Information systems study centers on planning, analysis, design, and implementation of information systems that include technologies such as computer networks, e-commerce, and database applications. Students develop and use computer-based information systems in business environments in preparation for careers in information technology-related areas.
Students in the program need to possess strong mathematics and logical reasoning skills. High school students planning collegiate programs in business, including information systems, should take algebra/trigonometry or pre-calculus courses in high school.
With solid coursework in the computer science area before entering the professional portion of the program, students develop a technical foundation to support their upper division curriculum.
CourseworkJAVA languageSoftware developmentDecision theory and problem solvingSystems analysisDesign and implementationProject ManagementData communicationsE-commerceEconomicsAccountancyManagementMarketingFinancial management
ElectivesInformation Security ManagementAdditional programming languageManaging technologyQuantitative modelingAdvanced database management systemsInternshipIndependent study
As in all other business programs, IS students will complete an extensive array of courses in liberal arts and science, including courses in communication, humanities, multicultural issues and social sciences.
The vast majority of IS majors participate in an internship experience in their junior or senior year. The internships earn university credit that applies to the major program. Most are paid and many lead to employment following graduation.
FacultyWith a vast majority having Ph.D. degrees in management information systems, the faculty deliver a curriculum balanced between computer science education and business management. Students receive a healthy balance between management knowledge and computer skills.
Occupational OutlookInformation Systems graduates will enjoy dynamic careeropportunities in work that is challenging, where innovation andinitiative are valued and rewarded. There is real flexibility incareers where graduates have specialized in systemsengineering, sales, technical delivery, marketing andcommunications, customer service, operations and humanresources.
For the past several years, IS graduates have been in highdemand from many types of industries such as financialplanning, health care, manufacturing, consumer research andbehavior, government, and education.
Career Opportunities and PlacementTypical starting position titles for new IS graduates include:• Programmer/analyst• Security Specialist• Software engineer• Web designer/developer• Database administrator• Microcomputer support specialist• Network administrator• Computer forensic analyst
Many IS graduates initially assume positions as programmer/analysts and eventually systems analysts and informationsystems managers in organizations of all sizes. Others pursuecareers in Web design or network administration. Employersnationally need new employees with skills in all aspects ofinformation technology. Projections indicate that the demand forthese skills will persist into the future. Placement has been near100 percent over the years, with higher than average startingsalaries.
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