Information Systems Department

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Jobs, Careers, and Opportunities in Information Systems (IS)

The Information Systems concentration prepares students for multiple careers that require an aptitude for analytical thinking and a strong working competency in information systems. It is designed to produce a person with technical and managerial skills in business application development, project management, application analysis and design, data management, business intelligence/analytics, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and network and security management. Graduates qualify for and are productive in careers that include technology/business analyst, programmer/analyst, website/mobile app developer, database designer/analyst/administrator, data analyst, network administrator, and technical support specialist. You can also leverage your IS skills to be an entrepreneur.

The concentration emphasizes technical knowledge of information system components and infrastructure; application and development skills; high-level competencies in applying information systems analysis and systems design strategies and techniques; understanding the information needs and delivery systems within business organizations; understanding the business/organizational context of information systems; communications and human relations skills for working with and managing people and projects in virtual teams; and education and desire for lifelong learning and professional and personal development.

Over the next decade, the greatest demand in the information systems field will be for persons who have information technology skills supported by solid understanding of the business framework for information solution. By following this program of carefully structured courses, the student, upon graduation, will be eligible for many of simulating, high-salaried positions in this rapidly changing and constantly expanding field.

How do I get started in IS at SF State?

You can concentrate in IS. You can declare a minor in IS. Or, you can just take one or two courses in IS. For more information, please check out the IS department web site ( or contact the IS department ( or simply pick up the phone and call (415)-338-2138.

Can I just take one IS course without committing to the IS concentration?

Yes, absolutely.    Many students recognize the value of knowing more about IS even though they are primarily focused elsewhere, so check out this sampler of course offerings.
  • Introductory classes for everyone, such as Introduction to Information Systems (ISYS 263), Information Systems for Management (ISYS 363), Information Systems for Management (BUS 782)
  • General Education (Segment III) classes, such as Information Technology in a Global Society (ISYS 338), Information Technology for International Hospitality and Tourism (ISYS 339)
  • Speciality courses such as Business Intelligence (ISYS 650), Healthcare Information Systems (ISYS 573), Information Systems Issues for Global Business (ISYS 582, IBUS 582), Multimedia Business Application Development (ISYS 568)
  • More in-depth courses, such as Information Systems Analysis & Design (ISYS 463), Managing Enterprise Data (ISYS 464), Information Systems for Strategic Advantage (ISYS 814)

This is not a complete list of courses, so check out the IS department courses page or contact the IS department ( or simply pick up the phone and call (415)-338-2138