Business Administration Major: Information Systems and Business Analytics Option (B.S.)

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The Option in Information Systems and Business Analytics will appeal to students who wish to learn how to take advantage of contemporary technologies to solve complex business problems. The option prepares students for a career in a wide range of industries by helping them master the fundamentals of information systems, as well as the ability to implement solutions or provide leading-edge, analytics-based solutions to real business problems.

Experiential learning is emphasized in all courses and includes real-life corporate project experience. This unique combination of skills is in short supply, and the employment outlook is outstanding.

A typical plan of study follows, showing the major-required courses. Students take 16-18 credits per semester. Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. Students are expected to follow this course plan. In the first three semesters, students cannot take more than two major courses in a single semester. The options have different requirements, which are provided below. For a detailed schedule/plan of study for each option, students should check with the Paul College Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office for specific recommendations.

Business Adminsistration core requirements:
ADMN 400Introduction to Business4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 410Management Information Systems4
ADMN 420Business Statistics4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 703Strategic Management: Decision Making 14
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
MATH 420Finite Mathematics4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 430Ethics and Society4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1

This is the capstone course in the business administration  program, and satisfies the capstone requirement of  the Discovery Program.

Depending of the choice of option and the specific requirements thereof, students may be able to take PAUL or non-PAUL electives in their junior or senior year.

Option in Information Systems and Business Analytics

DS 773Database Management and Systems Analysis4
DS 775Corporate Project Experience4
Select three courses from an emphasis:12
Information Systems Emphasis
Business Analytics Emphasis
Total Credits20

Information Systems Emphasis

Required courses:
DS 562Business Applications Development4
or CS 405 Introduction to Applications Programming with Visual Basic
DS 774E-Business4
Select one of the following:4
Business Analytics and Spreadsheet Modeling
Forecasting Analytics
Topics (with approval)
Other approved course
Total Credits12

Business Analytics Emphasis

Required courses:
DS 766Business Analytics and Spreadsheet Modeling4
DS 768Forecasting Analytics4
Select one of the following:4
Business Applications Development
Topics (with approval)
Other approved course
Total Credits12