The Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems will prepare graduates to strategically plan, manage and apply information technology solutions to business processes and challenges. This broad-based, rigorous degree is designed for students with a variety of experiences and backgrounds. The curriculum is competency based to ensure that students can demonstrate successful mastery of relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities. Much of the curriculum is aligned with in-demand industry certifications. Topics include business processes, software development, Web, networking, information assurance, project management, analytics, communication, teamwork and leadership. The program includes opportunities for work-based learning, internships and capstone projects.
Advisor / Program Contacts
Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
- Develop organizational solutions based on information systems, applying integrated problem solving techniques and systems thinking.
- Analyze and develop recommendations for information systems design and implementation in accordance with best practices and standards, legal and regulatory requirements, and ethical and social considerations including respect for privacy and intellectual property.
- Apply effective collaborative and communication skills in a wide range of technical team environments and evaluate the success of various team strategies based on the project goals and constraints.
- Develop successful and respectful relationships with clients, coworkers, managers, and stakeholders, applying a wide range of adaptive and effective communication skills to convey complex technical concepts.
- Present and compare industry standard tools and applications in content delivery across various media, including Web, mobile and client/server environments, and discuss how they support the organization’s goals.
- Develop solutions for networking and security problems, balancing business concerns, technical issues, and security.
- Perform analysis, design, implementation, testing and maintenance of computerbased systems, following established procedures and stressing software development best practices.
- Critically evaluate and analyze data using proven methods to aid organizational decision-making.
- Design professional development strategies for evaluating, recommending and applying new techniques, technologies, computer languages and user requirements as both the needs of the organization and capabilities of the technology emerge.
Required & Prerequisite Courses
Olympic College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems (BAS IS) degree is designed to ensure a smooth pathway for students who hold an IT-related technical associates degree. Students with such a degree will typically be able to complete the BAS IS program in two years with little additional preparation.
As an open door institution, Olympic College seeks to accommodate as many qualified students as possible. The entry requirements of the BAS IS program establish minimum qualifications to provide maximum access to the degree and at the same time ensure student success at the baccalaureate level.
- IT-related technical associates degree or equivalent credits: 90 credits from a regionally- or nationally-accredited institution.
- 2.0 college level GPA.
- 2.0 GPA or higher in all general education courses which meet program entry requirements. 25 credits.
- 2.0 GPA or higher in all IT-related courses which meet program entry requirements. 35 credits.
In order to assure student success at the baccalaureate level, students entering OC’s BAS IS program will be expected to already have developed a strong IT foundation. The required courses outlined below, or their equivalents,* contain foundational knowledge upon which upper-division BAS IS courses build. Applicants transferring with a technical associate degree will be prepared for upper-division courses by successfully completing these courses or demonstrating proficiency in commensurate technical skills prior to entering the program.
- CIS 110 Information Systems Concepts. Subject: Broad knowledge of Information Technology. Industry Relevance: Core concepts.
- CIS 111 Introduction to Operating Systems. Subject: Operating systems. Industry Relevance: Microsoft and Open Source technologies.
- CIS 141 Programming Concepts. Subject: Programming skills. Industry Relevance: Open source PHP standards and programming practices.
- CIS 155 Web Development I. Subject: Web development. Industry Relevance: W3C.org HTML5 and CSS3 standards and practices.
- CIS 182 Networking Concepts. Subject: Networking knowledge. Industry Relevance: CompTIA™ Network+.
- CIS 205 Web Transport Languages. Subject: XML/Databases. Industry Relevance: W3C.org XML standards.
- CIS 236 Information Systems I. Subject: Security. Industry Relevance: CompTIA™ Security+.
* Applicants with prior coursework, previously-earned degrees, industry certifications, and/or extensive work experience should meet with the program director to discuss options.
Emphasizing the BAS IS degree’s broadbased and applied course of study, 300- and 400-level classes build on foundational information systems credits earned at the associates level to instill a wide range of technical and professional knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary to succeed in the IT industry. These KSAs draw from core technical topics such as software development, Web, networking, and information assurance, as well as professional subjects like project management, communication, and teamwork. Throughout this two-year course of study, students will assemble a portfolio that reflects their growing mastery of learning outcomes.
Although students will move through these courses as a cohort, several classes offer students room for customization. For instance, in IS 390, IS Reading and Research, students will conduct independent research on a technical subject of their choice, guided by a faculty mentor and working closely with library resources to deepen theoretical knowledge and produce a substantial scholarly paper. In IS 490, Senior Project, students will apply theory to practice. After developing a proposal with faculty, students will work in industry placements, pursue advanced certifications, and/or strengthen skills applications as they anticipate more focused career roles or graduate school. They will also finalize portfolios.
While core program topics will often be addressed in discrete courses, some--like security and critical thinking--will also be threaded throughout the curriculum. IS 470, Enterprise Systems, asks students to integrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in these topics as they form work-based teams, developing an enterprise-level environment by taking roles as network admins, software developers, web database designers and project managers. Teams will produce professional documentation and will work with faculty to ensure high quality results.