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Learn how to solve organizational challenges using computers and related technologies.

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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Course Details

Course Listing

Requirements for the Major

  • 17 courses; 76.5 quarter units

Core Requirements

  • 10 courses; 45 quarter units

Course Name

Overview of core concepts related to the emerging interconnections between technology, the organization, and information management.

Forms of data, gap analysis, model building, and interpretation will form the foundation for students to ethically appFoundation of project management – project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement. The focus is on the concepts, skills, tools, and techniques involved in information technology project management. Students will develop a project plan using Microsoft Project.ly data analytics to facilitate modern knowledge discovery techniques.

Comprehensive introduction to the planning, analysis, design, and implementation of contemporary information systems. Students will examine the role and responsibility of a System Analyst. Several approaches to system requirements are also covered.

Fundamentals of database systems. An introductory approach to developing database applications; students learn to evaluate a business situation and then build and design a database application. The focus is from systems design to distribution and integration of the system through hands-on experience. Core theories and ideas of database management systems are also covered.

PrerequisiteCIS 301

Explores the design, selection, implementation and management of enterprise IT solutions. The focus is on applications and infrastructure and their fit with the business. Students learn frameworks and strategies for infrastructure management, system administration, data/information architecture, content management, distributed computing, middleware, legacy system integration, system consolidation, software selection, total cost of ownership calculation, IT investment analysis, and emerging technologies.

PrerequisiteCIS 421

An introduction to IT infrastructure issues for students majoring in Information Systems. It covers topics related to both computer and systems architecture and communication networks, with an overall focus on the services and capabilities that IT infrastructure solutions enable in an organizational context. It also prepares the students for organizational roles that require interaction with external vendors of IT infrastructure components and solutions. The course focuses strongly on Internet-based solutions, computer and network security, business continuity, and the role of infrastructure in regulatory compliance.

PrerequisiteCIS 422

This course takes a management perspective in exploring the acquisition, development and implementation of plans and policies to achieve efficient and effective information systems. Students will address topics relating to defining the IS infrastructure and the systems that support the operational and strategic needs of the organization. The course examines developing a framework that will allow leaders of organizations to assess existing IS infrastructures and emerging technologies as well as how these technologies affect organizational strategy.

Analysis of the values, ethics and ideologies in computing and their applications to current issues in computer industry within the contemporary sociocultural setting. Focuses on ethical decision-making in computing matters. Students develop an ethical outlook on a wide variety of workplace issues in computing through case study, debate and readings.

PrerequisiteCIS 310 and 80 percent of courses in the major, except CIS 420B

A precursor to the final IS/IT product development capstone course. Students research their area of interest and learn how to apply project management tools in the preliminary development process of their final project product. Grading is by H, S or U only.

PrerequisiteCIS 420A

A capstone hands-on project in the student’s area of interest. Students apply skills learned, principles, topics and tools that have been taught throughout the program to develop an IS/IT specific product. Grading is H, S or U only.

Upper-Division Electives

  • 3 courses; 13.5 quarter units

Select 3 upper-division courses from the following list

Course Name

Focuses on two aspects of website management: technical and business aspects. An introduction to Web languages and technologies is made with some in-depth coverage of HTML and CSS. How to manage people, content, and suppliers is covered in the business focus.

Introduction to methods that incorporate human capabilities and limitations, environmental factors, human-machine interaction, and other factors into system design. The focus is on the interface between humans, technology, and systems. Human factors and ergonomics in systems analysis, design, and evaluation will also be examined.

PrerequisiteCIS 350; CIS 423

Fundamental concepts of wireless network administration. The focus is on 802.11 standard wireless solutions including: fundamentals of 802.11 WLANs; radio frequency fundamentals; antennas; RF math and system operating margin; RF power output regulations; wireless LAN operation; 802.11 analyses and troubleshooting; and site surveying.

PrerequisiteCIS 350; CIS 423

Network management principles, practices, and technologies for managing networks, systems, applications, and services. This course reviews the current industry standard computer network technologies. Topics include the network communication process, network hardware and media, protocols and standards, and IP addressing.

PrerequisiteCIS 454

This course focuses on installing, configuring, implementing, and managing a wide area network. Network reference models and standards will be examined, as well as configuring network hardware device settings for optimal performance. Security policies are discussed in relation to data security, as well as physical network security. Additional topics include cloud computing models and services, network operating systems, and troubleshooting and supporting networks.

PrerequisiteCIS 350; CIS 423

This course covers the aspects of information security on computer systems and networks. Information is becoming a valuable asset and security is vital in maintaining its confidentiality, integrity, and availability. This course explores aspects of securing a network such as identifying threats, vulnerabilities, and assets that aid in planning, risk analysis, and implementation of security policies. Other topics include security management practices, security models and architectures, and business continuity, disaster recovery, and incident response planning. In addition, legal, ethical, and professional issues are analyzed. This course, together with CIS 475, may help students prepare for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.

PrerequisiteCIS 474

This course covers the technical aspects of information security for computer systems and networks. Various topics of information security will provide students with an understanding of the tools and technologies used to design secure information systems and networks. With the understanding of what security is, this course discusses access control mechanisms, methods of attack, and secure protocols. It includes how to secure telecommunications networks and the Internet. Cryptography is discussed in regards to privacy and secrecy. There is an emphasis on physical security followed by application and system development security. In addition, there will be a discussion of vulnerability assessments and penetration testing and an examination of digital forensics. This course, together with CIS 474, may help students prepare for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, students  must complete at least 180 quarter units, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 69 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution. 

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.

*SOURCE: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm?link_id=CTMK-44573.41816#tab-5

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:

  • Deloitte
  • Anthem
  • Accenture
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • General Dynamics
  • Humana
  • Qualcomm
  • Sirius Computer Solutions
  • National Security Agency
  • Peraton
  • Leidos
  • Cerner
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ernst & Young
  • 3M

**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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