Associate of Arts in Information Systems

The Associate of Arts in Information Systems provides a degree for students who want a 2-year degree in business with a focus in information systems. Students will study business information systems while gaining the general education requirements necessary to continue in a bachelor's degree program. Career opportunities for graduates of this degree are varied in the fields of business and technology.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (18 hours)

  • ENGL 1311 Composition I
  • ENGL 1312 Composition II
  • Fine Arts (MUSI 1320 Music Appreciation or MUSI 3350 American Popular Music or MUSI 3348 Studies in World Music or MUSI 2346 History of Jazz or transfer)
  • RELS 1325 Religious Quest
  • Social Science (ANTH 1311 Cultural Anthropology or ANTH 2324 Native Peoples of North America or SOCI 1311 Introduction to Sociology or PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology or ECON 2301 Macroeconomics or other transfer)
  • MATH 1304 College Algebra or MATH 1308 Finite Math or MATH 2303 Probability and Statistics

Major Curriculum (15 hours)

  • BIS 2321 Management of Information Systems
  • BIS 2325 Business Information Processing
  • BIS 2330 Computer Programming I
  • BIS 3362 Business Systems Analysis
  • MGT 3340 Concepts and Functions of Management

General Electives (27 hours)

A total of 27 hours to meet 60 total credit hours required.

Community Service (22 clock hours)

A total of 22 documented clock hours.

Please Note

Completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours must be taken at UIW. Completion of 24 of the final 30 hours for the degree must be taken at UIW. Active-duty military are only required to take 15 of the final 30 hours at UIW.

Major Course Descriptions

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the basic principles, technologies, tools, roles, and management issues involved with the application of information technology; to provide a meaningful team experience working with real-world or simulated clients to successfully analyze information requirements to support an organization’s mission and develop an information system to support those requirements; to provide the opportunity to use microcomputer personal productivity tools to develop business analyses, proposals and other products; to improve business writing and presentation skills; to enable students to continue their own education in areas of information systems technology and applications that may be relevant to their own career success.

Prerequisite: COMP 1301

Concepts, methods, and practice in the effective use of end-user productivity software and integration of desktop products. Students will learn to create and utilize intermediate-level Microsoft Excel and Access. This course concentrates on providing the instructions needed for understanding Excel spreadsheets and Access database, and how to use it as a tool for management decision-making, problem-solving and to gain strategic advantage.

Prerequisite: COMP 1301

Learn programming design and development emphasizing structured programming techniques. Learn to plan and create simple, useful program codes behind graphical user interfaces (Microsoft Windows) for use as standalone programs or applications macros. Learning programming reveals the type of coding behind all software and teaches logic and attention to detail.

Prerequisites: COMP 1301 and BIS 2321

This course will teach students to accomplish preliminary investigation, feasibility assessment, systems analysis and specification of business requirements for databases and information systems. This course is designed to enable students to analyze business problems and specify information systems solutions, to learn and be able to perform tasks and methods used in the entire Systems Development Life Cycle. It serves to familiarize students with the development of feasibility study, data analysis, systems analysis, and systems/database specification.

Prerequisites: BIS 2321 and BIS 2330

Introduction to the theories, concepts and functions of management. Topics include planning, organizing, leading, staffing, controlling, business and managerial ethics and decision-making. Management concepts will be applied by analysis of available data and by seeking contemporary opportunities, issues and problem situations.