2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

Information Systems Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Information systems study centers on planning, analysis, design, and implementation of information systems that include technologies such as computer networks, e-commerce, and database applications.  Students develop and use computer-based information systems in business environments in preparation for careers in information technology-related areas.

Students in the program need to possess strong mathematics and logical reasoning skills. High school students planning collegiate programs in business, including collegiate programs in business, including information systems, should take algebra/trigonometry or pre-calculus courses in high school.

With solid coursework in the computer science area before entering the professional portion of the program, students develop a technical foundation to support their upper division curriculum.

As in all other business programs, IS students will complete an extensive array of courses in liberal arts and science, including courses in communication, humanities, multicultural issues, and social sciences.

The vast majority of IS majors participate in an internship experience in their junior or senior year.  The internships earn university credit that applies to the major program.  Most are paid and many lead to employment following graduation.


Admission to the College of Business Administration

The 300/400 level information system courses are open only to those students who have been admitted to the business program or IS minor program. Exceptions to this policy may be made only by the College of Business Administration Dean.


(College of Business Administration)

29 credits

CS 120Software Design I4
CS 220Software Design II4
CS 364Introduction to Database Management Systems3
IS 300Data Analytics for Business Problem Solving and Decision Making3
IS 310Information Systems in Networked Environments: Technical Foundations and Applications3
IS 320Enterprise Systems for Decision Making and Data Analytics3
IS 401Management Information Systems: Analysis and Design3
IS 411Management Information Systems: Project Management and Implementation3
Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Programming Language
Advanced Database Management Systems
Business Choices and Telecommunications Decision
Ethical Issues, Security Management and Compliance
Management of Information Technology
Information Systems Seminar
Information Security Management
CBA Management Information Systems Internship
Independent Study
Management Science
Total Credits29

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Business Administration (CBA) core requirements

All students enrolled in any program within the college must complete the 16 business core courses listed below and all requirements for the major (see department listings). Courses numbered at the 100 and 200 level as well as MGT 301 are considered pre-business courses.

ACC 221Accounting Principles I3
ACC 222Accounting Principles II3
BLAW 205The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business3
ECO 110Microeconomics and Public Policy3
ECO 120Global Macroeconomics3
ECO 230Data Analysis for Business Applications3
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing AP (Advanced Placement)
FIN 355Principles of Financial Management3
IS 220Information Systems for Business Management4
MGT 301Business Communication3
MGT 308Behavior and Theory in Organizations3
MGT 393Production and Operations Management3
MGT 449Administrative Policy Determination3
MKT 309Principles of Marketing3
MTH 175Applied Calculus4-5
or MTH 207 Calculus I
STAT 145Elementary Statistics (or equivalent)4
Total Credits51-52

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ECO 110 or 120 (Gen Ed Global Studies/ Gen Ed Self & Society)13ECO 110 or 120 (Gen Ed Global Studies/ Gen Ed Self & Society)13
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3
STAT 145 or MTH 175 (Depending on Math placement exam results)4STAT 145 or MTH 175 (Depending on Math placement exam results)4
Gen Ed Arts2Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
Gen Ed World Hist3Gen Ed Arts2
 15 15
Year 2
ACC 22113ACC 22213
BLAW 20513ECO 2303
IS 2204MGT 3013
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3Gen Ed Hum - Lit3
Gen Ed Elective3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
 Apply to the Business Program in the CBA Dean's Office (138 Wimberly) 
 16 16
Year 3
FIN 3553MGT 3933
MGT 3083IS 3103
MKT 3093IS 3003
CS 1204CS 2204
Gen Ed Elective3 
 16 13
Year 4
IS 3203MGT 4493
IS 4013IS 4113
CS 3643IS Elective Course3
300/400 Level Electives3Gen Ed Elective3
 14 15
Total Credits: 120
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