Information Systems


B.S. AND MINOR IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS

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The Information Systems (IS) major is suitable for students who are planning to work in a corporate environment, to operate their own business, and to obtain a strong systems and business background for pursuing graduate studies. The B.S. in I.S. Program enables the student to develop a solid foundation in key information systems and in organizational and business skills. It prepares students to work in an organization as Systems/Business Analysts; Web-based Application Developers; Enterprise IT Consultants; Mobile App Designers; Database Analysts; Database Administrators; Network Analysts; Information Security Analysts; Risk Analysts; Compliance and Auditing Analysts; IT Entrepreneurs.

The B.S. in Information Systems program covers the basic concepts proposed by the ACM/AIS model curriculum, including:

I. Technological Concepts:    

Computer Applications
Computational Thinking-Algorithms
Programming Languages
Networking & Security
Databases
HTML
Mobile App Development
Dynamic Web Technologies

II. Organizational Concepts:

General Organization Theory
Information Systems Management
Organizational Behavior
Managing the Process of Change
Legal and Ethical
Interpersonal Skills

III. Developmental Concepts (Systems Concepts)

Approaches to Systems Development
Systems Development Concepts and Methodologies
Systems Development Tools and Techniques
Enterprise Information System
Design Thinking
Enterprise Resource Planning
Security & Risk Management
Project Management
Information and Business Analysis
Information Systems Design
Systems Implementation and Testing Strategies
Systems Integration, Operation, and Maintenance
Systems Development for Specific Types of Information Systems.

The department's regularly updated curricula are taught by a team of highly qualified faculty that engages in research and brings corporate and government technical IT work experience to the classroom.  The program enables the student to develop solid foundations in key technologies, methodologies, processes, and in organizational skills

What's the Difference between Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Systems?

Computer Science: The science that deals with designing and improving the efficiency of computers with the computer in mind. The field requires study of design of operating systems, data structures, extensive programming and discrete mathematics. More or less, this field requires extensive coding (writing programs). A computer science major may create software for anti-virus.

Computer Engineering: The design and development of computer hardware e.g., Central Processing Unit, Memory, Hard Disks, communication ports, cooling. The field requires study of materials, Electrical engineering principles, heat transfer, extensive calculus and programming.

Information Systems: The design and development of automated systems that are used in enterprises. The field requires study of business fundamentals (purchasing, sales, accounting, logistics, finance), systems analysis, database systems, networking and security, enterprise systems, project management. The IS major will interface with employees and/or customers to provide them with automated solutions that meet their needs. The field requires business knowledge to analyze the needs of employees/customers/partners (understand the business language and business terms), technology principles, and ability to design solutions.

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Download Information Systems Catalog 2015-17 Course Descriptions and Curriculum Sheet