Information Systems Major

Approved StemJobs College 2015Why study Information Systems?

Information Systems is concerned with the information that computer systems can provide to aid a company, non-profit or governmental organization in defining and achieving its goals. It is also concerned with the processes that an enterprise can implement using information technology.

IS professionals must understand both technical and organizational factors, and must be able to help an organization determine how information and technology-enabled business processes can improve organizational performance. They serve as a bridge between the technical and management communities within an organization.

A majority of IS programs are located in business schools; however, they may have different names such as management information systems.


  • IT Infrastructure
  • Foundations of Information Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Database and Information Management
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Project Management and Integration
  • Strategy, Management and Acquisition
  • College Algebra
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Business Process Management
  • IT Audit and Controls
  • IT Security and Risk Management
  • Enterprise Systems and Integration
  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Accounting Principles
  • Marketing Principles
  • Management Principles
  • Management Information Systems
  • Business Law

Career opportunities

Our innovative Organizational Information Systems and Technology Program (OISTP) includes majors in information technology (IT), information systems (IS) and software engineering (SE). Upper Iowa graduates can become software and web developers, database and security analysts, network administrators. Those skills are in high demand and frequently rated as top jobs by Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.

Our major programs adhere to discipline-specific standards to provide you with the necessary rigor and relevance for success in your future career. Eight-week terms allow you the ability to focus on a few courses at a time and get the most out of each learning experience while at UIU. Our small class sizes allow you to directly interact with the professors both inside and outside the classroom. These small classes allow you to know your fellow students and form student working groups so you never feel isolated.

Take it from our student

“The teachers at Upper Iowa University are supportive, inspirational and knowledgeable. The atmosphere feels like home, and I feel welcomed by all the staff and students. UIU has so many activities that I always stay busy and meet new and exciting people that come from around the world.”   -Jacob Newman

Job outlook (2012-22)

  • Web Developers*
    • Job outlook: 20% increase
    • Wages: The median annual salary for web developers was $62,500 in 2012, or $30.05 per hour.
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  • Software Developers*
    • Job outlook: 22% increase
    • Wages: The median annual salary for software developers was $93,350 in 2012, or $44.88 per hour.
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  • Information Systems Analysts*
    • Job outlook: 37% increase
    • Wages:The median annual salary for information systems analysts was $86,170 in 2012, or $41.43 per hour.
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  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators*
    • Job outlook: 12% increase
    • Wages: The median annual salary for network and computer systems administrators was $72,560 in 2012, or $34.88 per hour.
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*Taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Information Systems is offered at the following Upper Iowa University locations:

  • Residential Fayette campus
  • Online Program
  • Select international locations