Information Systems Major

Information Systems Major

The major of Information Systems is designed to train professionals competent to solve problems from a huge and growing area of computer based information systems and services. The major provides a broad understanding of the role played by modern computer and communication technology in every area of human activities. It trains students to analyze problems and to provide solutions, using up to date information technologies.

A student will benefit from this program as either a stand-alone major or as a second major or from some of the courses offered that complement the student's main stream of education.

The curriculum of Information Systems major is designed to enable students to skill- or competency-based outcomes:

  • Provide knowledge about existing computer languages, development environments and technologies;
  • Develop skills to specify, implement and monitor development of an information system;
  • Create an understanding of the role of information as a strategic resource as well as the specific problems in its management;
  • Develop skills to better utilize the positive effects of implementing computer-based information technologies while avoiding negative results and possible conflicts between people and technology.
  • Provide knowledge about models, measurements, and optimization techniques;
  • Develop effective communication skills in creating and implementing information systems solutions.

Typical employment areas for our graduates are: data and network analysts; system analysts, Information Systems developers, designers, or quality assurance experts; web designers; database designers; system and database administrators.

Total: 12 courses

Six (6) required courses:
INF 110 Visual Basic Programming (or placement test)
INF 150 Personal Productivity with Information Technologies
INF 270 Principles of Information Systems
INF 280 Database Systems
INF 335 Web Server Technologies
INF 440 Technologies for e-Business

And six (6) elective courses:

At least three courses chosen from:
INF 120 Basics of Java Programming
INF 140 Basics in C# Programming
INF 160 IS Development Environments
INF 240 Website Development
INF 250 Emerging Technologies
INF 275 Web Client Technologies
INF 290 Use of Statistical Software
INF 350 Managing Information Systems Development Projects
INF 370 Information Security
INF 480 Data Warehousing and Data Mining
INF 491 Senior Project

No more than three elective courses may be chosen from:
BUS 340 Organizational Theory and Behavior
BUS 341 Introduction to Operations Management
BUS 400 Decision Science

COS 231 Introduction to UNIX
COS 315 Software Engineering

ECO 101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 300 Quantitative Methods in Economics
ECO 310 Econometrics

MAT 102 Finite Mathematics
MAT 201 Mathematical Statistics

JMC 411 Design and Layout

An additional group of (general) elective INF courses are represented by:

INF L97 Topics in Information Systems* (one or more)
INF L98 Independent Study* (one or more)
(L -defines the level of the course)

*Not more than three COS courses may be counted for INF major credits.

As the basic programming language used across the IS major curriculum is Visual Basic, every student must demonstrate an appropriate level of Visual Basic expertise in a placement test, or pass the INF 110 course. Students who pass the placement test in Visual Basic may choose another course from the list of electives. Students who either fail the placement test, or who do not take it, must take INF 110. INF 270 is substitutable by BUS 201.

The subject of the course INF L97 “Topics in Information Systems” and its description is defined for every particular offering. Students can take more than one INF L97 course.

Disciplinary Honors in Information Systems
Disciplinary honors may be given to an Information Systems major who upon graduation has met the following requirements:

  • has achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 in courses in the Information Systems major.
  • has undertaken an Information Systems senior project and has successfully completed and publicly defended the project in front of a panel of Information Systems faculty.
  • has received a grade of A for the Information Systems senior project.

Based upon the project complexity, development professionalism, presentation, demonstration and documentation, the panel will decide whether or not to recommend honors.

A completed senior project counts as a state exam.

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