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