Program Overview:

Undergraduate Information Systems Major

Information systems is the area of computer science that focuses on analyzing the information needs of organizations and devising IT solutions that meet cost requirements and promote strategic goals. IS professionals fill a critical role across many sectors; they implement and manage complex systems projects, design business processes, and provide support of management and decision-making.

In pursuing a degree in information systems, students learn concepts, skills, and technologies that enable organizations to manage and improve the flow of information. They explore how data is collected, stored, processed, and communicated as a means of sustaining operations, interacting with customers and suppliers, and competing in the marketplace. Students learn to navigate both software and hardware challenges as they analyze problems in real-world cases. Skills that are crucial for working within organizations – professional communication, critical thinking, and collaboration—are developed through courses in business communication and leadership. Instructors for all courses are working professionals; their practical knowledge shapes the classroom experience.

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Communicate information systems solutions clearly and effectively
  • Recognize and analyze business problems and opportunities
  • Apply systems development methodologies
  • Propose information systems-based solutions that are technically sound, economically feasible, and organizationally viable
  • Collaborate to participate in or manage complex information-based business projects

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 45 units. The degree program includes major requirements, distribution requirements, and electives. Students choose from two degree programs for this major: Bachelor of Philosophy or Bachelor of Science in General Studies. View the full degree requirements

Information Systems Major Requirements

  • CIS 110 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • CIS 313 Telecommunication and Computer Networks
  • CIS 317 Database Systems Design and Implementation
  • CIS 394 Software Project Management or ORG BEH 368 Project Management
  • MATH 202 Finite Mathematics
  • STAT 202 Introduction to Statistics
  • ORG BEH 307 Leadership Principles and Practices
  • ENGLISH 205 Writing Seminar: Business Communication
  • 6 additional courses from
    • CIS 130 Tools and Technology of the Web
    • CIS 212 Object-Oriented Programming I
    • CIS 314 Object Oriented Programming II
    • CIS 345 Information Security
    • CIS 330 Human-Computer Interaction
    • CIS 365 Enterprise IT Management
    • CIS 370 Systems Analysis and Design
    • CIS 380 Information Architecture
    • CIS 385 Programming for the Web

The major requirements listed above are for students starting the program in the Summer 2017 quarter or later. View information systems major requirements prior to Summer 2017.

Accelerated MSIS degree for Information Systems Majors

Students who complete their bachelor’s degree at SPS with a major in Information Systems can apply for the Accelerated Master’s in Information Systems program at SPS and apply undergraduate courses to that degree—saving both time and tuition.

To apply to the master’s degree program, the following two undergraduate courses should be completed during the undergraduate program with a grade of B or higher:

  • CIS 313 Telecommunications Networks
  • CIS 317 Database Systems

Students can apply to the master’s program while the undergraduate degree program is still in progress; they should submit the application for the master’s program within the final two quarters of their undergraduate program. Applicants who meet admissions criteria are granted conditional acceptance, with full acceptance contingent on successful completion of the undergraduate program.

View the Accelerated Master of Science in Information Systems program to learn more.