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Given the specifications for a software application, design the appropriate internal and external data structures, then design, implement, and test the algorithms which represent and transform the data structures necessary to solve the problem.

NACE’s Winter 2010 Salary Survey shows that engineering disciplines account for eight of the 10 most highly paid degrees. The only non-engineering related degrees in the top 10 were computer science and information systems.Average salary offer for information systems is $54,038.

Objectives for Information System (IS) majors:


  • Given the specifications for a software application, design the appropriate internal and external data structures, then design, implement, and test the algorithms which represent and transform the data structures necessary to solve the problem.
  • Work independently or within a group programming environment to utilize the object-oriented paradigm and sound software engineering principles, such as using cohesive, independently compiled modules with appropriate abstract data types and user interfaces, in the program development cycle.
  • Communicate technical information clearly and concisely in oral and written forms.
  • Understand client/server and enterprise computing strategies and their important relationships to database design, application programming, data communications, and networking (workstations, LANs, WANs, World-Wide-Web).
  • Use analytical and technical skills for identifying, studying, and solving complex system problems.
  • Implement algorithms using a variety of software development tools based on a solid understanding of the architecture of the tools.
  • Design and implement major components of computer systems, such as hardware architectures, language translators, multi-tasking kernels and graphical user interfaces.
  • Utilize appropriate formal methods to model and analyze algorithms, programming languages, tasks, digital circuits, bus architectures, and other aspects of computer systems.
  • Apply the various stages of the system development life cycle to the creation of medium and large-scale system-level software.

    In this new program at Marietta, you’ll learn how to program in high-level computer languages, use object-oriented design principles, master modern software tools, understand hardware components, communicate ideas and project results orally and in written form, and use analytical and technical skills to develop computer solutions to business problems. Marietta’s graduates hold fulfilling career positions as systems analysts, application programmers, database designers/administrators, and information center support personnel.


    Required Courses

    As a IS major, you'll take courses in:
  • Computer Programming I and II
  • Management Information Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Network Infrastructure and Architecture
  • Database Management Systems Design
  • E-Business and E-Commerce System Development
  • Information Systems Security
  • Additional courses are required in Management and Accounting

    Additional elective courses include Artificial Intelligence, Database Management Systems Design, Mobile Application Development, Enterprise Information Systems and ERP, Commercial Website Development and Management, and Data Warehousing and Data Mining, among others.



  • A multimedia classroom with seating for 32 students
  • A computer classroom with 16 workstations and seating for 30 students
  • A public computer lab/classroom with 9 workstations and seating for 16 students
  • An advanced computer lab used primarily by IS majors for work in their upper level courses. This lab has 6 workstations as well as dedicated Windows and Linux servers.

    After Marietta College...

    From 2010 to 2018, IS Employment in the United States is Projected to Grow by About 1 Million Jobs - Association for Information Systems

    Careers in Information Systems:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Senior System Integrator
  • Bachelor's Degree Candidates in Information Systems yearly salary ranges in $43,000 - 60,000
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    Alum Spotlight - IS

    Information Systems '08
    Deloitte & Touche LLP
    ERS (Enterprise Risk Services) Consultant
    Security & Privacy Services
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    "The biggest advantage is having a professor with real world experience. The IS professor's consulting experience is what really got me interested in the field. After my first IS class I was hooked. I always loved to create websites and e-solutions, so this was the perfect fit."

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