Technology moves quickly — so get a head start on your career!

The world of information technology is ever-changing, but success starts with a firm foundation in computing, data models and structure, and the legal and ethical uses of computer technologies. Through our accelerated 3+1 program, you’ll apply your knowledge of information technology to the field of library and information science and complete your undergraduate and graduate work in only four years. 

Working closely with expert faculty, you’ll complete your BS in Information Technology in three years, followed by a fourth year of study to complete your MS in Library and Information Science.

Program Requirements

Note: this chart represents a sample 3+1 curriculum for Information Technology. The 3+1 Computer Science/Library Information Science Program requires 32 additional credits of electives (8 courses), which can be comprised of a combination of AP credits, extra courses each semester and/or summer courses before the end of Year 3. We will work with you individually to determine the best course sequence for your needs.

Year 1
Fall Term Spring Term
CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Science (LIS 531J) CS 110 - Foundations of Information Technology
The Boston Course The Leadership Course
The Simmons Course - Explore (2 credits) IT elective (e.g. CS 113)
Foreign Language Requirement* Foreign Language Requirement*
Summer: + 2 Free Electives Year Credit total: 38/ Cuml . total: 38
Year 2
Fall Term Spring Term
CS 227 - Computer Networks CS 327 - Cybersecurity
Learning Community that includes one KCA (8 credits) KCA 3 - Social and Historical (SH)
KCA 2 - Global Cultural (GC) MGMT 221 - Project Management
Math 118 - Statistics Free Elective
The Simmons Course - Experience (1 credit) Free Elective
Summer: + 2 Free Electives Year Credit total: 49/ Cuml . total: 87
Year 3
Fall Term Spring Term
MGMT 234 - Organizational Behavior CS333 - Relational Databases
KCA 4 - Aesthetic, literary, and artistic (ALA) The Simmons Course - Excel (1 credit)
Free elective Free elective
CS321 - Web-centric Programming CS 343 - Systems Analysis
CS 350 - Undergraduate Capstone 1 CS 350 - Undergraduate Capstone 2
Year Credit total: 41/ Cuml . total: 128
Begin LIS program:
Summer Term
LIS 401 - Foundations of Library and Information Science (recommended) or elective**
LIS 407 - Reference/Information Services
LIS 415 - Organization of Knowledge
Year 4
Fall Term Spring Term
LIS Elective** LIS Elective**
LIS Elective** LIS Elective**
LIS Elective** LIS Elective**

*KCAs (Key Content Areas), the Foreign Language and the Qualitative Literacy (QL) courses are part of the undergraduate general education requirement from a list. Students will also have to frame three courses as an integrative seminar, e.g. CS 333, KCA2 and a Free Elective, integrated as courses to create a social justice campaign.

**Suggested electives that may vary depending on student's interests.

Customize Your Program
You'll work with a faculty adviser to tailor your program to your interests and career goals.
Internships and Research
Master's level coursework in library science will commence by your senior year and culminate in stimulating yet practical independent studies. Our prime Boston location opens the door to hundreds of prestigious internships.
    • Nanette Veilleux
    • Professor and Division Director of MCS, Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Informatics
    • Phone: 617-521-2705
    • Office: M110
    • Amber Stubbs
    • Assistant Professor, 3+1 Program Advisor
    • Phone: 617-521-2807
    • Office: P212C
    Bruce Tis
    • Bruce Tis
    • Adjunct Faculty
    • Phone: 617-521-2703
    • Office: M343
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