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Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems (180 credits) for 2019-2020
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The Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems will prepare graduates to strategically plan, manage and apply information technology solutions to business processes and challenges. This broad-based, rigorous degree is designed for students with a variety of experiences and backgrounds. The curriculum is competency based to ensure that students can demonstrate successful mastery of relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities. Much of the curriculum is aligned with in-demand industry certifications. Topics include business processes, software development, Web, networking, information assurance, project management, analytics, communication, teamwork and leadership. The program includes opportunities for work-based learning, internships and capstone projects.

Faculty Advisors:Richard Becker or Amelia Garripoli

Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:

  1. Develop organizational solutions based on information systems, applying integrated problem solving techniques and systems thinking.
  2. Analyze and develop recommendations for information systems design and implementation in accordance with best practices and standards, legal and regulatory requirements, and ethical and social considerations including respect for privacy and intellectual property.
  3. Apply effective collaborative and communication skills in a wide range of technical team environments and evaluate the success of various team strategies based on the project goals and constraints.
  4. Develop successful and respectful relationships with clients, coworkers, managers, and stakeholders, applying a wide range of adaptive and effective communication skills to convey complex technical concepts.
  5. Present and compare industry standard tools and applications in content delivery across various media, including Web, mobile and client/server environments, and discuss how they support the organization’s goals.
  6. Develop solutions for networking and security problems, balancing business concerns, technical issues, and security.
  7. Perform analysis, design, implementation, testing and maintenance of computer based systems, following established procedures and stressing software development best practices.
  8. Critically evaluate and analyze data using proven methods to aid organizational decision-making. Design professional development strategies for evaluating, recommending and applying new techniques, technologies, computer languages and user requirements as both the needs of the organization and capabilities of the technology emerge.

Prerequisite Courses (90 credits)

See the OC catalog for more details on prerequisites required for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems program. Below are the "highlights" of the required classes. There are many options and details to consider. Please consult program advisors for more information.

Entry requirements for the program include the courses listed below. Note that depth in one area of IT expertise is expected for success in the program, so additional courses in web development, software development, networking, or security may be helpful if you have a non-IT degree.

Required Courses (90 credits)

Course Work Needed at Junior and Senior Levels in the BAS

Emphasizing the BAS IS degree’s broadbased and applied course of study, 300- and 400-level classes build on foundational information systems credits earned at the associates level to instill a wide range of technical and professional knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary to succeed in the IT industry. These KSAs draw from core technical topics such as software development, Web, networking, and information assurance, as well as professional subjects including project management, communication, and teamwork. Throughout this two-year course of study, students will assemble a portfolio that reflects their growing mastery of learning outcomes.

Although students will move through these courses as a cohort, several classes offer students room for customization. For instance, in IS 390, IS Reading and Research, students will conduct independent research on a technical subject of their choice, guided by a faculty mentor and working closely with library resources to deepen theoretical knowledge and produce a substantial scholarly paper. In IS 490, Senior Project, students will apply theory to practice. After developing a proposal with faculty, students will work in industry placements, pursue advanced certifications, and/or strengthen skills applications as they anticipate more focused career roles or graduate school. They will also finalize portfolios.

While core program topics will often be addressed in discrete courses, some - like security and critical thinking - will also be threaded throughout the curriculum. IS 470, Enterprise Systems, asks students to integrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in these topics as they form work-based teams, developing an enterprise-level environment by taking roles as network admins, software developers, web database designers and project managers. Teams will produce professional documentation and will work with faculty to ensure high quality results.