Information Systems

    • 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 20 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), 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, 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

    IS majors can benefit from internship experiences complementing their academic work at sites including:

    • Erie Insurance Group  
    • GE Transportation  
    • UPMC Hamot  

    You Will Achieve

    Recent Gannon information systems graduates have secured 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 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 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 set up 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.

    You Will Earn

    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 (