B.S. in Information Technology and Web Science

Interdisciplinary From Day One.

In a world in which information technology affects virtually everything we do, there is a demand for an academic program that offers students the deepest understanding of the Web.  As an ITWS student, you will investigate issues related to security, trust, privacy, content value, and the development of the Web in the future.

You will take a core set of courses on Web and IT development and management, along with courses in your concentration, selected from more than 20 options, including arts, engineering, management, communications, artificial intelligence, Web systems, and medicine.



Completion of the B.S. in Information Technology and Web Science requires a total of 128 - 130 credit hours:

ITWS Core Requirements (36 - 38 credits)
The ITWS core requirements establish a solid foundation for applying ITWS to any discipline.

Concentration Requirement (32 credits)
The required concentration provides an opportunity for in-depth study of an ITWS application area. Concentration options include arts, communication and networks, law, management information systems, medicine, psychology, and numerous others. In consultation with a faculty adviser, students may also design their own concentration through the selection of courses that match their individual interests.

Rensselaer Degree Requirements (58 - 60 credits)
The Rensselaer requirements ensure the degree’s breadth and its consistency with long-established Rensselaer traditions.

Current Curriculum Details

Program Outcome

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • Skill in core information technology and web science development methods
  • Foundation skill and knowledge in engineering and/or computer science core
  • Knowledge of the management concerns for the effective use of (especially web) technology
  • An ability to be creative and using well-developed problem solving skills
  • Communication, leadership skills and ability to work in teams
  • Knowledge of the social, legal, and ethical issues in employing technology around the world
  • An ability to recognize and respond to human-computer interaction issues to make technology more usable
  • Broad knowledge of science, humanities, and/or business topical courses
  • Application expertise through completion of a chosen concentration
  • An ability to complete the culminating experience designed to prepare graduate for both acceptance into graduate study program and/or direct entry into ITWS career

ITWS Core Courses (36 - 38 credits)

  • Introduction to Information Technology and Web Science - 4 credits
  • Web Systems Development - 4 credits
  • Database Systems or Data Resource Management (choose 1)- 4 credits
  • Information Technology and Web Science Capstone or Senior Thesis (choose 1) - 4 credits
  • Web Science Systems Development - 4 credits
  • Managing IT Resources - 4credits


Concentration Courses (32 credits)

Based on your concentration you will take the required courses within one of the following technical tracks.

Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Networking (hardware focus)
  • Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Computer Components and Operations
  • Embedded Control
  • Computer Architecture, Networking and Operating Systems
Computer Science
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Networking (software focus)
  • Information Security
  • Machine and Computational Learning
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Introduction to Algorithms
  • Computer Organization
Information Systems
  • Arts
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Medicine
  • Pre-law
  • Psychology
  • STS
  • Foundation of Computer Science
  • Computer Organization
  • Four credits from the following:
    • Programming in Java (2 credits)
    • Program in Python (2 credits)
    • Introduction to Algorithms (4 credits)
Web Science
  • Data Science
  • Science Informatics
  • Web Technologies
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Computer Organization
  • Web/Data Course approved by ITWS Curriculum Committee


Rensselaer Degree Requirements (58 - 60 credits)

Math/Science Requirements (24 credits)

  • Calculus 1 - 4 credits
  • Math Elective - 4 credits
  • Computer Science 1 - 4 credits
  • Data Structures - 4 credits
  • Physical Science Elective - 4 credits
  • Life Science Elective - 4 credits

Humanities, Arts and Social Science Requirements (24 credits)

  • IT and Society - 4 credits
  • Intro to Human Computer Interaction - 4 credits
  • Humanities Elective - 4 credits
  • Social Science Elective - 4 credits
  • 2 HASS Electives - 8 credits

See Curriculum and Concentrations below for details

Free Elective Requirement (8 - 12 credits)

  • 3 Free Electives - 12 credits

ITWS Minor

The ITWS minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours that must be approved by the minor advisor in ITWS.


  • Introduction to ITWS
  • Managing IT Resources
  • Humanities Elective (one of):
    • IT and Society
    • Information, Society and Culture
    • Ethical Issues in Computing
    •  Impacts of Electronic Media
  • Technical Elective (one of):
    • Web Systems Development
    • Introduction to Algorithms
    • Database Systems
    • Data Resource Management

Academic Opportunities

Real-world, hands-on research experience for undergraduate students in ITWS.

National Information Technology Honor Society

It is easy to complete two degrees with the flexibilty of the interdiscipliany ITWS program.

Inspiring a younger audience to explore the role of science in society.