Information Systems

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Information Systems is the study of applying Information Technology to managing information and enabling communication and commerce. Under this curriculum, IS majors will learn to build and administer computer networks, web servers, and enterprise information systems. Programming skills, as employed by system developers and administrators, are included in the program. Students participate in an internship-and-coursework program that provides background and project work in an application domain where information systems are applied professionally. An IS major develops skills in

  • Internet-based information retrieval, communication, and commerce, via courses on web page development, web-interface design, and enterprise information systems
  • Systems administration, through courses on computer engineering, computer architecture, telecommunications, and systems administration
  • Software development, via courses on scripting, object-oriented programming, data structures, and software architecture
  • Communication with clients and colleagues, through a communications course sequence and the internship-and-coursework program

The IS degree qualifies a graduate for positions in firms that require database administrators, enterprise-information-system developers and administrators, web-server developers, and software programmers/engineers. This curriculum is consistent with the ABET criteria for Information Systems.

Curriculum Requirements (124 hours)

Core Courses (19 hours)

  • CIS 115 Introduction to Computing Science (3 hours)
  • CIS 125 Web Page Development (3 hours)
  • CIS 200 Fundamentals of Software Design and Implementation (4 hours)
  • CIS 225 Personal Computer Systems Administration (3 hours)
  • ECE 241 Introduction to Computer Engineering (3 hours)
  • CIS 300 Data and Program Structures (3 hours)

Advanced Courses (14 hours)

  • CIS 308 C/C++ Programming Laboratory (1 hour)
  • CIS 415 Computers and Society (1 hour)
  • CIS 501 Software Architecture and Design (3 hours)
  • CIS 525 Telecommunications and Data Communications Systems (3 hours)
  • CIS 551 Computer Security (3 hours)
  • CIS 562 Enterprise Information Systems (3 hours)

Specialization Courses (6 hours)

Two courses (6 hours) from

  • CIS 450 Computer Architecture and Operations (3 hours)
  • CIS 526 Web Interface Design (3 hours)
  • CIS 527 Enterprise Systems Administration (3 hours)

Information Systems Environment Courses (16 hours)

  • CIS 595 IS Cooperative Internship (4 hours)
  • CIS 597 Information Systems Project (3 hours)
  • 9 additional hours of courses in an application domain where Information Systems are employed (9 hours)

Quantitative Courses (6 hours)

  • MATH 205 General Calculus and Linear Algebra (3 hours)
  • STAT 325 Introduction to Statistics (3 hours)

Communications Courses (11-12 hours)

  • One of
  • Three courses (9 hours) from
    • COMM 322 - Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)
    • COMM 326 - Small Group Discussion Methods (3 hours)
    • LEAD 212 - Introduction to Leadership Concepts (3 hours)
    • MANGT 420 - Management Concepts (3 hours)
    • MKTG 400 - Introduction to Marketing (3 hours)
    • THTRE 261 - Fundamentals of Acting (3 hours)
    • THTRE 265 - Fundamentals of Improvisation I, II (3 hours)

Writing Courses (9 hours)

  • ENGL 100 Expository Writing I (3 hours)
  • ENGL 200 Expository Writing II (3 hours)
  • ENGL 417 Written Communication for the Workplace (3 hours)

Humanities and Social Sciences (18 hours)

  • ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hours)
  • 15 hours taken from the list approved by the College of Engineering. These courses must be chosen so that the K-State 8 requirements are satisfied. (15 hours)

Natural Sciences (3 hours)

Must satisfy the K-State 8 Natural and Physical Sciences requirement.

Unrestricted Electives (21-22 hours)

21-22 hours of additional coursework. A total of 124 hours are required for the BS degree.

Changes from Previous Curricula

The following courses are no longer required:

  • -CIS 015 Undergraduate Seminar (0 hours)
  • -CIS 362 Introduction to Business Programming (3 hours)
  • -MATH 312 Finite Applications of Mathematics (3 hours)
  • -CMST 135 Web Page Development I (3 hours)
  • -CIS 301 Logical Foundations of Programming (3 hours)
  • -CIS 540 Software Engineering Project I (3 hours)
  • -CIS 543 Software Engineering Design Project (3 hours)
  • -CIS 450 Computer Architecture and Operations (3 hours)
  • -CIS 526 Web Interface Design (3 hours)
  • -ACCTG 231 Accounting for Business Operations (3 hours)
  • -ENGL 516 Written Communication for the Sciences (3 hours)
  • -Natural Science elective (3 hours)
  • -Technical electives (6 hours)
  • -Humanities/Social Science elective (3 hours)
  • -Natural sicence electives with laboratory (8 hours)

The following courses have been added to this curriculum:

  • +CIS 125 Web Page Development (3 hours)
  • +CIS 225 Personal Computer Systems Administration (3 hours)
  • +CIS 551 Introduction to Computer and Information Security (3 hours)
  • +CIS 595 IS Cooperative Internship (1-4 hours)
  • +ENGL 417 Written Communication for the Workplace
  • +Communication electives (6 hours)
  • +Unrestricted electives (1 hour)
  • +IS Specialization electives (6 hours)
  • +IS Environment electives (9 hours)

Notes:

  • [New] IS specialization electives. Any 2 of the following:
    • CIS 450 Computer Architecture and Operations (3 hours)
    • CIS 526 Web Interface Design (3 hours)
    • CIS 527 Enterprise Systems Administration (3 hours)
  • [New] Information Systems Environment electives. An approved sequence of 9 hours in an application domain where information systems are employed.
  • [Modified] Communication Electives. 9 hours chosen from the following:
    • COMM 322 - Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)
    • COMM 326 - Small Group Discussion Methods (3 hours)
    • LEAD 212 - Introduction to Leadership Concepts (3 hours)
    • MANGT 420 - Management Concepts (3 hours)
    • MKTG 400 - Introduction to Marketing (3 hours)
    • THTRE 261 - Fundamentals of Acting (3 hours)
    • THTRE 265 - Fundamentals of Improvisation I, II (3 hours)

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