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Information Systems

  • Bachelor of Science Major
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Information systems majors can be involved in student chapters of professional organizations, including the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), GUBotDev and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. Graduates of the program enjoy a 100-percent placement rate in either employment or graduate studies.

  • GU Possibilities
    • Graduates of Gannon’s information systems program enjoy a 100- percent placement rate in either employment or graduate studies.
    • Nationally, more than one million systems-related professionals will be needed in the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • Gannon University has received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, which is used to award approximately 25 scholarships per year, each renewable for up to four years, through Gannon’s Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) scholarship program.
    • Information systems majors can be involved in student chapters of professional organizations, including the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), GUBotDev and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity.
    • Gannon’s information systems program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

    You Will Learn

    Become an employable, accountable computing professional who develops computer-based systems that meets or exceeds expectations. 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, students learn to utilize and 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 to make ethical decisions, both professional and personal. Ultimately, the students leave with the foundation to define a high quality of life by integrating their profession with lifestyle decisions.
    IS majors will develop skills in design, modeling and development of computer and information systems. To support these technical skills, students learn to practice teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills.

    You Will Experience

    • Multiple programming languages and platforms
    • Database and network systems integration and development
    • Systems analysis and design
    • Design and deployment of high-quality computer-based systems
    • Balancing business needs, technology and human factors in order to yield a successful product
    • Opportunities for cross- and multi-disciplinary project work

    You Will Achieve

    Information systems majors solve business problems using data
    and computing principles. They innovate, explore, analyze, automate and manage information systems, technology and projects. This includes data and business process modeling as well as requirements and project management. IS graduates apply current computing knowledge, technology, skills, techniques and methods to:

    • identify, analyze and develop effective solutions for problems,
    • improve product, process and/or organizational elements, and
    • apply creativity in design thinking and innovate where appropriate.
    Recent Gannon information systems graduates have secured internships and employment at top organizations such as Bayer Corporation, Citizens Bank, Erie Insurance Group, GE Transportation and UPMC Hamot. 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 Earn

    Students will be well prepared for employment or graduate work, and to continue developing as a computing professional. This includes adaptability to different disciplines, environments and tasks. Gannon IS graduates are fully prepared for employment in chosen post-graduate pursuits.

    Salaries in the field 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 ( and/or PayScale (  

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    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 courses including:

    CIS 335: System Analysis and Design

    An introduction to the role and responsibilities of a systems analyst. Students examine systems by analysis, modeling and design at the enterprise, process, logical, data and technology levels.

    CIS 355: Dynamic Web Development 

    Focuses on the development of web applications with user interface conventions that facilitate viewing, searching and changing of information stored in a relational database. The student will also learn to setup and configure the development environment for applications requiring a web client, web server, application server and relational database.

    CIS 385/386 : Network Design and Management and Lab 

    An advanced network design course covering contemporary network computing. Detailed discussions with hands-on laboratory experience with various hardware and software components that comprise these networks. Network analysis to monitor traffic flow and to optimize overall network design is included. 

    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.