Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in information systems prepares you to analyze and solve complex problems in computing for a variety of businesses and industries. Through a project-oriented curriculum that leads to a professional portfolio, you’ll gain the knowledge and experience to design and implement creative, effective systems and solutions.
- Graduate with a professional portfolio and the skills you need to be competitive in a variety of careers.
- Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
- Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
- Take advantage of incredible internships and jobs available in the exciting Nashville market.
What to Expect
As a student in Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in information systems program, you’ll gain knowledge and experience that will help you meet the needs of companies or clients after you graduate. From business to medicine to education, almost every industry has growing needs for information solutions. Your degree will give you a foundational understanding of hardware, software, databases and networking so you can analyze and meet needs. You’ll learn to use existing systems in innovative ways and design, build and implement new technologies. You’ll also learn about developing cybersecurity solutions and creatively solving design and technical problems.
This program allows you to tailor your education to match your interests and goals when you choose from one of the following specialization tracks:
- Web design and development
- Software engineering
- Rich media design
- Social media and digital marketing
- Game design and development
- Cybersecurity and digital forensics
Throughout the program, you’ll compile your many projects into a professional portfolio that can provide potential employers with tangible evidence of your skills and competence.
Why Choose Trevecca?
Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.
Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.
As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your information systems degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.
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With a degree in information systems, you’ll be well prepared to help meet the growing need for computer and information technology professionals in a variety of industries. Aside from incredible earning potential, your degree gives you flexibility to work in any number of settings or to pursue graduate studies. More specifically, your Bachelor of Science in information systems from Trevecca prepares you to excel in roles like these:
- Information systems manager
- IT auditor
- Social media marketer
- Data scientist
- Web content manager
- Information architect
- Records manager
- Data mining specialist
- Political intelligence consultant
- Health informatics manager
- Security analyst
- Business intelligence specialist
- Database administrator
- User support specialist
- Systems analyst
- UX/UI designer
- Project manager
Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.
Information Systems in Business
This course provides a managerial understanding of hardware, software, networking, and database technologies to form a foundation for formulating the value proposition delivered by timely and accurate information. Automation, transaction processing, management information, decision support, business intelligence, and enterprise resource planning systems will all be addressed. In short, students will examine how information systems can be utilized in the management of business knowledge and processes, as well as the potential to contribute to competitive advantage.
Life, Calling, and Purpose
English Composition I
Emphasizes the recursive writing process through appropriate determination of subject, audience, purpose, and style, with correct usage of grammar, punctuation, and logical organization. Students will use appropriate technologies for writing and learning.
English Composition II: Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
Emphasizes intellectual and analytical reasoning through reading and writing assignments. Includes instruction in library and research technologies and the writing of a research project.
A study of the principles and practices of effective human communication, with emphasis placed on public speaking. The course emphasizes the critical thinking and skill development necessary for effective speech. Listening skills are included in the study.
Provides the student with a basic understanding of his or her economic environment and the basic principles and tools of personal financial management. Emphasis will be placed on personal financial planning, including budgeting, managing personal debt, insurance, taxes, investments, and real estate. When possible, topics will be analyzed and discussed from a Christian perspective.
Introduction to Health and Wellness
Designed to assist the student in their understanding and development of a healthy lifestyle. Emphasis is placed on the components and behaviors that promote lifelong, positive outcomes in the five dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual. Includes a fitness laboratory component. Fee charged.
Problem Solving: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach
This course is designed to promote students' understanding and appreciation of mathematics and to develop quantitative and problem solving skills. The course will further introduce students to a wide range of applications of mathematics to modern life. Topics will be selected from linear and non-linear models, logic, sets, probability, counting techniques, statistics, matrices, and game theory.
Issues in Science
An introduction to themes in the natural sciences that have significantly impacted our world. Among the themes discussed are relativity, modern cosmology, evolutionary thought, biotechnology, advances in modern medicine, biodiversity, and the use of natural resources. Scientific discoveries will be approached with both a historical perspective and a consideration of current and future applications. Interactions of scientific thought and the Christian worldview are considered. Lecture.
A study of biological concepts including the chemistry of life, principles of inheritance, evolutionary theories, biological organization of various organisms, and relationships between organisms and their environment. Issues related to current advances in biotechnology and medicine are also considered. The process of scientific inquiry is emphasized and practiced in both the lecture and laboratory. Fee charged.
Designed to engage students in dialogue with a variety of Western and Non-Western world literature, past and present. ENG 2000 is a recommended prerequisite for all upper-level literature courses.
Introduction to Biblical Faith
An introduction to Biblical faith and literature designed to help the student acquire a knowledge of the basic content of Scripture as well as be able to employ basic Bible study skills.
An introduction to theology as it has developed in the history of the church with a view to understanding the relation between faith and life. Special attention is given to understanding the doctrine of holiness.
Christian Life and Ministry
An integration of Christian spirituality, life, and ministry. Through a wide variety of readings and experiences, care is given to evaluate the spiritual structure of the student and to understand spiritual gifts, disciplines, and what it means for each individual to be a constructive influence in the Church and society.
Designed to give students a historical perspective of music, art, sculpture, and architecture from ancient times to modern times.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Designed to teach the student concepts and skills needed to succeed in an entrepreneurial venture. It will include understanding unique characteristics an entrepreneur should possess, and it will view marketing, economics, finance, accounting, management, communication and legal issues from a small business perspective.
Applied Logic and Mathematics for Computing
The symbiotic relationship between the computing disciplines and mathematics has a long history. The foundations of hardware, software, networks, security, and digital multimedia rooted in theoretical and applied mathematics. This course will explore the mathematics of basic algorithm analysis, data structures, Boolean logic, sets, relations, functions, countability, computability, and complexity as applied to the computing domains. Special emphasis will be given to the practical applications of the binary and hexadecimal number system across the computing disciplines and the development of the theoretical finite state automation.
Business Analytics and Intelligence
Enterprises today gather massive amounts of data that are archived using a variety of storage systems and technologies. Organizations now realize the value of accessing, synthesizing, and analyzing that vast data store to create business value. The ability to transform this data into business information that will enable managers and executives to make informed strategic business decisions has now become essential to business competitiveness. Using a variety of innovative analytical tools, the student will learn to harness the power of data to solve business problems as well as suggest new directions to create value for business.
Foundations of Software Design and Development
Technology is all around us. It is deeply embedded and integrated into our daily lives. More than ever technology and design is the fabric of our culture, society, and core for modern business. Not only is technology the key enabler for strategic growth in today's digital economy but it is also a foundational pillar of communication around the world. From social media to online commerce, programming is the core foundational tool that organizations use to run their businesses. More than ever businesses need creative problem solvers to help expand their reach through technology enablement. You will begin your journey here in this course to empower modern businesses to succeed in our digital economy. You will begin to learn the fundamental principles that are the underlying framework for technology. That is to say that programming is the key element that drives the capabilities of simple to advanced systems. In this course, you will be learning a creative approach to problem-solving with code that is both scalable and timeless.
Foundations of Web Design and Development
The ubiquitous aspects of the web are at all intersections of modern life. Instead of having social and business communications and applications walled off and only accessible as desktop applications, the Internet provides a development environment and ecosystem to facilitate serious and powerful computing, accessible to people around the globe. In this course students will learn the core fundamental principles and tenets of web technologies and development methodologies. This course is designed to provide in-depth, hands-on instruction in designing and scripting web sites. Major web scripting languages are covered in detail. Students will also learn how to implement visual design principles and digital design software. Through a project-based approach, students will develop the skills needed to develop web sites in a business environment.
Foundations of Data and Database Management
Computers in all visible and hidden forms, from embedded chips to supercomputers, must input, output, store, and process data. Foundationally critical is the understanding that the digital world is binary data in all forms, including computer instructions we call software. The characteristics, structure, and meaning of this data must be understood by the computing professional to adequately protect and transform it into meaningful information and appropriate uses. Digital representations of our world requires professionals to accurately and efficiently store, search, retrieve, classify, analyze, and report this information. In this course the student will lay a foundation of understanding to accurately interpret what "digital" means and how binary data is stored, retrieved, and moved in software applications, operating system file subsystems, communications networks, and more complex relational and non-relational databases. Through problem sets and hands-on exercises, students will apply concepts to practice. There is no area of study in computing technology that is not touched by the storage, retrieval, and manipulation of binary data.
Foundations of Cybersecurity and Forensics
Because of increased cyber threats on financial, health, and other information, securing what is important to us has become a priority to companies and individuals. This course is designed to provide an in-depth introduction to wide range of cybersecurity issues confronting organizations today and the methods by which practitioners can secure a business environment. Since significant investments are being made in the security of networks and the IT infrastructure today, specific emphasis is placed on global network based threats and vulnerabilities. Other topics include physical security, access control, authentication, authorization, data security and integrity, encryption, recovery, computer forensics, penetration testing and business continuance. Students will learn about and work with firewalls, network security, application security, email security, and tools for securing, monitoring, and auditing the IT environment.
Foundations of Networking Infrastructure
As an exponential number of devices are added to the global network, including cameras, thermostats, and security systems, the ability to understand how the Internet of Things (IOT) works has become paramount to both the individual and to the corporate environment. This course is designed to introduce the student to a wide range of network architectures, infrastructure, and configuration options. Throughout the course the student will explore the concepts of physical and virtual environments and network designs as well as the knowledge required to manage these complex environments. The course will cover the topics of wired and wireless networking including system virtualization, virtual local area networks, and network hardware and software.
Programming in Java
ITI 2400/PHY 2100
The world is composed of objects of various kinds that interact with one another. Gaining an understanding of how to program using the perspective of objects will help the student to develop software that will be understandable and reusable. Students will explore features of object-based design and development using Java including UML, encapsulation, polymorphism, and inheritance. Java has gained a significant foothold in nearly every facet of technology in society and learning to program with it will provide a solid foundation for those wishing to pursue a knowledge of other object-based languages. An introduction to writing event-driven graphical interfaces will provide students a solid foundation for creating interactive software.
Portfolio Assessment I
The Portfolio I course is designed to prepare students to create a digital online presence in order to competitively position themselves in the marketplace. Students are prepared to develop a communication and presentation strategy that best suits their career goals.
Information Technology Internship I
The IT internship offers deep learning and mentoring in an IT-related applied setting for which students receive academic credit under the guidance of the University "Learning Contract". The applied experience is onsite at an outside employer. The internship requires the onsite supervisor to establish written expectations for a project-based experience, meets regularly with the student, and provides a written evaluation using a format provided by the university. At 55 hours per credit hour a 3 credit hour work experience will result in 15 hours per week per semester (165 hours total), or 4 weeks of full time.
Portfolio Assessment II
This senior presentation course is the culmination of your studies, meant to help you demonstrate talent, skills and presentation, and communication abilities. This experience will not only provide you the opportunity to begin honing your skills in presenting your work to be used for expanding your career, but it will allow you to receive feedback from experienced designers and developers from the industry on ways you can improve your portfolio as you begin your job hunt. While it is critical to show finished work which reflects strong concepts, design and technical abilities, it is also important to be able to demonstrate the process used to create the work along with the reasoning which led its final form. Each senior is allowed to present 4- 5 projects. These projects can have multiple components but, in total, can't exceed a total of 10. Presentations are to be, at least, 10 minutes and no longer than 15 and are to be made digitally online or with a projector. The presentation should cover your creative process from beginning to end.
Senior Seminar in Computing
The senior seminar is a learning space where students actively evaluate and critique the questions, controversies, and complexities of the information technology, information systems, computer science, and graphic design disciplines. While developing disciplinary and research skills, students lead discussions that explore current topics and challenges of intellectual importance. The seminar is facilitated by the faculty member with the goal of preparing students for academic research and professional success.
Foundations of UX Design
Deeply rooted in the success of digital experiences is a key intersection between psychology and sociology. User Experience design (or UX Design) is the study and practice of the psychological and design principles of how users interact with interactive systems. This course is a formal study of human computer interaction, information architecture, and usability design. Students will learn analysis and design techniques that will help them to evaluate users, styles, tasks and other factors of the human-computer interface. The course provides a foundation for students to be able to build effective computer interfaces that support human needs and improved productivity. Students are also introduced to UX History and current research. The total spectrum of human-computer interaction is contained within the field of User Experience design. This course focuses on the interactive design process in order to generate rapid prototypes that are used to steer business and product design decisions. This course will teach students how to take a concept from prototype to digital product. Students will learn how to transform ideas into tangible reality. Students will learn how to develop user stories and user tasks that will be utilized for the shaping of the product definition and functionality, while at the same time learning how to build a design and a development road map.
Foundations of Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Virtualization of computing hardware, networks, and software has revolutionized the way that IT professionals architect and implement systems. Grounded in distributed systems and scalable software systems principles, virtualization reached critical mass in recent decades and provided a foundational component and catalyst for the globalization of the Internet and cloud computing. Virtualization has provided the technical means to support the exponential growth and business rationale for large data repositories, while cloud computing has been the result of its application in creating new business models. Infrastructure as a service, platforms as a service, and software as a service continue to provide foundational cloud-based computing resources for the 21st century global business. This course will introduce the student to the theoretical foundations of parallel and distributed systems that are applied in the technology of virtualization. These system architectures exist in the cloud as infrastructure, platform, and software services. The student will gain hands-on experience observing and implementing cloud-based services and evaluate their advantages, disadvantages, and common uses.
IT Project Management
Organizations now recognize the extreme importance in managing large technology projects in order to meet strategic objectives and provide a competitive advantage. Knowledge of project management techniques has now become essential to career growth. This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of project management with an emphasis on managing the unique challenges of information technology (IT) projects. Students will be introduced to the IT project management process using industry accepted methodologies including the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Agile, and Six Sigma. Extensive case related work will be used to help students understand the important aspects of time, performance, and cost estimation in relation to the unique conditions often present in information technology projects. Each of the critical phases of the IT project management process will be reviewed in detail using practical examples from the IT industry. Students are also introduced to computer-based project management software.
HISTORY (CHOOSE ONE)
World Civilizations: Ancient and Medieval World
A course of study from ancient times to the 1500s dealing with persistent and recurring political, social, and economic issues in history that thinking people have examined and that have shaped our contemporary world. This course covers Western and non-Western cultures. Offered every semester.
World Civilizations: Early Modern and Modern World
A course of study from the 1500s to the present dealing with persistent and recurring political, social, and economic issues in history that thinking people have examined and that have shaped our contemporary world. This course covers Western and non-Western cultures. Offered every semester.
PHILOSOPHY (CHOOSE ONE)
Introduction to Philosophy
A general introduction to the study of philosophy, both Western and non-Western. The course is organized around three domains of philosophical reflection: metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Representative philosophers from Socrates to Confucius will be used to illuminate the philosophical task. The course also includes discussion of world religions as representatives of non-Western philosophy.
A philosophical analysis of the narratives and principles that have contributed to moral and ethical norms for human action.
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
A study of two-person (dyadic) communication. Topics include: human communication theory, verbal and nonverbal codes, development of self-concept, perception, impression formation, and relationship development. Preferred prerequisite for all courses leading to an Interpersonal Communication major.
General introduction to major areas of psychology with emphasis on the psychological bases for understanding human behavior. A recommended prerequisite to other psychology courses except PSY 2175.
The nature and functions of sociology, the development of social ideas and institutions and the processes of social interactions and social structure. A recommended prerequisite to courses in Sociology numbered above 2000.
Choose a Track
Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics
This course in digital forensics takes the approach that there has been an attempt to breach your organizations data or individual systems, or there has been an actual breach. This process of forensics includes the methods and means necessary to determine who, what, where, when and how a breach occurred. This course will cover the methodological, scientific, technical and legal matters as they relate to digital forensics.
The security arena is made of vulnerabilities, threats, attacks, loss of data, viruses, trojans, etc. The issue is frequently a matter of detecting that an intrusion or an attempted intrusion took place. Once it has been determined that an intrusion has occurred, it is necessary to manage the crisis both internally and externally. Many requirements for reporting exist and this course will cover the basics of both crisis management as well as determination of the extent of the security failure.
This course is designed to be a general overview of security on the Internet and networked systems through the architecture of the organization. The issues facing security personnel relative to the network are ubiquitous. The techniques that provide security through cryptography and other options that encrypt data and communications are discussed in this course. Being anonymous is not possible given the number of tools available to the hacker, but the ability to be as anonymous as possible and to secure the data will be discussed as a means to make it difficult for the hacker to achieve their goal of viewing the data within the organization.
Information assurance addresses the need to know the network and the information available on the network, both internal and external to the organization. Through a study of the various aspects of confidentiality, integrity and accessibility, this course will present the concept that the information must be protected at each level with the proper level of security, but the first step is determining what data is available, such as email, calendars, chat rooms, Internet access, etc. and then determining the level of security that is applicable to each. Control is the key to assurance, but recognizing the components of the system because a tool that can be audited, verified, and controlled.
Rich Media Design
Designed to provide in-depth, hands-on instruction in designing and developing multimedia applications for Web-based use. Emphasis will be on video and sound. Students will gain experience with industry software used for designing and developing multimedia such as Flash, Director, and Dreamweaver. Extensive lab time will help to develop skills needed when designing and developing multimedia applications for the Web in the business environment.
Designed to teach students the necessary skills to effectively communicate using the time-based medium, sound. During the course students learn the technical aspects of sound production while developing creative abilities to portray concepts in business and entertainment environments. Students will learn all the major aspects of digital sound production with a special emphasis on Web related work including multi-track recording, editing, mixing, mastering, and adding dynamics and effects.
Designed to teach students how to use video as a creative means of communication. Students learn camera and lighting techniques and non-linear video editing. Rigorous formal studies into the history of video art prepare students to create technically sound and creatively charged projects in the fields of business and entertainment.
Designed to teach students the necessary skills to effectively create and use digital animation and motion graphics. In addition to animation history and theories, students will learn all the major aspects of creating three dimensional animation and motion graphics for business and entertainment. Hands-on lab work with industry leading tools is a significant part of this course.
Social Media and Digital Marketing
Determining why customers act and behave in certain patterns can help business leaders make informed decisions for their companies. In this course students learn the core fundamental tenets of user experience design and the role of psychology in creating immersive and rewarding user experience. Students conduct applied research and data analysis for real-world business solutions in order to implement strategies for creating world-class customer experiences with increased customer retention and engagement.
This class focuses on the creation and refinement of graphical assets. Using the elements and principles of design, students refine their personal workflows to efficiently create meaningful assets. Students will create graphical assets that are in line with industry expectations, applying their unique voices to those assets. Emphasis is put on the development of a personal, artistic style.
Digital marketing has become a pillar for modern business owners in order to attract new customers, gain new leads, and maintain relationships with an international audience. This course build on the time-tested practices with traditional marketing including the practices established by direct-response marketing. In today's digital economy having a website is no longer the only digital tool required in order for companies to grow, drive, and survive. As the number of product offerings grow on an exponential basis, companies need targeted methods to attract their target customers and to maintain relationships and maintain them as viable paying customers. Social media provides the technical ecosystem and framework that allows companies to target their ideal customers while implementing a scalable framework that can be implemented to build and nurture relationships at scale. Additionally, search engine optimization mechanisms allow companies to become findable online for customers who are searching for their offerings. By coupling digital social media strategies and search engine optimization companies are able to attract more customers and scale their sales initiatives to new heights.
During this course students work directly with business owners to be their marketing strategy and implementation team. Students select a company that needs a digital marketing presence and create the marketing strategy based on business strategies. Students employ digital literacy skills in the process of creating marketing automation and sales funnels.
Web Design and Development
Front-End Engineering is at the forefront of modern businesses. Where software solutions used to be largely driven by native application development, the Internet has provided a serious business platform. Front-End engineers are at the front line of developing technical interface solutions to solve business problems. This course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Foundations of Web Design & Development and Foundations of UX Design. With its project-centric approach, students learn advanced techniques of web production/administration as well as demonstrating their working knowledge of significant Web scripting languages in both the traditional desktop Web as well as modern mobile Web environments. The focus of this course revolves around the creation of interactive responsive Web design from the ground up with front-end engineering utilizing front-end frameworks and mobile responsive development.
IT architecture involves both the science of engineering systems and the art of combining these systems using industry and de facto standards. It is the architecture that defines the components and establishes the rules that allow hardware and software products from many vendors to interoperate seamlessly and scale globally. This course identifies the components and standards in a preeminent IT architecture, the world-wide web. While studying the client-server architecture generally, and the web specifically, students will develop and demonstrate an understanding of the architectural components and foundational administrative activities necessary in both the Linux/Apache and Windows/ITS based platforms that serve web content to any browser-based client. Web-based technologies outside the mainstream, like the Internet of Things, will also be explored.
Advanced Web Development builds upon previous Web courses by introducing key back-end development technologies for server-side development. With its holistic study of core language investigation, to direct practical application, students will learn to effectively implement server-side scripting to leverage the power of web servers and database architecture strategies. Students will gain experience with database integration to fully bring to life front-end frameworks through the development and implementation of content management system project which will connect front-end user interfaces to back-end data sources. Students will learn the PHP language and practices through the building of Content Management Systems for Web applications. This PHP/MySQL course is designed to supply students with a practical approach to Web Development. Students will learn the core language and implementation of PHP/MySQL scripting. The specific objective of this advanced-level course is to enable students to use a programming language to augment scripting language to provide robust web-based, database driven business solutions. Students will use a LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) virtual machine in a hands-on environment.
This hands-on course is designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate all that they have learned through their course of study. In a world that is driven by results it is imperative for students to clearly demonstrate their skills and knowledge through portfolio materials. In this course students will build on their prior experience in order to create a final capstone project. Their final project will demonstrate their abilities in user experience thinking, product design and development, and problem solving. Additionally, students will work with their professor to create and refine a resume that targets their career of choice. All efforts are aligned to the task of assembling an online portfolio of work that demonstrates their ability to solve complex problems ranging from UX Design to UX Engineering and back-end development.
General Electives — 4-5 hours
*This program also includes an Institutional Choice and Intercultural Literacy Requirement.
*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.