Information Systems Major

7767
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7767 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems integrates concepts, methods and skills necessary for developing and implementing the latest technologies for competitive advantage in a global marketplace.

The information systems major focuses on practical applications of current and emerging technologies for strategic support of an organization's technical goals and offers areas of emphasis in database management and information assurance for a depth of knowledge in understanding today's complex systems. Throughout the program, students apply technologies in developing a skill set necessary for real-world information and decision support.

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems must complete the minimum course requirements as outlined in the following curriculum.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • BUS 1801 Global Business Perspectives
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the functions and operations of business organizations in a global marketplace. Studies the structure, operation, financing, relationships and responsibilities of firms in context of current legal, social, regulatory and environmental issues. Requires critical thinking, communication, research, and individual and group problem solving.
  • BUS 2303 Macroeconomics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the concepts that aid in understanding both aggregate economic conditions and the policy alternatives designed to stabilize national economies. Includes the determination of GDP and national income, inflation, unemployment, monetary policy, economic growth and exchange rates.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1701 College Algebra
    Credit Hours: 3
    Real-number system; arithmetic operations with polynomials, special products and factoring; linear, fractional and quadratic equations; inequalities, exponents, radicals and absolute values; functions and graphs; and complex numbers, logarithms, logarithmic and exponential functions. Credit can only be applied toward business, communication, humanities, management, psychology or computer information systems degrees at Florida Tech.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • Restricted Elective (Science) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BUS 2304 Microeconomics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the neoclassical theory of price determination. Includes supply and demand analysis, production and cost theory, market structures, externalities and public goods, factor payments, income distribution and informational asymmetries.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • CSE 1301 Introduction to Computer Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews computers and terminology. Identifies appropriate problems and solution design using specific applications packages. Introduces the use of word processors, data managers, spreadsheets and the Internet (email and Web browsers).
    Requirement(s):
    College of Engineering majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • MTH 1702 Applied Calculus
    Credit Hours: 3
    Elements of differential and integral calculus with application to business, economics, management and the social and life sciences, as well as maxima, minima, rates, exponential growth and decay, and some techniques of integration.
  • Restricted Elective (Science) Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BUS 2211 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the financial accounting environment, financial statements, the accounting cycle, and the theoretical framework of accounting measurement, emphasizing mechanics, measurement theory and the economic environment.
  • BUS 2703 Business Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces methods of collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Includes data presentation; measures of central tendency and dispersion; probability distributions; hypothesis testing; confidence interval estimation; analysis of variance; regression and correlation.
  • COM 2224 Business and Professional Writing
    Credit Hours: 3
    Designed for the future business professional. Includes business research methods, report writing, business correspondence and communication in the workplace. Covers analytical, informational, routine and special reports.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • Restricted Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BUS 2212 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
    Credit Hours: 3
    Continues , emphasizing concepts and issues associated with the accounting and management of businesses, with particular emphasis on understanding the role of accounting in product costing, costing for quality, cost-justifying investment decisions, and performance evaluation and control of human behavior.
  • BUS 2601 Legal and Social Environments of Business
    Credit Hours: 3
    Investigates the operational responsibilities of business in light of political, moral, social, ethical and jurisprudential considerations.
  • BUS 3504 Management Information Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines information systems used in business organizations. Includes discussions of system design, implementation and control of computer-based systems for managerial planning, decision-making and control of an enterprise.
  • COM 3070 Professional Communication for Executives
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers interpersonal and group communication in the professions for future executives. Students prepare and deliver a variety of career-related presentations.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BUS 3401 Corporate Finance
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the components of the three basic issues that embody the financial management of a firm: capital budgeting, capital structure and short-term finance and net working capital. Also examines corporate governance, ethics and international issues.
  • BUS 3501 Management Principles
    Credit Hours: 3
    Helps students acquire management knowledge and develop management skills. Enables the student to understand management as it relates to both the employer and employee, and acquaints the student with the various schools of management and the philosophy of management.
  • BUS 3511 Systems Analysis and Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces and applies concepts, methods and tools for systems development life-cycle (SDLC) phases, planning, analysis, design, implementation and maintenance during the development of an information system. Emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving as an applied approach to developing information systems.
  • BUS 3514 Introduction to Operating Systems and Networks for Business
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides understanding of computer operating systems and networks while avoiding technical discussions covered in traditional operating systems and networking courses. Focus is on practical aspects of evaluating operating system and network alternatives for business.
  • Restricted Elective (HUM) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BUS 3521 Introduction to Database Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces concepts, models and technologies for the design, implementation and management of database systems. Applies database technologies for real-world experience in designing and implementing database systems.
  • BUS 3601 Marketing Principles
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the principles of marketing. Emphasizes the marketing concept, functions, consumer behavior, market segmentation, marketing strategy, marketing mixes, market research, marketing legislation and marketing control, as well as providing a foundation for higher-level courses in marketing.
  • BUS 3704 Quantitative Methods
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes management science and operations research techniques in solving managerial problems. Includes linear programming, sensitivity analysis, transportation and assignment problems, inventory models, CPM and PERT analysis, decision analysis and queuing analysis.
  • BUS 4508 Web-Based Technologies
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores concepts and practice of the implementation and delivery of Web-enabled information systems. Combines concepts and principles from database design, programming and Internet technology. Focuses on implementation, emphasizing hands-on design and development of Web-based information systems.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BUS 4502 Organizational Behavior and Theory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews classical and contemporary approaches to organizational behavior and theory. Focus progresses from the micro (individual behavior) to macro (organizational processes, effectiveness and change). Special attention is given to group behavior.
  • BUS 4702 Business Strategy and Policy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews basic concepts and techniques used in formulating competitive strategy at the corporate, business and functional levels. Introduces business models to provide a learning experience in quantitative aspects of strategy formulation in a competitive environment.
    Requirement(s):
    Must be taken in the final semester before graduation.
  • BUS 4783 Practicum Planning
    Credit Hours: 0
    Allows the student real-world business experience that complements the varied academic disciplines covered in the business curriculum. The planning process must be taken in the second to last semester before graduation.
  • BUS 4788 Business Plan Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces research methods used to create viable business ventures. Begins with innovation and creativity, and proceeds to critical thinking through learned tools including marketing, operational, financial, organizational and strategic analyses. Culminates in a fully developed business plan.
  • Restricted Electives (Information Systems*) Credit Hours: 6
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BUS 4501 Production/Operations Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current theory and practice in production and operations management. Includes forecasting, quality, product/service design, work methods, facility layout and location, scheduling, inventory and project management.
  • BUS 4701 International Business
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the environmental factors confronting managers in international operations: cultural, economic, legal, political and institutional determinants. Examines problems associated with managing organizational, financial, marketing and production policies in a global marketplace.
  • BUS 4786 Major Field Practicum
    Credit Hours: 3
    Links academic study and the practices of the major field of study in the workplace. Requires written and oral presentations, weekly summary reports and 150 work hours at a host employer's location.
    Requirement(s):
    Must be taken in the final semester before graduation
  • Restricted Elective (HUM) Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Information Systems*) Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 121

*Restricted Electives (Information Systems) may be chosen from the following:

  • BUS 3500 Human-Computer Interaction
    Credit Hours: 3
    Gives theoretical and practical experience with human-computer interaction concepts. Addresses empirical, cognitive, predictive and anthropomorphic approaches to HCI. Includes computer task analysis, HCI design guidelines, usability engineering, and testing and enhancing Web design interaction.
  • BUS 3517 Information Assurance and Security
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers information security systems within organizations. Emphasizes systems controls, identifying threats, and techniques for auditing and monitoring access control; and planning, designing, implementing, managing and auditing security including enterprise systems. Covers accidental and intentional breaches of security and disaster recovery.
  • BUS 4511 Project Management for Information Technology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Teaches the nine project management knowledge areas (project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk and procurement management) and the five process groups (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling) as they relate to information technology projects. Requires development of project plan.
  • BUS 4516 Global Strategic Management of Technology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes technology, strategy and global competitive advantage. Develops the practical tools of strategy, planning and implementation at business and corporate levels. Investigates the strategies of technology-intensive international companies. Requires student teams to develop a five-year strategic plan for a global company or business unit.
  • BUS 4521 Advanced Database Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers advanced topics in database management systems. Includes query processing and optimization strategies, security and privacy, data mining and warehousing, and emerging database technologies.
  • BUS 4522 Database Administration
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers concepts, procedures and tools for implementing, maintaining and administering a database system. Uses technology as an applied approach to exploring database administrator roles and responsibilities.
  • BUS 4532 Information Security Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the theory, concepts and techniques involved in information security to meet specific business needs from an information system manager's perspective. Builds on knowledge of networks, operating systems and information assurance.
  • BUS 4583 Senior Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides the experience of applying the concepts, tools and techniques introduced in previous courses. Project teams analyze, develop and reengineer the requirements for solving a real world management information system problem.
  • CSE 1001 Fundamentals of Software Development 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces software development as it applies to small programs. Students learn to program in a higher-level language and to read, understand, write and evolve typical small higher-level programs.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing score on calculus placement test or prerequisite course
  • CSE 1502 Introduction to Software Development With C++
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the stages of software development and practice in using C++. Includes requirement analysis, design and implementation methods, testing procedures and an introduction to certifying program correctness.
    Requirement(s):
    For majors other than computer science. CS majors may only use as Free Elective.