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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Management Information Systems

University Park, Smeal College of Business (M I S)

PROFESSOR JOHN E. TYWORTH, Chair of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems

The Management Information Systems major focuses on IT-supported techniques for exploring, analyzing, integrating, and reporting business data to facilitate fact-based decisions and enterprise-wide management. The framework encompasses the concepts, principles, and methods for (1) collecting, transforming, and managing data, (2) doing business analytics, (3) communicating and sharing the results, (4) aligning IT-enabled business analytics with business strategy. Students in this major have the opportunity to take nine credits of supporting work in functional business areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, risk management, and supply chain management. Graduates develop cross-functional literacy in how techniques and technologies help achieve business objectives, along with competency in applying business analytics methods on behalf of the business and in a supporting business area. Thus, graduates are well-prepared for careers in industry, consulting, and government sectors as business analytics professionals.

More information about the broad range of career opportunities is available at http:www.smeal.psu.edu/scis/recruit.

Entrance Requirement: To be eligible for entrance into the Management Information Systems (M I S) major, a degree candidate must be enrolled in the Smeal College of Business or the Division of Undergraduate Studies and satisfy requirements for entrance to the major.

Specific entrance requirements include:

  1. The degree candidate must be taking, or have taken, a program appropriate for entry to the major as shown in the bulletin, including approximately 60 credits of course work.
  2. Complete the following entrance to major requirements: ACCTG 211(4)[1]; ECON 102 GS(3); SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1]; ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3); and MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1]; FIN 301(3)[1]; MGMT 301(3)[1]; and MKTG 301(3)[1]. These courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the entrance to major process is carried out.
  3. In addition to the above requirements, the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University may approve administrative enrollment controls that limit the number of students who are admitted to majors in the Smeal College of Business. In each case, however, academic requirements are established for admission. For information on enrollment controls, consult the Smeal College of Business Web site (http://www.smeal.psu.edu).

For the B.S. degree in Management Information Systems, a minimum of 120 credits is required (at least 15 credits must be taken at the 400 level).

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 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 or GENERAL EDUCATION selection)

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

ELECTIVES: 14 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 73 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (52 credits)
ACCTG 211(4)[1], ECON 102 GS(3), FIN 301(3)[1]; MGMT 301(3)[1]; and MKTG 301(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
MIS 204(3)[1], SCM 301(3) (Sem: 3-5)
B A 342(3), B A 411(3), B LAW 341(3), ECON 104 GS(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3), MIS 390(3)[1], MIS 431(3)[1], MIS 432(3)[1], MIS 446(3)[1], MIS 479W(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (8 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (13 credits)
Select 4 credits: Attainment of 12th-credit-level proficiency in a single foreign language. (4 credits) Proficiency must be demonstrated by either examination or course work. (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of related coursework. See department list (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits of supporting coursework. 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.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-06-028

Review Date: 04/12/2011

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06

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