Information Systems

The Information Systems specialization teaches the application of computers to business problems. The program provides in-depth study of the use of the systems approach, methods of systems design, and the application of the computer as a functional tool within an organization.

Students of this program can analyze an organization's information needs, plan a computer-based delivery system to meet these needs, and direct the implementation and operation of the system.

The IS specialization at BGSU ranks #24 among all public universities and #50 among all universities (BusinessWeek).

Career Opportunities

  • Abundant opportunities for employment in the rapidly expanding area of computer-based information systems.
  • Since the failure of most computer-based information systems is not technical in nature but arises from the inability of individuals to design and use the systems properly, continued high demand for graduates trained in information systems is expected.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
    • Computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
    • 667,600 new jobs in the IT space will grow between 2020 and 2020, with greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.
  • Career Path (typical):
    • Begin as programmer/analysts
    • Move on to positions of responsibility in management.
  • Industry include consulting, industry, government, and education.

Increasingly society is relying upon computer-based systems and the professionals who design and control them.

The recruitment of students in information systems has been extremely heavy in recent years. The Schmidthorst College of Business is a leading supplier of entry-level systems professionals.

Check your Undergraduate Catalog for Prerequisites.

Program Requirements

  • A grade of "C" or better must be earned in each course required for the IS specialization.

Please see the Schmidthorst College of Business Specialization Checksheets

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Business Administration are expected to be able to:

Goal 1: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate competency in business knowledge and its application

Outcomes: Students will -

  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental knowledge in accounting, economics, finance, business statistics, operations & supply chain management, business law, organizational behavior, marketing, information technology, management science, and global strategy.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using business-related software applications.
  • Demonstrate competency in integrating knowledge across business disciplines.

Goal 2: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate competency in applying appropriate problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills.

Outcome: Students will -

  • Identify a business problem, develop and critically evaluate alternative solutions, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Assess the outcomes of a course of action and make appropriate adjustments.

Goal 3: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills

Outcomes: Students will -

  • Effectively write a business document.
  • Make effective oral presentations in both individual and team settings.
  • Demonstrate the understanding and application of teamwork.

Goal 4: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will recognize the ethical aspects of business.

Outcomes: Students will -

  • Recognize the context of the ethical situation (economic, legal or cultural).
  • Define the ethical responsibilities of business organizations.
  • Describe the ramifications of unethical behavior.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Business Administration program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is in good standing. For more accreditation information, click here

The Business Administration program, Accounting specialization, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is in good standing. For more accreditation information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Business Administration program does not lead to professional licensure.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Business Administration program, Accounting specialization, leads to professional licensure. For more professional licensure information, click here.

Gainful Employment 

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Business Administration program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Specializations:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Analytics and Intelligence
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Individualized business 
  • Information systems
  • Information systems, auditing, and control
  • Insurance
  • International business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales and Services Marketing
  • Supply chain management

Updated: 04/29/2022 08:13PM