BS in Business and Information Systems - New Undergraduate Major for Fall 2008

BS in Business and Information Systems - New Undergraduate Major for Fall 2008

In the fall of 2008, NJIT will offer a new degree in Business and Information Systems.   Faculty member Marvin Nakayama, of the College of Computing Sciences, discusses the new undergraduate degree.

Nakayama is an associate professor who teaches a class, the Foundations of Computer Science, that explores the limits of what a computer can do; not just today's computers but also computers of the future. He is also developing a mathematical method that will explain failures in our electrical power grid. And a student of his is creating a computer simulation that will solve complex financial problems. Wall Street analysts rely on simulations to study the stock markets.

I know you are also launching an undergraduate degree in Computing and Business.  How will the Business and Information Systems degree differ from the Computing and Business degree?

In the Business and Information Systems program, there will be more of an emphasis on the design and evaluation of software systems and applications. There will be less of an emphasis on programming. The BS in Business and Information Systems will teach students concepts in both business and information systems. The focus is on the application of computing and information systems in business, government and non-profit organizations. On the information-systems side, students will study databases, application development tools, Web design, software use and evaluation, management information and decision support systems. Business-wise, they’ll learn about accounting, finance, financial products, business operations, and marketing.

Will students with the Business and Information Systems degree find good jobs?

Students who graduate with the Business and Information Systems degree will be prepared to find high paying technology jobs in business, without having to spend a lot of time learning about business on the job. Graduates will find jobs in the business world as system analysts, using and deploying information systems, decision support systems, and other MIS applications, database designers and analysts, database and information systems auditors, and Web developers, in addition to many other exciting opportunities in technology. 

Will students in the BS in Business and Information Systems program be offered internships and co cops?

Oh yes, students will have access to abundant co-op and internship opportunities. They’ll also work as research assistants, helping their professors explore cutting-edge science and technology. One such technology is the Smart Campus project, where dozens of NJIT students are helping NJIT professors develop a new social network that will link the entire campus. Through what is called the Capstone Program, teams of students are placed in local businesses, where they work on solving real problems for those firms - problems that call upon the students to use computing and business skills. They get credit for the work, and they gain invaluable experience.  

Is this programs offered jointly?

Yes. Students will take classes at the College of Computing Sciences as well as at the School of Management. The College of Computing Science recently ranked 22nd in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees in computer science, and sixth for awarding master’s degrees, according to the National Science Foundation.  The School of Management, which offers students an excellent business education, is among the limited number of business schools that are accredited by the International Association for Management Education. . School of Management professors, such as Michael Ehrlich, have had top jobs on Wall Street, and they share that experience with their students. So in a nutshell, the two new degrees have been created for students who like computing and business, and it will give them the edge when it comes time for them to find jobs.

Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Systems (527 KB, pdf)

(By Robert Florida, University Web Services)