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B.S. in Information Systems & Business Processes

The Information Systems & Business Processes (ISBP) major provides students with the knowledge and skills to integrate information technologies into the business environment. This includes an understanding of current trends in information technology as well as an ability to work with people. Together, these proficiencies provide the ability to optimize business processes and solve business problems with the power of technology. Clarkson is at the forefront of utilizing and developing information systems. Required courses in the ISBP major impart fundamental concepts like business process analysis, enterprise resource planning fundamentals, e-Business tools and models, project management, and information systems analysis and design. Students can then tailor their study plan to their career interests by choosing their professional elective courses and projects in areas such as supply chain systems modeling, enterprise resource planning, or accounting information systems.

Students graduating with the ISBP major will have the following knowledge and skills:

  1. An understanding of the components of an information system: the OSI network reference model (the seven basic layers of information systems communication), network operating systems, database platforms and emerging technologies and innovations in the field.
  2. A working knowledge of database, including structure and usage in multiple business contexts across disciplines, industries and organizations, and fundamental knowledge of SQL (Structured Query Language).
  3. The ability to understand and map business processes across disciplines and organization.
  4. The ability to analyze and design basic information systems. Students should effectively contribute to the implementation of systems that are aligned with business processes.
  5. Knowledge of a variety of system platforms including .Net, SAP, Oracle and Web. Students should be aware of strengths and limitations of these platforms vis-à-vis common business processes and should be familiar with the user interface, navigation and basic administrative functions.
  6. Fundamental understanding of web development and the relationship of various web-based systems with business processes, supply chain management, and e-commerce in general.
  7. The ability to communicate across functional areas and across organizations with respect to information systems challenges, specifications, problem solving, and user requirements.
  8. An understanding of current practices in IT outsourcing, including project specification, contracting, project management, bridging national and organizational cultures, and managing outsourcing relationships.

Knowledge of information technology, business processes and management foundations combined with skill in communicating with customers, co-workers, and vendors place ISBP students in great demand upon graduation. Graduates with backgrounds in information systems typically start their careers in the areas of database design, information analysis, or ERP consulting. With experience, graduates in this field often advance to management positions, managing consultants or marketing and project planning with information technology vendors.

Students earning a degree in Information Systems & Business Processes must complete the Clarkson Common Experience and complete 120 credits including the following: 33 credits of Clarkson Common Experience requirements (including the Clarkson Seminar, two mathematics courses (calculus and statistics), two science courses (one of which must include a lab), five knowledge area courses, and a technology course); 42 credits of foundation coursework in business; 27 credits of specialized business courses to satisfy the major requirements; and 18 credit hours are electives. Note that 50% of coursework must be taken outside the School of Business (no more than 3 economics and 2 statistics courses can count as non-business courses), so most of the electives will need to be taken outside the School of Business, depending on courses chosen for the Clarkson Common Experience.

Required courses include:
CS141 Intro to Computer Science or   IS415 Data Warehousing
EE261 Intro to Programming     and Data Mining
  and Software Design   IS437 Business Application
IS400 Business Processes     Development
  and Applications:   OM480 Project Management
  Analysis and Design      
IS314 Database Management      
         
Students choose four professional electives, in consultation with their academic advisor, from the following list:
 
COMM341 Introduction to Web Design   EE408 Software Design for
COMM345 Information Architecture     Visual Environments
IS426 Enterprise Architecture   COMM440 PHP/My SQL
  and Integration     Interactive Design
CS460/EE468 Database Systems   CS459 Human-Computer
EE361 Fundamentals of Software     Interaction
  Engineering      
         
These courses can be combined into several sets, expanding a particular expertise area.
Students will be advised to take one of the suggested course combinations:
Group 1   Group 3
IS426 Enterprise Systems   COMM341 Introduction to Web Design
  Architecture and Integration   EE361 Fundamentals of Software
CS460/EE468 Database Systems     Engineering or
COMM341 Introduction to Web Design   CS460/EE468 Database Systems
EE361 Fundamentals of Software   COMM345 Information Architecture
  Engineering or   COMM440 PHP/My SQL Interactive
COMM345 Information Architecture   Design
   
Group 2        
IS426 Enterprise Systems      
Architecture and  
  Integration or    
CS460/EE468 Database Systems      
EE361 Fundamentals of Software      
  Engineering      
CS459 Human-Computer Interaction      
EE408 Software Design for Visual Elements      

The following would be the typical Third- and Fourth-Year Plan. There is enough flexibility so that students studying abroad during the third year should still be able to complete the degree requirements. Note that for this major, CS141 Introduction to Computer Science I should be taken prior to the junior year.

Third Year — First Semester Third Year — Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
IS400 Business Processes and
  Professional Elective
3
  Applications: Analysis
IS415 Data Warehousing and
  and Design
3
  Data Mining
3
IS314 Database Management
3
  Free or Non-Business
OS352 Strategic Human
  Elective
3
  Resource Management
3
  Non-Business Elective:
FN361 Financial Management
3
  Clarkson Common
  Non-Business Elective
3
  Experience Knowledge Area
   
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  Requirement/Non-Business
3
   
15
  Professional Elective
3
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15
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Fourth Year — First Semester Fourth Year — Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title Cr. Hrs.
IS437 Business Application
  Professional Elective
3
  Development
3
OM480 Project Management
3
  Professional Elective
3
OS432 Organizational Policy
  Non-Business Elective:
  and Strategy
3
  Clarkson Common
  Non-Business Elective:
  Experience Knowledge
  Clarkson Common  
  Area Requirement
3
  Experience Knowledge
  Free or Non-Business
  Area Requirement
3
  Elective
3
  Non-Business Elective
3
  Non-Business Elective
3
   
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15
   
15