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  • Why Information Systems?

    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.

    JAVA language
    Software development
    Decision theory and problem solving
    Systems analysis
    Design and implementation
    Project Management
    Data communications
    Financial management

    Information Security Management
    Additional programming language
    Managing technology
    Quantitative modeling
    Advanced database management systems
    Independent 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.


    With 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 Outlook
    Information Systems graduates will enjoy dynamic career
    opportunities in work that is challenging, where innovation and
    initiative are valued and rewarded. There is real flexibility in
    careers where graduates have specialized in systems
    engineering, sales, technical delivery, marketing and
    communications, customer service, operations and human

    For the past several years, IS graduates have been in high
    demand from many types of industries such as financial
    planning, health care, manufacturing, consumer research and
    behavior, government, and education.

    Career Opportunities and Placement
    Typical 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 information
    systems managers in organizations of all sizes. Others pursue
    careers in Web design or network administration. Employers
    nationally need new employees with skills in all aspects of
    information technology. Projections indicate that the demand for
    these skills will persist into the future. Placement has been near
    100 percent over the years, with higher than average starting