Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Sciences

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.

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

Explore Degree Requirements

Minors

Suggested UIC Business minors to add an edge to your degree.

Business Analytics

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

Finance

Introduces the student to the principles of finance and teaches quantitative skills that are widely used in business.

Program Faculty

Mary Beth Watson-Manheim

Professor and Director of Management Information Systems (MIS) PhD Program

Phone:

(312) 996-2370

IDS 413 Internet Technology and Management

Dig into the technologies of World Wide Web development including HTTP, HTML authoring, XML, ASP programming, client-side programming and Web 2.0.

IDS 313 Internet Applications in Business

Learn about Internet business applications in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting and marketing. Assess business problems, plan Internet-based solutions and understand web tools.

IDS 312 Business Project Management

An integrative approach to learning how projects contribute to the strategic goals of the organization. You’ll learn about selecting projects, project management techniques and tools, budgeting, monitoring, risk mitigation and interpersonal skills.

In The Own Words

Miranda Powell

“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.”

Top Employers

CNA 2017

The following firms are top employers of UIC Business students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Information & Decision Sciences. For more career resources, visit the UIC Business Career Center site.

  • Allstate
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CNA Financial
  • Deloitte
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Enova International
  • Epic Systems
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Grainger Industrial Supply
  • Morningstar
  • Multiplan
  • TTX

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