Information Systems (Bachelor of Science)

Grantham University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Systems is designed to help you break into a number of industries with a thorough understanding of how to organize, coordinate, direct research and facilitate the computer-related activities of a business.

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.

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 125 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.

Are there any program-specific requirements for this Information Systems degree?

To satisfy residency requirements, you'll need to take a minimum of 15 credit hours of upper-level program core courses and program elective courses designated CS or IS.

How much will my online Information Systems degree program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 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 weekly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or 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
University Professional Outcomes

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

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

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

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 degree, the Grantham curriculum will look like:

Program Core Credits: 65
General Education Core Credit: 24
Electives Credits: 36
Total Credit Hours: 125
Accreditation(s): DEAC

Textbook Information

Program Core: 65
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU100 Title: Student Success Credits: 1
  This required one-credit hour course introduces Grantham students to various strategies for learning and helps develop skills essential for succeeding in an online education program. Students complete selfassessments to become familiar with their learning styles and how to use their learning styles in online studies. Students successfully completing this course are more proficient in time management, reading skills, writing techniques, memory abilities, and test-taking strategies. Students learn how to navigate within Grantham University's online course learning environment, submit assignments, and where to go for academic assistance. GU100 is normally taken with level 100 or 200 courses that offer the most common challenges in working in an online learning environment. Students complete assignments in both courses simultaneously as a learning strategy for general education and entry-level knowledge acquisition while developing successful online study skills. Successful completion of G
Course: BA215 Title: Business Statistics Credits: 3
  In this course students learn to apply descriptive and inferential statistics to solve business problems. Students perform statistical analysis of samples, compute the measures of location and dispersion, and perform linear and multiple regression and correlation analysis. Other topics include constructing a hypothesis, performing one-way and two-way analysis of variance, and making decisions under risk and uncertainty.
Course: CS192 Title: Programming Essentials Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to problem-solving concepts that programmers need to know and understand to skillfully use any programming language. Throughout this course students use language-independent problem-solving methods to structure logic (sequencing, branching, repetition), and data (records, objects). Students will also use diagramming and charting methods to communicate solutions and use arrays, menus, and flow charts to communicate structured programming solutions.
Course: CS200 Title: Programming in Java Credits: 4
  This is a beginner- to intermediate-level programming course devoted to object-oriented programming using Java. Topics include object-oriented programming, classes and instances, looping, arrays, flow control, packages, interfaces, streams, files, and applying advanced graphical user interface elements. In addition to Java applications programming, the course introduces Java applet programming. The fundamental principles of object-oriented programming are covered, as well as a number of advanced topics. The course makes extensive use of Sun Microsystems' Java 2 Software Development Kit (SDK) and a variety of online resources.
Course: CS216 Title: Computer Networks Credits: 3
  Students are provided an introduction to networking technologies including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), protocols, topologies, transmission media, and security. In addition to introducing a variety of fundamental concepts, the course encompasses in-depth aspects of networking including the Internet protocol suite (TCP-IP).
Course: CS263 Title: Programming in C Credits: 4
  This course is an introduction to programming using C. Topics include flow of control, functions and structured programming, pointers, arrays, file manipulation, and an introduction to C++. Includes one (1) lab credit. Software: C compiler or interpreter and debugger.
Course: CS405 Title: Software Engineering Credits: 4
  An advanced course that covers the basics of software engineering. This is not a programming course, but rather an integration of several computer science disciplines that includes the study of project planning, techniques, tools, languages, computer-aided software engineering, and techniques for planning a software engineering career.
Course: IS212 Title: .NET Concepts and Principles Credits: 4
  This course is an intermediate computer science course presenting the fundamental concepts and principles of Microsoft's Visual Basic (now known as .NET) application infrastructure. This course is intended to be the first part of two. The first course focuses on essential concepts and fundamental principles of .NET, while the second course will emphasize implementation of .NET using multiple languages. This course is designed to be more abstract in nature, focusing on what makes up .NET, and how those components interact in the context of application development. The course requires any coding as such, though some of the course exercises may require the generation of some limited pseudo-code or flow diagrams.
Course: IS231 Title: E-Commerce Credits: 3
  This course is designed to familiarize students with current and emerging electronic commerce technologies using the Internet. Topics include Internet technology for business advantage, managing electronic commerce funds transfer, reinventing the future of business through electronic commerce, business opportunities in electronic commerce, electronic commerce Web site design, and social, political and ethical issues associated with electronic commerce, and business plans for technology ventures. The purpose of this course is to introduce to a new generation of managers, planners, analysts, and programmers the realities and potential of electronic commerce.
Course: IS242 Title: Management Information Systems Credits: 3
  Students apply the fundamental concepts of Information Systems to business. Topics include coverage of information technology in management, information systems in decision-making, planning of information systems, systems developments, controls and security measures, and electronic commerce coverage.
Course: IS259 Title: Database Applications Credits: 3
  Students develop a working knowledge of database applications using Microsoft Access software. Topics include designing, creating, editing, sorting, indexing, and searching database files; creating custom queries, tables, forms, reports; and publishing to the Internet using Data Access pages.
Course: IS301 Title: Web Design I Credits: 4
  Students create a Web site using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Extensible HTML (XHTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Using popular Web design and development tools, students insert images, create links, and use tables in Web pages. Students learn and use "best practices" in Web site and Web page design and creation. This course is the first of two pertaining to Web site design.
Course: IS306 Title: Web Design II Credits: 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.
Course: IS311 Title: Security Operations Credits: 3
  Students identify the principles and practices of secure operation and management of information systems. Topics include identification of information assets, documentation of policies, standards, procedures and guidelines that ensure confidentiality and availability. Principles and practices of analysis and monitoring of systems security are also addressed.
Course: IS336 Title: Information Systems Analysis Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to the tools and techniques used in systems analysis and design, including Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) and Gantt charts, economic feasibility analysis, data flow diagramming, and other modeling techniques. The primary focus of the course is ascertaining the early phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle.
Course: IS337 Title: Information Systems Design & Implementation Credits: 3
  Students examine the methodologies, techniques, and tools sed in the design, implementation, and maintenance phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle. Advanced analysis and design techniques are the focus and students gain practice in analysis and design. This course is a continuation of IS336.
Course: IS351 Title: Information Systems Project Management Credits: 3
  Students analyze 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. Topics include organizational structure and culture, network diagrams, critical chain scheduling, cost estimation and project control procedures.
Course: IS376 Title: Advanced Database Systems Credits: 3
  In this course students apply design and development skills to client/server database applications. Students utilize the Database Life Cycle (DBLC), database management, distributed database systems and data warehousing concepts in building advanced database systems. Focus is placed on the role of the database administrator and the issues commonly faced by this position.
Course: IS412 Title: .NET Implementation Credits: 4
  This course is an advanced computer science course presenting the concepts and principles of Microsoft's Visual Basic (now known as .NET implementation). This course is the second part of the student's .NET instruction. The first course focuses on essential concepts and fundamental principles of .NET, while the second course emphasizes implementation of .NET using multiple languages. The course requires coding as students will design, implement, and deploy Visual Basic .NET applications.
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: 24
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the basic principles of effective verbal communication and the related functions in contemporary public settings. Emphasis is placed on speech to inform and to persuade, with special consideration given to fundamental communication skills, including organization, reasoning, explanation, and listening. Students will learn to prepare a speech without the need to memorize the presentation. This course is designed to help students understand the difference between ideas and memorizing words. The progression of learning should help students learn to understand, value, and practice the human communication process.
Course: CS105 Title: Introduction to Computer Applications Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.
Course: EN101 Title: English Composition I Credits: 3
  This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.
Course: GP210 Title: American Government I Credits: 3
  This undergraduate course provides an introduction to American government and politics. Topics include the concept of a constitutional democracy, federalism, first amendment rights, equal rights under the law, political culture, political ideology, interest groups, lobbying, and political campaigns and elections.
Course: GU299 Title: General Education Capstone Credits: 3
  GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. By highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially-aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.
Course: GS102 Title: Introduction to Life Science Credits: 3
  This course gives the student a broad overview of the following biological processes and topics: the anatomy of the cell, cell division, species diversity, and species classification. This course attempts to relate the subject matter to everyday occurrences.
Course: HU260 Title: Strategies for Decision Making Credits: 3
  This course is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, less frustration, more wealth - and above all, greater confidence to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life.
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  An introductory level course on the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing, and exponential and logarithmic functions.