Information Systems

Information Systems

Courses & Curriculum

The degree in Information Systems (IS) prepares students for leadership careers in business and provides technical skills for the current job market that is characterized by increasing reliance on information technology, data networks, computer security and telecommunications.

For advisement information, for current majors and dual majors in Marketing & Information Systems, please click here. To view all Marketing & Information Systems Syllabi, click here. You can also scroll down this page to find our course descriptions and additional information on our minors in Information Systems and Computer Forensics, and both the business core and the Canisius Core Curriculum.

The IS curriculum provides its majors with:

  • Technical and managerial skills in systems analysis, design and implementation. 
  • A comprehensive overview of telecommunication systems, including data and voice networks. 
  • The ability to design and develop interactive E-Commerce Web sites. 
  • The knowledge to design and develop database systems, including databases for (interactive) Internet applications. 
  • Knowledge and skills in application development.
  • Knowledge and skills in project management.

Majors in the IS program, within the School of Business Administration, also learn the functional areas of business and international commerce: accounting, marketing, management, human resources, economics and finance. Focusing on internships and electives can help students develop expertise in the IT area of their choice.

Majors will be prepared for a variety of positions as information systems analysts, Internet programmers or website designers, and computer network analysts. IS majors also have the freedom to take classes for careers in the fast-growing area of computer security. Computer security has job growth in both the private and public sectors.

Core Curriculum

View the Core Curriculum requirements. All students complete these requirements as part of their overall Canisius education.

Major course requirements: (22 or 23 courses)

Common body of business knowledge:   
Mat 105 Finite Mathematics  
MAT 106 Calculus for the Non-Sciences  
MAT 111 Calculus I  
MAT 115 Calculus for Business I  
ACC 201 Financial Accounting  
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting  
ECO 101 Principles of Macroeconomics  
ECO 102 Principles of Microeconomics  
ECO 255 Business Statistics I  
ECO 256 Business Statistics II  
FIN 201 Introduction to Finance  
ISB 101 Management Technology  
MGT 101 Introduction to Management  
MGT 325 Operations Analysis for Business  
MGT 370 Managerial Environment  
MGT 446 Managerial Policy Strategy  
MKT 201 Principles of Marketing  
Information Systems majors:  
ISB 205 Management Software (includes Project Management credits)  
ISB 211 Visual Programming for Business  
ISB 340 Data Management  
ISB 350 Networking  
ISB 455 E-Commerce  
ISB 475 Systems Analysis and Design  
IS Electives (1 or 2 courses)  
Restricted Electives (must be liberal arts) 4 courses  
Free Electives (3 or 4 courses)  

Recommended Schedule:

Fall       Spring  
Freshman Year        
FYS 101 3 credits   ENG 101 3 credits
MAT 105 OR MAT 115 
OR MAT 111
3 or 4 credits   MAT 106 OR  FREE ELEC IF MAT 115/111 3 credits
ISB 101 3 credits   ECO  102 MICRO 3 credits
ECO 101 MACRO Social Sciences Field 3 credits   RST 101  3 credits
Business International Requirement
(Two semesters of  language or 
approved regional studies His 107-108, 109-110, 131-132–when taken is flexible)
3 credits   Business International Requirement (2 semester sequence required) 3 credits
Sophomore Year        
ISB 205 (Management  Software) 3 credits   ISB 211 (Programming for Business) 3 credits
ACC 201 3 credits   ACC 202 3 credits
ECO 255 STATS 1 Mathematics  Field 3 credits   ECO 256 STATS 2 3 credits
PHI 101 3 credits   Field of Knowledge 3 credits
MGT 101 3 credits   Field of Knowledge 3 credits
Junior Year        
ISB 340 (Database) 3 credits   ISB Elective 3 credits
FIN 201 3 credits   MGT 325 3 credits
MKT 201 3 credits   Field of Knowledge 3 credits
Field of Knowledge 3 credits   Core Capstone 3 credits
Field of Knowledge 3 credits   MGT 370 3 credits
Senior Year        
ISB 350 (Networking) 3 credits   MGT 446 3 credits
ISB 455 (E-Commerce) 3 credits   ISB Elective 3 credits
A&S Elective 3 credits   ISB 475 (Systems Analysis –
3 credits
A&S Elective 3 credits   A&S Elective 3 credits
A&S Elective 3 credits   Free Elective 3 credits


Click here to see the Minor in Information Systems

Inter-Disciplinary Minor in Computer Forensics

The computer forensics minor is no longer accepting new students.  We will however, continue to offer ISB 470 Cyber Security in summer.  We plan to offer ISB 460 in spring for those student who are currently pursuing the minor and wish to finish the minor in the next year.

Computer forensics is the science of acquiring, preserving, retrieving and presenting data that has been processed electronically and stored on electronic media. Computer forensics refers to E-mail and instant message (IM) forensics, cellular phone and digital camera forensics, PDA and iPOD forensics, GPS and Internet forensics.

Computer forensics is appropriate for students interested in a career in information security, criminal justice, forensic accounting, law enforcement, or federal investigations—as well as computer forensics investigations for defense and plaintiff lawyers.

This is a multi-disciplinary minor designed for students who have chosen any academic major in either the School of Arts & Sciences or School of Business, but who may have an academic or career interest in computer forensics.

Required courses (all 3 credit courses):

  • CRJ 227 Criminal Justice I 
  • CRJ 228 Criminal Justice II 
  • ISB 350  Networking 
  • ISB 460 Computer Forensics 
  • ISB 470 Cyber Security 
  • An ethics course: MGT 370 or CRJ 482 (SOC 482)

Information Systems Courses

ISB 101 Management Technology           3 credits
Introduction to information systems, hardware and software; information systems concepts in business; telecommunications; Ecommerce; enterprise systems; ethics, crime and security. Hands-on development of business applications.

ISB 205 Management Software            3 credits
Project management using MS Project; advanced data analysis and graphics with MS Access; database concepts and design; presentation graphics.

ISB 211 Visual Programming for Business      3 credits
Introduction to the Visual Basic programming language and fundamentals of software design. Database programming, interface design and general problem solving with an emphasis on business applications. Prerequisite: ISB 101.

ISB 302 Sustainability & System Dynamics             3 credits
An introduction to systems thinking and system dynamics. Uses tools and computer models to help solve interdisciplinary problems. Using computer-based models or virtual worlds, one can then test the consequences of actions before making actual decisions. (Field 5 of Core Curriculum, Justice attribute)

ISB 340 Data Management 3 credits
Design and application of database management systems. Topics include structured query language (SQL); data structures; querying and report writing; database design and administration; data mining and security. Prerequisite: ISB 101 or equivalent. Click here for Fall 2013 syllabus.

ISB 350 Networking         3 credits
Digital (data) and voice networks; network hardware, software and protocols. Wired and wireless communication. Prerequisite: ISB 101 or equivalent. Click here for Fall 2013 syllabus.

ISB 455 E-Commerce        3 credits
Fundamentals of E-commerce applications and technologies. Interactive website and or consumer shopping ecommerce design and development. Prerequisite: ISB 340.

ISB 460 Computer Forensics        3 credits
Introducing forensics tools to investigate computers, networks, Internet activities, Email, cell phones and other digital media devices to recover electronic evidence, even if it’s been deleted. Skills to investigate crimes involving computers or Internet. Prerequisite: ISB 101 or equivalent.

ISB 470 Cyber Security         3 credits
Technical, legal and policy defenses to protect databases and information systems. Topics considered include intrusion detection, malware, host- and network-based vulnerabilities and countermeasures, database security, identity theft and privacy.

ISB 471 Information Systems Topics        3 credits
The specific course coverage changes from semester to semester as new developments in IS arise. Timely and important topics in the Information Systems field that have been covered include: Enterprise design, Java programming and IS security.

ISB 475 Systems Analysis and Design        3 credits
In-depth coverage of information systems development. Topics include the systems development life cycle, analysis methods, data flow diagramming, design tools, and project management techniques and concepts. Prerequisite: ISB 340, ISB 350, and senior standing.

ISB 480 IT Project Management             3 credits
Lab course using MS Project. Topics include managing risk, cost overruns, schedule delays and resource allocation of IT projects; meeting customer requirements; budgeting; successful teamwork; and political issues.

ISB 499 Internship    3 credits