Bachelor of Science
in Information Systems
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There is great and growing demand in the corporate world for people who can bridge the gap between businesses and technologies and integrate all elements of the enterprise into a comprehensive network of information systems. National University’s BS in Information Systems is designed to help you develop the ability to use technology to address the operational, tactical, and strategic challenges facing organizations and businesses in today’s complex marketplace.
NU’s information systems degree is available online or on-site and allows you to choose a career-focused concentration in business management or information management. Our curriculum includes a capstone experience during which you may work with a business in your community to gain real-world experience in the field.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 42,000 job openings for computer and information systems managers are projected each year, and the demand continues to grow as firms increasingly expand their operations to digital platforms. The field can also be lucrative. The BLS reports that the median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $159,010 in 2021, with the highest 10% earning more than $208,000.*
NU’s information systems degree, which is available online or on-site, is designed to teach you how to help determine the information technology goals of an organization and take responsibility for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.
Our curriculum offers a choice of career-focused concentrations in Business Management or Information Management, allowing you to focus your studies on a specific area of interest. Coursework links business and technology and includes IT courses in systems analysis, database management systems, project management, enterprise architecture, IT infrastructure, and IS strategy, management, and acquisition.
A BS in Information Systems can be your gateway to a wide range of in-demand careers, from software developers and quality assurance analysts to network and computer systems administrators. Some of the top job titles* posted in this field include:
- Software Engineers
- Business Systems Analysts
- Business Analysts
- Systems Engineers
- Systems Administrators
- Project Managers
- Systems Analysts
- Information Systems Security Officers
- Software Developers
- Data Analysts
- Network Engineers
- Cybersecurity Analysts
- IT Project Managers
- Information Security Analysts
- IT Specialists
- IT Managers
- Data Engineers
- Solutions Architects
Information systems is also a field with a high demand for professionals with up-to-date knowledge and skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. Much of this demand is being driven by an increasing need for cybersecurity and cloud computing across all sectors of the business world.
Employers of professionals with key skills in computer science, IT, and project management are spread across every industry. Top employers posting jobs fall into consulting services, healthcare, federal agencies, defense industry, and others, including:
- Raytheon Technologies
- General Dynamics
- Sirius Computer Solutions
- National Security Agency
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs
- Ernst & Young
**SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: May 9, 2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.
The area of information systems is robust and offers numerous pathways to satisfying careers. To provide the industry with highly skilled professionals on the cutting edge of the market’s current and expected needs, National University’s BS in Information Systems degree offers career-focused specializations. Once you complete the core courses, you’ll have the opportunity to take four upper-level courses in one of two concentrations:
Business Management – This specialization requires students to complete four business courses to develop necessary skills in:
- General models of business
- Business models
- Business process design and management
- Organizational theory
- Business strategy
- Evaluation of business performance
- Analysis of organizational performance.
- Analysis of individual and team performance
- Business analytics
- Business intelligence
Information Management – In this specialization, students will choose four (4) upper-division undergraduate courses from the School of Engineering and Computing programs to create their own specialized concentration. This concentration requires prior approval from the Academic Program Director. For degree and specialization requirements, please visit our course catalog.
While a bachelor’s degree in information systems is an excellent way to gain a solid foundation in the field, a master’s degree can lead to greater career potential and higher-paying jobs. Many students who enter NU’s bachelor’s program continue their studies with NU’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems via our bachelor’s to master’s degree transition program.
The goal is to make the transition to the master’s program seamless and efficient, so you waste no time in between programs. The number of courses required to earn an MSMIS degree for transition program students is reduced from 12 to as few as 10 courses, so you can finish your master’s degree faster.
Students must complete graduate-level coursework taken as part of the BSIS degree with a grade of B or better. This coursework, which counts as electives, will not transfer as graduate-level credit to National University or any other institution as it is part of an undergraduate degree program.
Grades earned in graduate-level courses will be calculated as part of the student’s undergraduate grade-point average. Students must be within completing their last six courses in their undergraduate program and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 to be eligible.
Lastly, students must apply for and begin the MSCIS program within six months after completing their final BSIS course. Students must complete their MSCIS program within four years with no break exceeding 12 months.
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS) Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of National University’s degree in Information Systems, you’ll be able to:
- Apply analytical and critical thinking skills, and information systems concepts for solving organizational problems
- Discuss the potential global impact of specific information systems solutions
- Evaluate and implement organizational planning, design, and integration of information systems solutions in competitive environment
- Plan and design organizational communications infrastructure and networking topology
- Improve strategic information management procedures and processes
- Identify innovative and efficient solutions to solve organizational problems
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems program links business and technology across fields as diverse as healthcare and criminal justice. NU’s BSIS degree will serve you in the corporate world and beyond.
As an IS professional, you’ll be responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing computer-related activities for your organization. You’ll also help determine the information technology (IT) goals of the organization and take responsibility for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.
Yes, it can be a lucrative career choice. According to the BLS, the median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $159,010 in 2021, with the highest 10% earning more than $208,000.*
They’re similar in that they both deal with the usage of computers and technology, but there are differences between the two. Generally speaking, IT professionals specialize in hardware and software and are responsible for helping people within organizations or businesses perform their work properly and effectively to achieve their objectives.
IS professionals function as a bridge between technology and people. They organize and analyze data to provide useful information to the employees who are responsible for making important operational and managerial decisions within their companies.
The components of an organization’s information system include its hardware, software, data, people, and processes. These components collect, store, organize, and distribute data throughout an organization. Successful organizations prioritize and maximize their information systems to make informed, data-driven decisions.
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