Information Systems Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree
Information Systems professionals perform the technology-related activities of companies. They perform a variety of duties, from constructing detailed business plans to overseeing network and Internet operations. Working with upper management, they define the technical goals of the company and plan how to accomplish these goals. In addition, they maintain corporate Web sites, analyze the information needs of organizations, and supervise systems analysts, programmers, technical support and other employees.
An undergraduate degree in information systems will prepare you to pursue an exciting career as an information systems professional. The degree will also prepare you for further graduate study or technology specific certifications.
Information Systems Coursework
Undergraduate degrees at The University of Akron require a student to complete 128 credits. Please note that some number of electives might be needed in addition to required courses to equal 128 credits. The following are the credits required for Information Systems majors:
- General education requirements (minimum of 42 credits)
- CBA core and additional business requirements (42 credits)
- Information Systems major courses (34-37 credits) include the following:
|Management Core (6 credits)|
|6500:302||Organizational Behavior and Leadership Skills||3|
|6500:310||Business Information Systems||3|
|6500:420||Data Networks and Security||3|
|Concentration Requirements (18 Credits)|
|6500:324||Data Management for Information Systems (Fall only)||3|
|6500:325||Systems Analysis and Design (Spring only)||3|
|6500:425||Decision Support with Data Warehousing and Mining (Spring only)||3|
|6500:427||Systems Integration (Fall only)||3|
|6500:315||Application Development for Business Processes (Fall only) OR 3460:210 Computer Science||3|
|Information Systems Electives (6 credits) from:|
|6500:333||Supply Chain and Operations Analysis||3|
|6500:341||Human Resource Management||3|
|6200:454||Information Systems Security||3|
|3460:xxx||(any computer science class that follows 316)||3|
The Information Systems Major offers professional experiences designed to help your transition into industry. Professional Experiences include a senior team consulting project for a local firm. Classes typically include guest speakers, site visits, case studies and team-based activities. Students also gain practical professional experience through the CBA's internships and cooperative education program. The IS degree also prepares students for further graduate study or technology specific certifications.
University general education requirements are offered each semester, including over the summer. CBA core classes also are available each semester, including summer. Please note that the number of sections available is often less during the summer semester.
Courses for your major are offered both fall and spring, although every course is not offered every semester. Fall- and spring-only courses include:Fall
- 6500:324 Data Management for Information Systems
- 6500:315 Application Development for Business Processes
- 6500:425 Decision Support with Data Warehousing and Mining
- 6500:325 System Analysis and Design
6500:427 Systems Integration
The Information Systems major is part of the Management Department. Learn about CBA information systems students, careers, organizations that have recently hired CBA graduates, and much more on the Management Department page.
In addition to completing all required courses for their major a student must also maintain certain cumulative GPAs to graduate:
- 2.3 overall GPA in all courses
- 2.0 GPA in major courses
- 2.0 GPA in business and economics courses
- Spring Graduation – Apply by December 1
- Summer Graduation – Apply by April 1
- Fall Graduation – Apply by July 1
Resources are available to help you learn more about the school and major, determine class schedules, requirements, and progress toward you degree.
Before you apply to The University of Akron, contact our Undergraduate Recruiter to answer your questions. Current UA students who want to be admitted to a major should be sure to visit an undergraduate Academic Adviser.
Graduation Planning Summary (GPS). The GPS is a document that lists course titles and additional, supplemental information for you as an Information Systems student. When you are admitted to the CBA, you will review the GPS with your adviser, and use it in conjunction with the Degree Progress Report (DPR) (see below). Download your Information Systems GPS.
Once you are admitted to The University of Akron, you'll use the Degree Progress Report (DPR), which is an online tool you can use to view data regarding course requirements. DPR outlines your degree requirements, marks completed courses, and shows your remaining coursework.
Once you are a student, The University of Akron and the College of Business offer tutoring services for additional help in many subjects.
- The University of Akron offers free online tutorials for students to learn to use a variety of software programs, like Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Google Docs, and Springboard through Atomic Learning.
- The CBA offers tutoring on business topics.
- The main campus library has writing and math Tutoring Services.
The College of Business Administration is associated with many student organizations through which you can expand your classroom learning and enhance your leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills. Within these organizations you will meet students from diverse backgrounds and will have opportunities to interact with business professionals, participate in competitions and organize community service projects. Students are encouraged to actively participate in the organization(s) of their choice.