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.
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)
|CS 120||Software Design I||4|
|CS 220||Software Design II||4|
|CS 364||Introduction to Database Management Systems||3|
|IS 300||Information Systems Theory, Problem Solving, and Decision Making||3|
|IS 310||Information System in Networked Environments: Technical Foundations and Applications||3|
|IS 330||Business Choices and Telecommunications Decision||3|
|IS 401||Management Information Systems: Analysis and Design||3|
|IS 411||Management Information Systems: Design and Implementation||3|
|Select one elective from the following:||3|
|Introduction to Programming Language|
|Advanced Database Management Systems|
|Computer-Based Decision Support Systems for Management|
|Management of Information Technology|
|Information Systems Seminar|
|Information Security Management|
|CBA Management Information Systems Internship|
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 221||Accounting Principles I||3|
|ACC 222||Accounting Principles II||3|
|BLAW 205||The Legal & Ethical Environment of Business||3|
|ECO 110||Microeconomics and Public Policy||3|
|ECO 120||Global Macroeconomics||3|
|ECO 230||Business and Economics Research and Communication||3|
|ENG 110||College Writing I||3|
|or ENG 112||College Writing AP (Advanced Placement)|
|FIN 355||Principles of Financial Management||3|
|IS 220||Information Systems for Business Management||4|
|MGT 301||Business Communication||3|
|MGT 308||Behavior and Theory in Organizations||3|
|MGT 393||Production and Operations Management||3|
|MGT 449||Administrative Policy Determination||3|
|MKT 309||Principles of Marketing||3|
|MTH 175||Applied Calculus||4-5|
|or MTH 207||Calculus I|
|STAT 145||Elementary Statistics (or equivalent)||4|
Baccalaureate degree requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- 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.)
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- 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.
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
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 assistant to the dean of their college 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.
|ECO 110 or 120 (Gen Ed Global Studies/ Gen Ed Self & Society)1||3||ECO 110 or 120 (Gen Ed Global Studies/ Gen Ed Self & Society)1||3|
|ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)||3||CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)||3|
|STAT 145 or MTH 175 (Depending on Math placement exam results)||4||STAT 145 or MTH 175 (Depending on Math placement exam results)||4|
|HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)||3||Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3|
|Gen Ed Arts||2||Gen Ed Arts||2|
|ACC 2211||3||ACC 2221||3|
|BLAW 2051||3||ECO 230||3|
|IS 220||4||MGT 301||3|
|Gen Ed Health & Well-Being||3||Gen Ed Hum - Lit||3|
|Gen Ed Elective||3||Gen Ed Natural Lab Science||4|
|Apply to the Business Program in the CBA Dean's Office (138 Wimberly)|
|FIN 355||3||MGT 393||3|
|MGT 308||3||IS 310||3|
|MKT 309||3||IS 300||3|
|CS 120||4||CS 220||4|
|Gen Ed Elective||3|
|IS 330||3||MGT 449||3|
|IS 401||3||IS 411||3|
|CS 364||3||IS Elective Course||3|
|300/400 Level Electives||3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
A grade of "C" or better is required for admission to the CBA Business Program.