About the Program
The WVU Tech Information Systems program focuses on the practical and business application of computer science. Students will be trained as highly skilled professionals with expertise in network administration, website development, and network, database, and computer systems management. A degree in Information Systems will prepare students for a variety of jobs including: Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts, and Network & Computer Systems Administrators. The average starting salaries for Information Systems majors is $57,000.
This program contains fundamental computer programming courses and courses specially developed for Information Systems majors including database management, e-commerce, and computer security. Those courses are supplemented by highly specialized business management courses such as Visual Basic for business applications, business information systems, and business statistics.
Technical electives allow students to focus on either business management or theoretical aspects of computer science and mathematics. Students choosing to focus in business can select courses in accounting, marketing, business and financial management, and business law. Information System students can easily select electives to complete a Business Administration minor while completing their Information Systems’ degree.
For a computer science focus, the department offers a wide variety of courses on computer systems, programming, computer networks and special topics such as artificial intelligence, game programming, image processing, and computer graphics. Additionally, students have the opportunity to learn additional programming languages, advanced programming concepts or other applications of computing by taking any of the computer science electives.
The majority of the courses are taught in computer labs, giving students the advantage of a hands-on learning environment. The average class size of twelve students for the required information system courses facilitates one-to-one interaction with our well-qualified, full-time faculty members. Information Systems majors are required to complete a Professional Field Experience that requires working 200 hours as an intern in a computing profession to gain work experience and apply knowledge learned from various courses.
Students completing the Information Systems program will be well prepared for either a career in Information Systems or to continue their education by attending graduate school.