Information Systems (IS)

College of Business Administration
Department Chair: Kuang-Wei Wen
241 Wing Technology Center

Professor: Wen,
Assistant Professors: Dai, Harried, Yang.

Students in the College of Business Administration must complete the college core requirements viewable here. (36 credits of the common core)

Information Systems Major

(College of Business Administration) — 28 credits – CS 120, 220, 364; IS 300, 310, 330, 401, 411; one elective course from: CS 224, 464, IS 320, 405, 410, 451, 499, MGT 370, 395.

Information Systems Minor

(College of Business Administration) — 16 credits – CS 120, IS 300, 310, 401; one elective course from: ACC 327, IS 320, 330, 410, MGT 395.

Information Systems Minor

(All colleges excluding College of Business Administration) — 25 or 28 credits – CS 120, either ACC 221 and 222 or 235, ECO 110, IS 220, 300, 310, 401; one elective course from: ACC 327, IS 320, 330, 410, MGT 395.

Admission and Retention Process:

  1. Provide a completed application form and a copy of your transcript to the IS office. (Wing 240)
  2. Have a declared major.
  3. Have taken IS 220 with a grade of "B" or better.
  4.  Have taken MTH 175 or MTH 151, with a grade of "C" or better.
  5.  Have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.


All students must meet prerequisite requirements for courses counting toward the minor. Required courses for any non-IS major cannot be counted as electives for the IS minor. Admissions are subject to an annual space limitation set by the department. If the number of qualified applications exceeds the annual space limitation, College of Business Administration majors must account for at least 60 percent of admitted applicants. Retention in the minor requires that CS 120 be taken no later than the first semester in the minor with a grade of “C” or better.

IS 220 Cr. 3 Information Systems for Business Management

A study of the use of information systems to assist management in planning, directing, and controlling the activities of an organization. The use of computer resources in providing useful information for each of the functional areas of business is explored. Primary emphasis is placed on understanding the analysis, design, and implementation of systems used to generate information for managerial purposes. A term project involving computer applications is required of each student. Prerequisite: CS 103 and 104. Offered Fall, Spring.
The 300/400 level information system courses are open only to those students who have been admitted to the business program. Exceptions to this policy may be made only by the College of Business Administration dean.

IS 300 Cr. 3 Information Systems Theory, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

This course provides an understanding of the systematic ways for formulating business problems from information systems perspectives, and of the necessary decision processes that lead to effective solutions. Major topics include information systems theory, organizational decision support using IS, decision theory, decision analysis paradigms, and other problem solving techniques. Group decision support technology will also be introduced. Prerequisite: IS 220. Offered Spring.

IS 310 Cr. 3 Information Systems in Networked Environments: Technical Foundations and Applications

This course provides fundamentals of data communications and business networking requirements, and examines the linkage of information technology strategies and technological solutions for enabling effective business processes within and between organizations in emerging environments. Major topics include fundamentals of data communications and business networking, applications to data communications, basic technologies of the Internet and the Web, commercial use of Internet technologies, e-business applications, and cases in online industries. Prerequisite: IS 220. Offered Spring.

IS 320 Cr. 3 Computer-based Decision Support Systems for Management

An examination of how various software application packages such as spreadsheets, database management systems, and other software tools, are employed to support decision making in business environments. Topic areas include modeling, decision-support systems, data warehouses, on-line analytical processing, and data mining. Prerequisite: CS 120, IS 220. Offered occasionally.

IS 330 Cr. 3 Business Choices and Telecommunications Decisions

An examination of the business and organizational role of telecommunications. The course will not address the theoretical foundations of telecommunications, but rather focus on using telecommunications to support and achieve business strategies. Course topics will include how businesses are being reshaped by advances in telecommunications; how businesses plan, deploy and manage telecommunications resources; and how businesses are utilizing and administrating local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) technology to achieve business objectives. Prerequisite: CS 120 and IS 310. Offered Fall.

IS 401 Cr. 3 Management Information Systems: Analysis and Design

This is the first course in a two-course sequence that covers the development process for computer-based management information systems. This course emphasizes information analysis and the logical design of management information systems. Prerequisite: CS 120, IS 300, 310. Offered Fall.

IS 405 Cr. 1-3 Information Systems Seminar

Emphasis will be on examination and study of current issues in information systems. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: IS 401. Offered occasionally.

IS 410/510 Cr. 3 Information Security Management

This course provides a comprehensive treatment of the managerial aspect of information security while leaving the technical aspect to the computer science discipline. Concepts of information security management (ISM) related to governance, risk management, and compliance will be acquired from survey of contemporary literature including textbooks, journal articles, and online publications while positive models serving as industry standards that are governing today’s ISM practice will be introduced and compared. Prerequisite: IS 220 or CS 220 or two years of relevant industry experience. Offered Fall.

IS 411 Cr. 3 Management Information Systems: Design and Implementation

This is the capstone course in a sequence that covers the development process for a computer-based management information system. This course emphasizes physical design and implementation of the system. Students will implement an information system in a client-server environment, using a programming language capable of calling functions in a database management system. Prerequisite: CS 364 and IS 401. Offered Spring.

IS 451 Cr. 1-6 College of Business Administration Management Information Systems Internship

The internship program as conceived and implemented is an unusual program designed to provide an opportunity for students in the College of Business Administration to participate in an approved program with a cooperating business, governmental or civic organization for usually 15 weeks of their undergraduate work. All management information systems (MIS) internships must be approved and supervised by an IS faculty member. For additional information, see internship description under the College of Business Administration heading. Repeatable for credit. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

IS 499 Cr. 1-3 Independent Study

Individual reading or research under the guidance of a staff member. Open to selected advance students who have excellent records in the department. Registration with the consent of the student’s regular advisor, the instructor and the department chairperson. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.