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
CIS 239ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS AND ARCHITECTURE3
CIS 350TELECOMMUNICATIONS3
CIS 379SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN3
CIS 435HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION3
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
ITEC 231FUNDAMENTALS OF WEB TECHNOLOGIES3
Capstone
CIS 475INFORMATION SYSTEMS CAPSTONE3
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

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
ACCT 201PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING3
CIS 334DATA ORGANIZATION3
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
Select two of the following: 6
INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY
INTERNSHIP IN CIS
GAMING INTERFACE DESIGN
SELECT TOPICS INFO SYST
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 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
and SUPPLY-CHAIN MANAGEMENT
PRINCIPLES OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
and BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT
HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.
and HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
and LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
and MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
Total Units21
Interface Design Track
ART 1032D PROCESS3
ART 217DIGITAL CONCEPTS: IMAGE AND SURFACE3
CIS 334DATA ORGANIZATION3
CIS 445UNIVERSAL USABILITY: DESIGNING COMPUTER INTERFACES FOR BLIND USERS3
CIS 468APPLIED DATA MINING AND VISUAL ANALYTICS3
Select two of the following: 6
DESIGN FOR THE WWW
INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY
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

Systems Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
COSC 1113CIS 2113
MATH 119 (optional - see footnote)14COSC 2364
Core 1 (or Core 2)3MATH 263 (Core 3)3
Core 43MATH 2734
Core 53Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 16 17
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 2393CIS 3793
COSC 2374COSC 3364
ENGL 317 (Core 9)3COSC 4183
ITEC 2313MATH 231 or 3303-4
MATH 2744Core 63
 17 16-17
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 3503CIS 4793
CIS 4353COSC 4363
CIS 4583COSC 4843
COSC 4123Core 84
Core 74 
 16 13
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 4403CIS 4753
Core 103Core 123
Core 113Core 133
Elective (from CIS / ITEC List)3Core 143
Elective (from CIS / ITEC List)3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 125-126

Business Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ACCT 2013CIS 2113
COSC 1113COSC 2364
ECON 2013MATH 263 (Core 3)3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 43Core 53
 15 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 2393CIS 3343
COSC 2374CIS 3793
ENGL 317 (Core 9)3COSC 3364
ITEC 2313COSC 4183
MATH 273 or 2113-4MATH 231 or 3303-4
 16-17 16-17
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 3503CIS 4793
CIS 4353Core 84
CIS 4583Core 63
Core 74Elective (from CIS/ITEC list)3
Elective (from CIS/ITEC list)3Elective3
 16 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Core 103CIS 4753
Core 113Core 133
Core 123Core 143
Elective (1 of 2 from Course Pair List)3Elective3
 Elective (2 of 2 from Course Pair List)3
 12 15
Total Units 122-124

Interface Design Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ART 1033ART 2173
COSC 1113CIS 2113
Core 1 (or Core 2)3COSC 2364
Core 43MATH 263 (Core 3)3
Core 53Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 15 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 2393CIS 3343
COSC 2374CIS 3793
ENGL 317 (Core 9)3COSC 3364
ITEC 2313COSC 4183
MATH 273 or 2113-4MATH 231 or 3303-4
 16-17 16-17
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 3503CIS 4453
CIS 4353CIS 4793
CIS 4583Core 63
Core 74Core 84
Elective3Elective3
 16 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 4683CIS 4753
Core 103Core 113
Elective (from approved list)3Core 123
Elective (from approved list)3Core 133
 Core 143
 12 15
Total Units 122-124

E-Government Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
COSC 1113CIS 2113
POSC 1033COSC 2364
Core 1 (or Core 2)3MATH 263 (Core 3)3
Core 43POSC 2073
Core 53Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 15 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 2393CIS 3343
COSC 2374CIS 3793
ENGL 317 (Core 9)3COSC 3364
ITEC 2313COSC 4183
MATH 273 or 2113-4MATH 231 or 3303-4
 16-17 16-17
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CIS 3503CIS 4793
CIS 4353COSC 4363
CIS 4583Core 84
Core 74Core 143
Core 133Elective3
 16 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ITEC 3363CIS 4753
Core 63Core 103
Elective3Core 113
Elective (from approved list)3Core 123
 Elective (from approved list)3
 12 15
Total Units 122-124
  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.