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Bachelor | Information Systems, Computer Sciences

Overview

Information Systems, Computer Sciences

Summary

The ICS department offers undergraduate degrees in Business Informatics and Computer Science. Graduate program proposals are at various stages in the approval process. The department even offers an Informatics Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Each curriculum is made up of courses designed to provide students with the strong technical background needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges.

Informatics refers to the application of information systems to a particular domain, such as business. In a nutshell, informatics focuses on developing systems that allow a business to function more effectively from an IT perspective, in effect providing an organization with a competitive advantage based on superior information technology.

Computer Science develops the software that makes computer systems function successfully, while Business Informatics develops software that makes businesses function successfully.

 

Highlights

  • Classes at ISU tend to be small, with courses in upper division informatics courses averaging 10-30 students.
  • Classes are taught by professors rather than teaching assistants.
  • Professors are highly accessible and enjoy working closely with individual students to help them develop their skills and knowledge.
  • All professors have professional experience in the computing industry prior to entering academia.
  • All faculty have been very carefully selected for their in-depth knowledge of their field, but also for their helpful and caring personalities. Students are our top priority, and our focus is on maintaining a dynamic, open, rich context for student learning.

Majors

Computer Science
The Computer Science program offers a bachelor’s of science degree in Computer Science, as well as a minor in Computer Science. The goal of the Computer Science program at Idaho State University is to provide students with a broad, yet rigorous Computer Science education, with emphasis in operating systems, computer organization and architecture, data structures and algorithms, software implementation, programming languages, computer security, networks, and project management. The curriculum incorporates 30 credit hours of math and science including differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, discrete math, and statistics. The B.S. in Computer Science prepares graduates to enter a wide range of high-paying careers, including software engineering, graphics, databases, and cyber security.
Business Informatics
Informatics refers to information systems applied within the context of another domain. Business Informatics focuses on developing software and hardware systems that make it possible for a business to function more effectively from an IT perspective, ultimately providing an organization with a competitive advantage based on superior application of information technology. The Business Informatics major prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including systems analysis, application software development, web development, and database design. The Business Informatics degree is highly technically oriented. The curriculum includes five programming courses along with the more traditional Systems Analysis and Design course and a Database Design and Implementation course. We take the study of software development even further with a Systems Development & Implementation Methodologies course that focuses on the implementation phase using approaches like the Agile Development Methodology.
Schedule Part-time and full-time
Duration 4 Years
Presence of students On-campus and on-line
Enrollment capacity per term 200
Total number of enrolled students 120
Tuition and fees per year 3392.00 dollars per semester
Scholarships available Yes

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As Chair and Professor of Informatics and Computer Science at Idaho State University, I lead a department that lies at the nexus of the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Business. Leading such a diversified and quickly evolving department has provided me with unique experience collaborating with upper administration, faculty, and employers statewide as well as managing change across a range of programs.

I have served as an administrator since 2012, and my experience includes restructuring all of our undergraduate programs, directing our expansion into graduate offerings, devising a strategy for expanding our offerings beyond our current market, and implementing a program to connect experienced faculty and talented students with business partners to solve real world problems and provide students with opportunities to learn and grow.

I have over 70 peer-reviewed publications, and I have a sustained record of quality research and scholarship even after assuming my administrative duties, with fourteen refereed publications coming after 2012. I am currently part of an interdisciplinary team that is engaged in a funded research project.

I was selected the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year by the Associated Students of ISU, and was recognized as an Outstanding Master Teacher by ISU in both 2011 and 2012. I also received the ISU College of Business 2002-2003 Outstanding Teacher Award. I received the ISU College of Business 2005-2006 Outstanding Research Award. In 2007 I was awarded a Curtin University Research Fellowship in Perth, Australia.

As an experienced and innovative technology professional with experience developing software systems for one of the top Fortune 500 companies, I have a thorough understanding of the challenges of business education in an increasingly competitive and technologically diverse environment.

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