Computer Science: Information Sciences and Systems Major

College of IT: Information Sciences Major

Students who are interested in majoring in information sciences and systems receive broad exposure to computer and programming concepts. The major prepares students to bring people and computers together to solve problems in businesses and other organizations.

Information sciences is perfect for you if your interests are solving problems, working with details,  games, puzzles, working with numbers, taking initiative, organizing information, music, and working with people.

Skills and qualities that are related with this course are oral and written communication, working in groups, creative and critical thinking, logical thinking, understanding and analyzing numerical data, working with changing technology.

Here are some typical courses in this type of major:

Computer Concepts

Data File Structures

Data Communications

Decisions Support Systems

Artificial Intelligence

Programming Languages

Systems Design

Data Base Management Systems

Systems Analysis 

Majors in information sciences and systems learn to conceptualize, analyze, design, and implement computer solutions to organizational problems in government, business, and nonprofit organizations. The programs ready the students to bring people and computers together to solve problems.

 While the major is found in various departments or schools, its most familiar home is a college of business. Departments offering the programs might be called computer information systems, computer technology, accounting and information systems, quantitative analysis, or information management. In several institutions the program is offered in liberal arts and sciences, within departments of computer science or mathematics, or in a stand alone school of computer and information systems.

Based on its location, the major could lead to a bachelor's degree in computer information systems or a Bachelor of Business Administration, B.B.A., with a major in computer information systems.

 Students majoring in information sciences and systems dedicate about half their course work to general education—mathematics, science, oral and written communication, social sciences, humanities, and electives—most of it throughout the first two years. Starting in the sophomore year, students learn the basic functions and tools of business; 20 to 25 percent of this course work is in accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing, and business law.

 Although computer studies start in the freshman year, most computer courses are learned in the junior and senior years; 25 to 30 percent of the total undergraduate program is in information sciences and systems.

Core requirements are spread evenly over the following areas:

Computer and programming concepts: Fundamental concepts and ter¬minology of computer hardware, computer operating systems, and computer programming.

Data and file structures: Fundamental concepts and techniques of the logical and physical structures of both data and files.

Data communications: Basic concepts, terminology, design, and ap¬plications of data communications and networks.

Data base management: The logical design of data base systems and the physical implementation of them.

Systems analysis and design: Tools and techniques of analyzing and de¬veloping computer-based systems.


In computer laboratories students learn a number of computer languages and computer systems and are generally required to gain programming proficiency in at least one high-level computer language. Electives and advanced courses in the field might be offered in data communications, data base management systems, expert systems, systems analysis and design, and computer-aided systems engineering.