Help organizations create, analyze and implement computer systems or networks. Gain business management and computer science skills for our online world.
Why Study Information Systems?
Information systems is the study of business and information technology to help organizations operate, make important business decisions and devise corporate strategy.
With your skills and knowledge, you will be at the forefront of creating and maintaining computer and telecommunications networks. Your combination of business and technology know-how will also be an integral part of organizational decision-making and business strategy.
Why Study Information Systems at CSUN?
We provide a unique blend of business and information technology courses to ensure your success in the field of information systems. At CSUN, you can focus on specific industries or business areas that interest you most. Choose from four different options to get you the skills you need:
- Business Systems
- Computer Information Technology
- Health Systems
- Software Technology
While many of your core courses will come from the Department of Systems and Operations Management, you can also take classes from the Department of Computer Science or the Department of Health Sciences.
Find like-minded students and career opportunities through the student-run Management Information Systems Association (MISA). MISA organizes weekly meetings with speakers about technical topics and career paths to help you network and build relationships.
The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest standard in business and management education. Only 25 percent of business schools nationwide and 5 percent of business schools internationally receive this distinction. Learn from some of the best faculty and find support from our excellent staff.
Bigger and Better
We are one of the largest business schools in the country, with 7,000 students and an alumni network of more than 50,000. You will have access to more resources, world-class faculty and state-of-the-art facilities.
What You'll Learn
All Information Systems majors start with a common core curriculum to learn the fundamentals of the business world. You will also complete Information Systems core courses. You will delve deeply into how information systems and technology components work together.
As part of the major, you will learn about:
- Systems analysis and design
- Database management
- Business data networks
- Enterprise systems and project management
Additional coursework will depend on the option you choose.
The business systems option focuses on the managerial side of information systems by providing more business courses. Choose from a diverse array of classes to help solve business problems and improve operations. With this option, you will be prepared for data analyst and compliance positions. Learn about:
- Building enterprising architecture
- Mobile platforms
- Data analytics
- Decision support services
- Advanced telecommunications and networking
The computer information technology option focuses on the technical side of information systems by providing more computer science courses. You'll learn how to develop and operate networks and databases. You'll learn about management tools and programming tools. With this option, you will be prepared for positions in an organization's DevOps or IT infrastructure team.
- Management of operating systems
- Interactive programming tools and languages, such as Peri, TCL/tk, VBscript and Python
- Computer architecture
- Data structures and algorithms
Prepare for IT positions in the healthcare industry through studying health information systems. Choose elective courses that focus on the use of computer technology in healthcare, health insurance administration and the complexity of the healthcare system.
- Building enterprise architecture
- App development
- Health care system organization
- Health information systems
Take computer science courses to prepare you for positions in business software development. Many of the courses for this option are given through CSUN's Department of Computer Science.
- Computer architecture and assembly language
- Data structures and algorithms
- Computer organization
- Computer system security
- Data mining
Careers & Outcomes
Having combined expertise in business and information technology, our graduates are qualified to develop technological solutions that help businesses compete and prosper.
Information systems career opportunities are available in a variety of industries, including:
- Software publishing
Information systems graduates find jobs as:
- Systems analysts
- Application developers
- Database administrators
- Network administrators
- Web developers
- Project managers
Employers of recent alumni include:
- U.S. Department of State
We'll help you find the career that's right for you.
The Ernst & Young Center for Careers offers Information Systems majors a vast array of resources, from a dedicated recruiting boot camp to individual guidance on career opportunities.
Business Honors Program
High-achieving Information Systems majors may be eligible for the Business Honors Program (BHP). BHP students have access to scholarship opportunities, selective courses, mentorships, priority registration and more. Find out about the requirements.