Welcome!Bachelor of Science
1. IST Website2. Manage Your Time3. Location, Location, Location4. Advising5. Seeking Assistance6. What to Take7. Concentrations8. Important Policies9. General Information10. What to Fill Out Today11. Stay Connected with IST
Most of what you need to know about our program is available on
the IST Website:
Manage Your Time
• Each course will require several hours of work per week - beyond time for lectures and labs.
• Full Time ≥12 credits• Most students take 4-5 courses• >5 courses requires excellent GPA
• Be realistic about courses you can complete, especially if you are working fulltime or have other responsibilities.
Location, Location, Location
• BSIT program is based at the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas
• Non-IT courses & 100 – 200 level IT courses are offered at the Fairfax Campus
• 300 – 400 level IT courses are only offered at the Science and Technology Campus
• Mason Shuttle is the quickest way to travel between campuses• http://shuttle.gmu.edu
• Full-time faculty members in IST are advisors.• Plus, two full-time advisors:
• Mrs. Cheryl Howe ([email protected])– Fairfax Campus, Nguyen Engineering
Building, rm. 5400• Ms. Krystal Dains ([email protected])
– Science and Technology Campus, Bull Run Hall, rm. 102E
• VSE students are required to meet with an advisor each semester• http://ist.gmu.edu/advising/appointments
• Having trouble in a course? There are a number of resources that can help you succeed:• First, and most importantly, stay in contact with the instructor of
the course. They are there to help you.• If there is a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) assigned to the
course, reach out to them. They are also there to help you.• Seek out a peer mentor from GMU STARS Alliance Organization,
which offers tutoring in a number of IT courses.• Seek out a tutor from VSE Peer Advising, which offers tutoring in
a number of IT courses.• More info:
What to Take: Program Overview
• Our program is divided into 7 areas:• Mason Core Requirements• Foundation Courses• Core Courses• Capstone Courses• Concentration Courses• Other Required Courses• Electives
• 120 credits needed to graduate, including 45 upper-division hours.• In general, take courses in order of level: 100, then 200, then 300,
then 400.• For IT courses, begin with Foundation and Core followed by
Concentration and Capstone.• Always check prerequisite requirements.
• Prerequisites are tied to the academic year when the course is taught, not your catalog year!
• http://ist.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/IT_Prerequisites.pdf• Need more info about a course? View the syllabus on our website:
What to Take: Your First Year
ENGH 101- Composition 3 Nonlab Natural Science 3
HIST 100- History of Western Civilization 3 Literature 3
IT 104- Introduction to Computing 3 COMM 100- Public Speaking 3
IT 105- IT Architecture Fundamentals 3 IT 106- Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming
MATH 108- Introductory Calculus w/ Business Applications
3 IT 102- Discrete Structures 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
What to Take: Important Course
IT majors select one of six Concentrations:
DTP Database Technology & Programming HIT Health IT INFS Information Security ITE Information Technology Entrepreneurship NTEL Networking and Telecommunications WDM Web Development and Multimedia
You will make this selection during IT 293: Junior Transition
Grades• All students:
• C or better in any course that is a prerequisite for another course
• 2015-2016 Catalog Year (most of you!)• C or better in foundation, core, capstone, and concentration
courses • Major GPA of 2.75 or higher in order to graduate
• View catalog year requirements at catalog.gmu.edu
Repeating Courses:• If you are unsuccessful at a course twice, you need prior approval to
make a third attempt.• If you are unsuccessful at the third attempt, you will be
terminated from the major.
Pros to Cheating• Get past a tough
assignment• Don't have to do
Cons to Cheating• Not learning the material you paid to learn• Risk poor performance on exams
• If you do not know the material, the exams will be tough
• Risk an Honor Code violation• Violations appear on your record and are caught by
background checks (e.g. security clearance)• Risk forced completion of an academic integrity
seminar• Cost of ~$100 and your time
• Risk an F in the course• Cost of ~$1300 (in-state tuition) to retake the class, a
delay in graduation, and a lowered GPA• Risk academic suspension
• Delay in graduation and a notation on your transcript• Risk expulsion
• All of your time and money to date would be for naught
Is Cheating Worth Its Cost?
•This semester’s class schedule may be ugly!
•Register at your first opportunity; classes fill quickly.
•Plan for traffic and parking in the Fairfax area, and for travelling between campuses.
What to Fill Out Today
• Attendance Sheet (Name and G#)
• Class wish list and alternatives
Welcome to your future at Mason!
Stay Connected with IST!