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Information Technology Degree

Become prepared to select, manage and maintain the technology of any organization.

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Information Technology majors study the practical applications of computing and communications technology. Most organizations have become dependent on networked computing infrastructure to the degree that they could not function without the infrastructure. Information Technology majors are prepared to select, manage and maintain the technology of an organization. Students with a major in Information Technology obtain positions in organizations planning and managing the organization's technology.




Why a B.S. Degree in Information Technology?

In today’s increasingly technical world, nearly all companies, schools, and healthcare facilities depend on a networked computer system to function. The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is one of the most in-demand degree programs, preparing graduates for careers planning and managing the technology used in organizations. With dependable job security and above average salaries, this exciting field is perfect for students with a passion for technology and helping organizations succeed.




Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Information Technology Major


Housed under the Division of Computing, the B.S. in Information Technology focuses on the practical applications of computing and communications technology. You’ll gain hands-on experience working with technical infrastructures and learn what it takes to select, manage, and maintain a computer network for an entire organization.

Information Technology majors take learning beyond the classroom through a host of outside internship opportunities. Student worker positions in the McKendree Computing Department lab give you even more experience overseeing a network and configuring machines in the real world.

2017-2018 Program Catalog

2017-2018 4-Year Plan

Minors in Computer Information Systems and Computer Science are also available.




Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?

McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights


  • Learn from dedicated faculty with years of experience in both the corporate world and the classroom.

  • A wide variety of exciting internships gives Information Technology majors important resume-building opportunities before graduation.

  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon and Sigma Zeta Honor Societies give you the chance to present your own research findings at national conferences.

  • Compete in regional programming competitions, network with computing alums, and have fun when you join the McKendree Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.

  • Gain hands-on network administration experience as a student worker in the Department of Computing’s student lab.




Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerInternship Opportunities

Our students have interned with a number of major corporations and agencies, including:


  • Anheuser-Busch

  • AT&T

  • Centene Corporation

  • Monsanto

  • National Security Agency (NSA)

  • Ameren




Employment Opportunities

Information Technology graduates find employment as directors and managers within the technology department of corporations, universities, hospitals, government agencies, and many others. They’re also frequently hired as software engineers, web developers, computer programmers, database administrators, and network architects.

Some of the companies our recent graduates are working for include:

  • TekSystems

  • Boeing

  • Lockheed Martin

  • The Defense Information Systems Agency (U.S. Air Force)

  • NCI Information Systems

  • A.G. Edwards

  • Anheuser-Busch

  • AT&T

  • Centene Corporation

  • DuPont Pioneer

  • Intel

  • Scottrade

  • World Wide Technology

  • Unisys

  • Ameren

Our Information Technology students have also attended graduate school at:

  • Southern Illinois University

  • Washington University

  • Iowa State University

  • Purdue University

  • Western Illinois University




Interesting Courses


  • Database Management Systems

  • Computer Networking and Communications

  • Event-Driven Programming

  • Web Programming




Club Information / Honor Societies


  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon (National Computing and Information Disciplines Honor Society)

  • Sigma Zeta (National Science and Mathematics Honor Society) – The McKendree Beta Chapter is the oldest active chapter in Sigma Zeta and has been awarded the Founder’s Cup five times for its activity at the national and local level. Each year, students and faculty attend the National Conference, where they present their independent research and network with peers and professors from universities across the nation.

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) – This international organization of computing students, educators, and professionals gives you countless opportunities to develop your leadership skills, engage in fun activities, and grow your experience in the field of Computer Information Systems.

  • McKendree MathCats – Have fun and meet other students in the campus mathematics club.




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Meet the Faculty

Christopher Dulaney, D.B.A.Christopher Dulaney, D.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Computing
Clark Hall 207
(618) 537-6956



Photo of Sameer Dutta, Ph.D.Sameer Dutta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computing
Clark Hall 202A
(618) 537-6924



Photo of Theodore Massey, MEd, MSTheodore Massey, M.Ed., M.S.

Instructor of Computing
(618) 537-6588



Photo of Mostafa Mostafa, Ph.DMostafa Mostafa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computing
Clark Hall 300
(618) 537-6875



Kian PokornyKian Pokorny, Ph.D.

Professor of Computing
Chair, Division of Computing
Clark Hall 200
(618) 537-6440



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