Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Technology degree is a cross-disciplinary program that prepares graduates for careers at the intersection of business and technology. It provides them with critical thinking skills and technical expertise that prepares them to adapt to changing technological environments, successfully lead teams, and make key strategic management decisions.

The Business and Information Technology STEM curriculum includes a solid foundation in both business and information technology fundamentals. The curriculum explores business management strategies, accounting, data analytics, finance, optimization, entrepreneurship, operations, leadership, data modeling and applications and business computer applications. The program enables graduates to work successfully in technologically-oriented positions across organizations.

Stuart School of Business is a global leader in bridging technology and business, offering distinctive education that provides students with the knowledge and skillsets to become outstanding professionals.

Business and technology at Illinois Tech have a prestigious history that dates back to the 1880s, with the establishment of the Armour Institute of Technology in 1890 and the Lewis Institute in 1895. Business at Illinois Tech began at the Lewis Institute, Stuart’s original home, with some of the nation’s first courses in “Family and Consumer Science” (including “Home Economics” and “Household Management”), and the Institute’s subsequent formation of the university’s Department of Business and Economics in 1926. The merger of the Lewis Institute with the Armour Institute of Technology in 1940 brought business and technology under one entity. The Armour Institute of Technology itself was founded through the pioneering works of Philip D. Armour, a merchant financier, Julia A. Beveridge, a librarian turned public administrator, and Frank W. Gunsaulus, an entrepreneurial preacher. The Department Business and Economics ultimately grew into a separate school at Illinois Institute of Technology – the Stuart School of Business, in 1969, with a gift from Lewis Institute alum and renowned financier Harold Leonard Stuart. Harold L. Stuart himself was a national leader in the field of investment banking in the first half of the 20th century, and his Chicago investment bank played a pivotal role in establishing the city as a global financial hub, as well as financing some incredible engineering feats, including Chicago's elevated train lines.

Over a period of more than 125 years, harnessing curricular innovations by Julia A. Beveridge and George N. Carman, and incredible scholarly works by trailblazing Illinois Tech scholars Herb A. Simon (author of Administrative Behavior, later awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics), Karl Menger (developer of the St. Petersburg paradox in economics) and Abe Sklar (developer of the Copula in financial modeling), the Stuart School of Business has refined business education. A long-standing leader in curricular innovation, in 1990, building on the foundational works of numerous Illinois Tech scholars, and Harold L. Stuart’s own contributions to finance and the broader business community, the Stuart School of Business established quantitative finance as an academic discipline, with a world’s first postgraduate Master’s program in Financial Markets and Trading – a program that highlighted a new model for embedding into a postgraduate academic program the emphases on career readiness and connectedness with the business community, and transformed business school education.

The Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Technology brings together world-class faculty from the College of Computing and the Stuart School of Business, offering students an incredible opportunity to complete a core set of courses in both disciplines, with expanded access to subject matter experts from both colleges. As with all Stuart majors, the program emphasizes co-curricular opportunities that place students on the path to self-actualization and career success. Leadership, entrepreneurship, experiential learning, positive societal impact, and connectedness to the business community, combined with a human-centered approach to student development, and an unyielding focus on student success, are core pillars of all Stuart programs. Stuart is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – an accreditation achieved by fewer than 6% of business schools worldwide.

The Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Technology builds on Stuart's and Computing's prestige in business and technology, as well as tradition of undergraduate education that prepares students to add value to any organization they may join on day 1 of their roles. The innovative program requires the successful completion of 126 credit hours.

Required Courses

Business Requirements (36)
BUS 100Introduction to Business and Economics3
BUS 211Financial Accounting3
BUS 212Managerial Accounting3
BUS 221Business Statistics3
BUS 301Organizational Behavior3
BUS 305Operation and Supply Chain Analytics3
BUS 321Analytics for Optimization3
BUS 351Financial Analytics3
BUS 371Marketing Fundamentals3
BUS 480Strategic Management and Design Thinking3
ECON 151Microeconomics3
ECON 152Macroeconomics3
Business Electives (6)
Choose two courses6
Strategic Cost Management3
Business Law3
Entrepreneurship 3
International Finance3
Corporate Finance3
Financial Modeling 3
Financial Derivatives3
New Product Development3
Marketing Analytics3
Sales Management and Analytics3
Consumer Behavior3
Introduction to Econometrics3
Intermediate Microeconomics3
Intermediate Macroeconomics3
Business Economics3
Sports Economics3
Information Technology Required Courses (36)
ITM 301Introduction to Contemporary Operating Systems and Hardware I3
ITM 313Introduction to Open Source Application Development3
ITMD 321Data Modeling and Applications3
ITMD 361Fundamentals of Web Development3
ITMD 362Human-Computer Interaction and Web Design3
ITMD 413Open Source Programming 13
ITMO 340Introduction to Data Networks and the Internet3
ITMO 356Introduction to Open Source Operating Systems3
ITMM 471Project Management for Information Technology and Management 23
ITMT 330Introduction to Information Systems and the IT Profession3
ITMT 430System Integration3
ITMS 448Cyber Security Technologies3
Mathematics Requirement (7)
MATH 180Fundamentals of Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 148Preparation for Calculus4
or MATH 151 Calculus I
or MATH 191 Business Calculus
Natural Science and Engineering Requirements (10)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section D10
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section B and C21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E6
Computer Science Requirement (4) 3
Free Electives4
Total Credit Hours126

Prerequisite ITMD 411--conditional permission to enroll in ITMD 413


Prerequisite ITM 100 


ITM 313 satisfies Computer Science Requirement 

Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Technology Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BUS 1003ECON 1523
ECON 1513ITMD 41313
ITM 3013Humanities Elective (200 Level)3
ITM 313 or MATH 1513MATH 1803
MATH 1484Science Elective4
 16 16
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BUS 2113BUS 2123
BUS 3213BUS 2213
ITMT 3303ITMD 3623
ITMD 3613Social Science Elective3
Science Elective3Science Elective3
 15 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BUS 3013BUS 3053
BUS 3713BUS 3513
ITMD 3213ITMM 47123
ITMO 3563ITMO 34033
Social Science Elective (300+)3IPRO Elective I3
 15 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Business Elective3BUS 4803
ITMS 4483Business Elective3
IPRO Elective II3ITMT 4303
Social Science Elective (300+)3Humanities or Social Science Elective3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Social Science Elective3
Free Elective4 
 19 15
Total Credit Hours: 126

Prerequisite ITMD 411--conditional permission to enroll in ITMD 413


Prerequisite ITM 100--conditional permission to enroll in ITMM 471


Prerequisite ITMT 330--conditional permission to enroll in ITMO 340