The Technology and Information Management Major 2013-14

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Technology and information management (TIM) is a multidisciplinary major that focuses on the fusion of information systems, technology, and business management for two purposes: the design and use of information systems and technology to solve business problems; and the management of technology, which includes product development, product management, and supply chain management. TIM is a rigorous, challenging engineering major for those students wanting to pursue careers in information systems management and the management of technology. To accomplish these objectives, students will learn the mathematics, science, and technical fundamentals of computer science and engineering, as well as how to address and solve problems in information systems and technology management through economics, business, information systems, and management of technology courses.  

Study and Research Opportunities

  • B.S., Minor
  • Intended for students who have an interest in both business and technology, especially high-technology (information technology, computer engineering, network engineering, software)

Admission to the Jack Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE)

Please see the current UC Santa Cruz General Catalog for a full description of the BSOE admissions policy. 

Freshman Applicants: Admission into a BSOE major is based on high school grade point average, test scores, courses completed in mathematics and sciences, and/or the personal statement. Applicants who are not accepted into the major at the time of admission to UCSC may still reapply for admission to the major after enrolling at UC Santa Cruz.

Transfer Applicants: Admission into the major will be based on the student’s academic college record. Applicants are encouraged to take and excel in as many courses that are equivalent to the department’s foundation courses as possible (see Transfer Preparation section). Only students who have completed most or all of the foundation courses will be approved for the major. 

High School Preparation

It is recommended that high school students intending to apply to the BSOE have completed four years of mathematics (through advanced algebra and trigonometry) and three years of science in high school, including one year each of chemistry, physics, and biology. Comparable college mathematics and science courses completed at other institutions may be accepted in place of high school preparation. Students without this preparation may be required to take additional courses to prepare themselves for the program.

Transfer Preparation

The BSOE strongly encourages applications from transfer students. Due to the prerequisite structure for upper-division courses, it is necessary for prospective transfer students to have completed as many of the lower-division requirements for the respective majors as possible to complete the degree within a reasonable time. Students must plan carefully because many courses must be taken sequentially. Applicants must take and excel in as many courses as possible that are equivalent to the department’s foundation courses. UC Santa Cruz foundation courses in technology and information management are:

  • Computer Science 12A, Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Engineering 16, Applied Discrete Mathematics, or Computer Engineering 16H, Honors Applied Discrete Mathematics
  • Mathematics 19A and 19B, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (two quarters)
  • Technology and Information Management 50, Business Information Systems; or Economics 1, Introduction to Microeconomics, and Economics 2, Introduction to Macroeconomics

Transfer students should not follow the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) because it will not provide transfer students with enough mathematics and engineering courses to allow them to complete these programs at UC Santa Cruz in two years.

In addition to the foundation courses required for admission, some transfer students may choose to take other articulated lower-division courses for the major. Such courses are listed on the web site www.assist.org. For a complete list of lower-division courses for the major, visit ua.soe.ucsc.edu/sites/default/files/TIM_13-14.pdf.

Internships, Fieldwork, and Education Abroad Opportunities

Many students find internships and fieldwork to be a valuable part of their academic experience. They work closely with faculty and career advisers in the UC Santa Cruz Career Center to identify existing opportunities and often to create their own internships with local companies or in nearby Silicon Valley. For more information about internships, contact the undergraduate director of the ISM program or visit intern.ucsc.edu.

BSOE students may wish to develop their cross cultural competency, typically via the Education Abroad Program (EAP). Interested students must work very closely with the faculty and academic advisers in their major very early during the freshman or sophomore year to create a plan for transferability of course work towards graduation. For more EAP information, visit eap.ucop.edu/ourprograms/pages/default.aspx.

Careers

  • Systems analysis and design
  • Applications development
  • Systems architecture development
  • Data warehousing and data mining
  • Systems integration
  • Product and technology management
  • Product and technology development
  • Supply chain management
  • Business process engineering
  • Business analysis
  • Information systems management
  • Information systems project management
  • Information technology sales/marketing
  • Information technology technical support

These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.

Alum Focus

Moustafa Gous (B.S., ISM, ’02) is director of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program at Solano Community College in California. MESA is a statewide program that supports educationally disadvantaged students so they can excel in math and science studies.

In addition to directing the academic enrichment components of the program, Ghous gets the MESA students involved in projects that combine community service or humanitarian assistance with STEM disciplines. For example, in 2006 he led students in helping the small village of Lalander, in his native Afghanistan, by designing and building pumps that can bring water to the village from a nearby river.

After graduating with honors, Katherine Lebaric (B.S., ISM, ’02) launched her own company based on her software RealNegotiate, which is used to evaluate real estate transactions and was featured in Money magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and Inman News, the leading real estate news service. Lebaric is now enrolled at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she expects to earn a Master’s degree in financial engineering.

More Information

Undergraduate Advising Office
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
ugrad.soe.ucsc.edu/admissions
soeadmissions@soe.ucsc.edu
(831) 459-5840

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