Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Information Studies (IFS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 11.0103 (Track 2 of 4)

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The Bachelor of Science in Information Studies program is meant to prepare students for leadership careers in a wide array of environments and contexts related to the emerging knowledge economy. The program integrates critical skills in information technology with the solid theoretical and disciplinary foundations of Information Science. Emphasis is given to understanding how people interact with information and technology; the complexities of the information society; information creation, storage, and organization applications and theories; information architecture; and related knowledge and skills needed to design, implement, and evaluate new tools and approaches to solve emerging information problems.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless otherwise stated, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade.
  • PSY XXXX Any Psychology course
  • STA X023 Introductory Statistics I or STA X122
  • ECO X013 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)
  • CGS XXXX Any Database Course
  • COP XXXX Any Computer Programming course
  • COP XXXX Any Object-Oriented Computer Programming course
  • MAC XXXX Any Pre-Calculus or Discrete Math course
  • PHI XXXX Any general ethics course

Total Major Hours: 51 Hours

Major Core

Students admitted to the program prior to the Fall 2011 semester follow previous catalog guidelines.

Major Core Courses - 36 Hours

Exit Courses (6 credits):

  • ENC 3249 Communication for IT Professionals
  • XXX XXXX A Capstone Course

Major Elective Courses - 15 Hours

Student must choose 15 credit hours from the following:

  • CIS 3360 Principles of Information Security
  • CIS 3362 Cryptography and Information Security
  • CIS 4203 Computer Forensics & Investigations
  • CIS 4204 Ethical Hacking
  • CIS 4368 Database Security and Audits
  • CIS 4412 Information Technology Resource Management
  • CIS 4510 IT Project Management
  • ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations
  • ISM 4213 Advanced Database Administration
  • ISM 4382 Global Information Systems
  • ISM 4400 Decision Support Systems
  • ISM 4480 Electronic Commerce Systems
  • LIS 4930 Selected Topics in Information Studies

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