Undergraduate Major in Business Analytics and Information Systems
Technology-savvy business decision makers understand how to make their organizations more profitable, productive, and competitive through the use of current and emerging technologies. With a degree in business analytics and information systems (BAIS), you’ll learn how to design and manage information technology that will solve business problems and help a company meet its goals and business challenges.
While business graduates nationwide have done remarkably well in recent years, BAIS majors have had the best success in salary offers, with an average increase of about 5% each year. In recent years, our graduates have enjoyed a 100% placement success rate, and Department of Labor statistics project a 25% growth rate in employment through the year 2018. And there’s more good news—according to the book 200 Best Jobs for College Graduates, four of the top-five job categories are IT-related.
A few of your career options after graduation are business analyst, systems analyst, business intelligence manager, predictive analytics consultant, application developer, database administrator, process improvement manager, supply chain analyst, and software engineer.
Iowa’s BAIS Program
As businesses strive to become more profitable, productive, and competitive, there is a growing need to collect, organize, and analyze big data to gain insight on business decisions. At Tippie, the new business analytics and information systems (BAIS) major is where students can navigate the intersections of business, big data, and information technology, a skill set increasingly sought by many companies.
The BAIS course work provides skills that apply across all functional areas of business, bestowing BAIS majors with flexible career options that span business disciplines. In addition, taking an appropriate combination of course work and capstone projects couild earn the student Lean/Six Sigma certification.
Business Analytics Track
The Business Analytics track focuses on the use of data to analyze and improve business processes. Students will be introduced to state-of-the-art analytical techniques in data mining, supply chain management, simulation, and optimization. You'll learn the skills to:
- Systematically improve existing business processes and strategically design new processes.
- Manipulate databases and analyze large-scale business data to provide actionable insights.
- Design spreadsheet-based decision support systems.
- Understand variability and its impact on supply chain operations.
Decision Support Systems
Supply Chain Management
Information Systems Track
The Information Systems track focuses on the design and management of information technology that collects, organizes, and secures the data that will solve business problems and will assist a company in meeting its goals and business challenges. You'll learn the skills to:
- Analyze business processes to determine information requirements and create business solutions.
- Implement databases and develop data-centric applications that are available in the most appropriate manner, such as web access.
- Solve computer network and security infrastructure problems.
- Understand the fundamentals of software design and development.
Software Design & Development
The department offers these required courses and a number of electives for the BAIS major. In addition, you can click on any of the courses in the following chart to read course descriptions, or you may view and print a
document outlining the requirements.
BAIS Instructional Lab
BAIS majors have access to a dedicated lab that includes computing and networking resources to train students to deal with data and technology issues. Through course work and hands-on experience, students develop interactive web applications, design websites and multimedia presentations, and learn about the latest in computer networking.