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Spring 2017 Catalog and Handbook 
Spring 2017 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

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Academic Director: Arthur O’Connor, PhD
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Email Contact: infosystems@sps.cuny.edu

The Program

A prime distinction between a good company and a great company is how well its information systems align with business goals. The CUNY SPS online BS in Information Systems degree program focuses on five components of information systems: processes, people, data, infrastructure, and design; and on the ways they combine to create agile and competitive organizations. The online BS in Information Systems program provides students with the practical knowledge to make sense of and contribute to the increasingly globalized and technology-driven business environment. The program’s online classes make it one of the most convenient IS degree options for working professionals and transfer students looking to complete their bachelor’s degree. And, as always, we provide the value, quality, and recognition that come with a CUNY degree.

Students in the BS in Information Systems program:

  • Develop core technical proficiency in programming, web and mobile app development, database design and management, enterprise applications and cloud computing, systems analysis and design, and networking and security
  • Customize the curriculum through a broad range of technical and application electives such as e-commerce, human resources, marketing, GIS, healthcare systems, computer forensics, data science, and business process redesign
  • Learn practical and high-demand skills through hands-on projects in every course
  • Cultivate a strong sense of innovation and entrepreneurship through courses in technology strategy and management as well as by developing their technology portfolio

The BS in Information Systems program’s core curriculum is based on industry guidelines set by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Association for Information Systems (AIS), and allows students to select one of two tracks: 1) General IS and 2) Management Information Systems (MIS). Online students who elect the general track can customize their own sequence of elective and context courses based on their specific career goals and personal passions. Context courses - a sequence of four thematically related classes - offer information systems students the opportunity to apply technology to an industry or discipline of their choice. Alternatively, students who participate in the MIS track follow a highly structured sequence of elective and context courses that focus on the most IS-intensive functions found in today’s business and government environments: logistics, supply chain management, data analytics, accounting, human resources, marketing, and e-commerce.

Program Requirements

120 credits are required for the online Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems.

  • General Education   - 39 credits required.
  • 63 credits in the Major, as follows:
    • 39 credits of core requirements
    • 12 credits from the track of the student’s choosing
    • 12 credits of context courses*
  • 18 credits from electives from the Information Systems curriculum or courses in other degree program.

*Context Courses are a way of organizing major electives to allow students to apply their technology expertise to a specific industry or field.


Students select one of the following three tracks:

General Track (Design Your Own Program)

Required Track Courses:

  • IS Electives: Students select any nine credits of Information Systems elective courses based on their own interests.
  • Context Courses: Students may take any 12 credits from a coherent grouping in a specific field that best fits each students’ interests. Advisors and faculty will be available to assist with forming the group of courses.

MIS Track

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