B.S. in information systems

This major prepares students for successful careers as information systems professionals through a curriculum that combines technical computing knowledge, skills and techniques with relevant business knowledge.

 

Accreditation

Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. With ABET accreditation, students, employers and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

Curriculum

We provide a curriculum that:

 

  • Prepares students to begin professional careers upon graduation by providing experience with the most current technologies needed to support the secure delivery and management of information systems
  • Supports career advancement over time by giving our graduates the academic foundation in information systems needed for continued professional development
  • Supports the information systems needs of the business community

Program and degree requirements

Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates will have the ability to apply the most current technologies to support the secure delivery and management of information systems.
  • Graduates will have the academic foundation that enables them to advance their careers through continuing education and professional development.
  • Graduates will have the knowledge and ability to work effectively to support the information systems needs of the business community.

Student Outcomes:

  1. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  2. Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  3. Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  4. Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. Understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  6. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  7. Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  8. Recognize the need for and be able to engage in continuing professional development.
  9. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
    1. Coverage of the fundamentals of a modern programming language
    2. Data Management
    3. Networking and data communications
    4. Systems Analysis and Design
    5. The role of Information Systems in organizations
    6. Project Management
    7. Enterprise Systems
  10. Understand the processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.

Career opportunities

  • Alumni employers include:
    • CarMax
    • Dominion Energy
    • Federal Reserve Bank
    • WestRock
    • Accenture
  • Careers in the field:
    • Computer Systems Managers
    • Information System Managers
    • Computer Security Analyst
    • Computer Systems Analyst
    • Computer User Support Specialists
    • Database Administrator
    • Information Technology Project Managers
    • Network Systems Administrators 
    • Computer Systems Administrators 
    • Programmer
    • Systems Analyst
    • Web Administrators 

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Business foundation with plans to declare B.S. in Information Systems

Fall 2014 - 162
Fall 2015 - 185
Fall 2016 - 250
Fall 2017 - 282

Declared majors for the B.S. in Information Systems

Fall 2014 - 211
Fall 2015 - 249
Fall 2016 - 254
Fall 2017 - 309

Degrees Conferred

2014-15 school year - 107
2015-16 school year - 132
2016-17 school year - 140
Fall 2017 - 22

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  • Being at VCU has changed the course of my life and opened so many doors, allowing me to gain valuable research experience and business/IT knowledge through bioinformatics and IS.
    Michael G. Kiflezghi
    Class of 2017
  • I chose Information Systems as my major because it is a huge part of the economy. As the economy is getting exponentially more advanced, it is essential for businesses to acquire information from internal and external sources to make decisions. Being an IS student has helped me become more analytical and technical as we are given the opportunity to create projects such as databases that are crucial for a business' success.
    Max W.
    Class of 2019