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ASB: Information Systems (B.S.)


Convener: Faculty:
Constance Crawford Timothy Burns
Yuan Gao
Stephen I. Klein
Cherie Sherman
Alexander Vengerov


About the Major

The Information Systems (IS) Program involves the study of computer-based information systems and their use in modern organizations. The program seeks to graduate students who, can effectively communicate, have developed conceptual, analytical, critical reasoning and problem solving skills, have become well-versed in the content components of information systems and technology, have developed the information technology (IT) skills necessary for today's business environment, and have broadened knowledge of the global business environment and IT as a strategic resource.

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 electronic commerce, decision support systems, wireless and Internet-based technologies, and computer law and ethics. The IS Program follows the suggested most recent IS 2002 model curriculum, a collaborative effort of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Association for Information Systems (AIS), and Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) organizations. It is the most generally accepted curriculum by information systems program planners in undergraduate colleges.

The IS Program recognizes that contemporary information systems are both technical and social in nature and are an integral part of the strategy, goals, and objectives of an organization. The curriculum prepares students with the skills, knowledge, and business principles to understand and appreciate the economic, social, political, cultural, and technological environment so they will become responsible, effective leaders in the global economy. To this end, the program includes studies of accounting, business law, finance, management, marketing, and statistics. All students in the Anisfield School of Business also complete courses in economics, ethics, organizational theory and behavior, and an integrative strategic management course.

Information Systems students are taught by practitioner/scholars who expertly blend real world experience with academic theory. Much of the instruction takes place in computer networked laboratories where concepts are reinforced with hands-on computer learning. The labs are upgraded every 2-3 years with the most current hardware and software technologies.  Students have e-mail accounts for communicating among themselves, instructors, and others, and have access to the features of the Internet, WebCT, and Luminis, the Ramapo College information portal.

Ramapo graduates completing the Information Systems program face favorable employment prospects for positions as information technology professionals in business and other organizations. At almost every level in business, industry, and government, information systems are of crucial importance with continuously growing demand for information systems professionals. Career opportunities 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 Anisfield School of Business and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Rules of Acceptance into the Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Information Systems, and International Business Majors, see "About the School."

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
INTD 101 [W] FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101 or 110 or 121
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES CATEGORY OR
  [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
ANISFIELD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY
ECON 101 MICROECONOMICS
ECON 102 INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS
SELECT ONE International Category Course:
IBUS 326 FUNDAMENTALS OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
IBUS 305 POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT
IBUS 321 CHINA AND OTHER BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS IN ASIA
IBUS 340 EUROPEAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY
ECON 323 COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
ECON 325 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
SELECT ONE Organizational Category Course:
MGMT 302 MANAGING ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
SELECT ONE Ethics Category Course:
INFO 315 COMPUTER LAW AND ETHICS
BADM 301 ETHICS IN BUSINESS
INFORMATION SYSTEMS MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
  PROFESSIONAL CORE:
ACCT 221 PRINCIPLES-FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
ACCT 222 PRINCIPLES-MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
BADM 223 BUSINESS LAW I
INFO 224 PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
BADM 225 MANAGEMENT STATISTICS
MKTG 290 MARKETING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
FINC 301 CORPORATE FINANCE I
MGMT 370 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
BADM 495 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
  REQUIRED INFORMATION SYSTEMS COURSES:
INFO 231 SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
INFO 233 PROGRAMMING IN VISUAL BASIC
INFO 332 DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
INFO 335 NETWORKS AND DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING
INFO 441 MANAGING INFORMATION SYSTEMS
SELECT FOUR INFORMATION SYSTEMS COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING:
INFO 240 WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT
INFO 255 MULTIMEDIA WEB DESIGN
INFO 301 PROGRAMMING IN JAVA
INFO 315 COMPUTER LAW AND ETHICS
INFO 350 ADVANCED PROGRAMMING VISUAL BASIC
INFO 402 ADVANCED WEB DEVELOPMENT
INFO 422 DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
INFO 444 INTELLIGENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
INFO 450 TECHNOLOGY - ENHANCED BUSINESS

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor

The goal of the minor program in Information Systems (IS) is to provide Ramapo College students with an option to develop a competency in the field of information systems/technology which will complement their major program of study.  Students with a minor in Information Systems will be better prepared to work in their major fields since information systems/technology is an integral component of the world today.  A minor in Information Systems should have strong appeal for students majoring in accounting who are required to earn 150 credits of academic coursework in order to qualify for the CPA examination.

The minor program in Information Systems consists of five (5) information systems courses plus the prerequisite course INFO 224 Principles of Information Technology, a required course for all ASB students.

The program requirements are the following:

INFORMATION SYSTEMS MINOR

Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
Prerequisite Courses:
INFO 224 PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Required Courses:

INFO 231 SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
INFO 233 PROGRAMMING IN VISUAL BASIC
INFO 332 DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
INFO 335 NETWORKS AND DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING

Choose 1 courses from the following:

INFO 240 WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT
INFO 255 MULTIMEDIA WEB DESIGN
INFO 301 PROGRAMMING IN JAVA
INFO 315 COMPUTER LAW AND ETHICS
INFO 350 ADVANCED PROGRAMMING VISUAL BASIC
INFO 402 ADVANCED WEB DEVELOPMENT
INFO 422 DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
INFO 441 MANAGING INFORMATION SYSTEMS
INFO 444 INTELLIGENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
INFO 450 TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED BUSINESS

Note:  A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor.  Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.

For more information, please contact Professor Stephen Klein, Program Coordinator Information Systems, Room ASB-310, 201-68407375, sklein@ramapo.edu.


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