The Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in business analytics and information systems requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 22 s.h. of work for the major. The program provides a variety of educational experiences that develop students' knowledge of managerial decision-making systems. Students acquire skill in applying this knowledge by constructing quantitative models, using computer technology, and creating database systems.

Students choose one of two tracks: business analytics or information systems.

The B.B.A. with a major in business analytics and information systems requires the following course work. For common B.B.A. requirements, see the Bachelor of Business Administration in the Catalog.

Major Common Required Courses7
Required Track Courses12
Required Electives3
Total Hours22

Major Common Required Courses

Students in both tracks must complete these three courses.

MSCI:3030Business Process Analysis3
MSCI:3050Business Analytics and Information Systems Professional Preparation1
MSCI:3200Database Management3

Required Track Courses

Students complete the requirements from one of the two tracks below.

Business Analytics Track

Students in the business analytics track complete all of the following.

MSCI:3250Analyzing Data for Business Intelligence3
MSCI:3500Data Mining3
MSCI:3800Optimization and Simulation Modeling3
MSCI:4150Business Analytics Capstone3

Information Systems Track

Students in the information systems track complete all of the following.

MSCI:3020Business Programming3
MSCI:3300Software Design and Development3
MSCI:3400Data Communications3
MSCI:4350Information Systems Capstone3

Required Electives (Both Tracks)

All students complete at least 3 s.h. from the following.

MSCI:3025VBA Spreadsheet Programming3
MSCI:3100Accounting Information Systems3
MSCI:3920Supply Chain Management3
MSCI:4220Advanced Database Management and Big Data3
MSCI:4280Data Security3
CS:1210Computer Science I: Fundamentals4
ECON:3355Economic and Business Forecasting3
MKTG:3102Marketing Analytics3
Any computer science course for which CS:1210 is a prerequisite3-4
Any course required for the nonselected track3

Sample Plans of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Business Analytics and Information Systems, B.B.A.

Business Analytics Track

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students must complete a minimum of 60 s.h. in non-business courses. a  
To fulfill the Tippie RISE experiential learning requirement, complete an approved course in at least one of the following categories: research with faculty, internship course, study abroad, experiential course. b 0 - 3
 Hours0-3
First Year
Fall
MATH:1340 Mathematics for Business c 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
GE: Historical Perspectives d 3
GE: Natural Sciences without Lab d 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours16
Spring
MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials 2
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
GE: Diversity and Inclusion or GE: Values and Culture d 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
MSCI:3005 Information Systems 3
GE: Social Sciences (excluding ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics and ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics) d 3
 Hours16
Spring
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting 3
MSCI:2800 Business Analytics 3
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall
MSCI:3050 Business Analytics and Information Systems Professional Preparation 1
MSCI:3000 Operations Management 3
MSCI:3200 Database Management 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol 3
GE: International and Global Issues d 3
 Hours13
Spring
MSCI:3030 Business Process Analysis 3
MSCI:3250 Analyzing Data for Business Intelligence 3
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
MSCI:3500 Data Mining 3
MSCI:3800 Optimization and Simulation Modeling 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Spring
MSCI:4150 Business Analytics Capstone 3
Major: BAIS elective 3
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 1
 Hours13
 Total Hours120-123

Information Systems Track

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students must complete a minimum of 60 s.h. in non-business courses. a  
To fulfill the Tippie RISE experiential learning requirement, complete an approved course in at least one of the following categories: research with faculty, internship course, study abroad, experiential course. b 0 - 3
 Hours0-3
First Year
Fall
MATH:1340 Mathematics for Business c 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
GE: Historical Perspectives d 3
GE: Natural Sciences without Lab d 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours16
Spring
MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials 2
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
GE: Diversity and Inclusion or GE: Values and Culture d 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
MSCI:3005 Information Systems 3
GE: Social Sciences (excluding ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics and ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics) d 3
 Hours16
Spring
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting 3
MSCI:2800 Business Analytics 3
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall
MSCI:3050 Business Analytics and Information Systems Professional Preparation 1
MSCI:3000 Operations Management 3
MSCI:3200 Database Management 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol 3
GE: International and Global Issues d 3
 Hours13
Spring
MSCI:3030 Business Process Analysis 3
MSCI:3020 Business Programming 3
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
MSCI:3300 Software Design and Development 3
MSCI:3400 Data Communications 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Spring
MSCI:4350 Information Systems Capstone 3
Major: BAIS elective 3
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 1
 Hours13
 Total Hours120-123

The business analytics and information systems major prepares students for careers in data mining, supply chain management, and the design and management of information technology. The major prepares students for career opportunities in both manufacturing and service organizations. Graduates find entry-level work as computer programmers, systems analysts, sales representatives with computer companies, and management trainees. Entry-level work in operations management is found in materials management, line supervision, purchasing, and manufacturing systems.

Over 90 percent of students reported that they found permanent employment, were accepted to graduate school, or were not seeking employment within six months of graduation.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs. For more information about careers in business analytics and information systems, visit the Pomerantz Career Center website.