Information Systems (Bachelor of Science)

The objective of the Information Systems degree program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce and advance in roles requiring the application of technology to information systems. Required coursework builds a foundation and broad base of skills in programming, web design and systems analysis and design. Elective courses are available in business, computer science or information systems

What will I learn in the Information Systems degree online program?

You will gain skills in programming, web design and systems analysis and design. Plus, you can give your career some extra direction with elective courses in business, computer science or information systems.


With a focus on one of today’s top careers, this program dives into emerging cybersecurity trends and opportunities within information security. Building upon foundational classes in programming, web design and systems analysis, you’ll gain deep insight into the fascinating area of cybersecurity through coursework in risk management, disaster recovery, network security, and human decision and security engineering. Information security analysts, network and computer systems administrators, and others are all positions possible with this degree.

Health Informatics

In line with a field continually on the upswing, this program dives into emerging health informatics trends and opportunities, allowing for the application of information systems in a healthcare context. Building upon foundational classes in programming, web design and systems analysis, you’ll gain deep insight into this growing field through coursework in information security and privacy in healthcare organizations, healthcare informatics, advanced database systems, and computer software applications in healthcare. Among others, potential careers include database administrators or information systems managers in healthcare facilities.

Web Development

With a focus on the field of designing and creating websites, this program dives into important web development trends and opportunities. Building upon foundational classes in programming, web design and systems analysis, you’ll gain knowledge critical to this evolving field through coursework in Javascript programming, jQuery, web design and server side web development. Web developers and computer systems analysts are just a few careers possible with this degree.

What careers can I pursue with an online Information Systems degree?

Upon completion of the information systems degree, you will be prepared for work in a wide range of professions including database specialist, web designer, applications programmer and systems analyst1.

How long is the Information Systems degree online program?

At 120 credit hours, your management information systems online degree program is designed to be completed in 38 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

How much will my online Information Systems degree program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $295 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly. We are ready when you are.

Call Grantham University at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and other accredited degree programs, as well as financial assistance opportunities or the enrollment process.

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Information Systems (Bachelor of Science)

Information Systems Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing these courses for your management information systems degree online, you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • Analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs
  • Address professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
  • Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • Use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice
  • Analyze processes that support the delivery and management of information systems

Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these six critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Career Management – Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

Information Systems (Bachelor of Science)

Earn your information systems security degree and prepare for a high-tech career in information systems and business intelligence1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Database Specialist
  • Data Warehousing Specialist
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Commercial Intelligence Manager
  • Document Management Consultant
  • Records Manager

Employers can include:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Multi-national corporations
  • Financial institutions
  • Large-scale retailers
  • Major manufacturers
  • Government – local, state and federal
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Information Systems (Bachelor of Science)

Grantham University’s 100% online coursework is designed to help you prepare for success in your next career. While working toward your Information Systems Bachelor of Science degree, your curriculum will look like:

Program Core Credits: 39
General Education Core Credits: 43
Concentration Credits: 15
Electives Credits: 23
Concentration Credits: 15
Electives Credits: 23
Concentration Credits: 15
Electives Credits: 23
Electives Credits: 38
Total Credit Hours: 120
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Cybersecurity: 15
Course: Title: Credits:
IS211 Introduction to Information Systems Security 3
  This course provides a broad overview of the principles policies and technologies for securing computer and information systems. Topics include a survey of computer system vulnerabilities cryptographic techniques access control policies and mechanisms qualitative and quantitative risk assessment and management and the implications of security technology in the realm of risk management. Designing and implementing computer security policies and standards formulating contingency plans and analyzing system security architectures as well as compliance and ethics are examined.
IS355 Risk Management 3
  This course provides a comprehensive review of industry approaches practices and standards on how to handle risks to organizations' business-critical assets. Topics include identifying and analyzing threats qualitative versus quantitative risk management standards and processes to mitigate risk risk control and risk policy. Through a practical approach this course explores key topics that enable students to uncover and remediate potential infractions.
IS360 Disaster Recovery 3
  This course provides a comprehensive overview of disaster recovery and countermeasures for networks and businesses. Assess risks in the enterprise determine critical business components develop an enterprise disaster recovery system and develop disaster policies procedures departmental roles and communication processes for enterprise network. It will provide a foundation in disaster recovery principles including preparation of a disaster recovery plan assessment of risks in the enterprise development of policies and procedures and understanding of the roles and relationships of various members of an organization implementation of the plan and recovering from a disaster. Learn how to create a secure network by putting policies and procedures in place and how to restore a network in the event of a disaster. Produce a disaster recovery document of procedures and policies to implement training testing and rehearsal of a disaster recovery.
IS411 Network Security 3
  This course introduces the techniques methodologies and tools used in building and maintaining secure networks. Lab exercises address assessing protocol network and code vulnerabilities. The course is aligned with the CompTIA Security+ certification examination.
IS440 Human Decision and Security Engineering 3
  Providing an exploration of the human aspects of Cybersecurity this course will educate students on human motivation and interaction how security controls may be bypassed by a person's intentional or unintentional acts and methods for reducing the cyber risks associated with people. Topics include human behavior and interaction motivation and influence and social engineering. Emphasis is on the human element of cyber incidents in relation to protecting information and technology assets.
Health Informatics: 15
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AH356 Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Organizations 3
  This course explores the regulatory issues associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the implications of this Act related to data security and privacy issues in healthcare organizations. Topics examined are identifying and prioritizing information assets and threats to those assets; defining information security strategy and architecture; planning responses to intruders in an information system; and identifying legal and ethical issues and implications of information security.
AH432 Healthcare Informatics 3
  This course focuses on the day-to-day requirements of healthcare systems in the processing and storing of patient information and the medical management systems to facilitate appropriate and safe care. Students examine a broad range of topics including: aspects of the healthcare delivery system in relation to overall management functions institutional social and political forces in healthcare the role of IT in healthcare management and information security and patient privacy.
CS205 Computer Software Applications in Healthcare 3
  This course provides an overview of commonly available software tools used in healthcare including an introduction to encoding tools and computer-assisted coding software used in healthcare data processing. Focus is placed specifically on healthcare software and its many uses functions and applications in the medical office. Other processes such as medical office billing and information technology are also discussed.
IS376 Advanced Database Systems 3
  This course provides a thorough and practical foundation for the design implementation and management of database systems using a combination of theory and practice. These concepts are applied to the design and development of client/server database applications.
IS481 Database Security 3
  This course covers strategies and tactics for securing databases. It introduces the tools necessary to implement database security and auditing in order to protect data. Topics include basic data protection methods secure database design secure architectures and secure transaction processing and auditing. Vulnerabilities and countermeasures are also covered.
Web Development: 15
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CS208 Programming in JavaScript 4
  This course covers JavaScript programming basics such as operators expressions arrays loops conditional statements as well as advanced topics like AJAX.
CS350 Introduction to JQuery 3
  This course introduces students to the powerful jQuery framework library. For students already familiar with HTML JavaScript CSS and the DOM this course addresses how to quickly and easily create interactive websites with enhanced user interfaces. Advantages of using the library for such things as form validation event handling and AJAX interactions are also explored.
IS306 Web Design II 4
  Students gain skills in interactive techniques that combine XHTML with CSS and JavaScript. Also emphasized is XML document creation. The course focuses on skill building for advanced web design. This is a continuation of IS301.
IS370 Server Side Web Development 4
  This course covers how to build a feature-rich data-driven interactive website. This is done on a Microsoft platform with an emphasis on using ASP.NET.
Program Core: 39
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Course: CS386 Title: Systems Architecture Credits: 4
  This course provides technical knowledge of computer hardware and system software. The material covered in the course presents the background needed for systems analysis design configuration procurement and management.
Course: CS405 Title: Software Engineering Credits: 4
  This course covers the fundamentals of software engineering using a project management methodology and systems approach. Requirements analysis system design and object-oriented analysis and design are covered.
Course: IS216 Title: Computer Networks Credits: 3
  This course covers fundamental vendor-independent networking concepts. The course is aligned with the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Various tools are used to analyze networks.
Course: IS231 Title: E-Commerce Credits: 3
  This course covers current electronic commerce strategies and technologies associated with the internet the web social networks and mobile devices. Key concepts opportunities and applications of e-commerce are presented providing an in-depth overview of the field of e-commerce.
Course: IS242 Title: Management Information Systems Credits: 3
  This course covers the principles of managing information systems in the context of an enterprise. Topics include coverage of information technology in management information systems in decision-making planning of information systems systems development controls and security measures and electronic commerce.
Course: IS301 Title: Web Design I Credits: 4
  The course shows how to use Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) Extensible HTML (XHTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to create a website. Best practices in website and web page design and creation are used.
Course: IS320 Title: Database Applications Credits: 3
  This course presents the fundamental concepts of database systems. The course covers the relational model structured query language (SQL) data modeling database design and database administration.
Course: IS311 Title: Security Operations Credits: 3
  This course covers the principles and practices of secure operation and management of information systems. Principles and practices of analysis and monitoring of systems security are also addressed.
Course: IS336 Title: Systems Analysis and Design Credits: 3
  This course introduces the concepts tools and techniques used in the analysis design and deployment of information systems which support business requirements. Topics include requirements determination data and process modeling various development methodologies project management data and user interface design security implementation and maintenance and documentation.
Course: IS351 Title: Information Systems Project Management Credits: 3
  This course covers the technical and managerial aspects of project management as identified by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Emphasis is placed on defining project management and its relationship to other business disciplines and the development of information systems.
Course: IS450 Title: Security Trends and Legal Issues Credits: 3
  This course examines the legal environment pertinent to security professionals. Topics include the role of government relevant civil and criminal law constitutional rights and privacy issues intellectual property and compliance. In addition current trends in cybersecurity are explored.
Course: IS498 Title: Senior Research Project Credits: 3
  This capstone course requires students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they gained throughout the degree program by completing a major research project.
General Education: 43
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Course: English Composition Credits: 6
Course: EN261 Title: Fundamentals of Technical Writing Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to the purpose and scope of technical writing. Topics include standard conventions of written English; audience analysis; writing concisely for clarity and thoroughness; and determining how to present information appropriately in different professions (criminal justice business education etc.) NOTE: Credit may not be awarded for both EN261 and EN361.
Course: Math Credits: 12
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations polynomial and rational functions and graphing and exponential and logarithmic functions. A new textbook may be required in order to ensure needed electronic codes are valid.
Course: MA230 Title: Mathematical Statistics I Credits: 3
  This course presents methods in making analytical decisions using statistics. The course focuses on the characteristics of numerical and categorical data methods of presentation and descriptive statistics. The course also introduces students to basic methods of sampling and of making inferences using one or two independent samples. NOTE: Credit may not be awarded for both MA215 and MA230.
Course: Natural/Physical Science Credits: 3
Course: Computer Science Credits: 7
Course: CS192 Title: Programming Essentials Credits: 3
  This course introduces problem-solving concepts needed for programming. It covers fundamental control structure such as the sequential structure the selection structure and the repetition structure. The use of logic in designing programs has general application.
Course: CS200 Title: Programming in Java Credits: 4
  This course is devoted to object-oriented programming using Java. Topics include object-oriented programming classes and instances looping arrays flow control packages interfaces streams files Java applet programming and applying advanced graphical user interface elements.
Course: Oral Communication Credits: 3
Course: Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 3
Course: Social/Behavioral Science Credits: 6
Course: General Education Credits: 3

EN100, EN101, or EN102 must be taken to fulfill the other 3 credit hours of English Composition General Education requirements.
PROGRAM ELECTIVES (These are reflected in the Elective Credits)
100-499 Business, CS, or IS electives equaling 6 credit hours must be taken.
300-499 CS or IS electives equaling 9 credit hours must be taken.
IS336 must be passed with a "C" or better in order to complete this program.