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Technical expertise meets business savvy.
Do you enjoy working with both technology and people? Our information systems degree is a great choice. Our IS graduates serve as liaisons between technical teams and management to solve business problems via collaboration and innovation.
Information systems are the backbone of modern organizations, which need help keeping up with emerging technologies and understanding how different applications can be leveraged to accomplish their goals. Individuals who know how to develop technological solutions to business challenges are in high demand. Our information systems major pairs a solid foundation in business knowledge with specialized courses in information systems that prepare students for careers in this in-demand field.
Courses and Program Requirements
Our curriculum includes creative, innovative courses designed to teach business fundamentals and new technologies in ways that stick with students. We maintain strong ties with industry leaders who serve as advisors to ensure students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the workforce. And we believe that students learn by doing, so much so that we made experiential learning a graduation requirement.
[00:01] My name is Chordaryus Billingsly, and information systems is my major. So what drew me to the IS major, I wanted to do something different. I felt like my calling was more so dealing with integrating tech into the business world. Information systems was like the ideal major for me.
[00:18] I came here, tried it out, I just fell in love with the major. The students in that major are really smart. A lot of them knew technical terms, they knew the companies already, they had been doing programming, etc., etc. So they had a list built up of things that they had already been doing in their personal time.
[00:35] It gave me something to aspire to be, but it also was kind of intimidating, because I wasn't yet at that level, but it was always great competition for me also. Sometimes, I'd go to my professor's office, and I'd sit down with them and I'd say, I'm thinking about doing this, or I kinda wanna do this.
[00:53] And they'd be like, yeah, sure, you start off like this, these are companies that you might wanna look at. So they were really personable and professional with helping me develop my career, and that's what I really enjoyed about meeting with them. One thing that UAB really does well is they do try to get you integrated within a company prior to you even graduating, so there were always a lot of opportunities to work with companies.
[01:16] I would say UAB's diverse body really gave me a lot of exposure. UAB is like a bowl of Skittles, it's a bunch of different colors integrated together. You get a view from not just the United States, but you also get a view worldwide, and it expands your horizon upon graduating from UAB.
[01:34] UAB's location, for me, to be honest, it's really great, and the reason why I say that is because there are no walls, so it feels like we are part of downtown. Things that would take me a lot longer to grasp, graduating from college, I feel like I've gained it at a much more accelerated rate, because we're already embedded into the city.
[01:53] Initially, coming into college, I was an ideal introvert. The UAB ROTC program kinda took that away from from me. It made me two separate people. You can still be the introverted you that you were initially, but you also are gonna have to be a speaker. You're gonna have to get more involved, and by them forcing me to do that, it developed me into the person that I am today, which I believe will take me much further than an introverted me would've.
[02:17] My ultimate dream, eventually, I just wanna rule the world, I want to go out and do really great things. When someone looks over my career, I want them to say, there's no way humanly possible I can copy what he did. Essentially, I wanna end off my career as a security engineer for a major company, and possibly, I wanna be the CIO of that company, eventually.
Chordaryus Billingsley, a UAB information systems major and self-professed introvert, was looking for something different when he fell in love with the IS major. His experience at UAB, including the ROTC program and internship with Shipt, has provided the confidence he needs to succeed.
Why choose information systems at the Collat School of Business?
Flexible, Customized Curriculum
A concentration in Cybersecurity Management or Data Analytics allows students to customize their degree and differentiate themselves from their peers.
Our Information Systems Advisory Council of elite IS professionals regularly reviews the curriculum to ensure it has the latest content and graduates are well prepared for a successful career in IS.
Intensive Career Development
The Collat Career Center, which caters specifically to business students, provides hands-on career coaching, connects students with employers and schedules tours of various work environments.
A few of the common job titles for IS professionals include information security specialist, systems analyst, operations research analyst, information systems manager, and computer network architect.
Employment in computer and IT occupations is projected to grow 13% from 2020 to 2030. The median annual wage for computer and IT occupations was $97,430 in May 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
AdvisorGary ApplewhiteHR Management & Information Systems205-934-8830CSB 357-DUndergraduate RecruiterJames Michael Barlow205-934-2453CSB 155-AAdministrative AssociateIsabell Boyd205-934-8830CSB 357-E
Oluwafemi Akanfe PhDAssistant Professor
Michelle Amaral PhDAdjunct Professor
Alicja Foksinska Arnold MSAdjunct Professor
Steven Ballenger MBAAdjunct Professor
Paul Di Gangi PhDProfessor
Samuel Goh PhDAssociate Professor
Ken Gunnells PhDInstructor
Robert Howard DScAdjunct Professor
La' Shonda King DBAAdjunct Professor
Philip Musa PhDProfessor
Kevin Overlaur MSMISAdjunct Professor
Zhilei (George) Qiao PhDAssistant Professor
Alexander Rivera BAScAdjunct Professor
Shaun Simon MSMISAdjunct Professor
Sam Thompson PhDAssociate Professor
Nuo Xu PhDAssociate Professor
Xiaoni Zhang PhDProfessor