Information systems

Information systems

Are you interested in developing software systems or managing the information structure for an organization? Would you like to be a chief information officer someday? The information systems major at Central allows students to choose from an emphasis in accounting information systems (AIS), computer information systems (CIS) or management information systems (MIS). Graduates have entered graduate school and immediate employment as IT managers, web programmers and information systems auditors.

100%
of information systems majors in the class of 2014 have had at least one internship
  • Central ranks 31st in the Midwest region, ahead of all but one Iowa college or university, when ranked for post-graduation salary potential
  • U.S. News and World Report lists software developer and computer systems analyst #1 and #2 on their list of the top 100 jobs for 2014

The Real World

 

Successful Careers

  • IT operations coordinator, National Research Center for College & University Admissions, Lee's Summit, Mo.
  • Hardware/Software analyst, Vermeer Corporation, Pella
  • Business solutions application development associate, McGladrey Inc.
  • Senior business analyst, DuPont Pioneer, Johnston
  • Programmer analyst, IMT Group, West Des Moines
  • IT audit support manager, ING

Organizations

No matter what your interests, Central has a student group or organization for you. Information systems students may be interested in participating on a programming team for competition or in one of the following clubs:

  • Accounting Club
  • Business Club
  • Economics Club
  • Computer Science Club
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Graduate Placement

The IT field is constantly changing, so many information systems graduates choose to continue their education while they are working. Central grads continue to take graduate courses that lead to certification or an advanced degree in areas such as networking, information security and business administration.

Internships

Information systems students have interned at a number of businesses, both locally and abroad, including Alliance Technology Group (ATG) in Des Moines. 

Courses & Faculty

Introductory courses for the information systems major introduce students to the fields of computer science and business management, which are the building blocks of the interdisciplinary field of information systems. The course Introduction to Information Management provides a foundation to the field.

Upper-level courses allow students to select an area of focus (such as accounting information systems, computer information systems or management information systems) and take courses related to that area.

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Meet the faculty:
  • Robert Franks, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Kenneth J. Weller Distinguished Professorship of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Computer Science, interest areas include operating systems, user interface design, computer security, digital photography, literature and running
  • Stephen Fyfe, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, interest areas include object oriented software development, introductory computer science and computer science topics for non-majors
  • Mark Johnson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Ruth & Marvin Denekas Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities and Professor of Mathematics/Computer Science, interest areas include computer graphics, theory of computation and mathematical logic

Sample Schedule

First year
  • Introduction to Information Management
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Data Structures
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Core courses and electives
Sophomore year
  • Principles of Management
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Web and Database Systems
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Core courses and electives
Junior year
  • Information systems focus-area courses
  • Ethics course
  • Communications course
  • Core courses and electives
Senior year
  • Information systems focus-area courses
  • Core courses and electives

The Central Difference

Entrepreneur Connections

Many alumni have started their own IT-related companies, and with Des Moines’ recent growth in startups, students have direct access to experience these highly entrepreneurial environments via internships and job offers after graduation. Central offers an entrepreneurship minor for anyone interested in developing his or her own startup.

Communication

Central has a long history of developing communication skills in its graduates. Our information systems majors are known for their ability to write and speak clearly about technical material.

Facilities

The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the economics, accounting, business management and modern language departments. The building includes state-of-the-art technologies, a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor and eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers.

The Vermeer Science Center is home to the mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics and natural science programs. The computer science department has dedicated collaborative learning spaces with updated equipment for student use.

Central Information Systems Students

Alumni Connections

Central alumni stay connected and are willing to assist current students in finding their career path through internships and jobs.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Learn More

Want to find out more about information systems at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.