B.S. in information systems

Our bachelor’s degree in information systems provides the combination of technical skills and business acumen needed to take on today’s IT challenges. You’ll gain expertise in fundamental and specialized areas of information systems, including data analytics, systems analysis and design, project management, computer programing, cyber ethics, networking and web development. Through our close ties to the community, you’ll leverage and build active partnerships in the private and public sectors.


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.


Our curriculum combines technical computing skills with relevant business knowledge. We’ll prepare you for professional careers through hands-on experience with the latest technologies needed to support the delivery and management of information systems.

Program and degree requirements

Program Educational Objectives 

The Educational Objectives for the major in Information Systems are to 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. 

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. 
  10. Understand the processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.
    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

Career opportunities

  • Alumni employers include:
    • CarMax
    • Dominion Energy
    • Federal Reserve Bank
    • WestRock
    • Accenture
  • Careers in the field:
    • Business systems analyst
    • Data analyst
    • Application and systems developer
    • IT project manager
    • Web designer

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