Toolbox Cognate in Information Technology


The Toolbox Cognate in Information Technology is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills required by essentially any job today.

With introductory level options, including courses from outside the department, the cognate is of value to students who wish to get a firm foundation in areas related to computing and information technology. The cognate also gives students considering study of Information Technology or Computer Science an opportunity to sample a broad range of courses in the field. The requirements for the cognate are designed to allow greater breadth than is found in the Computer Science and Information Technology Minors.


The cognate consists of four courses covering at least three of the categories in computing and information technology

  1. Computer Applications
    • CS401 – Computer Applications
  2. Web
    • IT 403 – Introduction to Internet Technologies
    • IT 502 – Intermediate Web Design (IT 403 is a pre-req.)
  3. Computing/Programming
    • CS 405 – Introduction to Programming with Visual Basic
    • CS 410 – Introduction to Scientific Programming
    • MATH 445 – Math and Applications with MATLAB
    • IT 503 – Introduction to Web Programming
    • IT 505 – Database Programming (a programming course is a pre-req.)
  4. Statistics
    • MATH 439 – Statistical Discovery for Everyone
    • MATH 539 – Introduction to Statistical Analysis
    • Other statistics courses, such as PSYC 402 and SOC 502, are acceptable substitutions for the two math department choices (some students interested in the cognate may already have taken a stats course for their major and, by rule, cannot get credit for a second stats course)

The courses must be passed with C- or better and a 2.00 grade-point average in courses in the cognate.