Technology and Information Management

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Introduction

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.  

Degrees Offered

  • B.S.
  • M.S.
  • Minor
  • Ph.D.

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)

Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

Freshman Applicants: 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.

Information for Transfers

The prerequisite structure for upper-division courses at UC Santa Cruz requires that many courses be taken sequentially. Because of this, it is necessary for prospective transfer students to have completed as many of the lower-division required courses as possible before transferring.

Transfer students should not follow the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) because it will not provide enough mathematics and science courses to allow them to complete the Technology and Information Management program in two years. Most students find it easier to spread the general education requirements out over four years.

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.

Many students find internships 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 to create their own internships with local companies or in nearby Silicon Valley. For more information about internships, visit intern.ucsc.edu.

EAP

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 coursework towards graduation. For more EAP information, visit eap.ucop.edu/ourprograms/pages/default.aspx.

Alumni Focus

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.

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