At their March meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a new Bachelor’s of Science degree in information technology, the study of specifying, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining computer-based information systems. This program will include a 2+2 program, closely coordinated with three area community colleges — Southern Maine Community College, York County Community College, Central Maine Community College — and a four-year option based entirely at USM. This new program will initially use many existing courses and faculty as it ramps up.
This new program provides a smooth path of transfer from Maine’s Community College System to a Bachelor’s degree from USM based on a nationally standard curriculum.
A degree in information technology will prepare students to fill a gap in the workforce of Maine’s IT cluster. Local industry and state government have asked for this program, which will improve the statewide prospect for excellence in the computer-based delivery of services and information.
The U.S. Department of Labor has a “bright outlook” for the occupations that graduates of this program can seek. (Bright outlooks have growth much faster than average with 100K+ job openings nationally and are a new and emerging occupation in a high growth industry. [Source: O*Net OnLine]