Information Systems, B.S.

Program Code: INFSY_BS

Program Description

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, supply chain management, and finance. With business and non-business electives, the program is designed to develop necessary skills and competencies required to be an effective Information Systems professional.

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 through guest speakers, experiential learning, internships, and career placement.

What is Information Systems?

Information Systems (IS) is a multidisciplinary STEM-designated degree program that equips students with IS competencies and business knowledge required to plan for, design, implement, and manage digital assets to support operations and strategic management of organizations. The IS degree addresses a range of strategic, managerial, and operational activities associated with the development and use of technologies to organize, process, and apply information. Topics include application development/programming, systems analysis and design, data and information management, data/business analytics, IT infrastructure, IS management and strategy, secure information systems, and business and management theory and practice.

A STEM designated degree allows 36 months total of Optional Practical Training (OPT).

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You are passionate about creating high-tech solutions to organizational and societal challenges.
  • You are interested in application development and programming.
  • You are curious about using business analytic methods to support business operations and management decision making.
  • You are interested in leveraging current and emerging technologies to improve business processes and facilitate business transformation.

Entrance to Major

Entry to the Information Systems major requires the completion of 8 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211, ECON 102, ENGL 15 or ENGL 30H, FIN 301, MATH 110 or MATH 140, MGMT 301, MKTG 301, SCM 200 or STAT 200; 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.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 8
Requirements for the Major 79

12 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.

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.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
BA 364YInternational Business and Society3
BA 462Business Strategy3
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 202DEffective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
FIN 301Corporation Finance3
MGMT 301Basic Management Concepts3
MIS 204Introduction to Management Information Systems Keystone/General Education Course3
MKTG 301Principles of Marketing3
SCM 301Supply Chain Management3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MIS 307Algorithmic Concepts3
MIS 390Information Systems Management and Applications3
MIS 448Business Telecommunications3
MIS 450System Design Project3
MIS 465DataBase Management3
Additional Courses
BA 241
BA 242
Legal Environment of Business
and Social and Ethical Environment of Business
or BA 243 Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
MATH 110Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
SCM 200Introduction to Statistics for Business Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Application Development
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits from one of the following three areas of concentration A, B, or C:9
A. Application Development Concentration
IT Project Management
Interface design for Information Systems Applications
Business Programming for the WEB
Seminar in Information Systems
B. Network Security Concentration
IT Project Management
Network Security
Information Security Management
Seminar in Information Systems
C. Individualized Concentration
IT Project Management
Network Security
Information Security Management
Interface design for Information Systems Applications
Information Technology and Business Strategy
Web Technologies
Business Programming for the WEB
Seminar in Information Systems
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
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 interests6

Integrated B.S. in Information Systems and M.S. in Information Systems

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Information Systems and M.S. in Information Systems can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

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

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Information Systems and M.B.A. in Business Administration can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Learning Outcomes

Student graduates of our baccalaureate degree programs should be:

  1. Effective communicators.
    1. Present verbally, thoughts and ideas in a way that can be clearly understood by a target audience.
    2. Convey ideas in a clear, coherent manner in written communication.
  2. Ethical and socially responsible.
    1. Be competent in analyzing social and ethical decision making issues in organizations.
  3. Critical thinkers.
    1. Be able to think and identify multiple dimensions of company issues and performances and make an assessment of company performances in achieving financial and strategic objectives, tracking their achievements, and giving management of companies a more complete and balanced view of how the organization is performing.
  4. Competent in the Information Systems Discipline.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge in technologies that support the information environment.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge in business/organizational procedures that are supported by technology.
    3. Demonstrate general skills and abilities that promote good communication, problem-solving and analytical abilities as well as the ability to work in a collaborative environment.
    4. Demonstrate skills to participate in and lead multidisciplinary teams in the development, implementation and management of information technology solutions.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.



Roderick L. Lee, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
E-355 Olmsted Building
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Information Systems, B.S. at Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
ENGL 15 or 30H‡#3CAS 1003
MATH 110 or 140#†4STAT 200 or SCM 200# 4
ECON 102#†3MGMT 301# 3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course1.5General Education Course3
 14.5 16
Second Year
ACCTG 211# 4FIN 301# 3
MKTG 301# 3IST 140, CMPSC 101, or CMPSC 1213
MIS 2043ENGL 202D3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3MIS 390* 3
 16 15
Third Year
BA 2412SCM 3013
BA 2422Application Development Concentration or Network Security Concentration or Individualized Concentration* 3
ECON 1043MIS 448* 3
MIS 307* 3General Education Course3
MIS 465* 3General Education Course3
General Education Course1.5 
 14.5 15
Fourth Year
BA 364Y3BA 4623
Application Development Concentration or Newtork Security Concentration or Individualized Concentration* 3MIS 450* 3
200-400 level Business courses in consultation with adviser6Application Development Concentration or Network Security Concentration or Individualized Concentration* 3
Non-Business Elective3Non-Business Elective3
 Non-Business Elective2
 15 14
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes

  • 30 Credits of GA, GH, GHW, GN, GS to include 6 Integrative Studies credits.
  • 15 Credits of GWS, and GQ require a grade of "C" or better.
  • Courses required for the major must generally be taken within 10 years of entrance to the major. 
  • Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US:" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)." B A 364 (US/IL) may be used to meet either the IL or US requirement, but may be used to fulfill only 3 of the 6 credit requirement.

Career Paths

The B.S. in Information Systems prepares students to meet the rising demand for well-educated IS professionals in business, education, healthcare, and government. Salaries for IS graduates are higher than typical business majors and even higher for those who complete an internship.


According to Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are nearly 3 million jobs in the U.S. relevant to IS. In addition, a recent report from the 2019 Association of Information Systems IS Job Index indicates that the IS job market is flourishing. This same report shows the national placement rate is 70% with an average starting salary of $65,314. The most popular jobs are in application development, consulting, business analytics, systems analyst, and computer support.

Employers of recent IS graduates include Capital Blue Cross, CGI Federal, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Highmark Health, RPI Consultants, Select Medical, Shell, and Universal Health Services.


Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Penn State Harrisburg's MS in Information Systems is STEM-designated degree program designed to meet the increasing need for technically grounded, upper-level information resources managers within business organizations. A limited number of academically superior B.S. in Information Systems candidates are provided 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 Science in Information Systems in five years.


Professional Resources


The B.S. in Information Systems offered by the School of Business Administration at Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College, is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,600 member organizations and more than 800 accredited business schools worldwide. In addition, AACSB International (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.




E-355 Olmsted Building
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057