Programs and Degrees
Managing information and processes are at the heart of every successful organization. Businesses must leverage technology and organizational resources to survive in the fast paced, highly competitive environment that exists today.
Information systems and technology are critical to all organizations as they help improve efficiency and productivity, improve decision making, ensure regulatory compliance, safeguard information, and can deliver competitive advantages. In the 21st century almost all organizations use information and communication technologies to efficiently manage their operations and facilitate seamless communications with their employees, customers, partners and other stakeholders. In this essential business role, IS/IT professionals serve as the bridge between people and technology.
Supply Chain Management (SCM) is an essential element to operational efficiency. SCM can be applied to customer satisfaction and company success, as well as within societal settings, including medical missions, disaster relief operations and other kinds of emergencies. Supply chain management helps streamline everything from day-to-day product flows to helping those affected by unexpected natural disasters. With the tools and techniques that SCM offers, you’ll have the ability to properly diagnose problems, work around disruptions, manage the logistics of getting product to your customers and determine how to efficiently move products to those in a crisis situations.
The IOTM department offers coursework leading to degrees that prepare students for professional careers in information systems management, technology management and supply chain management.
- BBA - Information Systems
- BBA - Supply Chain Management
- Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Information Systems (IS) integrates business processes, computing technologies and innovation. Information Systems is first and foremost a business degree and prepares graduates to align the application of information technology to the strategic and operational needs of a business.
IS professionals are astute and creative problem solvers and operate as an internal consultant to all functional areas of the organization. They serve as liaisons between the business and the technical solutions providers. Employers, looking for IS recruits, often define their target candidate as "a strong business student with an aptitude for technology".
IS students gain a solid foundation in business and become computer-savvy through hands-on experience with the latest technologies. A student majoring in IS acquires knowledge and skills across a variety of technologies and topics. Depending on the individual interests and career goals of the student, those topics may include: an introduction to application development, database management, systems analysis and design, networking and communications, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, web design, information security, business intelligence and data visualization.
This major requires completion of the business core classes plus seven courses that concentrate on IS topics and technologies. Review the Course Requirements for Information Systems
Supply Chain Management performs the oversight of materials, information, and finances as they move from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. Supply chain management involves coordinating and integrating these flows both within and among companies.
Supply Chain Management is a discipline that teaches students about the identification, acquisition, access, positioning, management of resources and related capabilities a company needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives.
Supply Chain Management majors have the opportunity to study a host of areas, including sourcing, industrial marketing, logistics, transportation, quality management, production planning, information systems, and emerging practices in supply chain, operations, and e-commerce. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to manage people, resources, and research operations from product design, process evaluation, TQM, facility layout, and planning and scheduling perspective.
This major requires completion of the business core classes plus seven courses that concentrate on Supply Chain Management topics and technologies. Review the Course Requirements for Supply Chain Management
The BSIT program is a blended program between the College of Engineering and the College of Business and Innovation with a more technically focused curriculum. The student with a BSIT degree is prepared to enter into a career in the management of the technology infrastructure of organizations of all types and sizes.
The BSIT program specifically focuses on the technology side of information technology and emphasizes interfacing technologies and the management of technologies. The curriculum covers the operational support and administration of diverse computing systems and the integration of existing technologies, components and products.
The IT curriculum emphasizes both content (an understanding of computers and computer systems) and context (the organization in which the computers are being used) and will provide IT students with a broad base of core computer-related technical skills and knowledge. Students will complete coursework in: programming, networking, human computer interaction, databases and web systems. Students will be well prepared for positions as information technologists providing operational and infrastructure support for computer and information systems in business, manufacturing, and institutional organizations.
- Business Information Security
- Enterprise Resource Planning
- Information Systems
- Supply Chain Management
Cyber attacks no longer just come from mischievous hackers playing games. They come from organized, smart, stealthy criminal groups and nations looking to steal intelligence and capital. Understanding the cyber criminals that threaten organizations is the cornerstone of a strong business defense.
Cyber security broadly covers the fields of information security, network security and computer system security. As malicious actors seek to steal information, securing that information, the systems that process and store it and the networks that carry it becomes increasingly important.
This minor seeks to provide students with both the technical skills and the theoretical knowledge to address evolving security challenges and recognize business information security risks.
Security is not just an IT problem, it's a business problem. Even the lowest of low-level users can inadvertently spark a breach incident with the click of the mouse. This minor can help prepare future business leaders to be conversant in basic security principals or prepare IS/IT students for an entry level position in business information security.
Most Fortune 500 companies rely on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software which helps integrate and streamline business processes in an organization. The ERP minor explores every aspect of enterprise-wide information systems, from basic process integration to advanced business intelligence. An ERP minor enables students to get an in-depth view of how organizations are managed using single integrated ERP software such as SAP.
Coursework in the minor will expose students to implementation, operation and analysis of big data for business decision making using the SAP ERP system.
There are many jobs that require significant exposure to an ERP system and this minor will help students prepare and compete for this job market effectively.
Because information systems are woven into the fabric of all organizations, the IS Minor is a perfect complement to any business major. Students with an IS minor set themselves apart and demonstrate that they understand the importance of data, information and the systems that support them.
As more sophisticated technology is implemented across all organizations, demand for systems expertise continues to grow. Many organizations are now hiring candidates to fill a liaison role between their functional area (like Accounting, Marketing, HR, Sales, etc.) and IS. Business majors with an IS minor are uniquely positioned to fill those and many other specialty type roles.
Supply chain management is the coordination of the associated processes required both within a business, as well as across businesses and suppliers, to deliver products and services–from raw materials to customer delivery. The minor provides students with a background in areas commonly needed to support supply chain management, including business strategy, information systems, lean/quality management, customer service, purchasing, negotiations, contracts, forecasting, inventory management, logistics, and project management.
The Supply Chain Management minor is designed to offer students in other disciplines an opportunity to learn about the implications of supply chain issues.
Minors require the completion of 3 – 4 additional courses and are great compliments to any business or UT major.
Many of our IOTM students choose an IOTM major and then select a minor, specialization, or double-major in a cross-functional area of study. Popular dual-majors and minors include:
Information Systems and Finance
Information Systems and Management
Information Systems and Accounting
Information Technology and Marketing
Supply Chain Management majors have the same opportunity for cross-functional specializations and/or double-majors. These areas that are viewed as very popular options among our students are Finance, Marketing, and Management.