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B.S. Information Systems

Implement your career plan with an information systems degree

To have a competitive edge, organizations must develop the kind of operational strength found only at the intersection of technology and business. Leading the way? Best-of-breed managers who can successfully help companies strategically and effectively leverage technology. Franklin’s B.S. Information Systems degree program can help you understand -- and harness --  all that technology has to offer, including growing a customer base, deepening customer loyalty and strengthening marketplace position.

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Program Overview

Become a catalyst for technology-driven business improvements

Franklin's transfer-friendly Information Systems major is designed for professionals who seek to better understand how organizations use information technology to improve operations, support decision making and strategically create competitive advantage. The IS program allows you to choose from one of two highly in-demand disciplinary tracks: Analytics and Project Management. And for those who are intrigued about the intersection of both tracks, combining analytics with project management is a viable option that will increase your marketability.

Our Information Systems curriculum imparts the business savvy to understand the how and why of business operations, the technical depth to identify innovative uses of information systems, and the communication skills to mobilize cross-functional teams toward the implementation of game-changing solutions. That's why your coursework focuses on key areas including: analytics, project management, data and information modeling, requirements definition, business analysis, systems analysis, process re-engineering, agile project management, and technical communication

Gain specialized skills in analytics and project management

You'll be better prepared to tackle the complex issues businesses face in making evidence-based decisions as a result of Franklin's spotlight on analytics and project management throughout the Information Systems program coursework. You will have the opportunity to major in the fast-growing area of analytics or the well-established disciplined of project management. Through hands-on, group and individual projects, you'll gain practical experience on how organizations leverage information from large data sets to make decisions that impact cross-functional units of the organization. Employing agile project management methodologies, you will learn how technology is strategically deployed to support, grow and transform businesses. Choose to focus on data manipulation and information modeling, as part of the Analytics pathway or choose Project Management to learn methodological approaches to conceptualizing, planning and executing projects using current and emerging agile project management approaches.

Benefit from industry-leading curriculum taught by experienced faculty

Because our course offerings reflect the recommendations of computing professional societies, such as the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), you can be confident your education reflects industry-leading standards.

You'll learn from real-world practitioners, too; professions with extensive years of experience in the field who teach, encourage, and inspire, helping you learn from their mistakes and build upon their successes. And because an expert advisory panel regularly reviews our curriculum, you can be assured that our Information Systems degree program is current and relevant, even in a rapidly changing information systems environment.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

124 Semester Hours
Fundamental General Education Core (24 hours)
English Composition

Choose a minimum of 3 semester hours from:

In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.

*If the course does not have a research paper component, WRIT 130 Research Paper, two semester credits, is also required.


Choose a minimum of three semester hours from:

This course is designed to prepare students for Applied Calculus and Discrete Mathematics and to provide the mathematical background needed for the analytic reasoning used in other courses. Topics include functions and their graphs, including exponential and logarithmic functions; complex numbers; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; basic principles of counting and probability; and other selected topics.

Choose MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite. This course can count as a general education or University elective.

*at least one mathematics or statistics course beyond the level of intermediate algebra.


Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

Understanding Science: Principles, Practice & Theory is a two credit hour course that introduces students to the major themes, processes, and methods common to all scientific disciplines. Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate all kinds of phenomena, scientific, pseudoscientific, and other. The focus is on the nature of science so students will develop an understanding of how science works and develop an appreciation for the process by which we gain scientific knowledge.
Introduction to Scientific Analysis and Reasoning is a four credit hour course consisting of three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of laboratory. This course is an introduction to critical thinking on statistical and scientific claims. The student will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate popular sources of (mis)information and to better understand and evaluate all sorts of scientific claims and arguments. The focus of the course is on students developing thoughtful and critical use of scientific information and research to be able to separate truth from deception and make decisions that affect their personal lives and roles as informed and engaged citizens.

*Two science courses, with one having a laboratory component.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

  • Choose coursework from the Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology disciplines, or PUAD 295 American Government in Action.

*The six semester hours must come from at least two different disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

The goal of this course is to help you improve your ethical analysis and reasoning skills. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing ethical arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. In this course, you will discover how to apply the following questions to your job and everyday life. Why do we need ethics if we have laws to govern our behavior' Does the majority view determine what is ethical and what is not' Are feelings, desires, and preferences reliable ethical guides' Is it ever appropriate to criticize another individual's (or culture's) ethical judgment' Are people always responsible for their actions' Do human beings have a natural tendency to good, a natural tendency to evil' both' neither' Is there a single moral code that is binding on all people, at all times, and in all places'
  • Choose additional coursework from the Humanities discipline.

Additional General Education Requirements (12 hours)
This course focuses on using spreadsheets to solve business applications.
This course focuses on using databases to solve business applications.
This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.
By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
A basic public speaking course intended to improve the student's ability to think critically and to communicate orally. Theory and practice are provided in various speaking situations. Each student is required to speak before an audience, but class work also involves reading, gathering and organizing information, writing and listening.
This is an intermediate course focusing on the composition of research papers. Students in this course prepare to be active participants in professional discourse communities by examining and practicing the writing conventions associated with their own fields of study and work. By calling attention to the conventions of disciplinary writing, the course also prepares students for upper-division college writing and the special conventions of advanced academic discourse. Course activities include three extended research papers, semi-formal writing addressing interdisciplinary communication, and readings fostering critical engagement with disciplinary conversations.
Professional Core (24 hours)

Information systems disciplines acceptable for fulfillment of this area or transfer include*:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Science
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Web Development

*A maximum of 8 credit hours may be at the 100 level. Other information systems disciplines not listed above may be accepted for transfer. Inquiries should be directed to the Information Systems program chair.

University Electives (28 hours)

Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Major Area (24 hours)
This course covers fundamental concepts necessary for the design, use, implementation and administration of database systems. The course will stress the fundamentals of database modeling and design, the languages and facilities provided by database management systems, and some techniques for implementing and administering database systems. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
This course leads students through the foundational concepts, methods and concerns related to the practice of information / data analysis from the posing of questions needing answers to gathering the data, generating statistics, analyzing the results, formulating answers to the questions, and reporting those answers. Course topics include defining clear, accurate and actionable research questions and the answers, selecting data and methods; generating relevant statistics and reporting the story the data tells regarding the questions and the sought-after answers using basic tools such as those intrinsic to spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel.
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of information technology project management and techniques for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling of resources to accomplish specific project goals. Both technical and behavioral aspects of project management are discussed. While the focus is on information technology projects, the principles follow the nine project management knowledge areas outlined in the Project Management Institute's PMBOK® Guide Third Edition and thus are applicable to the management of any project. Topics will include integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, and procurement management. Project management software utilization is emphasized. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
This course provides a conceptual survey of general systems theory followed by a conceptual and technological survey of the structure of distributed information systems architectures, operating systems, network operating systems, peripheral technology and user interfaces. Interoperability between these architectural components will be explored and current technology and trends in each architectural element will be reviewed. This course will de-emphasize, although not ignore, mainframe architectures in favor of information architectures more applicable to client/server computing. The various interacting categories of client/server computing as well as the benefits and implications of such a system will be fully explored.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), tools and methods. The course is centered on evaluating existing business processes and choosing a system development methodology to improve upon it. Emphasis will be on analyzing, modeling and designing processes that improve business processes through the deployment of information technology. It will also emphasize the factors for effective communication and integration with users and user systems. It encourages interpersonal skill development with clients, end-users, team members and others associated with development, operation and maintenance of systems.
This course provides a capstone experience that integrates the material contained in the General Education, Technical Area, Major Area Core and the Major Area elective courses of the Information Systems major. First, students review the major areas of the program including topics from the appropriate Major Area electives. Second, students manage and /or participate in an Information Systems project appropriate to their selected Major Area electives. Third, students take a standardized exam that includes topics from all Major Area Core courses and their declared Major Area electives.
Major Electives (8 hours)
This course introduces students to the discipline of data manipulation and visualization in the context of information analysis as science, an art and a practice. This course explores these topics: the theoretical foundations of the discipline, common artistic design approaches, proven practical methods in relation to the analysis, understanding and depiction of the results of mathematical analysis of information, the relationship of visualization and data manipulation methods to fields of study, cultures of practice and the archiving of analytical work for future use.
This course leads students through an exploratory tour of the primary information models used in providing executive and management decision support for an organization. Typical functional areas of organizations are included, such as marketing, finance, and operations regarding management and executive decision making necessary for the successful current and future operation of typical organizations. Concurrent to studying a variety of applicable information models, students learn to apply the specific software technologies based on these models, such as expert systems, neural networks, graphical/visual interfaces, learning systems, data mining techniques, and decision analysis methodologies.
Project Management
This course introduces students to the concepts, methods and approaches involved in the process of requirements analysis and testing, in the context of the necessary procedures that comprise the process of confirming requirements for a new or upgraded information system: requirements elicitation analysis, specification, verification and management.
This course focuses on knowledge, understanding and skills related to building competencies in overseeing the architecture, design, and implementation of software systems. Specific topics include agile software development practices, planning and governance of large projects, identification, assessment and management of current and emerging information technologies, and the application of project management tools for software architecture, project communications, risk analysis, cost estimation and budgeting, and quality control in managing the software development life cycle.
Systems Analysis
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to design and implement data gathering processes and information analytics architectures within data warehousing environments appropriate for supporting data mining and information analytics modeling applicable to the solving of typical operational, supply and demand problems encountered by organizations. Learning will be supported by relevant texts, lectures, research papers, collaboration sessions and projects, both individual and team-based. The database, data warehouse, and computational tools used in this course are Oracle Corporation products.
Systems integration permeates the information management landscape, operating conceptually on three levels: the strategy of achieving enterprise-level information systems (IS) integration, the process at the IS department-level to achieve integration and the selection of technologies needed to achieve integration. This course examines these levels of systems integration, emphasizing realistic solutions, guidelines, and practices, through a hands-on approach.
Additional Requirements

All students are required to pass College Writing (WRIT 120), either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) and either Speech Communication (SPCH 100) or Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) prior to enrolling in any other course at the 200 level or above. Either PF 121 or PF 321 must be taken prior to the first BLF course, or it may be taken concurrently with the first 15-week BLF course. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) in place of Learning Strategies (PF 321). Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.

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Career Opportunities

Business Analyst

Medical Insurance Company Administrators assess potential exposure to financial risk, working to limit or eliminate liability claims.

Business Intelligence Analyst

Business Intelligence Analysts interpret and apply data visualization, descriptive and summary data for predictive and prescriptive purposes.

Data Analyst

Data Analysts collect, organize, model, analyze and interpret data using advanced quantitative and analytics tools and strategies.

Information System Project Manager

Information System Project Managers plan and direct projects aimed at the implementation of new and/or improved information system technologies to support business needs, requirements and processes.

Process Reengineering Analyst

Process Reengineering Analysts re-think and re-design workflows in an organization to reduce costs and increase efficiency, accuracy and quality to better support the organization’s mission.

Reporting Analyst

Reporting Analysts develop systems and standards for business reports, such as data-driven digital dashboards showing current and predicted status of business processes to guide future business decisions.

Requirements Analyst

Requirements Analysts work with various stakeholders to collaboratively define and document business requirements.

Systems Analyst

Systems Analysts investigate business problems and propose technology-based solutions, software and systems, ensuring that business standards and requirements are me

Technical Documentation Specialist

Technical Documentation Specialists create and maintain manuals, operating instructions, and other documents for computer hardware and software as appropriate for a variety of audiences.

Technical Liaison

Technical Liaisons bridge the gap between business and technology interests by representing the needs of business-side staff, as well as the needs of technical planning groups as appropriate to ensure the needs of both parties are addressed.

Employment Outlook


From 2015-2025 jobs in Information Systems are expected to increase by 11%

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28,343 jobs
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Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2016

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