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Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Management Information Systems

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (MISBD)

The MIS Major prepares students for typical IT-related jobs such as programmer/analyst, systems analyst, data analyst, database administrator, team leader, project manager, consultant, and MIS manager. Since the focus of such jobs is on the application of information technology to business problems and opportunities, the MIS curriculum integrates three main areas of study.

In the first area, students take core business courses in order to understand organizational processes and user requirements. In the second area, students take computer science courses in order to understand information technologies and to develop technical competencies. In the third area, students take core MIS courses in the areas of database management systems, systems analysis, and systems design and development where the focus is on learning tools, processes, and techniques required for successful application of information technology to business problems. These core courses are supplemented with a variety of electives and a required, and very useful, internship experience.

BUSINESS ANALYST OPTION. The Business Analyst option focuses on educating students with principles, methods and tools related to business processes, enterprise systems, business reporting for decision-making and web technologies applications. The option provides a sharper focus for students who wish to pursue their careers emphasizing ERP, business process management, business intelligence, and web technologies.

DATA ANALYST OPTION. The Data Analyst option focuses on educating students with principles, methods and tools related to business analytics, business intelligence, data warehousing, and big data. The option provides the fundamental knowledge and skills in the area of analytics that draws on multiple areas including decision support systems, data mining, database technology, data visualization, and advances in large-scale computing. Students will gain skills needed to support data-driven decision-making for tackling business problems that often cut across conventional disciplinary boundaries and involve a blend business and information technology. The courses in this option are designed to convey key principles through projects and exercises that involve hands-on experiential learning using realistic datasets and applications. The option will provide a sharper focus for students who wish to pursue their careers emphasizing data analytics with applications in public and private sectors.

SYSTEMS ANALYST OPTION. The Systems Analyst option focuses on educating students with principles, methods and tools related to systems design, systems development, programming tools, and IT systems architecture. The option provides a sharper focus for students who wish to pursue their careers emphasizing the design and development of new information systems.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Management Information Systems major requires the completion of 5 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4); ECON 102 GS(3); ENGL 15 GWS(3) or ENGL 30 GWS(3); MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4); STAT 200 GQ(4) or SCM 200(4), and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

For the B.S. degree in Management Information Systems, a minimum of 120 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

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

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

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

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES: 0-1 credits

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 88-91 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (40 credits)
ACCTG 211(4), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
MKTG 301(3)[1], SCM 301(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
FIN 301(3)[1], MGMT 301(3)[1], MGMT 410(3)[1], MGMT 471W(3)[1], MIS 204(3), MIS 336(3)[1], MIS 430(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
MIS 495(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4); ENGL 202C GWS(3) or ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
BA 241(2) and BA 242(2) or BA 243(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from ECON 470 IL(3)[1], ECON 473 IL(3)[1], FIN 471(3)[1], MGMT 461 IL(3)[1], MKTG 445 IL(3)[1], or other 400-level international business courses[1] (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION (31-34 credits)

BUSINESS ANALYST OPTION: 31 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (7 credits)
MIS 404 (3)[1], MIS 445 (4)[1]

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 3 credits from MIS 387 (3)[1] or MIS 470 (4)[1]
Select any combination of 6 credits from the non-business supporting course list for the major. (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in programming courses (Sem: 3-8)
Select 12 credits[1] from 300- or 400-level MIS, or other business supporting course areas (see school list of approved courses) (Sem: 5-8)

DATA ANALYST OPTION (31-33 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
MIS 345(3)[1], MIS 445(4)[1], MIS 447(3)[1], MIS 494(3)[1]

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18-20)
Select 3 credits in programming courses [1] (Sem: 3-8)
Select any combination of 6-7 credits from Software Engineering or Computer Science or 300- or 400-level MIS or business supporting or non-business supporting course list for the major. (Sem: 1-8)
Select any combination of 9-10 credits from Software Engineering or Computer Science or 300- or 400-level MIS, or other business supporting course areas (see school list of approved courses) (Sem: 5-8)

SYSTEMS ANALYST OPTION: 31-34 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (4 credits)
MIS 435 (4)[1]

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (27-30 credits)
Select any combination of 6-7 credits from the non-business supporting course list for the major. (Sem: 1-8)
Select 9 credits in programming courses taken from two different languages (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6-7 credits[1] of 300- or 400-level courses in Computer Science, or MIS in consultation with adviser (see school list of approved courses) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6-7 credits[1] from 300- or 400-level MIS, or other business supporting course areas (see school list of approved courses) (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.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-05-009

Review Date: 2/23/2016

UCA Revision #1: 8/20/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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