Information Technology, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Information Technology

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $293.00
  • $524.00

Program Overview

The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) with an area of concentration in Information Technology (IT) develops skills in several areas of information technology including:

  • Programming
  • Data management
  • Networking

Why choose this program:

  • Students acquire basic technology and computing skills desired by a wide variety of employers in need of IT professionals
  • Students gain insightful knowledge on how to use their technical, managerial and business skills to analyze problems and develop ideas for solutions
  • Students learn to identify emerging technologies to help businesses succeed in a global environment

The online BMS degree with an area of concentration in Information Technology also provides students with the necessary knowledge to pursue an advanced degree. With the ability to customize the program, students can select classes that align with their educational and professional goals.

The field of information technology is growing which leads to an increase in demand from businesses looking for individuals knowledgeable in this subject. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts an overall 13 percent job growth with information technology occupations which is much faster than the average for other occupations.

Potential career paths following graduation may include:

  • Programmer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Software designer
  • Information systems manager
  • Systems developer
  • Technical writer
  • Information technology consultant
  • Network administrator
  • Database administrator
  • Business data processor

More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS): 

Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelor's programs in the United States from U.S. News and World Report, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation.

The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies. This online degree program accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as non-traditional credit from formal training experiences that have been evaluated and approved by specific agencies and committees.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Have earned a high school diploma or GED

  2. Taken the SAT or ACT

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in their area of concentration. In addition, students must also complete two secondary fields, each consisting of 12 credit hours from the same subject.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CSCI 2850Programming on the Internet3
Prereq: CSCI 1620 or CSCI 1840. This course is an introduction to and overview of Internet-based application development focusing on the use of Java, Perl and other server-based programming languages. Software development in the context of the World Wide Web and other Internet services will be emphasized. Internet application development will also be discussed. Other techniques will be covered.
ISQA 3300/CSCI 3320File Structures or Data Structures3
CSCI 3320: This is a core that will cover a number of data structures such as tree, hashing, priority queues and graphs as well as different algorithm design methods by examining common problem-solving techniques.
CSCI 3320Data Structures3
Methods of representing arrays, stacks, queues, lists, trees, graphs and files. Searching and sorting. Storage management. Cross-listed with CSCI 8325. Prereq: CSCI 1620 and MATH 2030.
CSCI 1620Introduction to Computer Science II3
Prereq: CSCI 1610 or CIST 1400, and MATH 1930 or MATH 1950. Continuation of CIST 1400. Advanced topics in programming; topics in data representation and manipulation, data structures, problem solving and algorithm design.
CIST 3100Organizations, Applications and Technology3
An introduction to organizations and the role that information and information systems play in supporting an organization\'s operations, decision making processes, quality management and strategic activities. Also includes management of tie IS function, strategic and regulatory issues of telecommunications, ethical and legal issues.
MATH 2030Discrete Mathematics3
A foundations course in discrete mathematics for applied disciplines, including computer science and computer engineering. Topics include: logic, sets, relations, functions, complexity functions and big congruences, induction and recursive definitions, elementary combinatorics, discrete probability, graphs and trees. Prereq: MATH 1950 or MATH 1930.
CSCI 3550Communications Networks3
Introduction to digital and analog data communication hardware, software and applications. Existing technologies and physical hardware for local and wide area networks. Transmission links, topological design, network protocols, addressing, routing and flow control. The ISO Open Systems Interconnect model. Cross-listed with CSCI 8555.  Prereq: CSCI 3320/8325 Data structures and algorithms. C or C++ programming.
ISQA 3910Introduction to Project Management3
This course will cover the basics of project planning, scheduling and control. Earned value management techniques and project quality will be covered. Risk management will also be covered. The student will be introduced to the IEEE Standards for Project Management. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the tools and techniques used to manage projects to achieve successful completion. The project management methods taught are suitable for a wide variety of project types such as software development or engineering projects (e.g. construction). Prereq: CIST 2500; CIST 2110; or equivalent.
ISQA 3400/CSCI 3550Business Data Communications or Communication Networks3
CSCI 3550: This course is designed to bring students up to the state of the art in networking technologies with a focus on Internet. It will cover the principles of networking with an emphasis on protocols, implementations and design issues.
CIST 2500Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T3
The course emphasizes the function of statistics in information science and technology including topics such as descriptive statistical measures, probability discrete probability, sampling, estimation analysis, hypothesis testing, regression, and analysis of variance. A well-known computer package will be used to support the problem-solving process.Prerequisites: Math 2040 or Math 2030.
ISQA 3400Business Data Communications3
Introduction to business data communications and teleprocessing, centralized, decentralized, and distributed systems, impact of distributed systems on hardware, software, data procedures, and personnel. Prereq: CIST 3100.
STATS 3800Applied Engineering Probability and Statistics3
This course is an introduction to the application of probability and statistics to engineering problems. Topics include: probability and probability distributions, mathematical expectation, distribution of random variables, binomial, Poisson, hypergeometric, gamma, normal, and t-distributions, Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, contingency tables. Credit for both MATH 4740 and STAT 3800 will not be given. Prereq: MATH 1970. (Cross-listed with STAT-8805.)
BSAD 3160Managerial Statistics for Business4
An accelerated course covering statistical methods used in business analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, graphical and tabular presentation of data, probability, analysis of discrete and continuous data, regression analysis, forecasting methods. Prereq: MATH1320 with a 'C'(2.0) or better, 2.5 GPA.
ISQA 3300File Structures for Information Systems3
Prereq: CIST 1620. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to computer file organizations and access methods. A fundamental understanding of the performance implications of each file organization is developed to allow the students to make information systems design choices that will optimize the performance of business information systems.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 01
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer SemesterJun 01