BS in Information Systems

Bachelor of Science 2012-2013

Information Systems

Students majoring in BS Information Systems develop the ability to use technology to address the operational, tactical, and strategic challenges facing business, nonprofit, and government organizations. Students develop background in usability and information assurance. Common long-term career positions for IS majors include Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Information Technology Manager / Director, IT Project Manager, and IT Consultant. Job prospects for these positions are excellent, as many IS experts are due to retire over the next five years and the ability to outsource these positions is low.
Online Learning Options
Many courses are available for review and playback via the CDM Course Online playback system (COL). If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. Some undergraduate courses are offered online. However, CDM currently does not offer any undergraduate program completely online. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 192 credit hours (generally 48 courses)
  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in WRD 103, WRD 104, and all Major and Minor courses
  • Earn a grade of D or higher in all other Liberal Studies and Open Elective courses
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • Between 3.500 and 3.699 will be graduated cum laude
  • Between 3.700 and 3.849 will be graduated magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will be graduated summa cum laude
For DePaul's policy on repeat courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Undergraduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.
Course Requirements
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is the general education portion of the curriculum at DePaul University. Students must earn a grade of D or better in all courses taken to satisfy these requirements. The only exception is the Capstone course which is considered also a major requirement and in which students need to earn a C- or better.

Students may choose to take some CDM courses that carry Liberal Studies credit but they cannot double count them if they are part of the major requirements. A complete list of courses that carry Liberal Studies credit can be found on the Liberal Studies website along with an overview of the Liberal Studies requirements for this program. Students can search for courses that satisfy a particular Liberal Studies requirement on campusconnect.

Note Students must complete an ethics class as one of the Philosophical Inquiry or Religious Dimensions requirements. In this sample schedule the ethics requirement replaces one of the Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

The representation of these course requirements on a year-by-year basis is just a suggestion. Students are free to take these courses in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course- specific prerequisites.

First Year
IS 201 Introduction to Information Systems
IT 130 Introductory Computing for the Web IT 130 Self-Test
IT 240 Introduction to Databases IT 240 Self-Test
IT 263 Applied Networks and Security
ISM 210 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
1 Arts & Literature
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
Second Year
IS 215 Analysis and Design Techniques IS 215 Self-Test
IT 223 Data Analysis IT 223 Self-Test
IT 320 Content Management Systems
IS 324 Enterprise Architecture
IS 280 Communication for the Global IT Professional
IS 370 IT Applications in Business
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Arts & Literature
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Self, Society and the Modern World
1 Scientific Inquiry
1 Philosophical Inquiry (Ethics)
Third Year
IT 231 Web Development I
OR ECT 310 Internet Application Development
IS 372 Software Project Management
IS 373 Introduction to Enterprise Systems
1 Major Elective
4 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Junior Year Experiential Learning
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Arts & Literature
Fourth Year
IT 238 Interactive Web Scripting
IS 375 Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
CNS 340 Fundamentals of Information Assurance
IS 376 Information Systems Project (Capstone)
IS 371 Introduction to IT System Management
2 Major Electives
3 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Understanding the Past
Major Electives
Major Electives can be chosen from any 200 or 300 level CNS, CSC, ECT, IS, ISM, IT, SE, or TDC courses. Students are encouraged, but not required, to select all Major Elective courses from one of the below competency lists.
  • Competency in Management Applications
    IS 356 Business Intelligence Systems
    IS 380 Essentials of Technology Entrepreneurship
    IS 379 Virtual Software Teams
    ECT 355 Internet Systems: Collaboration, Commerce, and Media
  • Competency in Government, Regulation, and Compliance
    IS 344 IT Auditing
    CNS 228 Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Information Security
    CNS 355 Physical and IT Security Convergence
    CNS 366 Critical Infrastructure and Control Systems Cybersecurity
    CNS 378 Host Based Security
    TDC 377 Fundamentals of Network Security
  • Competency in User Interaction
    ISM 360 User-Centered Evaluation
    ISM 270 User-Centered Web Design
  • Competency in Software Development
    ECT 310 Internet Application Development
    OR IT 231 Web Development I
    IT 211 Introduction to Applied Programming
    IT 212 Applied Oo Programming
    IT 232 Web Development II
    IT 330 User Interface Development for Interactive Systems
    IT 313 Advanced Application Development
    ECT 330 Advanced Internet Application Development
    ECT 360 Introduction to Xml

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all major elective courses.

Open Electives
Open Electives may be taken from any unit at DePaul. These are the only courses that may be taken under the pass/fail option (see the DePaul Undergraduate Course Catalog for details). Students must earn a grade of D or higher in all open elective courses. Courses that satisfy a CDM minor or other minors are normally credited as open electives.