Business Information Systems
The business information systems complementary major at Anderson University provides the perfect combination of business and technology through selected coursework. This program combines preparation in information systems with selected core courses in business. This option provides strong preparation for working with technology in businesses environments. The information systems minor is an excellent choice for students interested in accounting, graphic design, nursing, or law.
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This program is offered as a complementary major.
Complementary major just means that this particular major must be taken in conjunction with another major at Anderson University. Students can pair it with a variety of academic endeavors in which they are interested in to earn their degree from AU. Complementary majors are often more in-depth than minors and this academic option will allow you to explore more than one topic that you are interested in while you study at AU.
This major is taught by the knowledgeable faculty in the Department of Computer Science and the Falls School of Business.
What courses will I take?
- Principles of Accounting
- Principles of Management
- Principles of Marketing
- Social Media
- Computer Science
- Database Programming
Each student is required to have a reliable laptop capable of running computer science software (provided by the university) such as Microsoft Visual Studio, JetBrains IDEs, Wireshark, and other software compilers and related programs.
The following minimum requirements for a laptop are strongly recommended:
Operating system options:
- Windows 10+ (64 bit)
- Mac OS X
Note that virtual machines using VirtualBox, Bootcamp, or other VM software can be used when necessary to access software designed for a different operating system. The department can assist students in setting up virtual machines.
- RAM: 8 GB (16 GB recommended)
- CPU: modern 64 bit processor such as i5 or i7 with at least two physical cores
- Storage capacity: 200 GB (400 GB for Mac or Linux operating systems because students will need to create a 200 GB partition for Windows)
- Connectivity: 2x USB2 or USB3 ports and 1000 Base-T ethernet (adaptors acceptable for both)
- WiFi (IEEE 802.11n with WPA2)
- Graphics card needs to support at least one external display via HDMI (preferred) or VGA (adaptor acceptable) to be able to use the classroom projectors for presentations.
Note that these requirements can change without notice (but within reason) due to changes in the system requirements from the vendors of the software used within the major. The minimum cost for a new Windows machine that meets the requirements is approximately $900 and for a Mac it is approximately $1500. About half the students use Mac and the other half use Windows, plus a few Linux users.
Calculators are often allowed on exams and are needed for completing homework. The calculator needs to be able to graph functions, use complex numbers, and solve linear systems of equations with complex coefficients. It is also helpful if the calculator has a computer algebra system (CAS). One of the following (or equivalent) is required:
- TI-89 (recommended)
- TI-Nspire CX CAS
The average cost of the above calculators is approximately $130. Note that none of these calculators are currently allowed on the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam (the allowed calculators have a much more limited capability and are relatively inexpensive at around $30).