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Information Systems, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Special requirements

To complete a degree, a minimum of 120 credits is required, with no more than four of those credits in physical education, and no more than another four credits from INFO 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168 and 169. These courses may be counted as non-business electives. The foundation program specifies course work required during the freshman and sophomore years. Students who successfully complete a minimum of 54 credits in the foundation program — including UNIV 111, 112, and 200 (with a minimum grade of C in UNIV 112 and 200), ECON 210-211, MGMT 171 and 212 and ACCT 203-204 — and meet the course and GPA requirements are eligible for admission into a major in the School of Business. All students entering junior-level business and economics courses are expected to have competency in computer-based word processing and spreadsheet skills. Students are strongly encouraged to take SPCH 121 Effective Speech or SPCH 321 Speech for Business and the Professions.

The admission requirements for the School of Business detail the requirements for students to be admitted to the advanced business program with a major in the school. Candidates for the bachelor’s degrees offered in business must complete the 120 credits outlined in the combination of the foundation and advanced programs. At least 30 hours of the required business courses for the Bachelor of Science must be taken at VCU.

The major in information systems is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the discipline of information systems. Through required and elective courses students will be prepared for positions as application developers, business analysts and network administrators.

The major requires students to take a major core of six required courses and then choose three upper-level courses from the list of approved electives.

Exceptions to prerequisite courses require recommendation of the faculty adviser and permission of the department chair.

Learning goals

Degree requirements for Information Systems, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Graduates will be able to understand the role of information systems and information technology in the organization, especially as a source of information.
  • Graduates will be able to understand the value of, and be able to use, financial/accounting data to make decisions at both strategic and operating levels within the context of their discipline-specific knowledge.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Graduates will be able to understand the importance to themselves, their organization and the larger community of working effectively in teams.
  • Graduates will be able to use the appropriate quantitative/statistical analysis and reasoning to make business decisions.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate an ability to respond appropriately to ethical dilemmas in business. From a scenario (i.e., what is good for some consumers might not be good for society as a whole), the student will be required to identify both sides of the dilemma, state what action they would recommend and incorporate the marketing concept and the American Marketing Association Code of Ethics in developing their recommendation.
  • Graduates will be able to apply computer hardware and software knowledge in support of organizational systems.
  • Graduates will be able to apply the appropriate programming language skills to solve the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Graduates will be able to analyze, design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process component or program to meet desired needs.
  • Graduates will be able to identify and explain the importance of implementing data resource management processes and technologies in an organization.
  • Graduates will be able to identify the basic components, functions and types of telecommunications networks (hardware, software, media and services) used in organizations. In addition, students will be able to identify major developments in these technologies as well as their appropriate applications.
  • Graduates will be able to identify the characteristics that affect the choice of IT applications, IT platforms, data access policies and systems development methods that impact the performance of IS systems in organizations.
  • Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  • Graduates will be able to analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Graduates will be able to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs.
  • Graduates will be able to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Graduates will be able to have an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Graduates will be able to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
  • Graduates will be able to engage in continuing professional development.
  • Graduates will be able to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice.
Business Foundation (63 credits) Credits
General Education Requirements  
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Business General Education requirement  
ECON 210-211 Principles of Economics 6
Business General Education electives 9-12
Select credits from the following list:  
CHEM 101-102 General Chemistry  
ENVS/GEOG 105 Physical Geology  
PHYS 101 Foundations of Physics  
PHYS 107 Wonders of Technology  
PHYS 201-202 General Physics  
Any ANTH, PSYC or SOCY course except PSYC 214 Applications of Statistics, which business majors cannot take for degree credit  
Any ARTH, DANC, MHIS, or THEA course open to non-arts majors  
Any HIST, INTL (except INTL 493 International Studies Internship), PHIL, POLI or RELS course  
Any foreign language course  
Any honors module  
Any additional University Core Education Curriculum approved courses  
Approved English literature course (ENGL 201-206; ENGL 211; ENGL 236; ENGL 241; ENGL 291; ENGL 295)  
Additional Business Foundation requirements (24-27 credits)  
ACCT 203-204 Introduction to Accounting I and II 6
INFO 202 Introduction to E-business Technologies 3
MATH 211 Mathematical Structures 3
MGMT 171 Mathematical Applications for Business (satisfies University Core Education Curriculum quantitative literacy) 0-3
MGMT 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business 3
Non-School of Business electives 9
Advanced business program (57 credits)  
Advanced business core (30 credits)  
ECON 303 Managerial Economics 3
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3
INFO 360 Business Information Systems 3
MGMT 301 Business Statistics I 3
MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior 3
MGMT 320 Production/Operations Management 3
MGMT 323 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGMT 325 Organizational Communication 3
MGMT 434 Strategic Management 3
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3
Major requirements (27 credits)  
INFO 300 Information Technology Infrastructure 3
INFO 350 Intermediate Programming 3
INFO 361 Systems Analysis and Design 3
INFO 364 Database Systems 3
INFO 370 Fundamentals of Data Communications 3
INFO 461 Information Systems Planning and Project Management 3
INFO 465 Projects in Information Systems 3
Approved information systems electives 6
Total minimum requirement 120

Approved information systems electives

INFO 450 Advanced Programming
INFO 451 Advanced Technology for E-business
INFO 463 Business Process Engineering
INFO 468 Information Engineering
INFO 472 Infrastructure Services
INFO 474 Advanced Networking and Security
INFO 491 Topics in Information Systems
INFO 492 Independent Study in Information Systems (Requires departmental approval)
INFO 493 Internship in Information Systems

Note: Students who wish to concentrate their electives within a track to gain enhanced proficiency may do so. The recommended tracks are:

Application development: INFO 450 and 451
Business analysis: INFO 463 and 468
Information and communications technology: INFO 472 and 474

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