Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Information Systems, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Use written, oral and electronic methods for effective communication.  The student will be able to:
    • Participate effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
    • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences using various mechanisms, formally or informally with excellent oral, written, and listening skills.
    • Analyze, and incorporate diverse ideas and broader perspectives represented in the diversity of people.
    • Demonstrate persistence, flexibility, curiosity, creativity, risk taking, and a tolerance of these abilities in others.
    • Devise effective user interfaces for information systems.
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibilities: Discern and articulate the impact of technologies on society. The student will be able to:
    • Understand professional responsibilities in terms of the ethical, legal, security and social aspects of any given problem and its solution. 
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the cognitive, social, legal, ethical, diversity, and security perspectives surrounding a given problem.
    • Assess the impact of information systems and associated technologies on individuals, groups, organizations, society, and the world for the purpose of making informed decisions from a sociological, governmental, legal, and/or security perspective.
    • Critically evaluate and possibly act on current ethical issues in the IS field.
    • Apply IS professional codes of conduct.
  • Information Technology: Have proficient use of computers and software to manage information statistical analysis, spreadsheet, database and other appropriate applications.
    • Understand, apply and adapt various problem-solving strategies, using appropriate technology and methods.
    • Identify information systems problems and/or opportunities in terms of the human, organizational, informational and technology dimensions.
    • Analyze issues surrounding the problem and/or opportunity in terms of the human, organizational, informational, and technology dimensions; and determine the requirements appropriate to understanding the situation.
    • Design systems, architectures, processes, components, or programs to meet desired needs of the human context at varying levels of analysis (e.g., individual, group, organization, society, and/or world).
    • Evaluate the success of systems, architecture, processes, components, or programs intended to meet desired needs of the human context at varying levels of analysis (e.g., individual, group, organization, society, and/or world).
  • Professional Proficiency: Evaluate the necessary skills and knowledge to meet professional competencies as information systems professionals and global citizens. The student will be able to:
    • Define the history and vocabulary unique to information systems professionals.
    • Understand and apply the interdisciplinary, theoretical knowledge of information systems.
    • Define and explain the core concepts, principles, processes, and theories within the academic major of IS.
    • Apply the core concepts of the academic majors of IS to real-world problems.
    • Collaborate with other professionals as well as perform successfully at the individual level.

Related Links

Information Systems, BS Program Page

Healthcare Administration and Information Systems Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
Core GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements54-56

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
MATH 113Mathematics as a Liberal Art (or higher, recommended)3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46


Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements 

  • 27 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 27 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Management Information System Courses
MIS 210Productivity Software 13
or CPSC 210 Productivity Software
Select one of the following:3
Information Systems Application Development 1
Introduction to Computing and Programming 1
Programming Principles 1
MIS 300Challenges of Computer Technology 13
or CPSC 300 Challenges of Computer Technology
MIS 323Data Base Systems 13
or CPSC 323 Fundamentals of Database Systems
MIS 353Business Data Communications and Technologies 13
MIS 413Systems Analysis 13
MIS 443Project Management 13
MIS 453Fundamentals of Enterprise Architecture 13
Required Math Courses
ECON 219Business Analytics I 23
or MGMT 219 Business Analytics I
ECON 319Business Analytics II 23
or MGMT 319 Business Analytics II
Required Business Environment Courses
ACCT 209Financial Accounting 13
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics 13
or ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
MGMT 320Operations Management I 13
MGMT 351Organizational Behavior 13
MIS 265Management Information Systems 13
Select one of the following seven areas below:9-10
Total Hours54-55


Select one of the following:3
MRKT 338E-Commerce 13
or MGMT 352 Operations Management II
Upper division 23
Select one of the following:3
Upper division 2
Internship 1
Total Hours12

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GES 115Introduction to Geospatial Technologies 13
GES 325Introduction to Geographic Information Science 13
GES 315Cartography I 13
Select one of the following:3
Remote Sensing 1
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 1
Internship 1
Total Hours12

Health Care Administration Management

HCAM 230US Healthcare Systems3
MIS 403Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems 13
Select one of the following:3
HCAM 300/400 level
Any upper division HCAM course 1,2
Internship 1
Internship-Health Care Administration & Management
Total Hours9


CPSC 246Advanced Programming Principles 13
CPSC 374Algorithms and Data Structures 13
Select one of the following:3
CPSC 300/400 level
Any upper division CPSC course not used above 1
Internship 1
Total Hours9


SAFE 118Introduction to Safety 13
SAFE 418Security in the Workplace 13
Select one of the following:3
MGMT 354Human Resources Management 13
or MIS 450 Internship
Total Hours12


CPSC 301Practical Computer Security3
or MIS 301 Practical Computer Security
MIS 333Introduction to Computer Forensics 13
or CPSC 333 Introduction to Computer Forensics
Select one of the following:3
MIS 401Information Systems Security 13
or MIS 450 Internship
Total Hours12

Web Technologies

CPSC 217Structured and Dynamic Web Programming 13
CPSC 337Intoduction to Web Graphics 13
Select one of the following:3
Scripting Languages 1
E-Commerce 1
Internship 1
Total Hours9

Digital Media

Select three of the following:9
Interactive Multimedia 1
Interactive Multimedia 2
Social Media
Total Hours9

Big Data

MIS 328Exploring Big Data for Business I3
MIS 423Advanced Business Database Systems3
MIS 428Exploring Bib Data for Business II3
Total Hours9

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
UCC 04.21.20
Revised 09.16.20