Information Systems

  • IS

    What is Information Systems?

    The BBA degree with a major in information systems (IS) produces students who know how to apply technology as a driver of business strategy. This requires students to have strong technology skills, a clear understanding of business strategy, processes, and environment, and ultimately an ability to envision and apply technology solutions in a business environment. Students earning a BBA with a major  in information systems understand web and application development in the context of the business environment. Graduates have capabilities in systems analysis and design, database management, and IT project management. 

    Students completing the BBA with a major in IS may choose to pursue graduate studies in IS, business, and related fields, or they may choose to begin careers in industry, government, or other agencies. Graduates of the IS program are prepared for a variety of careers in IS, especially in the design, implementation, and management of IT projects.

    Example job titles include application developer, application support, business analyst, business intelligence manager, client services analyst, database administrator, database analyst, information resource manager, IT consultant, programmer/analyst, project manager, quality assurance analyst, systems analyst, user support analyst, web developer, web page designer, and webmaster.

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    Admission Requirements

    Students may initially declare an "-Interest" based major in this subject, but must still meet additional requirements to be formally accepted into the degree program.

    Before a business major can be admitted to the Coles College Undergraduate Professional Program and enroll in any upper-division business courses (3000-4000 level), she or he must meet the Coles Sophomore GPA Requirement. This involves earning an Adjusted GPA of 3.00 or greater for the following seven courses:

    • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I
    • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • ECON 2300 Business Statistics
    • IS 2200 Information Systems Communications
    • BLAW 2200 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

    Students should take BUSA 2150 as soon as they have completed its prerequisite of ENGL 1101.  Successful completion of this course is a requirement for admission to the Coles Undergraduate Professional Program.

    General Education Core Curriculum Requirements Specific to This Major

    Area A2: Students must take MATH 1111 or higher. 

    Related Minors or Certificates Available

    •  Information Systems Minor

    Sample Classes

    • This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop applications in a development environment. Program logic and decision structure will be covered using a modern programming language and framework.

    • In this course, students will be exposed to the basic principles of Global Project Management, effective teamwork and collaboration. It will prepare students to understand key issues in global project management such as project initiation, planning, scheduling, budgeting, risk analysis, quality management and communicating and collaborating across political and cultural boundaries. Tools such as Microsoft Project will be used to develop and track Information Systems projects.

    • This course presents introductions to many of the basic concepts, issues and techniques related to designing, developing and deploying Web sites. During the course, students will learn about Web design, HTML, basic scripting, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Students will learn how to create sites both manually and through the use of Web site development software tool such as a text editor, Dreamweaver, and Adobe Photoshop.IS 3260:Web Development I

    • Data Mining is the process of extracting useful information from data sets. It involves exploring and analyzing data sets to discover meaningful and valuable information. This course covers major data mining techniques including but not limited to data visualization, association analysis, classification, clustering, trend analysis, prediction, neural networks, text and web mining, and their applications in business. Various data analysis and data mining tools will be used to create analytical applications and achieve data mining goals.