Information Systems

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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.

Coursework
JAVA language
Software development
Decision theory and problem solving
Systems analysis
Database Management Systems
Project Management
Data communications
Economics
Accountancy
Management
Marketing
Financial management

 

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

 

Faculty
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
resources.

 
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
salaries.