Information Systems

See Both Sides – and Solve the Problem – with a Degree in Information Systems

While being in the middle sometimes gets a bad rap, information systems (IS) experts consider it the ideal place to be. IS comes to life at the intersection of technology and business. By choosing a major in IS, you’ll make a big impact by keeping technology projects on schedule and within budget, communicating how a company’s investment in technology translates to operational efficiencies, and even troubleshooting network problems.

IS is an exciting field because things are always changing and information systems experts can be found in practically every industry from technology and healthcare to insurance and banking. 

Prepare for an Information Systems Career with a Bachelor’s Degree

Majoring in information systems (IS) prepares you for a career as a valued liaison between business operations and technology. Through your business foundation courses – accounting, management, finance, human resources, economics and marketing – you’ll understand the how and why of business operations. Your technology courses let you dive into programming, analytics, technical communications and database management, so that you will be able to identify innovative uses of technology.

Central to your success on both sides of the equation, are your general education courses that enable you to communicate effectively, think critically and work as part of a team to solve complex issues facing organizations. You can also count on your professors, who will add insight gathered from their own experiences to fuel your success. 

Careers

Make Your Mark in the Growing Field of Information Systems

As more industries expand their online capabilities, demand for information systems (IS) professionals will continue to grow. As an IS major, you’ll learn key skills to launch a career as an information systems specialist. Systems specialists work as part of a technology team to maintain and troubleshoot computer and information systems. They also help to identify hardware, software and data needs and make recommendations to business stakeholders for more informed decision making.

Other jobs in the information systems field include data analyst, requirements analyst, business analyst, systems analyst and technical liaison. 

Program Outcomes
  1. Apply management information systems technology principles and tools to derive business strategies and outcomes.

  2. Recognize and translate business needs into executable projects.

  3. Evaluate current and emerging technology to continuously meet business needs.

  4. Perform qualitative and quantitative data analysis to drive business decisions.

  5. Apply technology and systems principles to industry-specific scenarios.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 830

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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