School of Computer Sciences

Information Systems

Program Details

Like all of Western Illinois University’s programs, studies in Information Systems are based on the broad educational foundation built during your freshman and sophomore years. General Education courses account for approximately one-third of the credit hours required for the degree and include courses in writing, speaking, the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, mathematics, and health science.

The Information Systems (IS) program is both challenging and rewarding. The goal of the IS program is to prepare students to understand, organize, and manage the flow of information, and to understand the technology that facilitates that flow. IS is considered a key area in an organization.

Students in the IS program will receive a well-rounded education that includes project management, computer systems, database management, Web-based systems, computer programming, and more.

Student Activities

We strongly believe there is much more to education than bookwork and lab work, though these are important. We advise our students to become involved in other activities such as music, theatre, intramural sports, the student newspaper, student government, and of course, our own student organizations. The Computer Science Association (CSA) is one place where you will be welcomed by others with similar interests and where you can learn about the latest advances through field trips and special presentations. The Management Information Systems Association (MISA) offers its members the opportunity to network with students, professors, and professionals in the IS field.

Computer Facilities

At Western, you will have access to a large IBM mainframe and SUN computers, and we have large laboratories of the latest microcomputers and networking equipment. Our access to computing equipment and software is as good as any university in the United States. It is our goal to give you experience on a variety of computing equipment and its associated software so that you can judge which type of resources are best suited for the problems you encounter during your working career.

Department Minors

  • Computer Science
    • Traditional option
    • Microcomputer Applications option
  • Cyber Security
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Network Technologies

Additional Resources

The demand for IS specialists grows every year. As a graduate in Information Systems from Western Illinois University, you will be well prepared for a variety of career opportunities in many types of commercial, industrial, governmental, research, and educational organization. Entry-level salaries range from $42,000 to $60,000 or more, depending upon area of specialty.

Alumni Job Titles

Within 5 Years of Graduation
  • IT Technician
  • IT Consultant
  • IS Specialist
  • Computer Forensic Investigator
  • Health IT Specialist
  • Mobile Application Developer
5+ Years Past Graduation
  • Cloud Architect
  • Web Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Information Technology Vendor Manager
  • GIS Professional
  • Data Modeler

Employers of Alumni

  • Allstate
  • AM. Assoc. of Neurological Surgeons
  • Apex Entertainment Partners
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • College of DuPage
  • Countrywide Financial
  • Gardner Denver
  • Harrington Signal
  • John Deere
  • McAfee
  • McGladrey
  • NTT America
  • Prairie Cardiovascular Ltd.
  • Provena Health
  • Rock Island Arsenal
  • State Farm
  • West Monroe Partners
  • Xerox

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

Course Descriptions


324 Enterprise Network and Data Communication Concepts. (3) This course provides an introduction to data communication networks. The course will focus on the services, capabilities, and limitations of communication networks in a business organizational context. Credit cannot be given for both IS 324 and (CS 484 or CS 420). Prerequisite: CS 101 or CS 114 or CS 214 or (CS 211 and CS 212).

325 Global Social Networks. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) (Global Issues) This course on global social networks, including virtual communities, places emphasis on fundamental information technology, facilitation methods, and practical operations of virtual communities and social networks in a global and cross-cultural environment. Prerequisites: at least one course in each of Category III and Category IV of the General Education Curriculum.

340 Introduction to Information Systems. (3) Develop a thorough understanding of what information systems are, their technical foundations, where they are used in organizations, and how they are developed.

341 Business Systems Analysis. (3) Develop an understanding of concepts and techniques of business information systems analysis. Emphasis upon system development life cycle. Prerequisites: CS 214 and IS 340.

342 Enterprise Database Management. (3) A study of the theory and application of database management systems including their design, development, and management. Credit cannot be given for both IS 342 and (CS 483 or CS 470). Prerequisites: IS 341.

343 Strategic Systems. (3) The role, implications, and relevance of Information Technology (IT) in managing businesses; management issues concerning IT strategy, planning, and competitive advantage; process innovation and re-engineering; and organizational transformation. Prerequisites: IS 340 or consent of director.

344 Telecommunications Planning Management. (3) An introduction to business management tools and techniques necessary to plan and manage a company’s telecommunications and network functions. Topics include telecommunications management and network administration basics; telecommunications planning and project management; and operations and acquisition management. Prerequisites: CS 214 or permission of School director.

355 Information Assurance. (3) This course examines implications and challenges of operational security in global IT organizations, and reviews legal, social, and ethical issues related to security management. Topics include IT security policy development, risk management, threat assessment, and business continuity planning. Prerequisites: (CS 114 or CS 214) and (CS 420 or CS 484 or CSEC 321 or IS 324), or consent of Director.

405 Business Intelligence and Decision Support Systems. (3) This course focuses on the features, uses, and design strategies for IT-enabled managerial decision support. Data-oriented techniques for business intelligence and corporate decision making are emphasized. Prerequisites: IS 340 and (DS 303 or STAT 276), or permission of School director.

410 Enterprise Architecture. (3) This course explores the design, selection, implementation, and management of enterprise IT solutions. The focus is on IT applications and infrastructure and their fit within business organizations. Prerequisites: IS 342 or permission of School director.

415 Web IT Systems Development and Management. (3) This course will cover tools and technologies related to Web IT Systems development and management. Emphasis will be placed on developing the infrastructure and exploring the emerging technical and managerial issues in support of Web IT Systems. Prerequisites: CS 214.

460 Independent Study in Information Systems. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Independent study with written report on a problem mutually selected by student and instructor. For Information Systems majors only. Prerequisites: IS 341 and senior standing, with written permission of School director.

462 IS Project Management and Development. (3) Study of the issues and challenges in managing information systems’ development projects. Students will also identify, develop, and implement a solution to an information systems’ problem. Prerequisite: IS 342.

466 Topics in Healthcare Informatics. (3, repeatable to 6 for different titles) Topics include the study of healthcare information systems and their use in healthcare and clinical practice as well as in healthcare research and education. Prerequisite: IS 342.

467 Topics in Enterprise Systems. (3) This course is designed to provide an understanding of the theoretic and practical issues related to the application of Enterprise Systems within organizations with a focus in the integration of information and organizational forms and processes across functional areas using unified systems. Prerequisite: IS 341 or permission of School director.

470 Internship in Information Systems. (3–12, repeatable to 12) Work experience, on- or offcampus, in an organization involving computerized information systems. Intern will be supervised by a faculty coordinator and an executive in the business firm. Reports of work experience are submitted to the coordinator periodically. Final report required. Only 3 s.h. can be used for the major. Prerequisites: Information Systems major; IS 341, 342; junior or senior standing; and written permission of School director. Graded S/U only.

497 Senior Honors Project. (3–6, repeatable to 6) Provides a project option within the Information Systems Honors program. Project directed by a faculty member in the School of Computer Sciences. Prerequisite: Senior IS Honors Program participant or consent of the School of Computer Sciences.


Computer Sciences

Dr. Dennis DeVolder, Director
Location: Stipes Hall 447
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1452
Fax: (309) 298-2302

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College of Business & Technology (CBT)

Dr. John A. Elfrink, Interim Dean
CBT Email:
Location: Stipes Hall 101
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-2442
Fax: (309) 298-1039

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Undergraduate Advisor

Chris Ramsey
Location: Stipes Hall 133
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1619

Graduate Advisor

Dr. Martin Maskarinec
Location: Stipes Hall 447J
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1316

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