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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.
  • Information Assurance and Security - designed to give students the knowledge and tools necessary for protecting information and 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 (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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

Information Systems

 

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Enrollment 175 221 263 258 301 291
Undergraduate Degrees Conferred 53     49     38     50     52     56    

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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SchoolofIT@IllinoisState.edu

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

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