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

The Option in Information Systems and Business Analytics (ISBA) will appeal to students who wish to learn how to take advantage of contemporary technologies to solve complex business problems. Pivotal contributors to the success of any venture must be able to understand and communicate both the business needs as well as the technical details of solutions. The option prepares students for a career in a wide range of industries by helping them master the fundamentals of information systems and business analytics, as well as the ability to implement solutions or provide leading-edge, analytics-based solutions to real business problems. Students work on real-world industry projects and apply concepts and problem-solving skills learned in the classroom. All students in the option develop functional knowledge and skills in information systems and business analytics. Beyond the required courses in the option, students may choose between an emphasis in Information Systems or an emphasis in Business Analytics. The ISBA option can be completed as a single or dual option. In either case, the graduate will have tangible knowledge and skills. Regardless of one's interest area or degree, employers look for people that can help them solve problems efficiently and effectively. The ISBA option prepares students to do just that, and continue learning as technology and business continue to change. 

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 additional requirements as noted. 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 courses:
ADMN 400Introduction to Business4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 410Management Information Systems4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 510Business Statistics4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 775Strategic Management: Decision Making 14
Other subject code courses:
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
PAUL 660BiP-Social Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 670BiP-Analytical Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 680BiP-Competitive Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 690BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics 22

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 673Database Management4
DS 775Corporate Project Experience4
Electives: Select three courses 112
DS Electives
Programming for Business
Data Visualization and Prescriptive Analytics
Forecasting Analytics
Topics in Decision Sciences II ( Regression Analysis)
Other Electives
Honors Thesis/Project 3
Calculus II
Topics in Accounting (Accounting Analytics) 2
Marketing Analytics 2
Financial Modeling and Analytics 2
Big Data in Finance 2
Cybersecurity Practices
Total Credits20
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the core content areas of business.
  • Students will think critically to address business situations.
  • Students will demonstrate communication skills to interact effectively in business situations.
  • Students will identify and understand the ethical dimensions and implications of business decisions.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze a business situation by applying a multiple stakeholder lens.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of business practices as they relate to local, national and global competitiveness.