Bachelor of Science in Business

Information Systems & Technology Management Concentration

Overview

The concentration in information systems enables undergraduate students to acquire an excellent understanding of all components of information technology (IT), and to obtain the skills and knowledge of analytical methods needed to design and develop the information systems (IS) that are indispensable to businesses. The IT overview covers areas ranging from computer hardware/software to data communications and data management. Students also gain hands-on experience in the structured development of information systems, programming, database design, and other techniques needed in order to successfully design and develop information systems. These IS/IT-specific skills and knowledge give students a competitive start in this “information age.”

Career Options in Information Systems and Technology Management

All facets of management, be it in the private sector, in government, or in non-profit organizations, require information that is accurate, relevant, timely and complete. That is why appropriate information systems have become absolutely necessary for every business. Beyond that, information systems have also become strategically important in carving out new business opportunities. Many organizations have established the position of chief information officer (CIO) and elevated the function to the executive level. The information systems concentration enables students to enter this career stream as programmer analysts and system analysts. With experience and enhanced knowledge, students are able to progress in this exciting career, perhaps all the way to becoming a CIO, succeeding as a consultant, or starting their own IS/IT business.

Information Systems and Technology Management Concentration Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled for the concentration in information systems and technology management: 15 credits in required and selected courses; at least 9 of these credits must be taken in residence. All concentration courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Concentrations are only available to GWSB students. See Concentrations under GW School of Business Undergraduate Regulations in this Bulletin for additional information.

Required
ISTM 3119Introduction to Programming
ISTM 4120Business Systems Development
ISTM 4121Database Principles and Applications
Two courses selected from the following:
ISTM 4205Web Applications Development
ISTM 4206Foundations of Information Systems Security and Ethics
ISTM 4209Foundations of Web Analytics
ISTM 4213Foundations of Cloud Applications
ISTM 4214Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 4216Mobile Application Development
ISTM 4217Internet of Things Management
ISTM 4123Business Data Communications
ISTM 4130WWriting On The Ethics of Technology
ISTM 4215Human-Computer Interaction
ISTM 4223Innovation Ventures
ISTM 4233Emerging Technologies
ISTM 4900Special Topics