Information Science and Business Administration, BS

The information science and business combined major provides a technical degree with a strong grounding in business. Information science combines concepts and skills from computer science, behavioral and social science, and system design into an integrated, people-centered curriculum. You’ll complete most of the requirements of a business major, including macroeconomics and microeconomics, while studying how information is acquired, organized, communicated, and used by both people and computers.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
CS 1210Computer Science/Information Science Overview 2: Co-op Preparation1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
or CS 1801 Recitation for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
Information Science Required Courses
IS 2000Principles of Information Science4
IS 3500Information System Design and Development4
IS 4800Empirical Research Methods4
Computer Science Senior Seminar
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1

Business Courses

Required Business Courses
ACCT 1201Financial Accounting and Reporting4
ACCT 2301Managerial Accounting4
FINA 2201Financial Management4
ORGB 3201Organizational Behavior4
MKTG 2201Introduction to Marketing4
MGSC 2301Business Statistics4
Choose one of the following: 1
STRT 4501Strategy in Action4
STRT 4514Internal Case Competition Challenge4
STRT 4516External Case Competition Challenge4
1

Strategy in Action (STRT 4501), Internal Case Competition Challenge (STRT 4514), and External Case Competition Challenge (STRT 4516) all satisfy the capstone requirement. 

Business Concentration

Complete a four-course business concentration from the following list. Requirements for the concentrations are listed below.

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Integrative Requirement

MISM 3305Information Resource Management4
MISM 3404Data Communications4

Supporting Courses

Mathematics
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
or MATH 1231 Calculus for Business and Economics
Economics
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECON 1116Principles of Microeconomics4
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights

Computer Science Writing Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete four general electives.16

Business Cooperative Education Requirement

Complete one six-month co-op experience.

Information Science GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

Business GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in business courses

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Writing in the First Year
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone

Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required


Business Concentrations 

Concentration in Accounting 

Required Courses
ACCT 3401Financial Reporting and Analysis 14
ACCT 4501Financial Reporting and Analysis 24
Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Accounting Information Systems
Strategic Cost Analysis for Decision Making
Auditing and Other Assurance Services
Income Tax Determination and Planning

Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Note: The following courses do not count toward this concentration:
The Entrepreneurial Universe
Business Economic History of South Africa
Business, Economics, and History of Hispaniola and Latin America
Field Research in Sustainable Business
Field Research in Sustainable Energy in Iceland
Family Business in Italy
Management Consulting Abroad
Development Practice and Global Citizenship in India
Introductory Course
ENTR 2301Innovation!4
or ENTR 2303 Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling
Capstone Course
Complete one of the following:4
Business Planning for Technology Ventures
Business Planning for Small and Medium Enterprises
Entrepreneurial Growth Strategy for Technology Ventures
Advanced Studies in Social Enterprise
Electives
Note: Only one non-ENTR course may be used as an elective.
Complete two of the following:8
Global Social Enterprise
Understanding Family Enterprise
Social Responsibility of Business in an Age of Inequality
Innovation! (if not used as introductory course)
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling (if not used for introductory course)
Social Impact Investing: Connecting Compassion and Capital
Innovation for Social Change
Global Family Business Leadership
Microfinance: Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Developing World
International Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consulting
Entrepreneurial Strategy and Business Model Design
Global Entrepreneurship
Microfinance and Economic Development in Latin America
Base of Pyramid Innovation
Sustainability in the Latin American Business Environment
Lean Design and Development for Entrepreneurs
Resource Management and Renewable Energy in Iceland
Family Business: A Global Perspective
Management of Operations and Growth in Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Managing Operations in a Technology-Based Startup Firm
Entrepreneurship and Intrapraneurship in Innovation-Driven Markets
Impact Investing and Social Finance
Corporate Entrepreneurship through Global Growth, Acquisitions, and Alliances
Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development in India
Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, and Private Equity
Negotiating in Business

Concentration in Finance

Required Course
FINA 3301Corporate Finance4
or FINA 3303 Investments
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Impact Investing and Social Finance
Sustainability in the Business Environment
Corporate Finance (if not selected as a required course)
Investments (if not selected as a required course)
Working Capital Management
Issues in Corporate Governance
International Financial Management
Valuation and Value Creation
Personal Financial Planning
Mergers and Acquisitions
Financial Risk Management
Investment Banking
Real Estate Finance
Risk Management and Insurance
Credit Analysis
Core Topics in Alternative Investments
Special Topics in Finance
Turnaround Management
Fixed-Income Securities
Advanced Financial Strategy
Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, and Private Equity

Concentration in Management

Required Course
MGMT 4501Skills for Managerial Success4
Electives
Note: Only one non-MGMT course may be used as an elective.
Complete three of the following:12
Negotiating in Business
Developing Leaders for Global Sustainability
Managing Healthcare Organizations: Critical Challenges and New Approaches
Leading and Managing Change
Managing Human Capital
Social Networks and Organizations
Managing Global Teams Virtually and Locally
Project Management
The Management Practices of Great Organizations
Human Resources and Workforce Analytics
Leadership Seminar
Understanding Family Enterprise
Social Responsibility of Business in an Age of Inequality
Corporate Entrepreneurship through Global Growth, Acquisitions, and Alliances

Concentration in Marketing

Required Courses
MKTG 3401Marketing Research4
MKTG 3301Marketing Management4
or MKTG 4506 Consumer Behavior
Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Marketing and Society
Marketing Management (if not selected as a required course)
Marketing Analytics
Retailing
Sales Management
Marketing in the Service Sector
Advertising and Brand Promotion
Consumer Behavior (if not selected as a required course)
Digital Marketing
New Product Development
International Marketing

Concentration in Supply Chain Management

Required Courses
SCHM 3301Global Supply Chain Strategy4
SCHM 3305Sourcing and Procurement4
SCHM 3310Logistics and Transportation Management4
Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Supply Chain Analytics
Demand Planning and Forecasting
Sustainability and Supply Chain Management
Advanced Problems in Supply Chain Management

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5ACCT 12014Vacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 32004MATH 1341 or 12314 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5ECON 11164  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
ECON 11154   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
IS 20004IS 35004MKTG 22014Co-op
CS 35004CS 48004FINA 22014 
ACCT 23014Business concentration 14  
MGSC 23014Elective4  
 CS 12101  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opBusiness concentration 24ORGB 32014Co-op
 MISM 33054Elective4 
 Business concentration 34  
 Computing and social issues4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-opIS 48004STRT 45014 
 ENGW 33024Elective4 
 Business concentration 44  
 MISM 34044  
 0 16 8 
Total Hours: 134

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 2510
and CS 2511
5Vacation0Vacation0
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5CS 32004  
CS 12001ECON 11164  
ECON 11154Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
IS 20004IS 35004Vacation0Co-op0
CS 35004ACCT 23014  
ACCT 12014Elective4  
MGSC 23014CS 48004  
 CS 12101  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0MISM 34044ORGB 32014Co-op0
 FINA 22014MKTG 22014 
 MATH 13414  
 ENGW 33024  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0IS 48004Elective4Co-op0
 MISM 33054Elective4 
 Business concentration 14  
 Business concentration 24  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0STRT 45014  
 Business concentration 34  
 Computing and social issues4  
 Business concentration 44  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134