Information Systems (BS)

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology/Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Program Description

Students in this major apply their technical skills to presenting information in a usable and understandable way. They combine their IT techniques with web and Internet skills to make the information accessible in a user-friendly format. Web information is often drawn from a database which insures that the information is always current.

Students in this program will learn how to design and implement databases and how to plan for new and modified information systems. Project management skills are introduced, which enable a project to be kept on-budget and on-time. Students will also learn how to organize data to provide managers the tools to make better decisions.

Graduates from this program will be comfortable talking with the most technical professionals and the people who are producing the content that is being presented on the web. Their skills will enable them to make decisions about using the right web technology in the right business setting. They will produce results that move the organization forward and will become key professionals in making it successful.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the field of computer science.
  •  Students will demonstrate the ability to solve problems related to the program content.
  •  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and principles of software systems.
  •  Students will analyze, design and document a system component using appropriate computer science techniques and models.
  •  Students will make a formal presentation of a software system project including the demonstration of a working application.
  •  Students will demonstrate knowledge and apply principles of website design and development technologies.

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 57 required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

At least 18 of the required 36 computer science credit hours must be taken at Webster University.

All upper-level courses must be taken at Webster University.

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Required Courses

  • COSC 1550 Computer Programming I (3 hours)
  • COSC 1560 Computer Programming II (3 hours)
  • COSC 1570 Math for Computer Science (3 hours)
  • COSC 2610 Operating Systems (3 hours)
  • COSC 2670 Telecommunications (3 hours)
  • COSC 2810 Systems Analysis and Design (3 hours)
  • COSC 3410 Computer Security (3 hours)
  • COSC 3500 IT Project Management (3 hours)
  • COSC 3750 Decision Support Systems Concepts (3 hours)
  • COSC 4110 Database Concepts (3 hours)
  • COSC 4120 Database Applications (3 hours)
  • COSC 4810 Information System I (3 hours)
  • COSC 4820 Information System II (3 hours)

Students who do not have a second minor or certificate in web site design or web site development are required to take one set of the following courses:


Set 1

  • COAP 2100 Web Technology Principles (3 hours)
  • COAP 2130 Web Scripting (3 hours)
  • COAP 2180 Introduction to XML (3 hours)
  • COAP 3000 Advanced Web Scripting (3 hours)
  • COAP 3110 Interactive Site Development (3 hours)
  • COAP 3180 Web Databases (3 hours)

Set 2

  • COAP 2000 Introduction to Web Programming (3 hours)
  • COAP 2170 Usability and Accessibility (3 hours)
  • COAP 2120 Web Editors (3 hours)
  • COAP 2150 Design Principles I (3 hours)
  • COAP 3120 Designing with Style Sheets (3 hours)
  • COAP 3150 Design Principles II (3 hours)

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