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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Information Systems

Capital College (INFSY)

JANE S. KOCHANOV, Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Business Administration

This major prepares students to enter rapidly expanding fields associated with technology. This includes programming, systems analysis and design, database administration, network management, support services and training, and management of information resources. Students obtain competence both in information technology and in business theory. Thus, the curriculum combines technical content with managerial aspects of information systems. Each student's background is complemented with basic business instruction in accounting, marketing, management, and finance. With business and non-business electives, the program is designed to develop necessary skills to be an effective Information Systems employee. Because the Harrisburg area is the center of industry and economic development for South Central Pennsylvania, students are provided with many opportunities to experience the exciting and challenging world of business.

Students will obtain:

  • Knowledge in technologies that support the information environment.
  • Knowledge in business or organizational processes that are supported by technology.
  • General skills and abilities that promote good communication, problem-solving and analytical abilities, and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Skills to participate in and lead multidisciplinary teams in the development, implementation, and management of information technology solutions.

The program meets the objectives through varied experiences and an emphasis on good communication skills.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Information Systems major requires the completion of 8 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4); ECON 102 GS(3); ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3); FIN 301(3); MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4); MGMT 301(3); MKTG 301(3); SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4); and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average. Additional information about this major is available in the office of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Business Administration at Penn State Harrisburg.

For a B.S. in Information Systems, a minimum of 120 credits is required. At least 30 credits of the final 60 credits must be taken at the Capital College. At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the degree must be taken at the Capital College. No more than 60 credits should be from business and business-related courses.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education Course Requirements in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 8 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 79 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (49 credits)
ACCTG 211(4) (Sem: 1-4)
ECON 102 GS(3), FIN 301(3), MGMT 301(3), MKTG 301(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 364Y US;IL(3), B A 462(3), ECON 104 GS(3), MIS 204(3), MIS 307(3)[1], MIS 390(3)[1], MIS 448(3)[1], MIS 450(3)[1], MIS 465(3)[1], SCM 301(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
Select 3 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ(3) or CMPSC 121 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 4 credits from MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 4 credits from SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 4 credits from B A 243(4) or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 9 credits[1] from the following: IST 302(3), IST 451(3), IST 456(3), MIS 413(3), MIS 440(3), MIS 446(3), MIS 460(3), MIS 461(3), MIS 466(3), MIS 489(3) (Sem: 5-8).

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from 200-400 level business courses from: ACCTG, B A, ECON, FIN, MGMT, MIS, MKTG, or SCM in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests. (Sem: 3-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Reviewed by the Department: Summer Session 2011

Blue Sheet Item #:40-01-046

Review Date: 8/16/2011

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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