Major in Information Systems

The Information Systems major requires 65-68 units to be earned with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. A minimum of 30 major units must be taken at Towson University.

CAREER TRACK

Each Information Systems student must choose from one of four career tracks in Information Systems. The career tracks help focus a student’s course work around a real world career goal. The four current career tracks are in:

  • Systems: This track prepares students in conceptualizing and developing robust and reliable information systems with a focus on key technical skills in information system analysis, design, and development.
  • Business: This track prepares students in integrating technology with business processes and strategies, focusing on business comprehension, core enterprise functions, and the technological challenges in a multitude of businesses.
  • Interface Design: This track prepares students in incorporating design and cognition into technology development with a focus on building screen interface layouts and physical devices that are appropriate for specific users, tasks, and environments.
  • e-Government: This track prepares students in understanding the government and public policy contexts, to leverage technology in providing online government services.

If a student wants to pursue a customized career track specific to their career goal, different from the four already offered, this requires prior, written approval of the Director of the Information Systems program. Please note: students who were admitted under previous course catalogs may have different course requirements.

Required IS Courses 1
CIS 211FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY3
ITEC 231FUNDAMENTALS OF WEB TECHNOLOGIES3
CIS 239ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS AND ARCHITECTURE3
CIS 350TELECOMMUNICATIONS3
CIS 435HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION3
CIS 379SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN3
CIS 458ORGANIZATIONAL DATABASE MANAGEMENT3
CIS 479SOFTWARE PROJECT MNGT3
COSC 236INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I4
COSC 237INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE II4
COSC 418ETHICAL AND SOCIETAL CONCERNS OF COMPUTER SCIENTISTS3
Capstone
CIS 475ANLYSIS AND DESIGN FOR WEB SITES3
Required MATH Courses
MATH 211CALCULUS FOR APPLICATIONS3-4
or MATH 273 CALCULUS I
MATH 231BASIC STATISTICS3-4
or MATH 330 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL METHODS
MATH 263DISCRETE MATHEMATICS3
Other Requirements
Must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.
ENGL 317WRITING FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY (Core 9)3
Total Units50-52
1

cannot apply both CIS 475 and COSC 484 toward major.

Career Track Required Courses

In addition to the courses required for the major, students must complete the courses required for one of four career tracks: Systems Track, Business Track, Interface Design Track or E-Government Track.

Systems Track
COSC 336DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHM ANALYSIS4
COSC 412SOFTWARE ENGINEERING3
COSC 436OBJECT-ORIENTED DESIGN & PROGRAMMING3
COSC 484WEB-BASED PROGRAM3
CIS 440SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT / E-COMMERCE3
Select two of the following: 6
INTRO TO BUSINESS PROG
VISUAL BASIC PROGRAMMING
INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY
INTERNSHIP IN CIS
DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
GAMING INTERFACE DESIGN
SELECT TOPICS INFO SYST
APPLIED DATA MINING AND VISUAL ANALYTICS
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
SCRIPTING LANGUAGES
EMERGING INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES
CLOUD COMPUTING FOR ENTERPRISES
Total Units22
Business Track
CIS 334DATA ORGANIZATION3
ACCT 201PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING3
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
Select two of the following: 6
INTERNSHIP IN CIS
GAMING INTERFACE DESIGN
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT / E-COMMERCE
APPLIED DATA MINING AND VISUAL ANALYTICS
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
CLOUD COMPUTING FOR ENTERPRISES
Select one of the following course pairs: 6
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
and INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
and MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING I
PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
and LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
and MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.
and HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
PRINCIPLES OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
and SUPPLY-CHAIN MANAGEMENT
PRINCIPLES OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
and BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT
Total Units21
Interface Design Track
CIS 334DATA ORGANIZATION3
CIS 445UNIVERSAL USABILITY: DESIGNING COMPUTER INTERFACES FOR BLIND USERS3
CIS 468APPLIED DATA MINING AND VISUAL ANALYTICS3
ART 1032D PROCESS3
ART 217DIGITAL CONCEPTS: IMAGE AND SURFACE3
Select two of the following: 6
DESIGN FOR THE WWW
INTERNSHIP IN CIS
DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
GAMING INTERFACE DESIGN
SELECT TOPICS INFO SYST
E-GOVERNMENT
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
INTRODUCTION TO DEAF STUDIES
PHILOSOPHY OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Total Units21
E-Government Track
CIS 334DATA ORGANIZATION3
CIS 436E-GOVERNMENT3
ITEC 336LEGAL AND POLICY ISSUES IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY3
POSC 103AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
POSC 207STATE GOVERNMENT3
Select two of the following: 6
INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY
INTERNSHIP IN CIS
SELECT TOPICS INFO SYST
DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
UNIVERSAL USABILITY: DESIGNING COMPUTER INTERFACES FOR BLIND USERS
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Total Units21

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
COSC 1113Core3
COSC 175 (if needed)4CIS 2113
Core3MATH 263 (Core 3)3
Core3COSC 2364
Core3Core3
 16 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MATH 2734COSC 3364
CIS 2393CIS 3793
COSC 2374MATH 231 or 3303
ENGL 3173COSC 4183
 Core3
 14 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 3503CIS 4793
CIS 4353COSC 4363
CIS 4583Core or Elective3
COSC 4123COSC 4183
Core 93COSC 4843
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 4403CIS 4753
CIS 4683Core or Elective3
Elective (from CIS list)3Core or Elective3
ITEC 4273Core or Elective3
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 122

1. Students can use their proficiency in information systems principles, practices, and analytical techniques to solve a variety of problems.
2. Students can explain the technological, organizational, and behavioral principles that underlie information systems.
3. Students will understand the ethical and societal concerns and dilemmas facing information systems professionals and can formulate appropriate solutions and courses of action.
4. Students can work effectively in teams and communicate effectively.