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BS in Information & Decision Sciences

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Our Bachelor of Science in IDS prepares students for leadership in the information age.

The information and decision sciences program at UIC Business is grounded in a research-based curriculum and corporate-sponsored project courses that give students the proven experience firms are looking for. IDS majors explore the potential of new technology to alter business operations, analysis, and strategy. Students leave our program ready to meet the growing demand for business technologists.

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Curriculum

IDS students are in top demand because of the skills they learn here at UIC Business. Bridging the gap between technology and business, IDS prepares students to analyze, design and implement information technology systems. 

Students gain conceptual knowledge in how information is used effectively throughout all areas in the business cycle. They also gain practical experience in more technological based courses such as Business Database Technology, Advanced Spreadsheet Analysis, Business Data Mining and Business Systems Analysis and Design. IDS students are given the tools to become proficient professionals, capable of putting their technical, analytic and critical thinking skills to use in a real-world setting.

At UIC Business, we help students find their dream careers. Some students may choose a "specialization" for their studies that lead to certain career paths in IDS. These include Management Information Systems; Business Analytics; and Operations and Supply Chain Management.

For a full list of course requirements, please visit the UIC catalog.

For a full list of courses offered, visit the Course Catalog.

Program Outcomes

With an IDS degree, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to:

  • design, implement, analyze, and manage information technology systems
  • research emerging technologies
  • design and update system’s software and create applications tailored to an organization’s needs
  • plan and analyze surveys
  • utilize computer systems and programs for decision aiding
  • use Java, SAS, SPSS
  • undertake forecasting using time series methods

 

Job Titles for IDS Grads
Business Analyst
Forecasting Specialist
Operations Analyst/Manager
Data Quality Specialist
Support Analyst
Business Intelligence Developer
Associate Support Analyst

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Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Sciences degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Information and Decision Sciences degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Business Administration section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
General and Basic Course Requirements48
Business Core45
Major Requirements18
Business Electives9
Total Hours120

General and Basic Course Requirements

See General and Basic Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Business Core

See Business Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
IDS201Introduction to Business Programming3
orIDS331 Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets
IDS406Business Systems Project3
IDS410Business Database Technology3
Nine additional hours of 300- or 400-level courses from the IDS department. 9
Total Hours18

Students may choose to focus their IDS and CBA elective courses within one or more of the following concentrations. The same course cannot be counted towards more than one concentration. Students may also choose to complete the major in IDS without any concentration. For this, students may choose any combination of IDS electives to fulfill the requirements for the major.

Concentration in Business Analytics

Required Courses
IDS472Business Data Mining3
Select two of the following:6
IDS420
Business Model Simulation
IDS462
Statistical Software for Business Applications
IDS470
Multivariate Analysis
IDS473
Introduction to Risk Management
IDS476
Business Forecasting Using Time Series Methods
IDS478
Regression Analysis

Concentration in Management Information Systems

Required Courses
Prerequisite: IDS201, as part of the IDS major requirement.
Select three of the following:
IDS313
Internet Applications in Business
IDS401
Business Object Programming using Java
IDS403
Information Security
IDS405
Business Systems Analysis and Design
IDS413
Internet Technology and Management
IDS451
Enterprise Operations and Supply Chain Systems
IDS472
Business Data Mining

Concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Required Courses
Prerequisite: IDS331, as part of the IDS major requirement.
IDS454Introduction to Supply Chain Management3
Select two of the following:6
IDS312
Business Project Management
IDS313
Internet Applications in Business
IDS420
Business Model Simulation
IDS450
Advanced Operations Management
IDS451
Enterprise Operations and Supply Chain Systems
IDS479
Enterprise Risk Management

Business Electives

Courses
Any three 300- or 400-level CBA courses.9
Total Hours9

A course can be used to satisfy only one area of required or elective courses.

Sample Business Major Curriculum

See Sample Business Major Curriculum in the College of Business Administration section. See your academic advisor for an individualized major map in your field of study.

Minors

UIC Business offers minors that add an edge to your degree.

Business Analytics

The hottest new area of business. Add insight to your IDS degree with a focus on the use of data-driven approaches to decision making and management.

Finance

The minor in finance introduces the student to the principles of finance and teaches quantitative skills that are widely used in business. A great complement to accounting, IDS or management degrees.

Program Faculty

Beryl Chen, Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences

Boxiao Beryl Chen

Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
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Sid Bhattacharyya

Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
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Ranganathan Chandraskaren

Associate Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
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“My advice for incoming students is to intern as soon as possible. You’ll learn a lot–I learned that I wanted to move from management to IDS–and you’ll have a head start in the kind of experience big firms are looking for.”

Miranda Powell, TTX Company
BS '17

CRIM Student Expo

The CRIM Student Expo brings together student teams and local companies to solve business and technology problems. Projects have included an application to track sales for a restaurant, data analysis for a nonprofit and business intelligence for a government organization.

IDSO

The Information and Decision Sciences student organization brings students together to discuss courses, internships, and career paths, leverage alumni knowledge, and establish business contacts. IDSO holds events each semester and provides helpful resources throughout each academic year.

Job Placement

IDS grads have a 96% job placement (self-reported, within 6 months of graduation).
Top job functions for IDS students and their median starting salary for 2014 were:
Business systems analyst $47,000;
Information systems support $55,000

Recent Guest Speakers

Nielsen Inc.

Kevin Kautz, Principal Architect, Ganesha Thatapura , Architect Leader, and Abhijit Bhatwadekar, Manager, visiting the Business Model Simulation class to present "Overview of Data Processing - Nielsen Answers Platform."

William Stillman

William Stillman, Executive Vice President, at GAINSystems Inc. visiting Business Model Simulation class to present “On average you are still dead:  statistics and common sense management.”
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is Information and Decision Systems different from a degree in Computer Science?

Our IDS curriculum is a mixture of computer science and business. Students learn computer systems and procedures for the purpose of  helping an organization to operate more efficiently and to make more effective business decisions. The IDs program brings together business and information technology to help students understand the needs and limitations of both.