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    The major in information systems emphasizes applying computer technology to one of a choice of business fields. Courses cover fundamentals of information technology and programming skills to provide a foundation of essential conceptual knowledge and practical experience. The information systems major consists of a cluster of computer science courses, a cluster of mathematics courses, and a choice of one of the allied areas of specialization.

    SRU Information Systems is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, (410) 347-7700.

    To graduate with the bachelor of science degree in information systems, the student must earn at least a 2.000 quality point average in courses in the major, and at least a 2.000 quality point average over all courses. The courses listed below as Other Required Courses are not included in the major quality point average. Courses taken elsewhere than Slippery Rock University are not counted in either quality point average.

    Note: For transfer students to earn the bachelor of science degree with a major in information systems, the required course work for the major must include a minimum of three computer science courses (9 credits) at the 200-level or above, at least two of which must be at the 300 level or above, and completed at Slippery Rock University.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Requirements for the Major

    Required Computer Science Courses - Credits: 24

    • CPSC 130 - Introduction to Programming and Information Systems Credits: 3
    • CPSC 146 - Programming Principles Credits: 3
    • CPSC 210 - Productivity Software Credits: 3
    • CPSC 300 - Challenges of Computer Technology Credits: 3
    • CPSC 323 - Data Base Systems Credits: 3
    • CPSC 353 - Business Data Communications & Technology Credits: 3
    • CPSC 413 - Systems Analysis Credits: 3
    • CPSC 443 - Software Project Management Credits: 3

    Required Mathematics - Credits: 6-7

    • ECON 219 - Business Statistics Credits: 3


    • MGMT 219 - Business Statistics Credits: 3
    • CPSC 311 - Discrete Computational Structures Credits: 4


    • MATH 225 - Calculus I Credits: 4
    Required Business Environment Courses - Credits: 12
    • ACCT 209 - Financial Accounting Credits: 3
    • ECON 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics Credits: 3


    • ECON 202 - Principles of Microeconomics Credits: 3
    • CPSC 365 - Management Information Systems Credits: 3


    • MGMT 365 - Management Information Systems Credits: 3
    • MGMT 351 - Organizational Behavior Credits: 3
    Required Electives - Credits: 6

    Choose any 2 upper division courses from a single area in the School of Business. See Major Curriculum Guide for course selections.

    Area of Interest Electives - Credits: 9-10

    See your department chairperson or academic adviser for course selection. Areas of interest include: Business, Geographic Information Systems, Health Services Administration, Programming, Safety, Security, and Web Technologies.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.



    Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

    In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

    • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable

    • SAT or ACT Scores

    • $30.00 application fee

    WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.
    Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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