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Business Information Systems

Drive the technology that drives business.

The Business Information Systems program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in business with a focus on information technology. The major satisfies the business sector's need for well-rounded technology professionals. As technology managers, graduates of this program are responsible for delivering information services to the end-user while cost-effectively administering their organization's information resources.

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  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    The Business Information Systems major consists of core courses in programming and network and database design followed by a career focus in technology management or e-commerce technology. After completing a series of practical IT courses, you will complete a sequence of dynamic business courses.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Articulate technology skills learned and applied during academic career.
    • Perform those information technology tasks essential to chosen career path in application, network, or database design.
    • Communicate technology ideas with confidence and clarity in team meetings and public forums.
    • Demonstrate a professional competency in research, analysis, and business writing.
    • Converse in the languages of application, network, and database design.
    • Assess business problems using analytical and critical thought processes to identify the best technology solution.
    • Pursue an IT career and perform as a well-rounded technology professional, able to leverage talents and interests.

    A complete listing of learning objectives for the Business Information Systems program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    Why Study Business Information Systems?

    Business Information Systems graduates are prepared for leadership in today's technology-driven business climate, not only academically but also through Stevenson's rigorous emphasis on internships and real-world work experiences during college.

    • 100 percent job placement rate for graduates during the past three years
    • Students are prepared to work in growing government and nonprofit sectors, too
    • Recent graduates have found careers with the defense industry, scientific research, and e-commerce developers
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    Course Sequence


    Technology Management

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in business information systems. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    FYS 100 First Year Seminar 
    ACC 140 Financial Accounting
    IS 135 MS Office Applications
    IS 140 Information Systems Architecture and Design
    IS 150 Relational Database Design and SQL with MS Access
    IS 170 Systems Development with UML
    IS 201 Management Information Systems
    IS 231 Network Technologies
    IS 240 Programming Concepts
    IS 260 Presentation Theory and Application
    IS 301 Principles of E-Commerce
    IS 350 IS Internship
    IS 365 Writing for IS Applications
    MGT 204 Principles of Management
    MGT 210 Business Writing
    MKT 206 Principles of Marketing
    One 300-400 Level INBUS, MGT, or MKT Course

    Take two of the following upper level courses:

    IS 320 Human-Computer Interaction
    IS 380 Information Security for the Organization
    IS 475 Special Topics in Information Systems
    IS 480 Technology Law
    IS 481 Project and Knowledge Management

    IS 320: E-Commerce Track students must take IS 320 (E-Commerce Track Prerequisite). 

    IS 380: Technology Management Track students may NOT take IS 380 (Technology Management Track requirement). 

    Students must choose and complete the courses for one of the tracks listed below. If a student completes a track offered under computer information systems, the student will be awarded the computer information systems degree. 

    Technology Management Track

    IS 280 Data Management
    IS 380 Information Security for the Organization
    IS 385 Management of Business Networks
    IS 386 E-Commerce Business Solutions
    IS 387 Wireless Technology Solutions for the Office

    E-Commerce Technology Track

    IS 343 Web Architecture and Design Technologies
    IS 361 E-Collaboration and Social Networking
    IS 386 E-Commerce Business Solutions
    IS 443 XML E-Business Applications
    IS 462 Current Topics in E-Commerce

    Last Updated: 06/25/2018

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    Technology Management Track

    Upon completion of the technology management track, graduates will be able to:

    • Assess business problems and identify alternate technology solutions.
    • Explain the role of technology components in a network.
    • Apply key management principles in leading a project.
    • Discuss various IT alternatives with business and technology professionals.
    • Interpret the needs of customers and adapt them to different constituents

    E-Commerce Technology Track

    Upon completion of the e-commerce technology track, graduates will be able to:

    • Construct electronic commerce solutions using various web architectures and design technologies.
    • Assemble electronic collaboration environments and evaluate social networks in support of business initiatives.
    • Propose electronic commerce solutions for business problems and new business initiatives.
    • Discuss server to server web data exchange issues.
    • Explain and propose extensions to electronic commerce business models.


    The minor in information systems requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an IS prefix. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

    BS/MS Option

    The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in business information systems who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework with work toward a master’s degree in one of Stevenson’s graduate programs. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into a BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. For more information on this program see the School of Graduate and Professional Studies catalog.

    Last Updated: 06/07/2017

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Business Information Systems program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Business Analyst
• Computer Hardware Engineer
• Database Administrator
• Multimedia Designer
• Network Administrator

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

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