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Information Systems

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

College: Business

Information systems (IS) is a coordinated collection of information subsystems that are rationally integrated to collect, store, process, retrieve, disseminate and communicate information for the support of operations, management and decision-making functions in business and other organizations.

Information systems emphasizes the application of information technology in business and other organizations. Computers and other information technologies are the technical foundations or the tools of information systems. However, both technical skills and knowledge of business processes and practice are needed to be able to properly envision, design, implement, integrate, evaluate and manage computer-based solutions to business problems.

Students admitted to the Columbus campus are also admitted directly to the Fisher major program and the information systems specialization.

The informations systems program is designed to provide students with the technical background required to be able to function credibly in business and industry and organizational and managerial skills necessary to plan for and manage organizational information systems and to advance into leadership positions, particularly within the informations systems functional area of a firm.

Principles courses

Accounting Principles
Economics Principles

Core courses

Business Skills and Environment
Business Law
International Business
Management Sciences
Management and Human Resources
Strategic Management

Required major courses

Discrete Mathematics
Elementary Computer Programming
Data Structure for Information Systems
Business Programming with File Processing
Object-Oriented Systems Analytics
Introduction to Database Systems
Information systems courses

The Office of Global Business provides Fisher students with a variety of options where they can put classroom theories into action in compelling international locations and learn through experience. Employers value the diverse background that global experiences provide and list "strategic international understanding" and "cross-cultural experience" as two of the most desirable employee traits.

Though internships are not required for business students, 95 percent of students registered with the Office of Career Management have some kind of internship experience before they graduate. Many students receive an offer of full-time employment from their internship employer.

Honors students majoring in business, have the option of applying for and participating in one of four Honors programs (Accounting Honors, Finance Honors, Honors Cohort, Honors Immersion) or an Honors research project. Each option provides the opportunity to graduate with a diploma designation.

Entering freshman admitted to University Honors will be invited to apply to the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program and the Business Honors Learning Community.

The Business Scholars Program is a community of talented students that participate in programs and activities designed to offer insight into business practice and environment. Business Scholars learn to understand the vital role of collaboration through teambuilding, leadership training and workshops. Additionally, Business Scholars can develop partnerships with Fisher College of Business faculty and alumni.

Interested students are encouraged to become involved with the Information Systems Association (ISA), which is dedicated to providing MIS, CIS and CSE students with opportunities to network with technology professionals, professors and each other. Built upon this foundation, our goal is to facilitate a smooth transition between academia and the professional world.

Opportunities for employment exist within information systems departments and systems support groups of various organizations for programmers, system analysts, application development consultants, liaisons with users, database and network administrators, and information systems managers. When hiring for those positions, many business firms often favor information systems graduates because they understand both technology and business functions and practice.

Companies that are providers of information technology also employ large numbers of information systems graduates. Many positions are available in the marketing groups and service organizations of hardware manufacturers. In the software industry, many opportunities exist in the development, marketing and application support areas. Additionally, the systems consulting industry offers a variety of career opportunities for information systems graduates as programmers, application specialists, software consultants, hardware and business systems consultants.

As computing and telecommunication technologies advance and more strategic importance is placed on information systems, there is a growing need for new application development and increased demand for information systems professionals.

Beginning salaries for management information systems professionals in 2018–19 averaged $64,565 depending on applicants’ training, education and experience.

At graduation, Fisher College of Business graduates: 

  • Will posses strong analytical and problem-solving skills to identify and critically assess problems facing contemporary businesses
  • Will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of human resources
  • Will possess a global perspective and can critically evaluate the international context a contemporary business operates in
  • Can identify and assess ethical issues surrounding business decisions
  • Are able to work effectively in a team-based environment
  • Can demonstrate professional deportment and effective oral and written communication skills

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Fisher College of Business was ranked 15th in the nation for Best Undergrad Business Schools. (U.S. News & World Report, 2020)

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