Business Administration Major: Information Systems and Business Analytics Option B.S.

Business Administration Major: Information Systems and Business Analytics Option B.S.

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The Information Systems and Business Analytics (ISBA) Option provides you with both business problem solving skills and in-depth technical knowledge. The program concentrates on two areas: 1) organizations, with an emphasis on business processes, and 2) technology, with an emphasis on analysis, design, implementation, and management of an organization’s information systems.

What is information systems and business analytics?

Pivotal contributors to the success of any business venture, information systems and business analysts must be able to design and manage systems that serve many users — from programmers and managers to clerks and customers. They work in a wide range of industries and are able to implement analytic-based solutions to real-world business problems. If you are interested in the intersection of business and technology you’ll find this option a great fit.

Why study information systems and business analytics at UNH?

As part of the Paul College of Business and Economics, the business administration major information systems and business analytics (ISBA) option will prepare you for a wide range of technology careers by helping you master the fundamentals of ISBA and technology, achieve technical competence in ISBA design and development, and apply ISBA solutions to real-world problems. Beyond the core courses required in the option, you’ll choose between an emphasis in information systems or business analytics. You’ll graduate well-prepared to help employers solve problems immediately, while also having the skills to continue learning as technology and business continues to change.

Potential careers

  • Analyst
  • Database developer
  • IT project coordinator
  • Project manager
  • Risk analyst
  • Technical consulting or sales

Contact

Kholekile Gwebu

Decision Sciences, Chair of Decision Sciences
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-3372
Office: Decision Sciences, Paul College Rm 260D, Durham, NH 03824
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Curriculum & Requirements

The Option in Information Systems and Business Analytics will appeal to students who wish to learn how to take advantage of contemporary technologies to solve complex business problems. Pivotal contributors to the success of any venture, Information Systems and Business Analysts must be able to understand and communicate both the business needs as well as the technical details of solutions. The option prepares students for a career in a wide range of industries by helping them master the fundamentals of information systems, as well as the ability to implement solutions or provide leading-edge, analytics-based solutions to real business problems. Students work on real-world industry projects and apply concepts and problem-solving skills learned in the classroom. 

All students in the option develop functional knowledge and skills in information systems and business analytics. Beyond the required courses in the option, students choose between an emphasis in Information Systems or an emphasis in Business Analytics. The ISBA option can be completed as a single or dual options. In either case, the graduate will have tangible knowledge and skills. Regardless of one's interest area or degree, employers look for people that can help them solve problems immediately. The ISBA option prepares students to do just that, and continue learning as technology and business continue to change. 

A typical plan of study follows, showing the major-required courses. Students take 16-18 credits per semester. Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. Students are expected to follow this course plan. In the first three semesters, students cannot take more than two major courses in a single semester. The options have additional requirements as noted. For a detailed schedule/plan of study for each option, students should check with the Paul College Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office for specific recommendations.

Business Adminsistration core requirements
ADMN courses:
ADMN 400Introduction to Business4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 410Management Information Systems4
ADMN 420Business Statistics4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 703Strategic Management: Decision Making 14
Other subject code courses:
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
PAUL 660BiP-Social Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 670BiP-Analytical Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 680BiP-Competitive Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 690BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics 22

Depending of the choice of option and the specific requirements thereof, students may be able to take PAUL or non-PAUL electives in their junior or senior year.

Option in Information Systems and Business Analytics

Required
DS 773Database Management and Systems Analysis4
DS 775Corporate Project Experience4
Select three courses from an emphasis:12
Information Systems Emphasis
Business Analytics Emphasis
Total Credits20

Information Systems Emphasis

Required courses:
DS 562Business Applications Development4
or CS 405 Introduction to Applications Programming
DS 774E-Business4
Select one of the following:4
Business Analytics and Spreadsheet Modeling
Forecasting Analytics
Topics (with approval)
Other approved course
Total Credits12

Business Analytics Emphasis

Required courses:
DS 766Business Analytics and Spreadsheet Modeling4
DS 768Forecasting Analytics4
Select one of the following:4
Business Applications Development
E-Business
Topics (with approval)
Other approved course
Total Credits12

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