laboratory features integrated circuit design and verification tools for both schematic based layout and VHDL synthesis based designs.  The tools include Mentor Graphics Design Architect, Eldo, IC Station, Calibre, LeonardoSpectrum and Modelsim.

Students have access to a Networking Lab with rack mounted state-of-the-art hardware units to configure and study most common network topologies and protocols. The key pieces of equipment in this lab include Cisco routers, switches, firewalls, VoIP phones, HP servers, and wireless access points.  Many networking and network security laboratory projects are undertaken using PCs running isolated VMWare virtual machine instances.

A Global Approach:

Multinational companies operate in many countries around the world and expect their employees not only to work in different regions of the US but also in foreign countries. Students in Fairleigh Dickinson's programs are made aware of the challenges facing them when working in foreign countries with regard to local business practices, codes, standards and regulations, professional ethics, native cultures and languages. The curricula are designed to help students develop professional and moral ethical values, a concern for societal needs, an awareness of local and global problems and the skills needed to solve the societal and global issues.

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

The official fall term enrollment figures (head count) of the B.S. in Information Technology program for the last six academic years and the number of degrees conferred during each of those years is shown in the following table:

 


Academic Year

Enrollment Year


Total


Degrees Awarded

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th


Current Year


2015 -2016

FT

9

8

12

5

 

34


Information not yet available

PT

0

1

1

2

 

4


1


2014 -2015

FT

11

3

9

6

 

29


8

PT

0

1

0

1

 

2


2


2013 -2014

FT

12

8

5

5

 

30


3

PT

0

0

1

0

 

1


3


2012 -2013

FT

7

5

7

1

 

20


2

PT

1

0

0

0

 

1


4


2011 -2012

FT

8

2

3

4

 

17


3

PT

0

0

0

0

 

0


5


2010-2011

FT

6

3

2

4

 

15


3

PT

0

0

0

0

 

0