Information Systems

  • Believe It: 100% job placement rate or continuing education for Information Systems graduates.

    • Graduates of Gannon's information systems program enjoy a 100 percent placement rate in either employment or graduate studies.
    • Nationally, more than 1 million systems-related professionals will be needed in the United States in the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • Gannon University has received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding which will be used to award approximately
      20 scholarships per year, each renewable for up to four years. The average scholarship amount will be $6,522 per year, depending on awardee's unmet financial need.
    • Information systems majors can be involved in student chapters of professional organizations including the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity.

    You Will Learn

    The information systems (IS) program is designed to prepare the student for careers in the information processing and technology industries. Students develop skills in the design, modeling and development of computer-based information systems. These include two primary areas of study: computing and business.

    To support the development of computing skills, the students learn to utilize and to critique technology associated with the systems, and apply them to business. To support the development of business skills, a portion of the curriculum emphasizes the role and concepts of the different functional areas of business. In addition, students develop communication and interpersonal skills in order to prepare them to interact positively in the marketplace.

    Students incorporate facets of their professional education with facets of societal awareness, and make ethical decisions, both professional and personal. Ultimately,
    the students leave with the foundation to define a high quality of life for themselves by integrating their profession with life-style decisions. Information systems majors will develop skills in design, modeling, development and testing of computer and information systems. To support these technical skills, students learn to use and to critique technology and apply technical skills in business while practicing teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills.

    You Will Experience

    Information systems majors benefit from internship experiences that complement their academic work at sites including:

    • Erie Insurance Group
    • General Electric
    • UPMC Hamot Medical Center

    You Will Achieve

    Recent Gannon information systems graduates have secured employment at top organizations such as Bayer Corporation, Citizens Bank, Erie Insurance Group, General Electric, and UPMC Hamot Medical Center. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • applications development
    • data administration
    • information resource management
    • network coordination
    • systems analysis
    • technical operations
    • web and e-commerce initiatives

    You will Study

    The information systems program is hosted by the computer and information science (CIS) department, and shares CIS facilities and courses with related majors in the computing and information fields, enabling participation in interdisciplinary and team-based projects. Information systems majors take various core and elective courses including:

    CIS 195: Principles of Systems

    This course introduces the concepts and value of data, information and systems to the decision-making and strategic capabilities of an organization.

    CIS 255: Database Management Systems

    This course builds skills in the fundamentals of database design, creation and operations. Course topics include the ability to create a project-based database and its associated queries.

    CIS 457 & CIS 458: Senior Design I Lab & Senior Design II Lab

    These courses represent a yearlong sequence of capstone project courses. A prototype system developed in the required capstone project gives students analysis, design and development experience through a team-based effort.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $51,900
    • Mid-career salary: $87,200

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).