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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 15 GWS(3) or ENGL 30 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. Consistent with Senate policy, at least 24 credits of course work in the major and the capstone course must be completed at the Capital College to earn the degree.

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)
BA 364 US;IL(3), BA 462(3), ECON 104 (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) or IST 140(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 BA 243(4) or BA 241(2) and BA 242(2) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 9 credits from one of the following three areas of concentration A, B, or C:
A. Application Development Concentration
IST 302(3)[1]; MIS 413(3)[1]; MIS 466(3)[1]; MIS 489(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8).
B. Network Security Concentration
IST 302(3)[1]; IST 451(3)[1]; IST 456(3)[1]; MIS 489(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
C. Individualized Concentration
IST 302(3)[1]; IST 451(3)[1]; IST 456(3)[1]; MIS 413(3)[1]; MIS 446 (3)[1]; MIS 461(3)[1]; MIS 466(3)[1]; MIS 489(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

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

Integrated B.S. in Information Systems and M.B.A. in Business Administration

The School of Business Administration offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science in Information Systems candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and the Master of Business Administration. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the students to earn both degrees in five years. Specifically, as many as twelve of the credits required for the master's degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Program reduces the total number of credits needed to earn both degrees from 150 to 138.

Students in the IUG program must satisfy the requirements for both the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Master of Business Administration degrees. The total course load is reduced due to courses that can count towards both degrees. The first two years of the IUG program are identical to the first two years of the Bachelor of Science program. Students in the IUG program take five additional credits in their third year, and five fewer credits in their fourth year. The courses that count toward the Master of Business Administration degree requirements are included in the fourth year.

Student performance will be monitored on an on-going basis. In addition, a formal evaluation of student academic performance will be performed when the students have completed 100 to 105 credits, which is at the end of the first semester of the senior year for typical students in the program. Students who have not maintained a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses will be put on probationary status with respect to the IUG program. They will receive a warning letter regarding probationary status. Their ability to continue in the IUG program will be based on their academic performance in the last semester of their senior year.

Students have the choice of receiving the B.S. in Information Systems degree at the end of the fourth year or waiting until the end of the fifth year to receive both degrees. Students who elect to receive the B.S. degree at the end of the fourth year will pay graduate tutition for courses taken in the fifth year; students opting to receive both degrees at the end of the fifth year will pay undergraduate tuition for all five years.

If for any reason students admitted to the IUG program are unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree, the students will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree assuming all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisifactorily completed. If the students successfully complete courses listed in the recommended schedule, they will satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree by the end of their fourth year.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To initiate the application process, students must submit a resume, a personal statement including career goals and how MBA will enhance their career goals, transcripts of courses taken outside Penn State, two letters of recommendation, with at least one from the School of Business Administration faculty, and a plan of study that integrates both undergraduate and graduate requirements. A graduate faculty adviser in collaboration with the Director of MBA Program will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program.

The number of openings in the IUG program is limited. Applicants to the IUG program must have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Typical students would apply after completing between 60 and 90 credits, that is, after the fifth semester and before the end of the seventh semester. In addition, the applicants must earn a minimum of cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete the following Entry to Major courses or equivalent: ACCTG 211(4), ECON 102(3), ENGL 15 or 30(3), FIN 301(3), MATH 110 or 140(4), MGMT 301(3), MKTG 301(3) and STAT 200(4) or SCM 200(4).

To formally apply, students must submit a completed graduate school application. The students should mention in the notes section that the application is for the IUG program in Business Administration. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the program; however, if students are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, GMAT or GRE scores must be submitted by the end of the eighth semester.

Students applications will be evaluated based on their overall portfolio, in addition to the above requirements. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee in Business Administration.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students in the IUG program must satisfy the degree requirements for both Bachelor of Science in Informatin Systems and Master of Business Administration degrees. The total course load is reduced due to the maximum of 12 credits that can count towards both degrees. All courses counted for both degrees must be at the 500- or 800-level.

[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: Fall 2017

Blue Sheet Item #:46-01-069

Review Date: 8/22/2017

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

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