Information Systems

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

The ever increasing use of technology has taken almost every business, non-profit organization, and government agency to a drastically different place from where they were only decades ago. Computers and the Internet have allowed companies to conduct operations, utilize resources, and sell products in almost any area of the world. Information systems specialists analyze the complex operational problems of private and public industry; and design, build, implement, and manage innovative software for improving operations from both a technological and business perspective.

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS)

WVU Tech Information Systems program is designed to train highly skilled professionals with expertise in networking, database management, computer systems management, and website development. The program curriculum contains 17 courses taught by Computer Science and Information Systems faculty that are specially developed for Information Systems majors. They include courses such as Database Management, e-Commerce, and Computer Security. Those courses are supplemented by highly specialized Business Management courses such as Visual Basic for Business applications, Business Information Systems, and Business Statistic s. For elective requirements, the department offers a wide variety of courses on computer systems, programming, and special topics such as video game development, artificial intelligence, image processing, and computer graphics. Students have the opportunity to learn more theoretical aspects of computing, other programming languages, advanced programming concepts, or other applications of computing by taking Computer Science electives of their interest.

Program Educational Objectives

In three to five years after graduation, the graduates of the WVU Tech BS degree program in Information Systems will do the following:

  • Demonstrate success in the professional practice of Information Systems through recognition of their contributions to an organization or entrepreneurial accomplishments.
  • Alternatively or additionally, demonstrate success in the field of computing by continuing formal education through earning post graduate degrees, technical certificates, or other technical training.
  • Demonstrate lifelong learning habits either as a professional or a researcher in their field.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (2, 5, 6, 7, and 8)20
Laboratory Science, GEF 2 and 8 (a total of 8 credit hours required) - Students may select two four-credit-hour BIOL, CHEM, PHSC, or PHYS courses with lab. *
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
6
ENGL 305Technical Writing3
MATH 123Finite Mathematics 1 (GEF 3)3
MATH 150Applied Calculus (GEF 8)3
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics (GEF 4)3
MANG 386Business Statistics3
MANG 420Business Information Systems3
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all CS and ISYS courses.
CS 121Computer Science 14
CS 122Computer Science 24
CS 222Intro Software Engineering3
CS 231Introduction to Computer Organization3
CS 321Introduction to Networking3
CS 324Database Management3
CS 365Computer Languages1
CS 465Introduction to Cybersecurity3
CS 480Senior Design2
CS 481Senior Project3
CS 491Professional Field Experience4
ISYS 101Introduction to Information Systems 13
ISYS 102Introduction to Information Systems 23
ISYS 115Discrete Structures3
ISYS 270Linux3
ISYS 325C#3
ISYS 366e-Commerce3
Technical Electives (See approved list)9
300-400 Level Electives (Students are free to choose any 300-400 college level courses to fulfill this requirement)6
General Electives (Students are free to choose any college level course to fulfill this requirement)6
Total Hours120
*

Department approval is required for four-credit-hour courses with laboratory components from other science disciplines.

Approved Technical Electives

Accounting
Principles of Accounting
Principles of Accounting
Biology
General Biology **
General Biology **
Chemistry
Survey of Chemistry **
Survey of Chemistry **
Fundamentals of Chemistry **
Fundamentals of Chemistry **
Computer Science
C Programming
CS 300-400 Level *
Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Physical Science
Introductory Physical Science 1 **
Introductory Physical Science 2 **
Physics
Introductory Physics **
Introductory Physics **
General Physics **
General Physics **
** Unless taken as a science requirement
Other courses are accepted as technical electives only with advance approval from the department. Most of the 300-400 level ACCT, BCOR, BIOL, CHEM, ECON, FINC, MANG, and PHYS courses are considered acceptable.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MATH 123 (GEF 3)3MATH 150 (GEF 8)3
CS 1214CS 1224
ISYS 1013ISYS 1023
WVUE 1911Elective3
 14 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ACCT 2013ECON 202 (GEF 4)3
CS 2313CS 2223
ISYS 1153CS 3243
Elective3ISYS 2703
GEF 53GEF 63
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CS 3213ENGL 3053
ISYS 3253CS 3651
MANG 3863ISYS 3663
Technical Elective3Laboratory Science4
GEF 24GEF 83
 16 14
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CS 4802CS 4653
MANG 4203CS 4813
300-400 Level Elective3CS 4914
Technical Elective3300-400 Level Elective3
GEF 73Technical Elective3
 14 16
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

information systems

The BS degree in Information Systems at WVU Tech enables students to attain:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline.
  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.

Department of Computer Science and Information Systems Minor

computer science

minor code - ut24

Student must earn a grade of C or better for each of the courses counted towards the minor.
Required Courses
CS 121Computer Science 14
CS 122Computer Science 24
Complete the requirements for one of the following tracks:8-9
Programming Track
Data Structures
Intro Software Engineering
Principles of Programming Languages
Systems Track
Introduction to Computer Organization
C Programming
Computer System Concepts
Select two of the following courses:6
Introduction to Networking
Database Management
Compiler Construction
Operating Systems Structure
Introduction to Cybersecurity
Artificial Intelligence
Total Hours22-23

Faculty

Chair

  • Ranjith Munasinghe - PhD, University of Wyoming

Associate professor

  • Don Smith - MS, University of West Virginia; MA, Marshall University

Assistant professor

  • Afrin Naz - PhD, University of North Texas
  • Stephany Coffman-Wolph - PhD, Western Michigan University
  • Sanish Rai - PhD, Georgia State University