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Management Information Systems (MISBD) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 1994
End Date: Fall Semester 2006 -UCA

Management Information Systems - ARCHIVE

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (MISBD)

This major offers students a business degree coupled with strong computer and information management skills. Management Information Systems differs from computer science in several ways. In Management Information Systems, the emphasis is on the solution of business problems rather than on the creation of new knowledge about computing. Where computer science emphasizes the study of computers and computer programming as ends in themselves, Management Information Systems emphasizes the application of information technology within an organization to help achieve its goals. Skills include the analysis of information management needs, design of systems, and practical technical knowledge, including database management, communications, and programming. The major adheres to the Association for Computing Machinery's curriculum recommendations, as well as to the guidelines proposed by the Data Processing Management Association's model curriculum.

Graduates in this field may find employment opportunities with large and small organizations in both the public and private sectors. Typical entry-level positions include programmer/analyst, user support specialist, or database analyst. Long-term career opportunities include manager of information services, chief information officer, partner in a consulting firm, and executive-level management. Management Information Systems graduates are regarded as assets to a firm because they have the necessary skills both to understand business problems and to apply appropriate technology to gain strategic advantage.

For the B.S. degree in Management Information Systems, a minimum of 126 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 front of 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: 1 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 95 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 (58 credits)
CMPSC 203 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
ACCTG 211(3), B A 243(4), CMPBD 240(4), ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3), M I S 204(2), MS&IS 200(4) (Sem: 3-4)
CMPBD 350(3), FNC 300(3), MANGT 300(3), MANGT 310(3), MISBD 336(3), MISBD 430(4), MRKTG 300(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MANGT 470W(3), MISBD 435(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (13 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 140(3) or M I S 110(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MISBD 494(3) or MISBD 495(3) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 3 credits form ECNS 470(3), MANGT 480 IL(3), MRKTG 470(3), or other 400-level international business courses (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 6 credits of 300- or 400-level courses in CMPBD,CMPSC, or MISBD in consultation with adviser (see school list of approved courses) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3-6 credits from COMMU 325, 300- or 400-level MISBD, or other business supporting course areas (see school list of approved courses) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 12-15 credits from one of the following nonbusiness supporting course areas: international studies, education abroad, foreign language, or quantitative methods (see school list of approved courses) (See the admission section in the general information section in the front of this bulletin for the placement policy for Penn State foreign language courses.) (Sem: 1-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1994

Blue Sheet Item #: 22-05-062A

Review Date: 1/14/03

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