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Information Systems and Technology.

B.S. Degree in
Information Systems and Technology

Information Systems and Technology Degree – Bachelor of Science (BS)

co-vr1.pngStudents today realize that computing is an essential element of nearly every human endeavor today – computing careers are socially relevant. The IST degree at Catawba College educates students to contribute to solving many of the world’s problems through the creative, collaborative and strategic application of technology.  This degree exposes students to augmented and virtual reality, app development, web design, entrepreneurship, programming and data analytics.  Catawba's IST degree will help you develop skills that can be used in many working contexts and subject matters.  In a world of varied information technology jobs, graduates who pursue careers in information systems and technology can enjoy a higher than average income with flexibility with industry and geographic location.

how is this degree different?

How does Catawba's combined Information Systems / Information Technology degree differ from our Computer Science degree and the B.S. degree in Business with a Concentration in Information Systems?

Information Systems and Technology Professionals:

  • Reduced emphasis on math, more on applied information and technology skills
  • Targeted more toward careers rather than research and theoretical knowledge
  • More accessible to a wider range of students
  • Emphasis on emerging technologies including data mining, cloud and augmented – virtual reality
  • IST professionals understand both technical and organizational factors
  • IST professionals are able to help an organization determine how information and technology-enabled business processes can provide a competitive advantage.
  • Tracks enable students to specialize in analytics, software development, or networking and security
  • 45-hour major including 6 hours in a track, students can easily add additional tracks or minors in other areas

Computer Scientists:

  • Design and implement software
  • Research and devise new ways to use computers
  • Research and develop effective ways to solve computer problems
  • Need a strong foundation in mathematics and algorithms

Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems:

  • 14 courses (42 hours) in Business coursework including coursework in management, marketing, economics, accounting, finance, other
  • 6 courses (18 hours) in Information Systems and Technology classes
  • Emphasis is on business rather than technology

 

Program Notes

Catawba College students who choose the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology have unique opportunities for close interactions with faculty in the discipline and with their fellow students.  Our upper-level classes are capped at a small number to allow even more interaction between students and faculty. Additionally, incoming freshmen majoring in this program (a combination information systems degree and information technology degree) may be offered a scholarship upon acceptance to the College.

The Catawba College faculty is committed to having Information Systems and Technology majors understand the interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary aspect of this program of study. The faculty also has a wide range of interests and backgrounds that allows students to study topics that they are interested in and not found in a typical course.  In the recent past, independent studies, internships and seminars have been offered in areas related to information systems and technology on topics such as web design and development, app development with beacons, and data mining with the international shark attack database.


Information systems and technology PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Emphasis on Emerging Technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, cloud platforms and big data
  • Languages:  Python, Java, C++, R, SQL, Visual Basic, Javascript, HTML, CSS
  • Applications, IDE’s:  SAS, Tableau, Excel, Project, Jupyter, Netbeans, Dreamweaver
  • Three tracks allowing flexibility in the program:  Analytics, Software Development, Networking and Security
  • Many career paths
  • Students continue in graduate school in programs in Information Systems, Computer Science and Analytics:
      • Riley Myers ’19 is continuing at Wake Forest University with the Masters program in Business Analytics. He is also playing baseball for D1 Wake Forest with his 5th year eligibility.
      • Tafari Lanclos ’19 is starting the Masters Program in Information Technology at UNC-Charlotte
      • DaQunda Magwood ’19 is starting the Certificate Program in Information Systems at UNC-Greensboro
      • Laurel Powell ’15 started the Ph.D. Program in Computing and Informatics at UNC-Charlotte and anticipates graduation in 2020. She was a GANN fellowship recipient and her committee chair is the same as Dr. Thompson’s (UNCC ’11 working under Dr. Z. Ras).
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Internships in IST.

Information Systems and Technology majors are encouraged to participate in a variety of internships, most of which are completed during the summer months. Internships allow Catawba College students to bring their classroom learning to the real world and help them discover different potential career paths. Students have enjoyed internships at the VA Hospital, Food Lion Technology Innovation Center, Lutheran Services of the Carolinas, Lowes, Vickie’s Baskets, McKenzie, Novant, Rowan Helping Ministries, and other area and regional businesses.

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Study Abroad and At-Home in IST.

Catawba College students majoring in Information Systems and Technology are encouraged to think globally about how their skills can be put to work internationally and domestically.  Students can create their own independent study abroad opportunity or arrange one through Catawba’s consortium partner. Information Systems and Technology undergrads can also explore domestic experiential learning opportunities with large multinational companies.

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Service Learning in IST.

Sharing and passing along what they have learned are ways that Catawba College students pursuing an Information Systems and Technology degree are involved in Service Learning. Recently, two Catawba faculty who teach courses in the Computer Science and Information Systems and Technology major, along with several of their undergraduates, helped the City of Salisbury launch a local chapter of Girls Who Code. These faculty and their students facilitated learning sessions for middle school girls to teach them about computers, websites, and how to write code along with data mining.

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Research Opportunities in IST.

Research opportunities are provided for Information Systems and Technology majors in Independent study and senior level courses.  Recent research projects include application of beacons to data collection for a rewards driven transportation app and predicting near shore shark presence by mining the international shark attack database combined with weather, water and other environmental factors.

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Outcomes

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INFORMATION SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY JOBS.

Job prospects for Catawba students majoring in IST are extremely high. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projections are for employment of computer and information technology jobs to grow 13 percent through 2026, faster than the average when compared to all other occupations. 

Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information technology

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THE FORECAST.

557,100 new jobs are anticipated in the Information Systems and Technology field. This includes jobs in networking, programming, web development, security, systems support, systems analysis, data analytics, and systems administrators. The median salary ranges from $52,000 to $104,000 for candidates with a bachelor's degree.

Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information technology

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PARTICIPATE.

Information Systems and Technology undergrads can participate in Phi Beta Lambda, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), the Math Club, and other organizations on campus. Additionally, Catawba students participate in Hack-A-Thons, particularly ones held in nearby Charlotte, N.C.

Information Systems & Technology Faculty

Catawba College Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Dr. Katherine Baker

Dr. Katherine Baker

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Dr. Katherine Baker was one of two faculty members who helped launch the Salisbury, N.C. Chapter of Girls Who Code.

Catawba College Chair Professor of Mathematics Dr. Doug Brown

Dr. Doug Brown

Chair and Professor of Mathematics Dr. Doug Brown’s mathematical interests are in the foundations of the subject, an area that borders on philosophy and is frequently referred to as Mathematical Logic. In particular, his research is in the mysteriously named area of Reverse Mathematics; roughly the study of the axioms necessary to prove the fundamental theorems of Mathematics.

Randall Clark

Randall Clark

Randall Clark serves as an adjunct faculty member in Catawba's Information Systems and Technology degree program.

Earl Givens, Jr. - Director of the Catawba College Library

Earl Givens, Jr.

Earl Givens, Jr., Director of the Corriher-Linn-Black Library at Catawba College, was instrumental in initiating programs and technology to advance the changing future of the campus library for the 21st century. He worked closely with campus departments to implement both augmented reality and virtual technology to Catawba.

Catawba College Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Jason Hunt

Dr. Jason Hunt

Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Jason Hunt’s research interests are in areas of Discrete Math. In particular, he enjoys Graph Theory and Combinatorics. When not in the classroom, he enjoys working on his farm and raising and training Border Collies to herd sheep.

Dorthell Little - Adjunct IST faculty at Catawba College

Dorthell Little

Dorthell Little develops and instructs Information Systems courses as an adjunct faculty member at Catawba College. Her information systems courses address the current and ever-changing needs and issues within the field of technology. Little also mentors and advises students.

Rodney R. Rymer, Catawba College Director of Systems/Networking

Rodney R. Rymer

Catawba College Director of Systems/Networking Rodney Rymer serves as a faculty member for the Information Systems and Technology degree program. Within Catawba's IT Department, Rymer heads up the research, development, deployment, and maintenance associated with the servers, network equipment, operating systems, data bases, and software applications that serve the campus community.

Mary E. H. Sewell, Network and IT Security Administrator at Catawba College

Mary E. H. Sewell

Mary E. H. Sewell, Network and IT Security Administrator at Catawba College, serves as an adjunct instructor in the Information Systems and Technology degree program at Catawba, in addition to her role as Network and IT Security Administrator.

Catawba College Professor of Mathematics Dr. Sharon Sullivan

Dr. Sharon Sullivan

Professor of Mathematics Dr. Sharon Sullivan considers herself a pure mathematician with research interests in algebraic combinatorics. She is very interested in taking various areas of mathematics and looking for patterns and special arrangements.

Catawba College Associate Professor of Information Systems Dr. Pamela Thompson

Dr. Pamela Thompson

Associate Professor of Information Systems Dr. Pamela Thompson’s research interests are in application development and website design.  She also consults on systems networks and design.  She collaborated with Dr. Katherine Baker to help launch the Salisbury, N.C. Chapter of Girls Who Code.

Catawba College Professor of Mathematics Dr. John Zerger

Dr. John Zerger

Professor of Mathematics Dr. John Zerger is a pure group theorist by training and spends a lot of time with interdisciplinary pursuits.  His students know he is also a master wood turner, regionally known for his hand-crafted pens.

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.S. in Information Systems and Technology
Required Courses for B.S. in Information Systems and Technology

IS 2501 Foundations of Information Systems for Organizations

3

IS 1503 Introduction to Data and Programming Structures
-OR-
CS/MATH 2602 Introduction to Structured Programming

3

IS/CS 2505 Application Program Development

3

ENT 2501  Principles of Entrepreneurship
-OR-
MGT 2501  Principles of Management

3

IS 3502 Information Systems Planning (Prerequisite:  IS 2501)

3

IS/CS 3510 Introduction to Databases

3

MATH 1132 Introduction to Statistics

3

MATH 1601 Principles of Computation

3

MGT 2302 Business Data Analytics (Prerequisite:  Math 1132)

3

IS/CS 3800* Virtual and Augmented Reality (Prerequisite:  IS 1503 or CS/MATH 2602)

3

IS 3514 Web Technologies and E-Commerce (Prerequisite: IS 2501 OR COMM 2901 OR IS/CS 2505)

3

IS 3514 Web Technologies and E-Commerce (Prerequisite: IS 2501 OR COMM 2901 OR IS/CS 2505)

3

IS 4201 Practicum
-OR-
MGT/CS 4403  Experiential Learning

3

Elective in Business, Computer Science or other approved course at 2000 level or higher

3

Track - see below:

ANALYTICS TRACK:

  • IS/CS 2902* Data Visualization and Presentation (3) (Prerequisite: MGT 2302)
  • IS/CS 3902* Data Mining (3) (Prerequisite:  MGT 2302, IS/CS 3510, CS/MATH 2602 or IS 1503)

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TRACK:

  • CS/IS 2528 Advanced Application Program Development (3) (Prerequisite: IS/CS 2505)
  • IS/CS 2550 Object Oriented Programming) (3) (Prerequisite: IS/CS 2505)

NETWORKING AND SECURITY TRACK:

  • IS/CS 2512 Hardware and Systems Software (3)
  • IS/CS 3512 Computer Networking and Security (3) (Prerequisite: IS 2501 OR IS/CS 2505 OR IS/CS 3510 OR CS/MATH 2602)

6

Total:

45

 

 

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

IS 1503 INTRODUCTION TO DATA AND PROGRAMMING STRUCTURES (3 hours)
A study of specific data structures (including arrays, records, stacks, queues, and trees) incorporated into ADTs used in creating IS applications, so students will gain an understanding of defining and measuring events that produce both simple and complex data, and principles, concepts and practices of successful, structured software development.

IS 2501 FOUNDATIONS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR ORGANIZATIONS (3 hours)
Students learn fundamental concepts and uses of information systems for business and beyond including management information systems, programming, cloud computing, mobile technologies, digital marketing, big data, and ethical issues.

IS 2505 APPLICATION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT (3 hours)
A study of the design, programming, testing and implementation of information system applications using structured and object-oriented design principles. Programming logic is covered. Same as CS 2505.

IS 2512 HARDWARE AND SYSTEMS SOFTWARE (3 hours)
A study of hardware/software technology, including tradeoffs in computer architecture for effective use in a business environment, installation and configuration of system architecture for single, central and networked computing systems, as well as single and multiuser operating systems. Same as CS 2512.

IS 2528 ADVANCED APPLICATIONS PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT (3 hours)
A study of advanced principles of structured and object-oriented programming designed to build an interactive and user-friendly business information system, with a focus on advanced use of a programming language for project development and implementation. Prerequisite: IS 2505.

IS 2550 OBJECT-ORIENTED?DESIGN?AND?PROGRAMMING (3 hours)
A study of object-oriented application development, covering object-oriented analysis, design, and programming using a specific object-oriented language(s) for application development. Mobile application and web development topics are included. Prerequisite: IS 2505. Same as CS 2550.

IS 2902 DATA VISUALIZATION AND PRESENTATION (3 hours)
This course covers how to better understand data, present clear evidence of findings to an intended audience, and present engaging and informative data stories that clearly depict important knowledge through targeted data graphics. Same as CS 2902. Prerequisite: MGT 2302.

IS 3502 INFORMATION SYSTEMS PLANNING (3 hours)
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. Project management topics are included. Prerequisite: IS 2501.

IS 3510 INTRODUCTION TO DATABASES (3 hours)
This course covers database design, development and the use of database management systems for applications. Data mining and data warehousing topics are introduced. Same as CS 3510.

IS 3512 COMPUTER NETWORKING AND SECURITY (3 hours)
Fundamental principles of networking, including such topics as network analysis, design, implementation, security and management. Prerequisite: IS 2501 OR IS 2505 OR IS 3510 OR MATH 2602. Same as CS 3512.

IS 3514 WEB TECHNOLOGIES AND ELECTRONIC COMMERCE (3 hours)
A study of web technologies including cloud computing, social media, web site development, and search engine optimization for ecommerce and other applications. Students learn to use development tools and languages for web development. Prerequisite: IS 2501 OR COMM 2901 OR IS 2505.

IS 3800 INTRO TO AR/VR APPLICATION DESIGN (3 hours)
This course will introduce students to the world of Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality interfaces. Students will learn about the difference between AR/VR, the technical and design requirements for creating such user experiences, and how to prototype and develop AR/VR interfaces. Same as CS 3800. Prerequisite: IS 1503 or CS/Math 2602).

IS 3902 DATA MINING (3 hours)
This course introduces the basic concept of data mining and provides hands-on experience in applying the concepts to real-world applications. Topics include data collection and preprocessing, data exploration, feature engineering, prediction, modeling, and evaluation. Cloud and big data technologies are included. Same as CS 3902. Prerequisite:

MGT 2302, IS/CS 3510.IS 4101 INFORMATION SYSTEMS SEMINAR (1-3 hours)
Reading, discussion, and projects on a topic in Information Systems selected by the department. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing. Same as CS 4101.

IS 4201 PRACTICUM IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS (1-6 hours)
An application of theory and methods of specific areas of information systems in a supervised field experience. Prerequisite: permission of Instructor.

IS 4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the instructor. Prerequisite: