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Built on a solid foundation of a business and information technology (IT) curriculum, the major in information systems delivers a unique blend of business acumen, industry standards, and practical computing instruction. Students enjoy successful placement and satisfying careers because they possess both the in-depth knowledge of business processes and the ability to readily translate business requirements into value-added IT solutions. The curriculum is designed to prepare effective leaders in the design, development, and management of information systems—the lifeblood of a successful business model. Students learn how to use computer technologies to analyze business problems and processes in order to design and implement computer-based information systems which support business operations, decision-making, and planning. Career opportunities exist in management consulting and in industry in the areas of systems development, database administration, network management and as corporate information systems managers.

The major in information systems is administered by the Department of Operations and Information Management.

Related Student Organizations

Association of Information System Professionals
National Organization for Business and Engineering

Explore Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an excellent way to gain international experience that enhances your business education. Many students also consider a summer program or a short program embedded in a course. Students are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad section to learn more about study abroad opportunities and to meet with their academic advisor to discuss course planning. Please note that courses for the information systems major are not typically offered abroad. Common study abroad course options include core and breadth courses.

Q: How do I declare a major in information systems?

A: Students must be admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business in order to declare a major in information systems. Please visit our Admissions page for more information. Students indicate their intended major when they apply to the business school. If they are admitted, the major(s) indicated will be declared for them. Students may change their major by completing a Business Major Declaration Form. Turn completed forms in to the front desk in 3150 Grainger Hall.

Q: How do I cancel the information systems major?

A: Admitted business students may cancel their declared information systems major by completing a Business Major Declaration Form. Turn completed forms in to the front desk in 3150 Grainger Hall.

Q: What are common parallel plans related to information systems?

A: Students interested in information systems commonly pursue Computer Science (College of Letters and Science) as a parallel plan. Students are encouraged to contact the Cross College Advising Service (http://www.ccas.wisc.edu/) or the appropriate school/college for advising related to this or other majors.

Q: How do I run a DARS report for the information systems major?

A: Please see the following link for information on how to run a DARS report.

Q: Is it possible to double major?

A: Admitted business students may select up to a maximum of three business majors. Students also have the option of selecting one additional major in the College of Letters & Science (L&S). To declare an additional major in L&S, students should meet with an advisor for the L&S major and complete the L&S Major Declaration Form. Students should turn in the completed and signed form to 3150 Grainger Hall. Timely degree completion with multiple majors will depend on an individual student’s situation.

The following requirements must be met in order to complete a major in Information Systems. For detailed course descriptions, please consult the Course Guide.

Please be aware of stated prerequisites for major courses (including business core courses) that need to be completed before taking the course. Specific prerequisites can be found using the Course Guide.

Students must be admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business to complete a major in Information Systems.

Suggested Electives Related to Information Systems

Information Systems Analysis and Design
Civ Engr 357 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, 4 cr
Comp Sci 540 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, 3 cr
Gen Bus 304 Intermediate Business Statistics, 3 cr 
Info Sys 365 Contemporary Topics (other than the topic course chosen above), 3 cr
ISyE 349 Introduction to Human Factors, 3 cr
ISyE 575 Introduction to Quality Engineering, 3 cr
ISyE 617 Health Information Systems, 3 cr
Marketing 310 Marketing Research, 3 cr
Marketing 427 Enterprise Systems and Supply Chain Management, 3 cr 
OTM 411 Operations Research II, 3 cr
OTM 654 Production Planning and Control, 3 cr

IT Infrastructure Operations and Management
Comp Sci 354 Machine Organization and Programming, 4 cr
Comp Sci 364 Introduction to Data Base Management Systems, 3 cr
Comp Sci 537 Introduction to Operating Systems, 3 cr
Comp Sci 547 Computer Systems Modeling Fundamentals, 3 cr
Comp Sci 564 Database Management Systems: Design and Implementation, 3 cr
Comp Sci 640 Introduction to Computer Networks, 3 cr
OTM 410 Operations Research I, 3 cr
OTM 451 Service Operations Management, 3 cr
OTM 640 Business Logistics Analysis, 3 cr
OTM 654 Production Planning and Control, 3 cr

E-Business Management
Acct I S 301 Financial Reporting I, 3 cr
Acct I S 310 Cost Management Systems, 3 cr
Acct I S 340 Accounting Systems, 3 cr
Acct I S 630 Audit and Assurance Services, 3 cr
Acct I S 631 Information Technology, Risk and Assurance Services, 3 cr
MHR 420 Organization and Management Processes, 3 cr
MHR 421 Management: Decisions, Implementation and Control, 3 cr
MHR 422 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship, 3 cr
MHR 423 Strategic Management, 3 cr
OTM 451 Service Operations Management, 3 cr
Info Sys/ISyE/OTM 671 E-Business: Technologies, Strategies, and Applications, 3 cr
Info Sys/ISyE/OTM 672 E-Business Transformation: Design, Analysis, and Justification, 3 cr

Robert Batt
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., MBA, BA

Mark Finster
Associate Professor
Ph.D., BS

Donald Harmatuck
Emeritus - Teaching
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., MBA, BS

Donald Hausch
Associate Dean for Evening and Executive MBA Programs
Ph.D., MS, BS

Sung Kim
Associate Professor
Ph.D., MS, BS

Rafael Lazimy
Associate Professor

Timothy McClurg
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., MBA, BS

James Morris
Emeritus - Teaching
Department Chair for Operations and Information Management

Jordan Tong
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., BA

Dharmaraj Veeramani
Affiliate Member in Operations and Information Management

Urban Wemmerlöv
Executive Director Erdman Center for Operations & Technology Management, Professor
Ph.D., MS, BS, MS

Information systems professionals help clients address some of their most complex business problems through the effective use of technology.  They see pathways to solutions of highly complex technical issues and are key leaders in conceptualizing and sourcing the best solutions.   Information systems professionals collect, store and analyze information and data to assist organizations and departments in executing business initiatives and making informed decisions.   Additionally, they use hardware, software, technology infrastructure combined with input from internal or external clients to develop tools to solve and track business objectives.

Business Analyst Overview

Business Analysts examine business processes, requirements, problems and opportunities in order to help determine how new IT solutions can yield improved products and services.  They review system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations to determine if requested information services are possible within an existing system.  They may examine how users interact with a system or how the user experience can be improved. Often they will need to assess potential IT systems to calculate a return on investment for implementation of a new system.

Possible Job Responsibilities

  • Serve as liaison between business users and technical team
  • Work with users to understand business processes and reporting needs and translate them into technical specs and solutions
  • Facilitate system design, validation, and training sessions
  • Assess impact of new software releases, system upgrades, and patches
  • Provide cost vs. return on IT projects

Essential Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Communication & interpersonal
  • Problem-solving
  • Technical knowledge
  • Holistic view of business

Systems Analysis & Design Overview

System Analysts use a combination of business acumen and computer programming skills to plan, develop, test and document computer programs.  They evaluate new or modified programs to determine feasibility, costs, time requirements, and compatibility with current system capabilities within an organization.

Possible Job Responsibilities

  • Create and modify reports in MS SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
  • Develop and support enhancements for MS Sharepoint
  • Translate system requirements into programming code
  • Identify, test, debug and resolve software performance issues
  • Work closely with the design team to validate the design

Essential Skills

  • Technical knowledge
  • Communication & interpersonal
  • Analytical
  • Problem-solving
  • Creativity

Project Lead/Manager Overview

Project managers coordinate a business project from inception to rollout often serving as a liaison between the client and software developers.  The project manager sets goals, prioritizes tasks and measures progress.

Possible Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for client engagements from the planning phase through implementation and delivery
  • Determine the scope of client engagements, allocate resources to implementation teams, and determine work schedules
  • Meet client deadlines
  • Interact extensively with clients, developers, and outside departments
  • Design performance and expense comparisons
  • Ensure accuracy and quality of client deliverables

Essential Skills

  • Leadership
  • Holistic understanding of business
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Technical knowledge
  • Time and goal management

Consulting Overview

Technology consultants are hired by businesses to help organizations utilize technology to manage information, data and operations efficiently.  They may also be responsible for user training and incorporating user feedback to improve software or technological systems.

Possible Job Responsibilities

  • Assist companies with implementing and launching new technology packages such as SAP and PeopleSoft, Retek, or custom-built systems into their business practices
  • Assisting in development and testing of new business processes, capabilities, and, as appropriate, their supporting technologies
  • Perform application design activities (e.g., writing functional designs)
  • Perform portions of technology architecture and infrastructure design activities
  • Perform portions of technology build, test and deployment activities

Essential Skills

  • Communication & interpersonal
  • Analytical
  • Adaptability
  • Willingness to travel (possible)

Meet the academic and career advisors for Information Systems.

Nicole Bollig
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Amanda Truppe
Undergraduate Career Advisor

Please visit the advising page for information on advising and appointments.