Technology and Information Management B.S.

Information and Policies

Introduction

Technology and Information Management (TIM) is a rigorous, challenging major for those students wanting to pursue careers in the management of information and technology. TIM students will receive a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles and practices of technology (in particular, computer science and computer engineering) and management, and the scientific, mathematics, and economics principles upon which they are built. In particular, they will become proficient in the following areas: strategy, planning, innovation, entrepreneurship, information technology, software design, product development, and supply-chain management.

The essence of the technology and information management major at UCSC is the integration of fundamental intellectual content from the disciplines of computer science, computer engineering, business management economics, and finance. TIM students learn how to apply the fundamentals of these diverse disciplines to solving problems that require the integration of management and technology, e.g., developing information technology systems to manage all activities and operations in a firm, e-commerce, managing and commercializing a new technology, and starting a new high-technology company.

To graduate with a B.S. in technology and information management, students normally complete 23 or 24 required courses (with four laboratories, totaling 120-125 quarter credits) plus three elective courses (15 quarter credits) for the technology and information management major program. Honors students are likely to find the rigorous management and leadership elements of the new program of significant interest. Industrial interactions and projects are key features of this major.

Academic Advising for the Program

The Baskin School of Engineering undergraduate advising office offers general advising for prospective and declared undergraduates majoring in School of Engineering programs. The office handles major declarations, transfer credits, course substitutions, articulations, and degree certifications. Undergraduate students obtain and submit all paperwork requiring departmental approval to the undergraduate advising office. Transfer students should also refer to the Transfer Information and Policy section.

Baskin Engineering Building, Room 225
advising@soe.ucsc.edu
(831) 459-5840

Getting Started in the Major

The technology and information management major is intended for students with an interest in both technology and business. It is recommended that students intending to declare this major have completed four years of mathematics (through advanced algebra and trigonometry) and three years of science in high school. Completion of business-oriented computer literacy and basic programming courses is of benefit to students entering this major. Completion of any economics and/or business-related courses in high school is also beneficial, but the faculty realizes that these courses may not be available at many high schools. Completion of comparable college courses at other institutions serves to strengthen the preparation of a student for the technology and information management major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the TIM program will acquire the following:

  1. Students will learn how to apply knowledge of engineering, economics, and mathematics to analyze complex problems in the management of technology and information science.

  2. Students will develop a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge of problems in the management of technology and information science, and skills to address them.

  3. Students will develop depth of expertise in the management of technology and information science.

  4. Students will be able to collaborate and communicate effectively with individuals who have diverse ideas, expertise, and skill levels within the fields of management of technology and information science.

Major Qualification Policy and Declaration Process

Major Qualification

In order to be admitted into the technology and information management major students must be listed as a proposed major within the School of Engineering. Students in the engineering and computing cluster must propose a School of Engineering major before they can declare. Please refer to the School of Engineering's "Proposed Engineering Major Status" and its "Declaring a School of Engineering Major" sections in the catalog for more information.

In addition, to be admitted to the TIM major after a student has entered UCSC, students need to complete a total of six courses chosen from the following:

Mathematics

At least one of the following:

One of these courses:

MATH19ACalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH20AHonors Calculus

5

or one of these courses

MATH19BCalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH20BHonors Calculus

5

or one of these courses

MATH22Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables

5

MATH23AVector Calculus

5

AM30Multivariate Calculus for Engineers

5

or this course

CSE16Applied Discrete Mathematics

5

Engineering

At least one course from the following:

CSE12Computer Systems and Assembly Language

5

CSE12LComputer Systems and Assembly Language Laboratory

2

CSE13SComputer Systems and C Programming

7

CSE30Programming Abstractions: Python

7

Lecture/lab combinations count as one course.

Students with no prior programming will take CSE 20 before CSE 30 and CSE 12/L.

 

Economics and Technology and Information Management

At least one additional course must be chosen from the following:

ECON1Introductory Microeconomics: Resource Allocation and Market Structure

5

ECON2Introductory Macroeconomics: Aggregate Economic Activity

5

ECON10AEconomics of Accounting

5

CSE50Business Information Systems

5

Three additional courses

At least three additional courses must be chosen from the following:

CSE12Computer Systems and Assembly Language

5

CSE12LComputer Systems and Assembly Language Laboratory

2

CSE13SComputer Systems and C Programming

7

CSE30Programming Abstractions: Python

7

CSE16Applied Discrete Mathematics

5

CSE50Business Information Systems

5

ECON1Introductory Microeconomics: Resource Allocation and Market Structure

5

ECON2Introductory Macroeconomics: Aggregate Economic Activity

5

ECON10AEconomics of Accounting

5

MATH19ACalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH19BCalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH20AHonors Calculus

5

MATH20BHonors Calculus

5

MATH22Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables

5

MATH23AVector Calculus

5

AM30Multivariate Calculus for Engineers

5

Lecture/lab combinations count as one course.

Only one course from each of the following sets can be counted:

MATH 19A and MATH 20A

MATH 19B and MATH 20B

MATH 22 and MATH 23A and AM 30

Eligibility to declare the major

In addition, students who have passed six qualifying courses and who have received more than one grade of NP, C-, D+, D, D-, or F in the qualifying courses are not eligible to declare the major.

Appeal Process

Students who are informed that they are not eligible to declare the major may appeal this decision by submitting a letter to the undergraduate director through the Baskin School of Engineering undergraduate advising office within 15 days from the date the notification was mailed. Within 15 days of receipt of the appeal, the department will notify the student, college, and Office of the Registrar of the decision.

How to Declare a Major

For instructions about how to declare a major in the Baskin School of Engineering, please refer to the department's major declaration page for information.
 

Transfer Information and Policy

Transfer Admission Screening Policy

Transfer students must have completed at least six of the lower-division courses from the list below. In addition, a minimum 2.0 GPA is required in each of those six courses. All lower-division requirements completed will be counted toward the GPA. (Students entering UCSC by Fall 2020 and students who have catalog rights to follow the 2018-19 General Catalog may follow the screening requirements published in that catalog.)

Students who wish to graduate in two years are strongly recommended to complete all screening courses except CSE 50, CSE 12 and CSE 12L, and CSE 13S, as well as most general education requirements, before coming to UC Santa Cruz.

Students should consult assist.org to determine which courses at other institutions in California are transferable to UC Santa Cruz.

CSE12Computer Systems and Assembly Language

5

CSE12LComputer Systems and Assembly Language Laboratory

2

CSE13SComputer Systems and C Programming

7

CSE30Programming Abstractions: Python

7

CSE16Applied Discrete Mathematics

5

CSE50Business Information Systems

5

ECON1Introductory Microeconomics: Resource Allocation and Market Structure

5

ECON2Introductory Macroeconomics: Aggregate Economic Activity

5

ECON10AEconomics of Accounting

5

MATH19ACalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH19BCalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH20AHonors Calculus

5

MATH20BHonors Calculus

5

MATH22Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables

5

MATH23AVector Calculus

5

AM30Multivariate Calculus for Engineers

5

Lecture/lab combinations count as one course.

Only one course from each of the following sets can be counted:

MATH 19A and MATH 20A

MATH 19B and MATH 20B

MATH 22 and MATH 23A and AM 30

Getting Started at UCSC as a Transfer Student

Transfer students should declare their major in their first quarter at UC Santa Cruz. Instructions for declaring a major in the Baskin School of Engineering are on the department's website.

Letter Grade Policy

All students admitted to a School of Engineering major, or seeking admission to a major, must take all courses required for that major for a letter grade. This policy includes courses required for these degrees that are sponsored by other departments.

School of Engineering Policies

Please refer to the School of Engineering section of the catalog for additional policies that apply to all School of Engineering programs. These policies include admission to the major and the need for UC Santa Cruz students to obtain pre-approval before taking courses elsewhere.

Course Substitution Policy

Undergraduate engineering students who wish to substitute a major course with a course from UC Santa Cruz must first consult the School of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office. The advising office requires a Petition for Course Substitution be approved before credit for an alternate course can be applied to any School of Engineering major requirement.

Petition forms are available at the undergraduate advising office and online.

Petitions and procedures for approval must be obtained from and submitted to the Undergraduate Advising Office.

Honors

The TIM program awards honors to students whose academic performance is excellent. Students with a GPA 3.5 or higher but lower than 3.7 will be awarded honors. Students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher will be awarded highest honors. Students who have been found guilty of academic misconduct are not eligible for either honors or highest honors.

Requirements and Planners

Course Requirements

Lower-Division Courses

Statistics
STAT5Statistics

5

Mathematics
One of the following options
Either these courses

MATH19ACalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH19BCalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

or these courses

MATH20AHonors Calculus

5

MATH20BHonors Calculus

5

Plus one of the following
AM30Multivariate Calculus for Engineers

5

MATH22Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables

5

MATH23AVector Calculus

5

Plus one of the following options
Either these courses

AM10Mathematical Methods for Engineers I

5

AM20Mathematical Methods for Engineers II

5

or these courses

MATH21Linear Algebra

5

MATH24Ordinary Differential Equations

5

Economics
All of the following
ECON1Introductory Microeconomics: Resource Allocation and Market Structure

5

ECON2Introductory Macroeconomics: Aggregate Economic Activity

5

ECON10AEconomics of Accounting

5

Computer Science and Engineering
All of the following
CSE12Computer Systems and Assembly Language

5

CSE12LComputer Systems and Assembly Language Laboratory

2

CSE13SComputer Systems and C Programming

7

CSE16Applied Discrete Mathematics

5

CSE20Beginning Programming in Python

5

CSE30Programming Abstractions: Python

7

Students with no prior programming will take CSE 20 before CSE 30, CSE 12, and CSE 12L. Students with a prior programming course, AP credit, or clearing the “Test-out” bar will start with CSE 30, CSE 12, and CSE 12L.

Plus these courses
CSE50Business Information Systems

5

CSE58Systems Analysis and Design

5

Upper-Division Courses

Computer Science and Engineering

All of the following:

CSE150Introduction to Computer Networks

5

CSE150LIntroduction to Computer Networks Laboratory

2

CSE170Management of Technology Seminar

2

CSE171AIntroduction to Management of Technology I

5

CSE171BIntroduction to Management of Technology II

5

CSE175Business Strategy and Information Systems

5

CSE182Introduction to Database Management Systems

5

Economics
One of the following courses
ECON100AIntermediate Microeconomics

5

ECON100MIntermediate Microeconomics, Math Intensive

5

Plus the following
ECON113Introduction to Econometrics

5

Electives

Two 5-credit School of Engineering courses

Students select two upper-division School of Engineering electives on the basis of their particular interests. These electives may be any 5-credit upper-division or graduate School of Engineering courses, with the following limitations:

Plus

One 5-credit, upper-division economics course

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Students of every major must satisfy that major's upper-division Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement. The DC requirement in technology and information management is satisfied by completing CSE 175.

CSE175Business Strategy and Information Systems

5

Comprehensive Requirement

Students complete three project-intensive courses, CSE 175, CSE 171A, and CSE 171B, which constitute the comprehensive requirements for the technology and information management major, based on the dual aspects (technology of management and management of technology) of the program. CSE 175 deals with the technology of management, and CSE 171A, and CSE 171B are a sequence that deal with the management of technology. All three courses involve a substantial amount of critical thinking and writing within the context of comprehensive projects.

CSE 175 requires that students understand and use a structured methodology to evaluate the competitive use of information systems within an enterprise. This is accomplished by a team project as well as by an individual project that involves researching and writing a comprehensive analytical term paper using a methodology taught as part of this course.

CSE 171A requires that students understand and apply structured methodologies for the development, management, and commercialization of technologies and products. Students will work in teams on a comprehensive term project in the development, commercialization, and management of high-tech products in the domains of computers, networks, semiconductors, mechatronics, and biotechnology.

CSE 171B requires that students understand and apply structured methodologies and tools for designing, developing, and managing the supply chain for high-tech products. Students will continue the comprehensive team project from CSE 171A to design, develop, and manage the supply chain for the products developed in CSE 171A.

CSE175Business Strategy and Information Systems

5

CSE171AIntroduction to Management of Technology I

5

CSE171BIntroduction to Management of Technology II

5

Planners

The following are two sample academic plans for students pursuing the technology and information management major. Plan One is for first-year students, and Plan Two is designed for transfer students that have completed all general education requirements. Students completing the courses in the four-year planner will have satisfied the MF, PE and SR General Education requirements.

Four-Year Major Planner

  Fall Winter Spring
1st (frosh) MATH 19A MATH 19B ECON 2
ECON 1 CSE 20  CSE 30 
    STAT 5
2nd (soph) CSE 50 ECON 10A ECON 100A
CSE 12 & CSE 12L AM 30 or MATH 22
or MATH 23A 
CSE 170
CSE 16    
3rd (junior) CSE 13S CSE 150 & CSE 150L CSE 182
AM 10 CSE 58  AM 20 
     
4th (senior) CSE 171A CSE 171B CSE 175
ECON 113  BSOE elective  BSOE elective 
  ECON elective   

Two-Year Transfer Major Planner*

  Fall Winter Spring
1st (junior) CSE 50 CSE 58 CSE 170
ECON 100A CSE 150 & CSE 150L  CSE 182 
    ECON 113
 2nd (senior)
 
CSE 171A CSE 171B CSE 175  
BSOE elective ECON elective BSOE elective
     

*This plan assumes that transfer students have completed all of their lower-division courses for the technology and information management major, with the exception of CSE 50 and CSE 58, prior to attending UCSC.

Curriculum charts for all BSOE majors are available at the department's website.