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 Objectives
- Demonstrate a proficiency in designing and developing application systems by employing appropriate methodologies, principles, techniques, tools, and languages.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the impact and importance of information technology in the business environment.
- Demonstrate a proficiency in working in a collaborative environment.
- Demonstrate a proficiency in making oral presentations and writing technical reports.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply principles and theories of information systems in a professional setting under supervision.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of the profession and the social implications of their professional activities.
- Demonstrate an interest in and the ability to pursue life long learning.
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)