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

Special requirements

The foundation program specifies course work required during the freshman and sophomore years. Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of:

  • A minimum of 54 credits in the foundation program
  • ACCT 203-204 Introduction to Accounting
  • BUSN 201-202 Business Foundations I-II
  • BUSN 225 Winning Presentations
  • ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • INFO 160, 161, 162 and 165
  • SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business (or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry )
  • UNIV 111 and 112 Focused Inquiry I and II, and UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument (with a minimum grade of C in UNIV 112 and 200)

The admission requirements for the School of Business detail the deadlines for students to be admitted to the advanced business program with a major in the school. At least 30 hours of the required business courses for the Bachelor of Science must be taken at VCU.

Students may need to take additional mathematics courses as prerequisites to SCMA 212 or MATH 200. These credits will count as electives in the foundation program. The sample curriculum outline includes SCMA 171 since many of our students will need to complete this course.

The INFO 160, 161, 162 and 165 requirements may be waived upon successful completion of a Knowledge Equivalency Test administered by the Undergraduate Studies Office. No more than two additional credits may be applied to the degree from the INFO 16x series.

No more than four credits in physical education courses may be applied to the degree.

PSYC 214 and INTL 493 may not be counted toward a business degree.

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems is to equip students for successful careers as information systems professionals by offering a curriculum that combines technical computing skills with relevant business knowledge.

Generally, students take 12 courses (36 hours) in information systems. Five of these courses are required; four more must be taken from the School of Business’s flexible core in information systems (viz. INFO 323, INFO 361, INFO 320 and INFO 461), and students then choose three upper-level courses from the list of approved electives.

INFO 202 is a prerequisite for many upper-level information systems courses. Exceptions to prerequisite courses require recommendation of the faculty adviser and permission of the department chair.

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

Learning goals (program objectives)

The major in information systems provides a curriculum that:

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

Learning outcomes (student outcomes)

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

  • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline 
  • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution 
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs. 
  • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • Understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
  • Recognize the need for and be able to engage in continuing professional development
  • Use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice
  • Understand the processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment
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 (SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry) 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Business General Education requirement (16 credits)  
BUSN 225 Winning Presentations 3
ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
INFO 160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices 1
INFO 161 Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I 1
INFO 162 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I 1
INFO 165 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheet Skills II 1
Business General Education elective (Select credits from the approved list.) 3
Additional Business Foundation requirements (23-26 credits)  
ACCT 203 and 204 Introduction to Accounting I and II 6
BUSN 201 and 202 Foundations of Business I and II 6
MATH 211 Mathematical Structures 3
Open electives 8-11
Advanced business program (57 credits)  
Advanced business core (33 credits)  
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3
INFO 320 Business Intelligence and Data Mining 3
INFO 323 Ethical, Social and Legal Issues in Information Systems 3
INFO 361 Systems Analysis and Design 3
INFO 461 Information Systems Planning and Project Management 3
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3
MGMT 434 Strategic Management (capstone) 3
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3
SCMA 301 Business Statistics I 3
SCMA 302 Business Statistics II 3
SCMA 325 Organizational Communication 3
Major requirements (24 credits)  
INFO 300 Information Technology Infrastructure 3
INFO 350 Intermediate Programming 3
INFO 364 Database Systems 3
INFO 370 Fundamentals of Data Communications 3
INFO 465 Projects in Information Systems 3
Approved INFO electives 9
Total minimum requirement 120

Business general education electives
Additional University Core Education Curriculum approved courses
Any foreign language course
Any honors-designated course taught outside of the School of Business
Any of the following UNIV courses:
UNIV 211 Food for Thought
UNIV 213 The Truth about Lying
UNIV 217 Finding Your Voice in Contemporary Society
UNIV 222 Pseudoscience
UNIV 299 What’s the Big Idea?

Information systems electives
BUSN 400 Principles of Consulting and BUSN 401 International Consulting Practicum (If this option is chosen, both must be taken.)
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

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