Bachelor of Science in Information Systems


The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS) degree, also known as the Information Systems major, provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to major in Information Systems, an integral part of business education in the United States. The program is designed to train students to work as systems analysts, database developers, web and mobile application developers, data analysts and internal and external consultants.

BSIS provides core computing skills in programming, systems development, database, enterprise and web information systems, mobile app development, cloud computing and artificial intelligence applications in business. BSIS is a STEM degree (CIP code: 11.0401), a degree program that focuses on the theory, organization, and process of information collection, transmission, and utilization in traditional and electronic forms.

Learning Objectives:

● Apply the Information Systems Technology (IST) body of knowledge to meet business requirements, specifically for:
    ○ Programming
    ○ Database management, Data Warehousing
    ○ Web Analytics
    ○ Web Development
    ○ System Analysis and Design (methodologies, techniques, tools including Object Oriented SAD)
    ○ Strategic Development in IST
● Apply IST concepts to solve business problems and respond to market opportunities
● Communicate IST knowledge clearly and effectively in both writing and oral presentations
● Weigh the ethics and impact of IST on society as a whole when making decisions
● Think critically, systematically analyze the facts, and make intelligent choices
● Work effectively as a team leader as well as a team member by actively participating in team activities, completing assigned tasks on time, assisting other team members, and working towards the team’s common goal

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 

General education and pre-business courses
UW 1020University Writing
One critical analysis in the humanities course 1
One scientific reasoning with lab course. 1
Pre-business courses
BADM 1001
BADM 1002
First-Year Development Course I
and First-Year Development Course II
or BADM 1003 Transfer Student Development Course
BADM 3001Career Management Strategy
BADM 4001Leadership and Career Launch
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II
DNSC 1001Business Analytics I: Statistics for Descriptive and Predictive Analytics
or APSC 3115 Engineering Analysis III
or STAT 1051 Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
or STAT 1111 Business and Economic Statistics I
DNSC 2001Business Analytics II: Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics
or STAT 2112 Business and Economic Statistics II
or STAT 2118 Regression Analysis
or STAT 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
or ECON 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
One of the following two-course sequences in mathematics 2
MATH 1051
MATH 1252
Finite Mathematics for the Social and Management Sciences
and Calculus for the Social and Management Sciences
MATH 1231
MATH 1232
Single-Variable Calculus I
and Single-Variable Calculus II
Business core courses
BADM 2301Management Information Systems Technology
Four courses selected from the following:
ACCY 2001Introduction to Financial Accounting
ACCY 2002Introductory Managerial Accounting
BADM 2001Markets and Politics
or BADM 2001W Markets and Politics
BADM 3103Human Capital in Organizations
BADM 3401Contemporary Marketing Management
or BADM 3401W Contemporary Marketing Management
BADM 3501Financial Management and Markets
BADM 3601Operations Management
BADM 4101Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
or BADM 4101W Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
BADM 4801Strategy Formulation and Implementation
IBUS 3001Introduction to International Business
Information systems courses
ISTM 3119Introduction to Programming
ISTM 4120Business Systems Development
ISTM 4121Database Principles and Applications
ISTM 4205Web Applications Development
ISTM 4206Foundations of Information Systems Security and Ethics
ISTM 4209Foundations of Web Analytics
ISTM 4210Information Systems Capstone
Three courses selected from the following:
ISTM 4213Foundations of Cloud Applications
ISTM 4214Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 4216Mobile Application Development
ISTM 4217Internet of Things Management
In general, students complete 43 credits in electives courses, or the minimum necessary to reach 120 credits for the degree. 18 of those credits must be taken outside of GWSB. Elective courses may be numbered 1000 to 4999. Electives may not include LSPA (Lifestyle, Sport, and Physical Activity) courses and may include a maximum of one HLWL (Health and Wellness) course. Students may use electives for an additional concentration, a second GWSB or non-GWSB major, or a minor.

1See University General Education Requirement for a list of approved courses.

2Students should meet with a GWSB academic advisor to discuss other options for fulfilling the mathematics requirement.

3Freshmen are required to take BADM 1001 and BADM 1002, transfer students are required to take BADM 1003.

4BADM 3001 is offered with industry-specific sections and should be completed during the sophomore year, following successful completion of BADM 1001 and 1002, or BADM 1003.

5BADM 4001 is offered with experiential-specific sections and should be completed in the senior year. 

Information Systems as a Second Major Requirements 

Review the Information Systems as a Second Major document to see the requirements.