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Information Systems

The Information Systems (IS) Major is designed to prepare professionals in Information Systems field, including systems analysis & design and software engineering. This degree focuses on the use of computer technology and information management methods to solve business problems, utilizing an understanding of both the organizational context of the problem and the technologies, methodologies, and tools typically utilized. There are four sequences within this program:

  • Systems Development/Analyst - provides breadth and depth in analysis and design techniques preparing students to work in a variety of information technology environments.
  • Web Application Development - emphasizes the development of Web/Internet-based business information systems.
  • Enterprise Computing Systems - emphasizes the use of large-scale computers (mainframes) in the large enterprise environment.

The Information Systems program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

IT - Information Systems Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are statements that describe the expected accomplishments and professional status of graduates 3-5 years beyond the baccalaureate degree. The School of Information Technology at Illinois State University is dedicated to graduating people who will:

  • Be successfully employed in an Information Systems related field or accepted into a graduate program
  • Engage in professional development through continuing education, certifications, professional organizations, or experience
  • Live and work as contributing, well-rounded members of society

IT - Information Systems Student Outcomes

  • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired standards
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audience
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
  • An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Information Systems - Integration of Enterprise Systems Sample Plan of Study
Information Systems - Systems Development/Analyst Sample Plan of Study
Information Systems - Web Applications Development Sample Plan of Study


Information Systems


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Enrollment on Fall Census Day 291 277 260 284 315 216
Undergraduate Degrees Conferred 54     65     65     60     66      

Career Opportunities

Statistics compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and published in Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ) project major growth in job openings for computer professionals.

"Employment in combined IT occupations is expected to increase by more than 800,000 jobs over the 2006-16 projections decade. This increase represents expected job growth of 24 percent-compared with 10 percent growth for all occupations. So, opportunities should be plentiful for workers who hope to enter the IT field." (OOQ, Spring 2009)

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Illinois State University

School of Information Technology
Normal, Il 61790-5150
Phone: 309.438.8338

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