About the Major
The Information Systems program involves the study of computer-based
information systems and their use in modern organizations. The
program focuses on the application of information technologies
and systems in business organizations to achieve a sustained
competitive advantage. In addition to studying the classical
subject areas of Systems Analysis and Design, Programming Languages,
Database Management Systems, Networks and Distributed Processing,
and Managing Information Systems, students can select from a
number of electives covering additional advanced topics including
computer graphics and web site development, artificial intelligence,
object-oriented technologies, wireless and Internet-based technologies,
and computer law and ethics.
The Information Systems program recognizes contemporary information
systems are both technical and social in nature. Information
Systems are an integral part of the strategy, goals, and objectives
of the organization, and the information systems professional
must have sufficient background to understand the functions
of an organization. To this end, the program includes studies
of accounting, business law, finance, management, marketing,
and statistics. All students in the School of Administration
and Business also must complete courses in economics, ethics
and organizational theory, and an integrative policy studies
The program develops in students the ability to solve problems,
work in groups, communicate effectively, apply analytical techniques,
be creative and recognize creativity in others, tolerate and
manage change, and understand the global business environment.
Information Systems students have access to advanced desktop
computer systems in computer networked, laboratory environments.
Much of the instruction takes place in these laboratories where
concepts are reinforced with hands-on computer learning. The
computer software available includes the most current versions
of programming languages, word processing, spreadsheets, data
management, graphics, statistics, desktop publishing, and multimedia
systems. Students have e-mail accounts for communicating among
themselves, instructors, and others, and have access to the
features of the Internet.
Ramapo graduates completing the Information Systems program
face favorable employment prospects, with high growth rates,
because of the increasing importance of information systems
in organizations today. At almost every level in business, industry,
and government, information systems are of crucial importance
and must be continuously managed, maintained, and developed
to enhance organization objectives.
Career opportunities for information systems professionals include
job titles such as applications programmer, systems analyst,
information systems designer, information systems manager, database
administrator, network administrator, information center specialist,
manager of information services, end-user computing support
specialist, web master, and computer consultant.
The Information Systems major is offered by the School of Administration
and Business and leads to a B.S. degree.
A minor in Information Systems in not available.
Double majors within SAB are not permitted, except with Economics.
Students who have graduated with a Business Administration (BS)
degree cannot return to undertake a second major in Information
The residency requirement is a minimum of 15 credits in Information
Systems Core and 13 credits in the Professional Core at Ramapo
For Acceptance into the Accounting, Business Administration,
Information Systems, and International Business Majors:
1. Students with less than 45 credits who indicate Accounting,
Business Administration, Information Systems or International
Business as their major will be accepted as provisional business
2. Provisional students are automatically evaluated at the end
of the semester they achieve 45 or more credits. Students must
have a 2.5 GPA or better at 45 credits for official acceptance
3. Students who have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or better at 45 credits
will receive written
notification of their acceptance into the School of Administration
Students with a GPA below 2.5 will be notified in writing to
Advisement Center to choose another major as well as their right
to submit an
Returning Ramapo Students and Transfer Students
1. Students transferring into Ramapo or with 45 or more credits
must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better to be accepted into
the School of Administration and Business.
2. Students transferring into Ramapo with less than 45 credits
will be accepted into SAB as
provisional students and evaluated on only their Ramapo credits
at the end of the semester
they achieve 45 or more credits. At least 15 credits must be
3. Transfer students or returning Ramapo students with 45 or
more credits and a GPA of less than 2.5 who have been out of
school for more than 3 years may be accepted as provisional
business students. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.5
or better for one semester (15 credits) in order to continue
For information on the 2.5 GPA Policy Appeals Process, see your
Business advisor or the SAB Unit secretary in Room A-233.