College of Information Science & Technology

College Vision Statement

The College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) was established on July 1, 1996. The College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) represents the joint efforts of the University of Nebraska, the State of Nebraska, and private industry to address the growing global needs for knowledgeable professionals in the area of Information Technology. The college is striving to develop areas of national prominence in bioinformatics, wireless networks/mobile computing, management information systems, information assurance, project management, decision support systems & visualization, collaboration science, theoretical and applied computing. The college mission is:

  • To provide comprehensive up-to-date education of the highest quality in the various areas of information science and technology to individuals at the Metropolitan Omaha, state, national and international level.
  • To engage in basic and applied research activities to be carried out by students and faculty of the college with collaboration of other University of Nebraska units as well as profit and non-profit organizations.
  • To equip college graduates with the knowledge and expertise to contribute significantly to the work force and to continue to grow professionally.
  • To partner with other university units in the development and utilization of information technology in teaching and service activities.
  • To partner with local, state, national and international entities in the resolutions of information technology problems and issues.

In order to accomplish the college's mission and vision, the faculty and staff will strive to achieve the following three strategic goals:

  1. Keep students at the center of all college efforts;
  2. Strive to achieve the highest academic excellence; and
  3. Actively lead and collaborate with academic, business and community entities in various projects related to IS&T.

The college's overarching philosophy is exemplified by the value statement, "No student will go unassisted or unchallenged." The college is focused on reaching the next level of information technology innovation through collaboration. This collaboration is fostered by the presence of the college in the Peter Kiewit Institute and is materializing in the form of research, teaching and service/outreach initiatives in partnership with our stakeholders in the community (government, public and private sector), other academic units across the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the rest of the University of Nebraska System.

Accreditation information

College of IS&T's degree programs in Computer Science and Management Information Systems have been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program's commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

 

More information about the College’s accreditation and learning objectives can be found online at http://accreditation.ist.unomaha.edu. Specific program educational objectives for the ABET accredited programs in Computer Science and Management Information Systems can also be found on the following Web page: http://www.ist.unomaha.edu/?p=about/abetaccred

 

All IS&T programs are accredited as a part of UNO's accreditation by the North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission.

 

Program Contact Information:

    Dean's Office                                                                          402-554-2380  

    Computer Science                                                                  402-554-2423

    Information Systems/Quantitative Analysis                               402-554-3770

    School of Interdisciplinary Informatics                                      402-554-4902 

    Undergraduate Advising                                                          402-554-3819

Program Website:  http://www.ist.unomaha.edu

 

General Information

Overview of degree programs

The College of IS&T at UNO offers top notch education as a means of producing highly competent information specialists for leading technology and engineering firms. Students will be technically prepared to enter the IT industry, apply technology in organizational environments, embrace life-long learning, and contribute to their community.  The college is organized into three major units that manage the degree programs, the Department of Computer Science (CSCI), the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis (ISQA), and the School of Interdisciplinary Informatics.

Degrees

The college of IS&T offers five undergraduate degree programs.

  1. BS in Bioinformatics (BSBI)
  2. BS in Computer Science (BSCS)
  3. BS in Information Assurance (BSIA)
  4. BS in IT Innovation (BITI)
  5. BS in Management Information Systems (BIS)

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track Program (4+1 Track)

  1. The ISQA department offers an Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track (IUG) that enables students to complete the BS in MIS undergraduate degree and the MS in MIS graduate degree in five years.
  2. The CS department offers a similar IUG track that enables students to complete the BS in CS undergraduate degree and the MS in CS graduate degree in five years.
  3. The College of IS&T’s  School of Interdisciplinary Informatics also offers a similar IUG track for the Information Assurance and IT Innovation programs. Students majoring in Information Assurance can complete the BS in IA undergraduate degree and MS in IA graduate degree in five years.  Students pursuing the undergraduate degrees in MIS or CS with an Information Assurance concentration may also be eligible for this track option.  The College of IS&T has partnered with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health in enabling ITIN majors to complete the BS in ITIN and MS in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatics in five years. 

Concentrations

The College offers optional concentrations in Information Assurance and Internet Technologies (iT). These concentrations are designed to provide students within existing ISQA or CS degree programs an opportunity to add a more technical or applied dimension, respectively, to their programs of study.

 

The ISQA department offers additional optional concentrations in the areas of IT Audit and Control, i-Business Application Development, Management, and Global IT Leadership and Management.                                                                                 

  1. Information Assurance
  2. Internet Technologies
  3. IT Audit and Control
  4. i-Business Application, Development and Management
  5. Global IT Leadership and Management

Certificates

The College of Information Science and Technology currently offers three undergraduate certificate options.

  1. Data Management
  2. Systems Development
  3. Information Technology Administration

Admission Requirements

Application deadlines for the College of Information Science & Technology are:

August 1 for fall semester

December 1 for spring semester

June 1 for summer sessions

Students who have been admitted to the University may apply for entrance to the College of IS&T during initial registration by indicating their preference in the appropriate place on the University Application for Admission form.  A minimum ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1110 (Verbal/Math) or ranked in the top third graduating class is required for all incoming freshmen to be admitted to the College.  Transfer Admission from other Colleges or Universities: Students may transfer into the college from other institutions by completing the application process described above and meeting the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.00 scale) with at least 12 credit hours.

Maximum/Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 credit hours are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of IS&T.  A maximum enrollment of 17 credits hours is allowed per semester.  For the summer term a maximum of enrollment of 12 credit hours is allowed. 

Residency Requirement

Thirty of the last 36 hours required for the degree must be taken in residences at UNO.

Transfer Credit Policy

A maximum of 64 hours are accepted from an accredited community college.  A minimum of C- or higher grade is required to transfer towards the College of IS&T degree programs

Unacceptable Credits

Courses such as ENGL 1050, 1090 and 1100 and orientation courses in other colleges or divisions may not be counted as part of the minimum 120 credit hours in the degree program.  University Division may be applied as elective if taken in the first 30 hours of the degree program.  A maximum of 4 hours of physical education activities courses may be applied towards the general elective area. 

Quality of Work

Students must obtain a grade of "C-" or better in each class for the purposes of meeting general education, departmental and college requirements.  For meeting prerequisite requirements of business courses a minimum grade of C or better required.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for the College of Information Science & Technology.

 

Honors Program

The College of Information Science and Technology (CIST) actively supports the University of Nebraska at Omaha University Honors Program. The purpose of the College of Information Science and Technology Honors Program is to provide a challenging opportunity to dedicated students in an effort to broaden their abilities.

 

In order to meet the graduation requirements of the UNO Honors Program aspiring students may choose from the two options:

    Option I shall be known as University Honors with Distinction and will require 30 hours of Honors work and thesis. The recommended Curriculum is for students to take 6 to 9 hours of Honors work each of the first two years and 6 hours each of the last two years.

  • Of the total hours, 6 hours should be colloquia; 3-6 hours should be Thesis/Creative Activity/Departmental Capstone with contract. Up to 9 hours of AP can be used, and up to six hours can be TAG, Internship, or similar activity.
  • Participants who complete a minimum of 30 hours credit in Honors Program work (with a 3.5 GPA or higher) and whose overall GPA is as determined by the appropriate college, will have the notation “University Honors Program” printed on their diplomas, on the official transcript of credits and in the graduation program. These titles will also be printed in the Commencement Program.

    Option ll shall be known as University Honors and will require 24 hours of Honors Work and no Thesis. The recommended curriculum is for students to take 6 to 9 hours of Honors work the first year and 6 hours each the last three years. Of the total 24 hours 6 hours must consist of two colloquia; there may be 3 to 6 hours of Internship, TAG, Service Learning, or Tutoring. Up to 6 hours of AP credit may be accepted.

  • Participants who complete a minimum of 24 hours credit in Honors Program work (with a 3.5 GPA or higher) and whose overall GPA of 3.50, will have the notation “University Honors Program” printed on the official transcript of credits and in the graduation program. This option may not be available in all colleges.

    Option III Shall be known as University Honors with Service Learning/Study Abroad/Capstone Option and will require 30 honors hours. 

  • 6 hours of Colloquia required; no waivers
  • Presentation of the thesis/creative activity required in Option I, the student may substitute one of the following:
  • A study abroad experience of at least one semester with a minimum of 12 credit hours earned  and a written paper submitted which would be the basis of the required presentation;
  • A two-semester off campus internship at the middle management or above level and a written paper submitted which would be the basis of the required presentation;
  • Two service learning courses and submission of a written paper that would be the basis of the required presentation may, with approval of the Honors Committee, substitute for the thesis in Option I
  • COE and Engineering students may substitute students teaching and the Engineering capstone project, respectively, along with presentation, for the thesis in option I.

    Transfer students entering the honors program must complete 15 hours of Honors work, to include:

  • 6 credits of senior thesis or project.
  • At least 6 credits (two courses) of honors colloquium credit.  The college honors coordinators and honors committees may grant exceptions to this requirement.
  • Either one or two honors courses or internship, or 35 hours of verified and supervised community service, volunteerism, or relevant work experience.

    The IS&T Honors Program is a part of the University Honors Program. All students entering or enrolled in good standing in the College of Information Science and Technology may be considered for membership to the CIST Honors Program. Students on their own initiative may apply for admission or they may be invited to apply by the Program Director.

The minimum requirement for admission to the CIS&T Honors Program is:

1.         Entering freshmen:  A composite ACT score of 26 or above.

2.         Transfer and current students: A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above for at least twelve credit hours at UNO. Applicants must submit an Honors Program application and return it to the Honors Program Office. The application can be obtained at the Honors Program Office. The Program Coordinator retains the application for his/her records and returns an acceptance/rejection to the Honors Program. If more specific information is desired, contact the Academic Advising Office at 402-554-3819. 

 

Incompletes

To receive an “incomplete,” students must contact their professor prior to the end of the semester, request a grade of incomplete, and make arrangements to complete the work. The rules which govern the issuance of the incomplete are as follows:

  1. The grade “I” is used by an instructor at the end of a semester or summer session to designate incomplete work in a course. It is given when a student, due to circumstances such as illness, military service, hardship or death in the immediate family, is unable to complete the requirements of the course in the term in which the student is registered for credit. Incompletes will only be given if the student has already substantially completed the major requirements of the course.
  2. Each instructor will judge each situation. The instructor will also indicate by a departmental record, with a copy to the student, how the incomplete is to be removed, and if the instructor is at the University at the time of removal, supervise the makeup work and report the permanent grade.
  3. In the event the instructor is not available at the time of the student’s application for removal of an incomplete, the department chairperson will supervise the removal of the incomplete and turn in the permanent grade for the student.
  4. A student shall have no longer than the end of the next regular semester following receipt of the “I” to remove the incomplete. After that time, the “I” will automatically become a “W,” or such other grade specified by the instructor depending on the amount and quality of the course work previously completed. Exceptions to this rule will be permitted if initiated by the student and approved by the instructor, department chairperson and dean. Exceptions to this rule will be made only in response to circumstances over which the student has no control, and these must be detailed.
  5. In registering for courses, students receiving one or more “I” grades from the previous semester should take into account the time needed to complete the required work and plan their schedules accordingly.

Repeating Courses

A repeated course may count only once for graduation (exceptions – internships, independent study, and physical education activity courses, special topics). 

Grade Appeal Policy

Students who wish to appeal a grade which they feel was erroneously given shall first discuss the matter with the instructor and/ or the department chairperson. If a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, the student may submit a written appeal to the Office of the Dean within 30 days of receipt of the grade report from the Registrar’s Office. The Academic Evaluation Committee of the College of Information Science and Technology will hold a hearing to make a final determination based on the facts presented.

Probation/Suspension

Probation: A student whose cumulative grade point average is below 2.0 after having attempted six or more semester hour’s work will be placed on probation. Probationary status will remain in effect as long as the student’s cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) remains below 2.0. No student will be allowed to enroll for any course on a pass/fail or Credit/No Credit basis while on probation. Probation constitutes a period of formal warning that the student is doing unsatisfactory work.

The student is encouraged to use every opportunity during time on probation to seek counsel and guidance from various university agencies which have been established to offer assistance in study and academic planning. For information on such services, the student should consult with his or her academic adviser or counselor.

Suspension: Starting with the fall 2005 semester, students will no longer be suspended at the end of the fall term; students will only be suspended at the end of the spring term. This rule applies to all UNO colleges, including University Division, and all University of Nebraska-Lincoln based programs in the Colleges of Architecture, Agriculture, Education and Human Resources, and Engineering.

Students who are on probation will be suspended at the end of the spring semester when their semester grade point average is lower than 2.0 and the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) falls below the following standards:

Hours Attempted

Cumulative GPA

0-12

No Suspension

13-45

1.75

46 or more

2.00

 

Suspensions under these conditions will be automatic. Academic suspension will be for a minimum period of one year.

Students will be notified by the college of Information Science & Technology given instructions on how to appeal, should they choose to do so, and any appropriate deadlines associated with an appeal.

Appeals properly filed shall delay implementation of the suspension until the appropriate appeals committee has acted. However, if the appeal is denied the student shall be disenrolled and tuition shall be refunded

Academic Amnesty

In order to petition for Academic Amnesty, the student must meet the following conditions:

  1. Have completed 24 semester hours (12 semester hours if the student is part-time) of course work at UNO, UNL or UNK with a GPA of 2.5 or better
  2. A student may remove 1 or 2 consecutive semesters (does not have to be 1st and 2nd) from UNO, UNL or UNK
  3. Must be removed 4 years from the semester or year to be deleted
  4. If the committee agrees, those courses that were completed with “C-” or better may count toward hours for graduation
  5. Student may not graduate with academic honors.

Academic Advising

The College of IS&T’s Academic Undergraduate Advising office recognizes that students have individual academic, career and sometimes personal needs which might require special assistance. Following are some guidelines on how your academic adviser can help you. To ensure better service, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their adviser regularly.

 

What do the advisers do?

 

The advisers can explain the rules and requirements for the IS&T programs and help you figure out how they apply to your situation. The adviser will actually prepare your records so that you meet all the requirements for the degree in the “final audit” process. The chairs of each program will then sign off on your record. The most useful thing the advisers can do is provide advice about what degree program specific courses, or scheduling would be most helpful to you. They can also help with difficult situations in which you have a concern with your grades, course instruction, time management, scheduling conflicts, or other academic issues you might have with your courses and the program.

 

When should I see an adviser?

 

During your freshman and sophomore year, you are required to check with your adviser every semester. After that, it’s a good idea to check in with your adviser at least once per semester, to make sure that your record is up- to-date and to catch any problems early. Seniors are required to schedule a meeting for a senior check, when they reach 91 earned hours.

Senior Check

After students reach 91 hours of course work completed, they must request a senior check to be done by their academic adviser. Assuming satisfactory completion of all approved courses, this process will assure the student’s graduation date. Should this procedure not be followed, responsibility for meeting graduation requirements falls on the student; if errors are made they can prevent graduation at the anticipated date.

Application for Degree

Each student who expects to receive a diploma must file an application for degree. The application for degree is available online via the Web by logging into Mavlink. Announcements about deadline dates are posted via mavlink.

 

It is the responsibility of the students to inform the Registrar’s Office of their graduation plans including their address and the manner in which they are completing their requirements. Failure to meet these stipulations may necessitate postponement of graduation until the next semester.

Other information relevant to the college

Catalog choice

A student registering in the College of Information Science and Technology for the first time will work with an adviser to develop a matriculation form based on the current printed catalog. The matriculation form used to develop a plan of study for students in the College will be the primary source for a student’s most current academic plan provided the student has continuous enrollment. It is important for all new and current students to seek undergraduate advising to establish as early as possible a matriculation form that outlines their plan of study. The College reserves the right to institute and make effective, after due notice, during the course of a student’s work towards a degree, any new ruling which may be necessary for the general good of the College, and to substitute courses currently offered for those no longer offered.

 

It is the responsibility of each student admitted to the College of Information Science and Technology to become familiar with the procedures and regulations in the undergraduate catalog and program brochure.