The Information Systems major at Grace College is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue careers that utilize technology skills within an organizational setting. Careers can include networking, systems analysis, computer programming, web development, desktop support, database administration, systems administration, and systems management. Important skills include communication, problem solving, and critical thinking.
Examples of courses in this major:
Students advance their skill and confidence in using the workbook, database and output capabilities of Microsoft Excel. Focus is on understanding the advanced features of Excel and key issues of design and advanced output capabilities of spreadsheet programs.
During this course students will be exposed to a wide range of IT topics and terminology. Coverage will be divided between personal computer hardware components and troubleshooting, and introductory programming concepts.
This course builds on the concepts learned in ISM110. Students will use an object-oriented programming language to build programs that solve given problems.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the rapidly changing networking and data communications arena. Topics covered include the OSI model, LAN and WAN hardware and software, networked operating systems, protocols, design, and implementation.
A study of database design and implementation with an emphasis on SQL and relational design.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration, Grace College; M.B.A., Stetson University
Prior to coming to Grace in 1998, Professor Rick Koontz spent nine years as Manager of Information Systems for Scholastic Book Fairs in Lake Mary, Florida. In addition to his teaching, he is academic director of the Management of Information Systems program. He is currently working on a D.B.A. in management from Anderson University.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
Network administration involves keeping systems and devices connected and working together. Network administration requires an understanding of how computers communicate and function. Network administrators also secure their networks and work with organizational staff to ensure that their systems are operating correctly. Additional careers within network administration include: Security Administration, Server administration, Communications Administration, Network Technician, Desktop Support, and Help Desk Technician.
If you are a good communicator who also likes problem solving and thinking logically, this might be a good career for you. Programmers work individually or in teams to create the software that helps keep businesses and other organizations functioning efficiently. Other careers involving computer programming include: systems developer, software engineer, web developer, and programmer/analyst.
A systems analyst integrates business knowledge and technology to solve problems or improve organizational operations. The systems analyst works within the organization to understand business problems and then design operational solutions. The systems analyst spends a large portion of their time working with people, so good communication skills are a must. Technology skills also come into play when the systems analyst designs a solution. Students wanting to pursue a career as a systems analyst should consider mixing Information Systems with Business Administration and/or Accounting.
The Internet and electronic commerce (e-commerce) generate lots of data. Computer databases that store information are found in nearly every industry. Data must be stored, organized, and managed. Database administrators work with database software to find ways to do this. They identify user needs, set up computer databases, and test systems. They ensure that systems perform as they should and add people to the system as needed. Database administrators often plan security measures. Data integrity, backup, and security are critical parts of the job.
What others are saying:
When I first attended Grace, it amazed me how much the professors truly want the best for their students. Over the past three years, the professors in the School of Business have genuinely cared about my future. From the classroom, to advising meetings, to the hallway, they create relationships with their students and help provide the best opportunities available. They want to see me graduate. They want to see me succeed. I am not just another student who may or may not pass their class, but a person they truly care about.
—Justin Farrell, B.S. Business Administration/Management of Information Technology, 2012
The Business curriculum was well rounded with plenty of new concepts to try. I loved all the professors. They were all very professional, likable, and awesome!
—Richard Herbert, B.S. Information Systems & Youth Ministry, 2012