Begin Date: Fall Semester 1994
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
The 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. A student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course.
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS MINOR: Students must take CMPSC 203 GQ(4), M I S 204(2), MISBD 336(3), 430(3), and select additional courses in CMPBD, CMPSC, or MISBD (at least 3 credits at the 400 level), for a total of 18 credits.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(15 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
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), 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), 310(3), MISBD 336(3), 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 140 GQ(4) (Sem. 1-2)
CMPSC 140(3) or M I S 110(3) (Sem. 5-6)
MISBD 494(3) or 495(3) (Sem. 7-8)
Select 3 credits form ECNS 470(3), MANGT 480 DF(3), MRKTG 470 DF(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 non-business 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)
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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 the Department: Fall Semester 1994
Blue Sheet Item #: 22-05-062A
Review Date: 6/8/99 (General Education Update)