The Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) Department is designed to educate students to analyze, design, implement, and manage technology-driven business solutions.
Offered as either a major or minor, you are guided through a flexible curriculum. Led by a committed, personable faculty, students apply business functions to design, improve, and manage operations and business processes. Coursework includes analysis and design, database systems, networking, strategic planning, and computer and communications technologies. This curriculum provides you with the knowledge, communication skills, and leadership experience demanded in today’s business world.
Participation in research and internships with the leading business organizations in the area is strongly encouraged by the ISOM Department. These opportunities provide you with valuable industry experience that often becomes a springboard into graduate school or meaningful future employment.
Hear from alumnus Vincent Camporeale '12, an IS&OM major, about his professional career path.
Information Systems Major
The Information Systems major prepares students to design and deliver business solutions that integrate people, processes, and technology. Students learn to:
Information systems majors study the analysis, design, development, and management of information systems in organizations. They develop an understanding of the need for information, its use in the decision-making process, and the procedures by which information is provided to management.
For an 18-credit major in information systems, students complete:
Students must maintain at least a 2.5 average in all information systems and operations management major courses. Note: IS majors are encouraged to take IS 135 as their third math course.
Information Systems Minor
This minor complements the other disciplines within the school. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to actively participate in the design and delivery of integrated business solutions in their major field.
Students earn a 15-credit information systems minor by completing:
Accounting Information Systems Minor
The accounting information systems minor highlights the impact of technology on the accounting profession as well as the regulatory and internal control issues associated with accounting information.
For a 18-credit minor, students must complete:
Accounting majors may double count AC 203 for the accounting major and the accounting information systems minor. Information systems majors may double count IS 240 for the information systems major and the accounting information systems minor. Accounting information systems minors may not declare a second minor in accounting or information systems.
Operations Management Minor
This minor leads to an understanding of the central role technical and functional skills play within the global environment to produce quality products and services in business unit operations.
Students earn a 15-credit operations management minor by completing:
See Information Systems & Operations Management course descriptions from our catalog for more information
IS 100 Introduction to Information Systems
IS 135 Introduction to Business Programming
IS 210 Management Science with Spreadsheets
IS 220 Technology and Society
IS 240 Systems Analysis and Logical Design
IS 245 Business Telecommunications and Networks
IS 260 Database Systems
IS 300 Special Topics in Business Computing
IS 310 Systems in Organizations
IS 320 Systems Design and Implementation
IS 350 International Information Systems
IS 391-392 Information Systems Internship
IS 395 Systems Project
IS 397-398 Seminar in Information Systems
IS 399 Independent Study in Information Systems
OM 101 Operations Management
OM 140 Project Management
OM 340 Service Operations
OM 345 Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
OM 350 Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
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The vibrant business community in Fairfield County offers many exciting opportunities for you to work as a student intern during the semester or in the summer. More than 2,000 companies have sites in Fairfield County, and nearly 150 Fortune 500 companies have headquarters here. Many of these companies have growing needs in the Information Systems area. According to a report entitled "Jobs 2010: A Look at Connecticut's Workforce Needs Over the Coming Decade," Information Technology occupations are projected to be the fastest growing in the state.
As a student intern, you'll be supervised by a faculty member, an on-site mentor, and the Dolan School's Director of Internships. 3 to 6 credits may be earned through internships. In addition to helping to reinforce knowledge learned in the classroom, an internship can be a great resume builder, as many employers value past work experience. In the past, 85% of Dolan School of Business interns have received full-time job offers from their host companies. The opportunity to "test-drive" a possible career choice is just one of the many advantages of doing an internship at Fairfield University.
Learn more about how the Dolan School's internship opportunities can prepare you for the workforce.
General Electric has consistently hired information systems and operations management graduates from Fairfield for its competitive fast-track training program. Other students who have gone directly into business have found positions as analysts at such firms as:
Program alumni have also pursued graduate programs at institutions including:
Learn more about how Fairfield's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.