Information Systems Minor

The minor is designed to provide knowledge and skills in the area of information systems. The objective of the minor is to provide courses oriented to better understanding of global word problems, methods of analysis, and techniques for problem solving.
The curriculum of Information Systems minor is designed to enable students to skill- or competency based outcomes:

  • Provide knowledge about existing computer languages, development environments and technologies;
  • Develop skills to specify, implement and monitor development of an information system;
  • Create understanding of the role of information as a strategic resource as well as the specific problems in its management;
  • Develop skills to better utilize the positive effects of implementing computer-based information technologies while avoiding negative results and possible conflicts between people and technology.
  • Provide knowledge about models, measurements, and optimization techniques;
  • Develop effective communication skills in creating and implementing information systems solutions.

Typical employment areas for our graduates are: data and network analysts; system analysts, Information Systems developers, designers, or quality assurance experts; Web designers; database designers; system and database administrators.

Total: 6 courses

Required Courses (3 courses):
INF 110 Visual Basic Programming (or placement test)
INF 270 Principles of Information Systems
INF 280 Database Systems

Elective Courses (3 courses):

At least two elective courses at different levels chosen from:

INF 120 Basics of Java Programming
INF 140 Basics in C# Programming
INF 150 Personal Productivity with Information Technologies
INF 160 Information Systems Development Environments
INF 240 Website Development
INF 250 Emerging Technologies
INF 275 Web Client Technologies
INF 290 Use of Statistical Software
INF 335 Web Server Technologies
INF 350 Managing Information Systems Development Projects
INF 360 Knowledge-based Information Systems
INF 370 Information Security
INF 440 Technologies for e-Business
INF 480 Data Warehousing and Data Mining
INF L97 Topics in Information Systems (L - defines the level of the course)

No more than one elective course may be chosen from:

BUS 340 Organizational Theory and Behavior
BUS 341 Introduction to Operations Management
BUS 400 Decision Science

COS 231 Introduction to UNIX
COS 315 Software Engineering

ECO 101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 300 Quantitative Methods in Economics
ECO 310 Econometrics

MAT 102 Finite Mathematics
MAT 201 Mathematical Statistic

JMC 411 Design and Layout

As the basic programming language used across the IS major curriculum is Visual Basic, every student must demonstrate an appropriate level of Visual Basic expertise in a placement test, or pass the INF 110 course. Students who pass the placement test in Visual Basic may choose another course from the list of electives. Students who either fail the placement test, or who do not take it, must take INF 110. INF 270 is substitutable by BUS 270.

The subject of the course INF L97 “Topics in Information Systems” and its description is defined for every particular offering. Students can take more than one INF L97 course.