The Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Technology Administration (BTA) program trains students for management positions in the growing job field of Information Systems. It is an interdisciplinary program developing practical knowledge for integration of computers, organizational processes, and people into effective and efficient systems.
Through a variety of courses such as human resources management, project management, business law, ethics, and operations management, student learn the skills to be successful managers, analysts and, administrators in an IS organization. In addition, BTA students experience working with companies on projects that analyze systems and research solutions for implementation in small and large enterprises.
For successful completion of the degree, all students must satisfy the general education requirements that are explained in the UMBC Undergraduate Catalog.
Requirements specific to the BTA degree are below. Course descriptions can be found in the Course Catalog.
Prior Years Required Courses
Effective Fall 2013: All Business Technology Administration majors must complete at least 9 upper level IS and Management courses taught by the IS department at UMBC.
For students who declared the major prior to Fall 2012, the required program courses for the Bachelor of Arts Degree can be found here.
For students who declared the major between Fall 2012 and Spring 2020, the required program courses for the Bachelor of Arts Degree can be found here.
Current Required Courses
- IS 125 – Information Systems Logic & Structured Design OR IS 296 – Foundations of Data Science
- IS 202 – Systems Analysis Methods
- IS 295 – Intermediate Business Applications
- IS 300 – Management Information Systems
- IS 303 – Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction
- IS 320 – Advanced Business Applications
- IS 325 – Introduction to Management Science
- IS 350 – Business Communications Systems
- IS438 – Project Management
- IS 440 – Integrating Technology into Business Processes
- IS 3xx or 4xx – Upper Level IS Elective
(Students may not use IS 397, IS 399, IS 400, IS 467, IS 469, IS 478, IS 479, or any course being used to satisfy an IS certificate requirement.)
Mathematics and Statistics
- MATH 155 – Applied Calculus
- STAT 351 – Applied Statistics for Business and Economics (M)
Economics and English
- ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics (SS)
- ECON 102 – Principles of Macroeconomics (SS)
- ECON 121 – Principles of Accounting I
- ECON 122 – Principles of Accounting II
- ENGL 393 – Technical Communication
- MGMT 210 – The Practice of Management
- MGMT 3xx or 4xx – Upper Level MGMT Elective
(may not use MGMT 399, or a course being used to satisfy a certificate requirement)
- MGMT 489 – Seminar in Management and Administration
Courses offered by the IS Department that are not part of the required BTA curriculum. Visit the Electives Page to view a complete list.
*A grade of “C” or better is required in each course needed to fulfill the BA requirements.
**Students in the BA in BTA program cannot declare a double major with the BS in IS program.