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Bachelor of Science
in Information Systems,
Business Management

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230K+ Alumni Worldwide


The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS) program and Business Management specialization are for those interested in applying computing technologies to a variety of business challenges. It links business and technology by focusing on the organizational applications of computers and related technologies. Instruction and coursework will develop your ability to apply technology tools to operational, strategic, and managerial challenges facing businesses in every field.

Demand in the corporate world is exploding for people who can bridge the gap between businesses and technologies by integrating all elements of an enterprise into a comprehensive network of information systems. Upon completing the BSIS program, you’ll be prepared for positions such as systems analyst, information technology (IT) manager, and IT consultant.

Course Details

Foundation Courses

For the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree with a specialization in Business Management, you must complete ten foundation courses, three upper-division electives, and four specialization courses. The foundation courses (excluding CIS420A and CIS420B) and upper-division electives must be completed before beginning the four specialization courses.

Course Name

An overview of core concepts related to the interconnections between technology, organizations, and information management.

A survey of project management foundations: project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement. This course focuses on the concepts, skills, tools, and techniques involved in managing information technology projects. As part of the coursework, you’ll develop a project plan using Microsoft Project.

A comprehensive introduction to the planning, analysis, design, and implementation of modern information systems. You’ll examine the role and responsibilities of a systems analyst using several different approaches to assess system requirements.

An introduction to database application development. In this course, you’ll learn to evaluate a business situation, and then build and design an appropriate database application. Coursework will introduce core theories and ideas of database management systems, then you’ll focus on systems design, distribution, and integration through hands-on experience.

This course explores the design, selection, implementation and management of enterprise IT solutions. You’ll examine applications, infrastructure, and their fit within the business environment. Topics of focus include: infrastructure management, system administration, content management, data/information architecture, distributed computing, middleware, legacy system integration, system consolidation, software selection, cost of ownership calculation, IT investment analysis, and emerging technologies.

An introduction to IT infrastructure issues for Information Systems majors. This course covers topics related to computer and systems architecture and communication networks. There’s a strong focus on internet-based solutions, computer and network security, business continuity, and the role of infrastructure in regulatory compliance. You’ll study the services and capabilities that IT infrastructure enables in an organization, as well as the interactions required with external vendors of IT infrastructure components and solutions.

This course explores the acquisition and development of plans and policies for implementing effective information systems. You’ll work at defining IS infrastructure and systems that support the operational and strategic needs of an organization. Instruction focuses on a framework for managers and leaders to assess and apply existing IS infrastructures and emerging technologies.

An analysis of the values, ethics, and ideologies surrounding computing and current issues in the computer industry. This course focuses on ethical decision-making within the context of computing. Through case studies, debate, and readings, you’ll learn to develop an ethical outlook on a wide variety of computer-related issues.

This course is a precursor to the final IS/IT capstone course. You’ll research your area of interest and learn to apply project management tools as you work through the preliminary development process of your final project. Grading is by H, S, or U only.

In this program capstone course, you’ll research and create a hands-on IS/IT project in your particular area of interest. In developing and submitting your project, you’ll demonstrate the skills, principles, tools, and topics learned throughout your program coursework. Grading is H, S, or U only.

Upper-Division Elective Courses

Select three courses from the following:

Course Name

This course focuses on the technical and business aspects of website management. You’ll be introduced to web languages and technologies, with an in-depth examination of HTML and CSS. In the business focus, you’ll learn the fundamentals of managing people, content, and suppliers within the web realm.

An introduction to methods that incorporate human capabilities, environmental factors, and human-machine interaction into system design. Coursework focuses on the interface between humans, technology, and systems, as well as how human factors affect systems analysis, design, and evaluation.

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of wireless network administration. Focusing on 802.11 standard wireless solutions, the course examines: 802.11 WLANs, radio frequency fundamentals, antennas, RF math and system operating margins, RF power output regulations, wireless LAN operation, 802.11 analyses and troubleshooting, and site surveying.

An exploration of network management principles and technologies for managing networks, systems, applications, and services. Coursework will review current computer network technologies while focusing on network communication processes, network hardware and media, protocols and standards, and IP addressing.

networks. You’ll examine network reference models and standards, optimal hardware device settings, data security policies, and physical network security. Additional topics of focus include cloud computing models and services, network operating systems, and troubleshooting and supporting networks.

This course covers the fundamental principles of information security on computer systems and networks. You’ll study many aspects of securing a network, including the identification of threats and vulnerabilities, and you’ll explore assets that aid in planning, risk analysis, and implementation of security policies. Other topics of focus include: security management practices, security models and architectures, business continuity, disaster recovery, incident response planning, and legal and ethical issues in systems security. Taken together with CIS 475, this course may help prepare you for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.

An exploration of the technical aspects of information security for computer systems and networks. You’ll gain an understanding of the tools and technologies used to design secure information systems and networks. Coursework will examine access control mechanisms, methods of attack, secure protocols, and techniques for securing telecommunications networks and the internet. Cryptography and its use in privacy and secrecy is a focus of study, as are physical security, application security, and system development security. Vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, and digital forensics are also discussed. Taken together with CIS 474, this course may help prepare you for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.

Specialization Courses

Select seven quarter units from the following courses:

An introduction to the roles of managers and the vision, mission and goals of organizations. This course investigates management theories and explores the four primary functions of managers: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. You’ll explore issues related to human resource management, organizational structure and behavior, creative problem solving, effective communication, and the management of teams, change, and innovation.

An overview of information systems (IS) infrastructure and its utilization in today’s global business environment. The use of technological tools and the role of information systems within organizations will be explored from a strategic, tactical and operational viewpoint. You’ll learn how to choose and utilize information to gain a competitive advantage in industry and the marketplace.

A study in planning, creating, integrating, and maintaining a successful e-business. Coursework focuses on the origins and growth of e-business, entrepreneurial aspects of business-to-business e-commerce, e-tailing and supply chain management, and security concerns. As part of your learning, you’re encouraged to develop a business plan for a potential venture via your own website.

Elective – Select One Upper-Division Undergraduate Business Course

Learning Outcomes

Students earning the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with a Business Management specialization will learn to:

  • Apply analytical skills, critical-thinking, and information systems concepts to organizational problem-solving
  • Discuss the potential global impact of specific information systems solutions
  • Evaluate and implement planning, design, and integration of information systems solutions in a competitive environment
  • Plan and design organizational communications infrastructure and networking topology
  • Improve information management procedures and processes
  • Identify innovative and efficient solutions for solving organizational problems
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills in a collaborative environment
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