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information systems.

B.B.A. Degree in Business Administration
(Information Systems Concentration)

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Business Degree Concentration in Information Systems


The Information Systems technology program at Catawba College enables working adults to be enrolled as full-time students while attending hybrid classes with face-to-face meetings one evening a week (Thursday) and one Monday evening per month. If you prefer more flexibility, you can complete this degree fully online from any place with internet access — work, home, hotel, your favorite coffee shop, and in between your children's games.

Information technology and systems graduates face a growing robust job market with high average income. Catawba's adult student technology graduates combine technology skills and business management skills that are highly desirable by industry, leading to outstanding flexibility in high-paying job markets.



The Bachelor of Business Administration business degree concentration in Information Systems at Catawba College is designed for the working adult in a technology career, or someone who aspires to enter the fast-growing technology departments of larger companies, or someone who wants to understand how to use technology in any business department. You will learn about data mining, data warehousing, knowledge discovery, networks, security, programming, app development, project management, web development, and analytics, some of the hottest technology job markets.

The Information Systems technology concentration also works well with the Business Management concentration, providing sort of a double-major for a stronger resume for high-income career advancement. Being a technology expert is important and knowing how data and systems can support all functions of business is critical. Having the breadth to manage a technology team provides long-term career growth.  The added Business Management concentration can often be completed by replacing electives with concentration courses — a true gain for the graduate who ends up with a stronger resume.

information systems career forecast

Catawba's Business graduates oversee technology departments, provide systems and data support, provide data analysis and database management, manage online businesses, and complete project management roles. Small local companies need broad-based experts who can use technology across departments, and larger companies need broad-based experts to manage teams of specialists.

Information Systems graduates from Catawba College are team leaders, managers, directors, and vice presidents. The broad-based Bachelor of Business Administration degree provides the working adult student the knowledge in multiple areas of business needed to make better decisions that help any organization reach its objectives. The information systems technology focus provides a critical area of expertise for all organizations — data is everywhere. A graduate who only knows one function of a business has limited potential; a graduate who knows all functions of a business has unlimited potential.

Your resume will become a powerful tool in your career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the computer information and technology sector will increase by approximately 22% through the year 2020, and the working adult student already has work experience valued by employers. 


information systems program highlights

The Information Systems degree program at Catawba College is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), meaning the courses we teach, the way we teach them, and the resources we provide to students in Catawba’s Ketner School of Business adhere to business world best practices. It also means that our faculty constant assess and improve their teaching styles and their curricula to stay in sync with the latest trends and cycles in business.

Catawba College Evening Students
Flexibility & Support.

We support full-time adult students and part-time adult students. Catawba's business degree is flexible to match your schedule and your career goals. You can go to school year round, or take the summer off. You can also take a month off during a semester, and still be a full-time student for financial aid. Our adult business program is designed to give you valuable skills and a strong resume for career advancement. Our Office of Career Services can assist you with your resume to showcase your current employment and your coursework. 

Dr. Pamela Thompson teaches Information Systems
Real-World Experience.

The faculty at Catawba College bring real-world projects into the classroom, including instruction applicable to popular industry technology certifications. As one example, Information Systems professor, Dr. Pamela Thompson, is conducting research on shark attacks in North Carolina using the same data analytics models you will study her courses. These models can be applied to almost any sequence of events to determine patterns — if they exist. 

Catawba College Evening Student Assisted by Faculty Member
True, Personal Attention.

We believe in small class size; our biggest classes have 24 students. We value personal attention because you value personal attention. You are never left to learn on your own; our faculty are your partners throughout your business degree at Catawba College.

Catawba College Evening Students in Class
High-Touch Environment.

In a time when many programs focus on large self-taught online courses with feedback weeks later, Catawba's hybrid courses have weekly time with your faculty member. Even our online courses have continuous interaction, coaching, and mentoring from the faculty. The faculty for our adult program are carefully selected based on their commitment to the working adult student who has many other responsibilities — and our faculty respond to you in hours and not days. Their focus is on helping you as a busy student succeed, while providing new knowledge and skills that can be taken immediately into your workplace. Many of our students are nervous about returning to school after 2 or 20 or more years. We understand that, and we are here to help.

Catawba College Evening Students in Class
Capstone Simulation Experience.

In addition to focused technology courses, the Information Systems degree concentration program concludes with a capstone simulation experience where you operate a virtual business for a semester. You will make strategic and operational decisions in marketing, production, and budgeting. This interactive gaming experience allows you to “put it all together” and hone your new knowledge and skills in a challenging yet safe learning environment. If you miss your forecast, the instructor coaches and mentors you before the next decisions. The result is an opportunity to test your ideas without the risk that comes on the job.

Catawba College Evening student graduate

Catawba helps busy working adults in Charlotte maintain full-time employment and earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the same time through flexible evening and online classes at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

Catawba College Evening student graduate
Scholarships & Aid.

fun fact: it's hard to beat 100%!

Our 2017 graduating class had a unique celebration: 100% had transferred in credits from one or more other colleges. Every one of them had started someplace else, and then life happened. They all finished their degree here, where they found a degree program designed to help them reach their educational goal. We try very hard to be the best choice for transfer students, and it’s hard to get better than 100%. 

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Many of Catawba's technology degree graduates seek promotions at their current place of employment because they have hit a ceiling without a bachelor's degree. Our Information Systems majors get promoted before they graduate based on courses already completed, rising from staff to supervisory positions, and from supervision to management.

Both students and graduates seeking new job opportunities can work with the Catawba College Career Services office to develop a resume that reflects past work experience and highlights specific areas of study.






Some of Catawba's adult evening students do continue to graduate schools, law schools and masters programs in business or technology or analytics. Our Information Systems graduates are working in the following areas:

    • Government
    • Large Retailers 
    • Large Industrial Companies  
    • Nonprofit and Education 
    • Healthcare
    • Financial Services
    • Utilities 


“The ability to handle situations comes from being well-versed in all aspects of the business, and the capability to be decisive based on the needs at that time.”

Lezley Humphrey '18
Business Administration Graduate; Member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society; Recipient of the Barbara Andrews Award 

Facilities and Resources

mputer Labs


Technology (IT)



Catawba's working adult students have access to our honor society, Alpha Sigma Lambda , and our business society, Phi Beta Lamba. The honor society is an outstanding addition to a resume, and the business society provides additional skills that are valued by employers. Catawba College has various CEOs and speakers throughout the year, tied to networking events where you can meet people in your industry of interest. 


Dr. Eric R. Hake

Professor of Economics; Associate Dean, Ketner School of Business; Ph.D., University of Tennessee 

Dr. Stephen Hiatt

Professor of Business; Ph.D., Arizona State University 

Dr. Renee A. Just

Assistant Professor of Business

Dr. James “Jamie” W. Slate

Associate Professor of Economics; Ph.D., University of Tennessee 

Dr. Pamela Thompson

Associate Professor of Business & Information Systems; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte 


Required Courses for Information Systems Concentration (B.B.A. Degree)
Required Courses for Information Systems Concentration (B.B.A. Degree)

A minimum of 120 semester hours:

  • 36-48 hours of General Education courses
  • 57 hours of Major Courses
  • Elective Courses to complete the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours


  • ACC 1901 – Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC 1902 – Principles of Accounting II
  • ECON 1901 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 1902 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • FIN 2535 – Managerial Finance
  • IS 2501 – Fundamentals of Information Systems for Organizations
  • MGT 1902 – Business Data Analytics or ECON 2101 – Business & Economic Statistics
  • MGT 2501 – Principles of Management
  • MGT 2566 – Business Ethics
  • MGT 3990 – Strategic Management
  • MGT 4991 – Strategic Simulation
  • MKT 2501 – Principles of Marketing


Information Systems Curriculum

  • IS 2505 – Application Program Development
  • IS 3502 – Information Systems Planning
  • IS 3510 – Introduction to Databases
  • IS 3514 – Electronic Commerce
  • IS Elective – Elective Above 2000
  • MGT 2453 – Business Law I
  • MATH 1123 - Introduction to Statistics


General Education Curriculum Core Requirements in Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Science, Natural Science/Math, and Non-Western Perspectives may be met through Foundations & Skills and Perspectives: Foundation & Skills

  • First Year Writing (3 s.h.)
  • Second Year Writing (3 s.h.)
  • Quantitative Literacy (6 s.h.)


  • Historical/Social (6 s.h.)
  • Interpretive (6 s.h.)
  • Creative (3 s.h.)
  • Scientific (6 s.h.)
  • Additional Historical/Social, Interpretive, Creative (3 s.h.)


  • Elective Courses to complete the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours



120 (minimum)

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

Core Business Courses for Information Systems

ACC 1901 – Principles of Accounting I

A study of the accounting principles with emphasis on the use and analysis of financial information for decision-making purposes.

ACC 1902 – Principles of Accounting II
A continuation of the study of accounting principles from a user's perspective with an introduction to the internal information needs of management. Prerequisite: ACC 1901.

ECON 1901 – Principles of Macroeconomics
A study in the foundations of economic analysis, national income accounting, economic growth, and the public sector, with emphasis on macroeconomics.

ECON 1902 – Principles of Microeconomics
A study of markets, the price systems and allocation of resources, distribution of income, international economy, and perspectives on economic change, with emphasis on microeconomics.

ECON 2101 – Business & Economics Statistics
A study of statistical techniques in business and economics, including collection and presentation of business and economic data, measures of control tendencies, dispersion, index numbers, probability, sampling distributions and test of hypotheses. Prerequisite: Completion of Quantitative Literacy Requirement (MATH 1132 is highly recommended).

FIN 2535 – Managerial Finance
A study of financial management for business firms to include financing and investing decisions. Prerequisite: ACC 1901

IS 2501 – Fundamentals of Information Systems for Organizations
A comparison of various sources and uses of information and their interaction: merging of data processing, word processing & communications for optional management decision making.

MGT 1902 – Business Data Analytics
This course provides an introduction to the field of business analytics, including statistical and quantitative analysis of data, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Data warehouse, data marts, and data mining techniques are introduced.

MGT 2501 – Principles of Management
An examination of major concepts, theories and practices in business management, with emphasis on planning, decision-making, basic organizational structures, motivation and leadership styles.

MGT 2566 – Business Ethics
A consideration of the major ethical theories that guide human and business behavior. Topics will include ethical issues in advertising, product safety, pursuit of profits, employee rights, treatment of workers, effects on the environment, use of natural resources, and multi-national operations.

MGT 3990 – Strategic Management
An integrative capstone course examining the setting of strategic objectives, developing corporate strategies, and translating objectives and strategies into current operational plans. Prerequisites: MKT 2501, FIN 2535, MGT 2501, Senior Standing

MGT 4991 - Strategic Simulation 
The course places the students into a competitive business environment using interactive simulation software to apply all concepts from the business degree in a multi-year strategic planning and implementation scenario.

MKT 2501 – Principles of Marketing
A study of the marketing environment; marketing, planning, and information; market segmentation; buyer behavior; strategies for product distribution, promotion, and pricing; societal issues, service, nonprofit and international marketing.


Concentration Courses for Information Systems

IS 2505 – Application Program Development

A study of the physical design, programming, testing and implementation of information system applications using structured and object-oriented design principles. Programming logic is covered.

IS 3502 – Information Systems Planning
Development of a systematic plan for determining a company's technology needs; the planning cycle, available hardware and software, acquisition considerations, and the selection and implementation of the system. Prerequisite: IS 2501

IS 3510 – Introduction to Databases
This course covers database design, development and the use of database management systems for applications. Data mining and data warehousing topics are introduced.

IS 3514 – Electronic Commerce
A study of electronic data interchange and internet technologies for electronic commerce applications. Prerequisite: IS 2501

IS Elective – Elective Above 2000

MGT 2453 – Business Law I
An introduction to the legal system as it applies to commercial transactions and a study of the substantive law of contracts.

MATH 1132 – Introduction to Statistics 
An introduction to elementary statistics, including topics such as normal distribution, histograms, mean, standard deviations, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing techniques.

Other Courses

See the Catawba College catalog for descriptions of Business electives and General Education courses.