Major in Information Systems

​Computing has strong connections to other disciplines. Many problems in science, engineering, health care, business and other areas can be solved effectively ​with computers, but finding a solution requires both computer expertise and knowledge of the particular application domain. A major in Information Systems is designed to meet that need.

Information Systems is ​an interdisciplinary major that enables students to combine computer science courses with other disciplines. The major is designed to provide students with a strong academic background in computing within the context of an increasingly technology-driven society. The focus of the major is on practical applications of technology to support different environments. A number of concentrations or tracks were developed in collaboration with faculty in other areas. Students plan, coordinate, direct and implement computer systems and computer related activities in areas they identify to concentrate their additional studies.

Curriculum

Students pursuing a degree in Computing Science must complete 52-55 credits of study, made up of the following core, electives, mathematics, and science courses. A minimum grade of "C" is required in any course used as a prerequisite to a CS course.

Information Systems Major Requirements

Course Number Name Credit
CS 158 Application Development I 4
CS 160 Application Development II 4
CS 330 Networks & Wireless Communication 3
CS 360 Database Design & Development 3
CS 366 Physical Design & Implementation 3
CS 376 Social issues and Professional Practice 2
CS 455WI Project Management & Practice 3

Electives

Choose three (3) Computing Science courses numbered 300 or above. This may include one (1) internship and/or one (1) independent study.

Statistics

The Management Information Systems and Business Analytics Tracks requires DSIM 301 – Business Statistics. All other tracks take MATH 205 – Elementary Statistics.

Track-specific Courses

Students select a concentration/track in collaboration with a Computing Science faculty member. Tracks are available in:

  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Management Information Systems
  • Human-Centric Digital Design
  • Business Analytics

The supporting courses for the concentration are selected as a cohesive body of knowledge and serve to prepare the student to function as an IS professional in that environment.

Geographical Information Systems

Students must complete a minimum of 15 hours, one course from each of the five categories below.

  • GEOG 200: World Geography
  • Either:
    • GEOG 230: Earth Science
    • GEOG 314: Population Geography
    • GEOG 400: Special Topics in Geography
  • GEOG 450: Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 455: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • Either:
    • GEOG 387/388 (junior status): Internship
    • GEOG 487/488 (senior status): Internship

Management Information Systems

Students complete 18 hours in Management/ Decision Science Information Management classes.

  • DSIM 203RI: Applied Business and Economics Analysis
  • DSIM 305: Quantitative Business Methods
  • DSIM 370: Management of Information Technology
  • MGT 301: Principles of Management
  • MGT 310: Organizational Behavior and Leadership Skills
  • MGT 408: Organizational Design and Change Management

Human-Centric Digital Design

Students complete 15 hours in Art classes.

  • ART 254: Digital Art
  • ART 255: Typography
  • ART 263: Web Design
  • ART 360: Graphic Design
  • ART 362: Mobile Design

Business Analytics

Students complete eighteen hours in Management/ Decision Science coursework.

  • DSIM 203RI: Applied Business and Economics Analysis
  • DSIM 370: Management of Information Technology
  • DSIM 307: Introduction to Business Analytics (new course)
  • DSIM 405: Advanced Statistics and Econometrics (new course)
  • DSIM 415: Management Science (new course)
  • DSIM 420: Visual Analytics (new course)

Student Outcomes

The program will enable students to attain, by the time of graduation:

  • An ability to apply knowledge​ of computing appropriate to the discipline.
  • ​​An ability to analyze a problem, as well as identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
  • Recognition of the need for an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.