Undergrad Program Designed for Student Success


CaveThe Bachelor’s Degree in Information Science (BSIS) program is designed to meet the needs of industry.  This course of study is based on input from corporations that host internships for SIS students, from employers of the BSIS graduates, and from industry experts who serve on the SIS Industry Advisory Council.

Graduates of the BSIS program are well-prepared for careers as system analysts and designers, database managers, network analysts, and software engineers.  SIS graduates have built successful careers in financial services, healthcare, judicial systems, private industry, government agencies, education, and communications.

The program offers a series of six core courses which gives all BSIS students the theoretical and programming background they need to succeed in the Information Sciences field.  These courses cover principles of programming, database systems, networks, systems analysis, and human factors.  After completing the core courses, students will further strengthen their skills by participating in one of several concentrations:  Information Systems, User-Centered Design, and Networks and Security

The Information Systems concentration will enable students to use object-oriented design tools to design, build, implement, and test web-based information systems.  The User-Centered Design concentration will provide the visual and human-computer interaction skills needed to design and build prototypes of information systems interfaces, as well as to perform usability testing of these systems.  Students who choose the Networks and Security concentration will learn how to design, build and test networks such as LANs, WANs, Wireless, Internet, and Web-based.  This concentration will also examine how to incorporate security protocols into both land-based and wireless networks.

A key part of the degree program is the “Capstone Experience,” which all students undertake in their last year.  Such experiences might include internships with regional industries, assisting with graduate-level research projects, or a self-designed project.  Students will put their SIS knowledge to use working on systems projects for corporate partners such as US Steel, Heinz, Bayer, ALCOA, or Mellon Financial.  Or, students can contribute to leading edge research projects here at SIS with the LERSAIS (Laboratory for Education in Security Assured Information Systems), the Visual Information Systems Center or the Usability labs.  This practical experience will better position graduates as they begin their job searches.

Students interested in the Bachelor’s program in Information Science should visit www.sis.pitt.edu/~bsis or contact Robert Perkoski (Director of the BSIS Program) at perks@pitt.edu.