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For those who like to work with computers and technology, there's no need to look further. Information Systems is where business and technology meet. This ever-growing field attracts graduates who thrive in a team environment and want to utilize their expertise to develop even newer technologies to maximize business productivity. In addition, for those information-technology professionals who aspire to middle- and senior-management levels in the field, their future may be gilded with six-figure salaries.


What We're Doing

Professor Amy Harris

Middle Tennessee Tech workforce report

Amy Harris partnered with the Nashville Technology Council to establish a research program to provide industry, government, and academic audiences with data on the local technology workforce. The State of Middle Tennessee Tech report highlights tremendous past projected growth in regional tech jobs and details data on 26 occupations. "The report is used by economic development organizations and businesses to recruit and plan and by academic institutions to assess degree programs and curriculum," Harris explained. Additionally, white papers highlight four sub-specialties: analytics, healthcare IT, information security, and software development. Harris serves on the board of Women in Technology Tennessee (WiTT), which awards scholarships to women pursuing technology careers in middle Tennessee. In her role on the steering committee for the Nashville Analytics Summit, Harris coordinates MTSU student volunteers to staff the conference, giving them an opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders.

Alumnus Greg Schaffer

From MTSU to success as an IT entrepreneur

With over 29 years of experience, Greg Schaffer is the founding principal of vCISO Services, an information security consulting firm providing small and midsized businesses with strategic information security expertise. Previously he was FirstBank’s vice president of information security, chief information security officer for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, and assistant MTSU vice president of network and IT security. He holds an M.S. in Information Systems Project Management from Jones College of Business and CISSP certification.


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In the field of Information Systems and Analytics, the sky's the limit—not only for ever-emerging newer technologies but for increasing employment opportunities. Career paths include

  • Business Analyst
  • Application developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Analytics Manager
  • Data warehousing manager
  • Database manager
  • Software quality assurance engineers 
  • Information systems manager
  • Security Analyst
  • IT Auditor
  • IT Project Manager
  • Infrastructure Engineer 
  • Web Developer
  • Systems developer
  • Application System Engineer
  • Information Security Risk Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Technology Risk Consultant 

Employers of ISA Alumni include

  • Asurion
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield TN
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • Bridgestone Firestone
  • CAT Financial
  • Change Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Systems
  • Corrections Corporation of America
  • Deloitte
  • EFC Systems
  • Ernst & Young
  • eviCore
  • Experian
  • Genesco
  • GEODIS
  • HCA
  • Healthways
  • HP
  • Ingram Content Group
  • L3Harris
  • State of Tennessee
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • UBS

The Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree with a major in Information Systems consists of 30 hours of Information Systems courses. There is a built-in minor in Business Administration. Undergraduate minors are available in Information Systems and Accounting/Information Systems.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

The graduate level offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Information Systems with concentrations in IT Project Management and Information Security and Assurance. A minor is available in Information Systems.

Information Systems

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INFS 1000 - Introduction to Computers and Related Topics
3 credit hours

An overview of the workings of a computer including hardware, software, and applications. Provides hands-on experience with various software packages. (Not open to business majors.)

INFS 1010 - Social Networking and Collaborative Technologies
3 credit hours

Recent trends in social networking technologies, focusing on such popular applications as Facebook and LinkedIn. Covers modern developments in collaborative enabling technologies, including blogs, wikis, and groupware; technologies to facilitate personal, academic, and professional growth; and privacy, security, and ethical issues surrounding the use of social networking and collaborative technologies.

INFS 2200 - Introduction to Microcomputing
3 credit hours

Microcomputer applications and the microcomputer environment. (Not open to CIS majors.)

INFS 2400 - Web Development
3 credit hours

Web development using HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and multimedia Web content. Covers planning, design, development, and publishing of a Web site.

INFS 2600 - Introduction to Software Development and Programming
3 credit hours

Programming logic and concepts using the .NET programming environment. Includes program design, data types, data structures, flow control, arrays, error control, graphical user-interfaces, and file processing as applied in the context of business information systems problem solving.

INFS 3100 - Principles of Management Information Systems
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. The role of information technology in organizations.

INFS 3200 - Business Application Development
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Foundation knowledge of microcomputer applications; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. An applications-oriented course; extensive laboratory work and development of projects.

INFS 3400 - Object Oriented Programming with C#.NET
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: INFS 2600 or equivalent; admission to the College of Business. Introduction to object-oriented programming methods. Topics include objects and classes, encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism, exceptions, graphical user-interfaces and event handling, streams and files, and deployment. Emphasis on practical applications of object-oriented concepts in a business context.

INFS 3450 - Web Application Development
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: INFS 2400, INFS 2600, and ISA major or permission of instructor; admission into the College of Business. Focuses on designing and developing Web-based applications. Topics may include JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, and other emerging web development technologies.

INFS 3470 - Python for Business Applications
credit hours

(Same as BIA 3470.) Prerequisites: Admission to College of Business and ISA major. Introduces Python, a popular, general purpose programming and scripting language well suited to a wide range of business problems. Topics include basics of programming-variables, strings, lists, functions, writing scripts that automate tedious tasks, parsing and interpreting data, interacting with APIs, and building web scrapers. Emphasis on practical applications in a business context.

INFS 3500 - Knowledge Management Systems
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. Analysis, design, and implementation of knowledge management systems in organizations. Addresses the facilitating and enabling role of information management and communication technologies. Technologies covered include neural network, software agent, workflow management, integrated communication network, expert systems, content management, Web portal, and search mechanisms. Hands-on projects to reinforce understanding of theoretical frameworks.

INFS 3700 - Systems Analysis and Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 6 hours of information systems; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Applied system analysis and design (concepts and techniques) including problem definition, feasibility analysis, various modeling methods, hardware and software selection, documentation, physical design, and auditing procedures. Appropriate automated technologies used.

INFS 3800 - Information Systems Analysis and Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Explores the roles and environments of project management, the product life cycle, and techniques for work planning, control, and evaluation. Covers developing a project plan, resource management, project scope and quality, budgeting, and managing project risk

INFS 3990 - Independent Study in Information Systems
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing, permission of department, and admission into the College of Business. Assigned research or projects in contemporary problem areas in the information systems discipline under direct faculty supervision. Aggregate credits allowable toward a degree may not exceed 3 hours under 3990 courses.

INFS 4100 - Location Analytics
3 credit hours

(Same as BIA 4100.) Prerequisite: BIA 2610 or equivalent. Provides an information systems perspective to identifying and solving geospatial business problems. Explores how business can make strategic and operational decisions based on geospatial data. Students work through several practical cases to solve common geospatial problems encountered in the corporate environment.

INFS 4300 - Security Assurance for Information Systems Audit
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. An in-depth look at developing, implementing, monitoring, and auditing an information system's security. Managerial concepts for security of operating systems, administering security, and legal/ethical/policy issues examined as well as a hands-on approach to implementing operating systems security techniques. Explores the advancement in security detection and implementation, problem-solving techniques, and the role and importance of the information systems auditor.

INFS 4740 - Information Technology Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Explores various technologies and how they impact the business environment. Topics include cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and Service Oriented Architectures. Covers current topics by engaging students in case-based lectures and assignments.

 

INFS 4790 - Database Design and Development
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: INFS 2600, ISA major, junior standing, and admission into the College of Business. Fundamental concepts: conventional data systems, integrated management information systems, database structure systems, data integration, complex file structure, online access systems. Emphasis on total integrated information systems database and database management languages.

INFS 4830 - Database Programming
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: INFS 4790 or consent of instructor and admission into the College of Business. Advanced SQL programming to support ETL database operations. Focuses on transforming existing database data through a variety of parsing, cleaning, and aggregating SQL functions and techniques. Some coverage of developing stored procedures and functions using a database language such as PL/SQL.

INFS 4840 - Study Abroad
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. Exposes the student to the economic, political, cultural, and social environments of a foreign country(ies). Emphasis on international state/status of the subject matter pertinent to information and knowledge management.  

INFS 4900 - Business Data Communications
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 6 hours of information systems; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Practical explanation of data communications technologies and basic applications for business. Includes projects to develop a prototype network in a lab environment for hands-on experience.

INFS 4950 - Advanced Web-Enabled Application Development
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: INFS 2400, INFS 3400, INFS 3800, ISA major, and admission into the College of Business. Server-side Web programming techniques and multitier application development. Includes accessing databases and XML documents, creating and processing Web forms, methods of Web form validation, maintaining session state, Web application security, and configuration and deployment.

INFS 4980 - Information Systems Project
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business, senior standing, and 12 hours of information systems credit including INFS 3200 and INFS 3800. Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) design and implementation. Appropriate automated technologies used throughout the course.

INFS 4990 - Independent Study in Information Systems
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing, consent of department chair, and admission into the College of Business. Assigned research or projects in contemporary problem areas in the information systems discipline under direct faculty supervision. Aggregate credits allowable toward a degree may not exceed 3 hours under 4990 courses.

Contact Information

Tim Greer
Tim.Greer@mtsu.edu
615-904-8176

Who is My Advisor?

Jones College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center
busadv@mtsu.edu
615-904-8063 | BAS N216

 

Mailing Address

Department of Information Systems and Analytics
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MTSU Box 45
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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