Department of Information Systems
The Information Systems (IS) degree program combines knowledge of leading edge information technologies with an understanding of the ever changing needs of today’s dynamic business environment. As such, it attracts students who are interested in working with technology to find solutions to business problems. While a fundamental understanding of information technology is a cornerstone of the degree, an equally important and distinguishing element of the IS degree is a solid foundation in basic business functions. Students may major in IS without an area of emphasis or may select one of the following three emphasis areas.
The BI emphasis focuses on the use of information technology to identify trends and hidden patterns in an organization’s data and external environment, and then predicts how these trends and patterns will impact the organization’s activities and ultimate success. Students pursuing this emphasis will be prepared to assist companies in the identification and development of competitive strategies, as well as in the management of corporate knowledge. Potential employers include a wide array of medium and large businesses across all types of industries.
Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
The ERP emphasis focuses on large, complex information systems that integrate business processes across an entire organization. Because the number of IS professionals with these skills is low, this is a high- demand area. Students pursuing this emphasis will be prepared to assist companies in the selection, implementation, and support of such systems. Potential employers include consulting companies, ERP developers, as well as thousands of companies that adopt or wish to adopt ERP systems.
Students who pursue an emphasis in the area of Business Intelligence or Enterprise Resource Planning Systems may receive an SAP Student Recognition Award certificate and be eligible for SAP’s TERP-10 Certification program.
The ES emphasis focuses on the development and administration of security policies as they pertain to the management of information systems. Students pursuing this emphasis will be prepared to assist companies in the design, implementation, and management of secure information systems and networks. In today’s security-conscious world, virtually every organization is a potential employer of students who pursue this option.