The Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in business analytics and information systems requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 21 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 B.B.A. common requirements, see Bachelor of Business Administration in the Catalog.

Major Common Required Courses6
Required Track Courses12
Required Electives3
Total Hours21

Major Common Required Courses

Students in both tracks must complete these two courses.

MSCI:3030Business Process Analysis3
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:4020Android Development3
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 Plan of Study

Business Analytics and Information Systems (B.B.A.)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
GE: Historical Perspectives 3
GE: Social Sciences (excluding ECON:1100 and ECON:1200) 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours16
Spring
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials 2
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
Non-business elective course 2
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
ECON:2800
Statistics for Strategy Problems
or Business Analytics
3
Diversity and Inclusion or Values and Culture 3
GE: Natural Sciences without a lab 3
 Hours16
Spring
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol 1 3
MSCI:3000 Operations Management 3
MSCI:3005 Information Systems 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
MSCI:3030 Business Process Analysis 3
MSCI:3200 Database Management 3
GE: International and Global Issues 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Spring
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 3
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
Business analytics and information systems track requirement 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Business analytics and information systems track requirement 3
Business analytics and information systems track requirement or elective course 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 2
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours14
Spring
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Business analytics and information systems capstone course (MSCI:4150 or MSCI:4350) 3
Business analytics and information systems track requirement or elective course 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 2
 Hours14
 Total Hours120
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BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol must be taken in the first semester after admission to the Tippie College of Business. Direct admits take BUS:3000 their second year.

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, visit What Can I Do with a Major in Business Analytics and Information Systems.