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(Archive) Management Science and Information Systems (MSIS)

Begin Date: Fall Semester 1994
End Date: Spring Semester 1998

Management Science and Information Systems (MS&IS) - (ARCHIVE)


This major is designed to prepare students for careers in executive management and management consulting. The modern corporation must respond quickly to change and its leadership must be able to plan on the basis of a well-coordinated and properly analyzed flow of information. Further, managers must increasingly operate across traditional functional boundaries. The goal of the Management Science and Information Systems major is to develop graduates whose knowledge prepares them for such an environment.

Following on from a thorough grounding in the functional areas of business, students are taught to develop analytical skills to complement their understanding of modern information systems, with an underlying emphasis on the importance of continuous quality improvement.

Graduates in this field will be qualified for positions in both the public and private sectors. Career opportunities include such fields as systems analysis, financial and market research, quality assurance, programming, and production planning.

For the B.S. degree in Management Science and Information Systems, a minimum of 128 credits is required.

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

(12 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 1-17 credits

(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses; and 6 credits of GQ courses.)

CMPSC 101 GQ(3), 203 GQ(4), ECON 002 GS(3), 004 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ACCTG 211(4), B A 243(4), M I S 204(2), MS&IS 200(4) (Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 202D GWS(3), B A 301(3), 302(3), 303(3), 304(3), MS&IS 391(2)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
M I S 431(3)[1], 432(3)[1], MS&IS 402(3)[1], 450(3)[1], 455(3)[1], 459(3), STAT 480(1) (Sem: 5-8)

MATH 110 GQ(4) or 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 111 GQ(2) or 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)

[Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.]
Attainment of third level proficiency in a single foreign language (0-12). Proficiency must be demonstrated by either examination or course work. See the admission section of the general information in this bulletin for the placement policy for Penn State foreign language courses. (Sem: 1-4)
Select 2-4 credits from related business and nonbusiness courses, in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits of international courses related to the foreign language area (see department list) (Sem: 5-8)

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

The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by Department: Fall Semester 1994

Blue Sheet #: 21-02-021/22-03-005


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