Students at UMass can pursue a major discipline of their choice and complement that study with the IT Minor. The curriculum includes courses on technologies and technical capabilities along with courses that focus on the application of IT in particular disciplines.


Visit the IT Minor Page to view details about course requirements, enrollment, & more. 



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Course Nbr Course Name Notes Requirement(s)
CMPSCI 121 Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers --- Technical
CMPSCI 187 Programming with Data Structures --- Technical
CMPSCI 305 Social Issues in Computing CMPSCI majors only Broadened Inquiry
OIM 210 Introduction to Business Information Systems --- Foundation
OIM 451 Information & Project Management --- Elective

NOTICE: Courses available for Fall 2014 can be seen in the Course Catalog below (set "View Offered Courses" to "Yes" to list only these courses). The most accurate information is available on SPIRE; please report any errors or omissions to


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*NOTE: Students may not be able to register for courses via SPIRE due to prerequisite requirements or other restrictions. Unless otherwise stated below, students should contact the course faculty, inform them that you are an IT Minor and request enrollment into the course.

**Please check SPIRE for up-to-date availability as course availability may change.

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Course Nbr Course Name Description Notessort descending Requirement(s) Offered Status
ART 397CC Information Design I --- Elective Offered Fall 2014
ACCOUNTG 311 Business Applications of Computers

Examines information systems from the perspective of the documents, processes, and controls that are needed to satisfy information requirements for financial statements, as well as the needs of decision makers within the firm. 

--- Elective Offered Fall 2014
ACCOUNTG 312 Systems Analysis and Design

The systems analyst function: that interface between the users of the information system and the computer personnel. Systems theory and data base concepts; emphasis on the systems design, systems evaluation, anti-justification.

--- Technical B, or Elective Offered Fall 2014
ART 271 Introduction to Computing in Fine Arts

Historical overview of the development of computer art and the significant events leading to the development of the field. Projects include hands-on experience with computer imaging for use in the creation of fine art. Prerequisite: completion of foundation courses or consent of instructor. *IT Minors may request a course override from the IT Program Office, 413-545-6242 or via our Contact Form.

--- Elective Offered Fall 2014
ART 275 Digital Media: Still Image

This course explores the creative possibilities of digital image creation and manipulation.  Through demonstrations, creative technical assignments, students explore the digital workflow in independent projects involving sustained inquiry into self selected theme.

--- Elective Offered Fall 2014
ART 345 Digital Media: Still Image

This course explores, through demonstrations and technical assignments, the creative possiblities of digital image creation and manipulation using primarily Photoshop, and the printmaking technique of Photopolymer Gravure processes.

--- Elective Offered Fall 2014
ART 374 Computer Animation I

Principles and applications of computer animation using Autodesk Maya software in film, video, music, and technology. Introduction to 2D and 3D animation programs. Skills acquired in preparation for production in second semester.  Prerequisites: ART 271 and 297Q. Should be followed by Art 384 Computer Animation II 

--- Elective Offered Fall 2014
BIOLOGY 572 Neurobiology

Lectures integrate structural, functional, molecular, and developmental approaches. Topics include neuronal anatomy and physiology, neural induction and pattern formation, development of neuronal connections, membrane potentials and neuronal signals, synapses, sensory systems, control of movement, systems neuroscience and neural plasticity. Prerequisites: Biology/Biochemistry 285 or both Psychology 330 and Intro biology.

--- Elective Offered Fall 2014
CMPSCI 120 Problem Solving with the Internet

Basic skills needed to use the Internet.  Web browsers, search strategies, basic Web page design, client-side and server-side programming, and cryptography.  Malware and viruses, e-mail management and etiquette.  Web-site management through UNIX commands, ftp file transfers, telnet sessions. Relevant and timely social, technical, and political topics.  Not intended for Computer Science majors. Programming experience not required. Prerequisites: some hands-on experience with PCs or MACs or UNIX.

--- Technical C Offered Fall 2014
CMPSCI 121 Introduction to Problem Solving w/ Computers (Java)

An introductory course in problem solving in computing, using the programming language Java. Focuses on the fundamental concepts of problem solving and on computer imple-mentation. Satisfactory completion is a prerequisite for all higher-level computer science courses. Use of computer required. Prerequisite: high school algebra and basic math skills.

--- Technical A Offered Fall 2014
CMPSCI 187 Prog W/Data Structrs

Advanced programming techniques in the Java language and elementary techniques of software engineering: documentation, coding style, basic testing principles, and informal reasoning about correctness. The notion of an abstract data structure and various important data structures: stacks, queues, linked lists, tree-based structures, and hash tables. Use of object-oriented language constructs for encapsulation of data objects.

--- Technical B, or Elective Offered Fall 2014
E&C-Eng 242 Data Structures and Algorithms

A data structures course using the Java programming language. Basic mathematical, logical, and programming concepts relevant to description and manipulation of information structures such as arrays, lists, trees, graphs, and files; the underlying principles of algorithm design and analysis applied to sorting and searching problems. Prerequisite: grade of C or better in E&C-ENG 122, 201 or equivalent.

--- Technical A, or Technical B Offered Fall 2014
EDUC 593A Integrating Technology in Curriculum

Course examines the potential that computer-based technologies have for making instruction more efficient, effective, and engaging in classrooms at all education levels.  Students learn to apply basic instructional design principles to create lesson plans and other instructional materials.

--- Elective Offered Fall 2014
ENGLISH 391D Writing and Emerging Technologies --- Broadened Inquiry, or Elective Offered Fall 2014
LING 409 Formal Methods in Linguistics

Introduction to some basic mathematical concepts and techniques central to linguistic theory. Set theory, logic and formal systems, modern algebra, automata theory, and model theory. Applications to syntax, phonology, semantics. No prior mathematics assumed. Not open to math majors.  Prerequisite: LINGUIST 201 or 401.

--- Technical A, or Elective Offered Fall 2014
MARKETING 450 Direct Marketing

Introduces principles and strategies for direct marketing and database marketing; direct marketing through the use of lists, catalogs, direct mail, print and broadcast media, telemarketing, and the Internet.  Prerequisites: MARKETNG 300 or 301

--- Elective Offered Fall 2014
MARKETING 455 Internet Marketing

Explores the internet's impact on the marketing discipline and the effective use of this technology; the internet's effect on marketing strategy, consumer behavior, advertising, retailing, and distribution. Prerequisite: MARKETNG 300 or 301

--- Elective Offered Fall 2014
RES-ECON 112 Computing: Foundations to Frontiers

Provides introductory training and a fluency in the discipline, to help the student to apply IT to her or his own major or career.  Course develops understanding of contemporary computing tools, IT concepts, and higher-order skills like those needed to perform needs assessment and systems analysis and troubleshooting.  

--- Foundation Offered Fall 2014
SCH-MGMT 597G ST-Internet Business --- Elective Offered Fall 2014
GEO-SCI 352 Computer Mapping --- Elective Offered Fall 2014
COMM 334 Media History and Communication Policy

Focus on technological developments that have influenced the growth and development of our electronic modes of communication such as radio, television, telephones, videocassette recorders, satellites, cable TV, electronic mail, robotics, and computers. 

Contact Prof. Emily West ( Limited openings for IT Minors in Fall semester, should be more in spring. Waiting list will be processed once junior and senior majors are admitted, priority to seniors, then first come first served. Broadened Inquiry, or Elective Offered Fall 2014
OIM 452 Business Processes and Enterprise Systems

This course exposes undergraduate students to core business processes and how these processes are implemented with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in organizational settings. The key business processes covered include procurement (materials management), fulfillment (sales), and production (manufacturing). (Was SCH-MGMT 552, Was FINOPMGT 397E)

Contact Prof. Traci Hess ( Elective Offered Fall 2014
OIM 453 Business Intelligence and Analytics

This course provides an introduction to Business Intelligence, including the processes, methodologies, infrastructure, and current practices used to transform business data into useful information and support business decision-making. Business Intelligence requires foundation knowledge in data storage and retrieval, thus this course will review logical data models for both database management systems and data warehouses. Was SCH-MGMT 553 and SCH-MGMT 597BI

Contact Prof. Traci Hess ( Technical B Offered Fall 2014
OIM 451 Information & Project Management

Provides an introduction to project management, focusing on the integration of business operations and information management, and techniques to effectively manage the implementation of such projects.

Contact Prof. Traci Hess ( Elective Offered Fall 2014
JOURNAL 393N Reporting for Podcasting and Radio

Course introduces students to writing and reporting for radio or podcasting. Students will practice pitching stories, arranging and conducting interviews, as well as writing and mixing radio scripts.  

Journalism Majors Only Elective Offered Fall 2014
JOURNAL 435 Web Design for Journalists

Students will learn basic web design, HTML and CSS skills, and by the end of the semester they will be able to build a basic website, including how to incorporate JavaScript plugins. The course will also cover online ethics, mobile strategy, search engine optimization, and the role of social media in successfully publishing journalism work online.

Journalism Majors Only, was Journal 394W Elective Offered Fall 2014
CMPSCI 119 Intro to PGMG (Python)

This introduction to computer programming with Python emphasizes multimedia (graphics and sound) applications that are relevant for Web designers, graphic artists, and more. Students will explore basic concepts in computer science and computer programming by manipulating digital images and sound files. No prior programming experience is needed. Not for CMPSCI majors.

Non CMPSCI Majors ONLY. Was CMPSCI 191P Technical A, or Elective Offered Fall 2014
CMPSCI 290NW A Networked World

The course will cover technical, social, policy, economic and legal foundations for today's networks, including the Internet.  We'll dive into how the Internet - arguably the largest and most complex human-engineered system ever – works.  

This course has been approved for Fall, 2014, as a Technical C or a Broadened Inquiry. Broadened Inquiry, or Technical C Offered Fall 2014
CMPSCI 105 Computer Literacy

Broad introduction to hardware and software aspects of microcomputers. Four application areas: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and telecommunications (access to the Internet). Prerequisites: reasonable high school math skills. Typing ability an important asset. Not for Computer Science Majors.  *CMPSCI majors see IT Advisor about waiver

Waived for CMPSCI Majors Foundation Offered Fall 2014
BCT 320 Intro to CAD in construction/Archit

This course provides an introduction into construction-related Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) tools.  By using industry-standard software in exercises and projects, students gain the capability to model construction projects and create industry-standard architectural drawings.

Was BCT 220 Elective Offered Fall 2014
COMM 332 Convergent Media and Activism

This course explores the relationship between digital media, politics, and democracy, examining the social and technical history of online activist projects in different societies around the world.

Was COMM 397AB. Broadened Inquiry, or Elective Offered Fall 2014
FINANCE 304 Financial Modeling

Application of financial models in the business environment. The use of computer-based spreadsheet and simulation packages in business analysis.

Was FINOPMGT 304 Elective Offered Fall 2014
JOURNAL 333 ST-Intro to Digital Photojournalism

Introductory level course for students who wish to acquire a working knowledge of the field of photojournalism and the various tools used in modern image processing for both print and online media. Students are encouraged to own or have access to a digital SLR camera with manual functions for this class.

Was Journal 397P, Journalism Majors Only Elective Offered Fall 2014
NRC 585 Intro to Geographic Information Systems
The goals of this course are to teach you basic GIS concepts such as spatial data sources and structures, projections and coordinate systems, geospatial analysis, cartographic modeling, and the integration of remote sensing and GIS. 
Was NRC/ Forest 592G Elective Offered Fall 2014
OIM 210 Introduction to Business Information Systems

Computer simulation presented for carrying out trial-and-error experiments on computer approximations of real, management systems. The goal is to 1) validate a new idea quickly, 2) diagnose potential product design problems, 3) optimize performance of complex systems, and 4) learn about something complex. 

Was SCH-MGMT 210 Foundation Offered Fall 2014