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Preparing the Next Generation of Information Systems Professionals.

A major in Information Systems emphasizes the application of computing technology in today's workplace, and focuses on developing a combination of technical and business skills. 


We will challenge you through coursework in programming, database and system design and project management.  At the same time, we will provide you with instruction in business areas such as financial information systems and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

Related Programs

Villanova's College of Professional Studies also offers a major in Computer Science and a combined BIS/MS in Software Engineering.

CPS also offers a certificate in Information Systems that only requires 6 courses to complete. Students may enroll in this certificate program with or without completion of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. All courses can be counted towards completion of a degree in CPS.



Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core = 45 Credits

Students must complete 45 credits/15 courses in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core Curriculum.

Information Systems Major = 32 Credits, 10 Courses

CSC 1020 Computing and the Web: Information representation and manipulation; file systems and directories; compatibility and data exchange; security and privacy; elements of computer architectures and operating systems; computer networks, the Internet, and the World Wide Web; web site design principles and creation; PC-based examples and illustrations.

CSC 1051 Algorithms & Data Structures I: Object-oriented design: objects, classes, methods, encapsulation; programming fundamentals: data, variables, selection, loops, arrays, input/output; basic graphics and exceptions.

CSC 1052 Algorithms & Data Structures II: Object-oriented design: inheritance, interfaces, polymorphism; problem analysis; recursion; abstract data types; dynamically linked structures; data structures: stacks, queues, lists, collections, trees.

CSC 1300 Discrete Structures: Mathematical concepts that support computer science: sets, functions, relations, combinatorics, recurrences, boolean logic, mathematical proofs, matrices, graphs and trees.

CSC 2400 Computing Systems I: Architecture of computer systems: representation of data; processor, memory and I/O organization. Assembly language programming. C programming language constructs and their relationships to the underlying architecture. Basics of operating systems: interrupts, concurrency, process scheduling, security, networking.

CSC 2500 Survey of IS Environments: Brief introductions to several areas in which problems in information use are important. Examples are business, law, biology, medicine, electronic commerce, and libraries.

CSC 4700 Software Engineering: Management and production of software systems; the software life cycle; software design techniques and methodologies; participation in a team software development project.


MIS 2040 Systems Analysis & Design: Concepts, tools and techniques in the analysis and design of computer-based information systems; major issues and decision making in each phase of the development life cycle, application of creativity and innovation to the practice of systems analysis and design, skills necessary for modeling the data and processing requirements of an information system using an automated development tool, a systems development team project approach.

CSC 4480 Principles of Database Systems: Concepts and technology of database management systems; data modeling with an emphasis on the relational model; database querying and normalization; physical data organization.


MIS 2030 Database Management: Theoretical and practical issues related to the management of a data base in a business environment including: the role of databases and database applications in contemporary organizations; data modeling using entity-relationship models; fundamentals of the relational data model and its implementation with SQL; characteristics of distributed databases and Client/Server data base technologies.

CSC 4710 Information Systems Project Management: Principles and techniques of information systems project management; qualitative and quantitative essentials to include project integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, human resources, communications, and risk. Practical experience managing a project with complex technology issues.

CSC 4797 Information Systems Capstone: A cumulative experience to complete a student's portfolio of expertise in information systems and technology. Student driven project emphasizing system integration, design and communication skills.

Electives = 45 Credits, 15 Courses

Students must complete 45 credits/15 courses to satisy the electives requirements of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Note: MAT 1320 Calculus I is highly recommended for all students seeking to attend graduate school.

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Villanova allows students to transfer up to 60 credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Find out more about transfer credits and community college agreements.


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Fall Semester August 7
Fall II Deadline  September 28

College of Professional Studies

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Vasey Hall, Room 103
Villanova, PA 19085

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BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.