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Major in Information Systems

Information technology and systems have become an integral part of any business environment. In some cases, information systems are the key component to a business’s survival. As a graduate with a major in information systems, you will carry with you a skill set that includes system design, database and web design, performance evaluation and managerial and organizational knowledge that is necessary to manage the custom information systems used by businesses and clients throughout the global marketplace.

This avenue of study is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers involving business applications for information technology. The major combines course work from the computer science, information systems, mathematics, and business departments, and leads to a bachelor of science degree with a major in information systems. Students pursuing the information systems major are encouraged to consider enhancing their knowledge with a minor in business administration.

Requirements for the Major
A student majoring in information systems must take CS 220 Computer Science I, plus the computer science, information systems, math, and business courses listed below.

Computer Science Courses
Information Systems Courses
Math Courses
Business Courses
Recommended Electives
Sample Four-Year Curriculum

Computer Science Courses
CS 205 LINUX (.50 credit)
CS 315 Web Design and Programming
CS 360 Computer Network Systems
CS 440 Client/Server Programming

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Information Systems Courses
IS 224 Visual BASIC Programming Language
IS 314 Operating Systems Interfaces (.50 credit)
IS 380 Decision Support Systems
IS 423 Data Base Management Systems
IS 424 Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design
IS 425 Management Information Systems

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Math Courses
MTH 151 Calculus I or MTH 162 Analysis for the Business and Social Sciences and MTH 345 Elementary Statistics

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Business Courses
BUS 263 Accounting and Financial Management for Non-Business Majors (required)
In addition, one of the following business courses is also required: BUS 230, BUS 250

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Recommended Electives
CS 318 Object Oriented Design and Programming Using C++
CS 350 Local Area Networks (.50 credit)
CS 490 Advanced Web Design
IS 325 File Processing with COBOL
It is recommended that CS 255, although not required, be taken to provide a thorough background in C language.

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Sample Four-Year Curriculum
The following sample curriculum can be used as a guide in the selection of courses.

FIRST YEAR
Fall Term
CS 220
IS 221 (.25 credit)
MTH 151 or 162
MTH 345
One general education requirement

Spring Term
IS 224
BUS 263
Two general education requirements

SECOND YEAR
Fall Term
BUS 230 or BUS 250
IS 325
General education requirements

Spring Term
CS 315
IS 314 (.50 credit)
General education requirements

THIRD YEAR
Fall Term
CS 350 (.50 credit)
CS 205 (.50 credit)
2nd business course
General education requirement or Elective

Spring Term
IS 423
CS 360
General education requirement or Elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Term
IS 380
CS 440
Two electives

Spring Term
IS 424
IS 425
CS 490

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