The Information Systems (IS) program provides the opportunity for students to obtain the skills to be a key player in building information systems to improve the business operations and decision-making of twenty-first century organizations. IS students learn that in today’s ever-changing global business environment, the ability to collect, organize, store, analyze, and transform vast amounts of data into accurate, timely, and understandable information has a significant impact on an organization’s performance. There is no pre-requisite knowledge required to get started with information systems.
"Our students build REAL tech solutions that are in use by REAL companies." - RJ Podeschi, Assistant Professor of Information Systems
Why study Information Systems?
This field of study has seen exceptional growth in demand for graduates over the past ten years. Students with a thirst for knowledge, who enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together, thrive in the information systems major. Our program requires a strong foundation in information systems paired with an area of specialty. Students can choose to focus on one of the following areas:
- Data management: collecting, organizing, storing, analyzing, and transforming vast amounts of data into meaningful information.
- Application development: designing, building, testing, and implementing business applications for social and mobile workforces.
- Security & compliance: securing networks and data from cyber-terrorists and decreasing the risk of future attacks.
$56,622 Average starting salary for graduates
*National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2017
Positions can be found in a variety of organizations and industries, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Many information systems graduates go on to work for companies like State Farm, Caterpillar Inc., and Archer Daniels Midland Co. Graduates obtain a variety of jobs, such as:
- Database analyst
- Systems analyst
- Application developer
- Programmer analyst
- Web developer
- Security analyst
- Technical analyst
Students are given access to industry-standard resources. Millikin has a dedicated, restricted access IS computer lab, complete with state-of-the-art machines and enterprise-grade software, many of which are available as downloads. Partnerships with Fortune 100 companies such as Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and vmware provide students with the tools needed to build skills and become employable.
Departmental Course Offerings
Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.
|IS120. Spreadsheet & Database Applications||Students will explore and achieve functional competencies in the use of spreadsheet and database programs. With spreadsheets, students will create, manipulate, and maintain spreadsheet data and learn functions and techniques to solve various problems. With databases, students will identify the structures and concepts of data repositories and will use SQL tools to collect, extract, organize, and present data as meaningful information. Both spreadsheets and databases serve as core tools used to solve a variety of business problems across most academic and career disciplines. (3 credits)|
|IS221. Programming Fundamentals||This course introduces students to the process of creating and implementing typical solutions to business problems requiring computer programming skills and understanding. The main focus in this course will be to help the student understand the basic concepts of computer programming, emphasizing design over syntax in an Object Oriented approach using the Java programming language. (3 credits)|
|IS240. Foundations of Information Systems||This course is designed to introduce students to contemporary information systems and demonstrate how these systems are used throughout global organizations. The focus of this course will be on the key components of information systems: people, software, hardware, data and communication technologies, and how these components can be integrated and managed to create competitive advantage. Students will learn terminology and concepts of Information Systems which provide enabling foundations for interaction between Information Systems and all other functional areas of an organization. Coursework bridges the divide between technical and nontechnical professionals. (3 credits)|
|IS311. IT Infrastructure||This course provides an introduction to IT infrastructure issues for students majoring in Information Systems. It covers topics related to both computer and systems architecture and communication networks, with an overall
focus on the services and capabilities that IT infrastructure solutions enable in an organizational context. It gives the students the knowledge and skills that they need for communicating effectively with professionals whose special focus is on hardware and systems software technology and for designing organizational processes and software solutions that require in-depth understanding of the IT infrastructure capabilities and limitations. It also prepares the students for organizational roles that require interaction with external vendors of IT infrastructure components and solutions. The course focuses strongly on Internet-based solutions, computer and network security, business continuity, and the role of infrastructure in regulatory compliance. Pre-requisite: IS240. (3 credits)
|IS321. Systems Analysis and Design||Advanced study of systems development and modification processes. Emphasis on strategies and techniques of analysis and design for modeling complex system requirements. Use of data modeling tools and object-oriented approaches to analysis and design. Emphasis on factors for effective communication and integration with users and user systems. Pre-requisite: IS221 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)|
|IS322. Web/Mobile Application Development||This course delivers the skills necessary to develop web-based and/or mobile-based applications to achieve a specific business or organizational need. The students will utilize contemporary tools and development environments to create, test, and implement applications. Course content will include broad programming skills and techniques across multiple languages and platforms while also focusing the students on specific real-world projects. Pre-requisites: IS221, IS321 (may co-enroll), or instructor consent. (3 credits)|
|IS332. IT Audit and Controls||Focus on issues of risk, security, control, access, distribution, and use of information in computer-based information systems. Identification and clarification of privacy and access issues in information systems. coverage of tools designed to evaluate levels of control in information systems. Pre-requisite: IS331 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)|
|IS350. Application Integration||This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the theoretic and practical issues related to the implementation of enterprise systems within organizations. This course demonstrates how enterprise systems integrate information and organizational processes across functional areas with a unified system comprised of a single database and shared reporting tools. Students will gain an appreciation of the scope of enterprise systems and the motivation for implementing them. An integrated project, which requires the application of conceptual as well as technical (software) skills of students, may also be required. Pre-requisites: IS221 and IS321 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)|
|IS362. IT Security and Risk Management||This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and topics of Information Technology Security and Risk Management at the organizational level. Students will learn critical security principles that enable them to plan, develop, and perform security tasks. The course will address hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures with respect to organizational IT Security and Risk Management. Pre-requisite: IS311 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)|
|IS370. Database Application Development||Focus on the database approach to information resource management and application development. Coverage of data modeling and tools for application development provided by database management systems. Project work using a full-featured database management system. Pre-requisite: IS120. (3 credits)|
|IS381, 382. Topics in Information Systems||Short mini-courses providing an intensive introduction to an individual software package or type of software package. Topics include both end-user tools such as graphics software or desktop publishing, and IS professional tools such as CICS or robotics. May be repeated; no more than 4 credits allowed for any student. Pre-requisite: IS240 and consent of instructor. (1 credit)|
|IS390. MU Performance Consulting||
Students enrolled in IS390 are part of the MU Performance Consulting team, Millikin’s student-run IT firm. The course is an intentional fusion of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. This course provides students with the opportunity to work on and manage technology projects or assist with operating the venture. Technology projects for clients include database design, system analysis, and application development. This course meets the student-run venture requirement for associated majors. Pre-requisites: IS240 or consent of instructor. (1 credit)
|IS391, 392. Practicum in Computer Applications||A supervised campus or community experience entailing work on one or several projects to support end-user computing. Projects include evaluating software packages for possible University purchase, developing and evaluating software documentation, providing training assistance to faculty in classroom settings, organizing and presenting workshops for other students on commonly used software packages, or providing assistance to an organization in implementing a computerized system. May be repeated; no more than 3 credits allowed for any student. Pre-requisite: IS240 and consent of instructor. (1 credit)|
|IS470. Business Intelligence and Big Data||An in-depth study of various aspects of data collection, data extraction, and knowledge discovery on the Web for e-business intelligence and other massive databases. Data mining is the process of automatic discovery of patterns, changes, associations and anomalies in massive databases. This course will provide an introduction to the main topics in data mining and knowledge discovery. Emphasis will be laid on the algorithmic and systems issues, as well as application for mining in real-world problems. Pre-requisite: IS120 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)|
|IS471, 472. Information Systems Internship||A cooperative course between the University and selected businesses to develop further the professional training of Information Systems majors. Combination of work experience and written reports. Pre-requisite: consent of Information Systems coordinator. (1-3 credits)|