Sep 25, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Information Systems



Faculty

Leadership

Vandana Janeja - Chair

Zhiyuan Chen - Associate Chair for Academic Affairs

George Karabatis - Liaison for Programmatic Innovations

Anita Komlodi - Graduate Program Director, IS Online

Ravi Kuber - Graduate Program Director - HCC

Shimei Pan - Graduate Program Director - IS

Nirmalya Roy - Liaison for Research Innovation

Sreedevi Sampath - Director of Undergraduate Programs

Karuna Joshi - Associate Undergraduate Program Director

Richard Sponaugle - Associate Undergraduate Program Director

Professor

Zhiyuan Chen
B.S., Fudan University (China), 1995; M.S., 1997; Ph.D., Cornell University, 2002

Aryya Gangopadhyay
B. Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, 1984; M.B.A., Rutgers University, 1991; Ph.D., 1993; M.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1992

Vandana Janeja
B.S., Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya University (India), 1997; M.S., 1999; M.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2001; M.B.A., Rutgers University, 2007; Ph.D., 2007

George Karabatis
B.S., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), 1983; M.S., University of Houston, 1988; Ph.D., 1995

A. Gunes Koru
B.Sc., Ege University (Turkey), 1996; M.Sc., Dokuz Eylül University (Turkey), M.S., Southern Methodist University, 2002; Ph.D., 2004

Carolyn Seaman
B.A., College of Wooster, 1986; M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1987; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1996

Associate Professor

Karuna P. Joshi
B.S., University of Mumbai (India), 1993; M.S., 1999; Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2012

Anita Komlodi
M.A., Kossuth Lajos University (Hungary), 1994; M.L.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2000; Ph.D., 2002

Ravi Kuber
B.Sc., University College London, 1999; M.Sc., 2004; Queen's University Belfast, Ph.D., 2007

Helena Mentis
B.S., Virginia Polytechnical and State University, 2000; M.S., Cornell University, 2004; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania University, 2010

A. Ant Ozok
B.S., Technical University of Istanbul (Turkey), 1996; M.S., Purdue University, 1997; Ph.D., 2001

Shimei Pan
B.S., Tsinghua University, 1991; Ph.D., Columbia University, 2002

Maryam Rahnemoonfar
B.S., University of Isfahan, 2002; M.Sc., University of Tehran, 2005; Ph.D., University of Salford, 2010

Nirmalya Roy
B.S., Jadavpur University, 2001; M.S., University of Texas at Arlington, 2004; Ph.D., 2008

Sreedevi Sampath
B.E., Osmania University (India), 2000; M.S., University of Delaware, 2002; Ph.D., 2006

Assistant Professor

Lujie Karen Chen
B.Eng., Shanghai Jiaotong University, 1998; M.I.S.M., Carnegie Mellon University, 2004; M.S., 2012; Ph.D., 2020

James Foulds
B.S., University of Waikato (New Zealand), 2007; M.S., 2008, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2014

Md Osman Gani

B.Sc., Military Institute of Science and Technology, Bangladesh, 2009; M.S., Marquette University, 2013; Ph.D. 2017

Foad Hamidi
B.A., York University (Canada), 2004; M.Sc., 2007; Ph.D., 2016

Andrea Kleinsmith
B.A., University of Oregon, 1995; M.Sc., University of Aizu (Japan), 2004; Ph.D., University College London (UK), 2010

Aaron Massey
B.S., Purdue University, 2003; M.S., North Carolina State University, 2009; Ph.D., 2012

Sanjay Purushotham
B.T.E.C.E., National Institute of Technology (India) 2007; M.S., University of Southern California, 2014; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2015

Jianwu Wang
B.S., Tianjin University (China), 2001; Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences (China), 2007

Yaxing Yao
B.B.A., Harbin Institute of Technology, 2012; M.S., University of Washington, 2014; Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2020

Professor of the Practice

Jennifer Carter
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1984; M.S., Catholic University, 1992; D.M., University of Maryland, University College, 2009

Erin Van Dyke
B.S., Art Institute of Portland, 2008; M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2015; Ph.D., 2019

Senior Lecturer

Amy Everhart
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1984; M.S., 1992

Dina Gorin Glazer
B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1993; M.S., 1995

Dana Smith
B.S., Salisbury State University, 1990; M.Ed., 1994; M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2001

Richard Spounagle
B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1995; M.S., 1997

Lecturer

Ahmed AlEroud
B.S. Hashemite University (Jordan), 2006; M.S., Yarmouk University (Jordan), 2009; M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2012; Ph.D., 2014

C. Augusto Casas
B.S.E.E., Universidad Javeriana, 1983, M.B.A., University of Connecticut, 1992; Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2002

Margaret Kahl
B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1984; M.S., 1990

William Ryan
B.S. University of Maryland, University College,1986; M.S.A., Central Michigan University, 2007

Adjunct Associate Professor

Amy Hurst
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003, M.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 2007, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2010

Wayne Lutters
B.A., Connecticut College, 1992; M.S., University of California, Irvine, 1995; PhD. 2001

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Stacy Branham
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007; Ph.D., 2014

Faculty Emeritus

Henry Emurian
B.A., American University, 1968; M.A., 1971; M.S., The Johns Hopkins University, 1983; Ph.D., American University, 1975

Jeff Martens
B.A., Virginia Tech, 1982; M.S., College of William & Mary, 1986

Anthony F. Norcio
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1965; B.S., 1968; M.L.S., 1973; Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 1978

Roy Rada
B.A., Yale University, 1973; M.S., University of Houston, 1976; M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 1977; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981

Tate Redding
B.A., Dakota Weslyan University, 1978; M.A.S., The Johns Hopkins University, 1991

Valeri P. Scott
B.A., Lake Forest College, 1971; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1973; M.A., University of Oklahoma, 1975

Courses in this program are listed under IS.

The United States and other developed countries depend on computers for almost every transaction that occurs in our everyday lives. Many people refer to the present as the "information age" and it is computer systems that have made this possible. The Department of Information Systems (IS) offers programs to prepare students to be the technical people who design, build and manage these computer systems or to be knowledgeable users of them.

The Information Systems Program is interdisciplinary, including courses in mathematics and statistics, computer programming, management science, economics and technical writing, as well as specific courses in computer information system analysis, design, construction and management. Career learning through cooperative education assignments is strongly encouraged.

The department offers several degree options to students, including a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science and accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in IS both online and face-to-face curriculum, Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Human-Centered Computing  all of which allows students to begin master's-level work in the senior year.

The Business Technology Administration, B.A.  trains students for management positions in the growing job field of Information Systems. It is an interdisciplinary program developing practical knowledge for integration of computers, organizational processes, and people into effective and efficient systems. Through a variety of courses such as human resources management, project management, business law, ethics, and operations management, they learn the skills to be successful managers, analysts and, administrators in an IS organization. Additionally, BTA students may experience working with companies on projects that analyze systems and research solutions for implementation in small and large enterprises.

The Information Systems Management, B.S.  degree allows students the opportunity to study and gain technical and conceptual knowledge in the design, development and management of computer information systems. Students study networking, decision support, database management, systems analysis and design, and programming as core concepts. They have the option to specialize further through certificates in data analytics, user experience, web and mobile development, decision support, management science, cybersecurity and health informatics as their interests dictate. Students in the IS major are trained to take on roles, such as systems analysts, project managers, data analysts, information security specialists, or network administrators for any business or organization, understanding the information infrastructure and services that make an organization operate more effectively and efficiently. 

The IS department offers several upper-division certificates. The Cybersecurity Informatics Certificate , Decision Making Support Certificate , Health Information Technology Certificate , Network Administration Certificate , and User Experience, Web and Development Certificate  are designed to complete the IS BS. In addition, the IS department sponsors certificates in Auditing for Information Systems Certificate  and Management Accounting Certificate , which will prepare any student to enter into managerial fields that have a statistical and accounting concentration. In addition, to these certificates, the IS department offers a program, M.B.A. Preparatory Studies Certificate , for students who may be considering graduate studies in business management. Each certificate allows the student a concentrated topic of study. The certificates do not replace the major, but they enhance it.

Career and Academic Paths

Most graduates from the B.S. program may enter directly into systems analysis, database or network administration, user interface design positions in business, government or the nonprofit sector. A significant number of graduates may not end their education at the baccalaureate level, but may enter the information systems M.S. or Ph.D. programs. The master's program is designed to enhance the qualifications of working professionals and can be earned while working full time. Graduates from the BTA program will find their end-user computer skills and management skills applicable to many positions in business, industry and government. Graduates with a BTA often pursue careers in management and entrepreneurial careers in business.

Academic Advising

Undergraduates are advised by trained, informed information systems faculty. For students considering transferring to UMBC, Maryland community colleges have articulated programs that define the courses that may transfer as equivalent to UMBC courses.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science  and Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Science Program

The B.S./M.S. and the B.A./M.S. degree program allows the student to complete both degrees with one to one-and-half more years of study than is typically required for the B.S. or B.A. degree alone, because three of the courses in the master's core are taken in the senior year and applied to both degrees.

Admission to the Accelerated Program

Students who are interested in the accelerated B.S./M.S. in IS programs (either online or on-campus) should discuss their interest with a department advisor as early as the sophomore year. A student should request acceptance into the program in the first semester of the junior year, i.e., the semester following the one in which 60 credits have been earned toward the B.S. degree. To be eligible for this program, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at UMBC and all other institutions attended. This is a minimum requirement, and attainment of a 3.2 GPA does not guarantee admission to the combined degree program. The admission decision is determined on an individual basis taking into account the student's past record, expected future performance and how well the accelerated program would meet the student's educational objectives. Applicants for the accelerated B.S./M.S. in IS programs (online or on-campus) must have completed the IS gateway and be enrolled in IS 410 prior to applying for the combined program. Students should be aware of the current requirements for admission to the department's master-level graduate programs so they can complete coursework meeting these same requirements or their equivalents. Applicants should have completed or have those courses under way prior to applying for the B.S./M.S. program. 

Students who are interested in the accelerated B.S./M.S. or B.A./M.S. Human Centered Computing programs should discuss their interest with a department advisor as early as the sophomore year. A student should request acceptance into the program in the first semester of the junior year, i.e., the semester following the one in which 60 credits have been earned toward the B.S./B.A. degree. To be eligible for this program, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at UMBC and all other institutions attended. This is a minimum requirement, and attainment of a 3.2 GPA does not guarantee admission to the combined degree program. The admission decision is determined on an individual basis taking into account the student's past record, expected future performance and how well the accelerated program would meet the student's educational objectives. Applicants for the B.S./M.S. in HCC accelerated program must have completed the IS gateway and be enrolled in IS 410 and either have completed or currently be enrolled in IS 303 prior to applying. Applicants for the B.A./M.S. in HCC accelerated program must have completed IS 147 instead of IS 125, and completed or be currently enrolled in IS 303 prior to applying. Students should be aware of the current requirements for admission to the department's master-level graduate programs so they can complete coursework meeting these same requirements or their equivalents. Applicants should have completed or have those courses under way prior to applying for the B.S./M.S., B.A./M.S. program. 

Students seeking admission to the accelerated program should complete the accelerated B.S./M.S. or B.A./M.S. application form, including instructor recommendations, and send it to the director, undergraduate programs, IS, with an official UMBC transcript and official transcripts from any other college(s) attended. The undergraduate director reviews the application and makes a recommendation to the department's Graduate Admissions Committee, which makes the admission decision. Students are notified of the decision, and the Graduate School is also informed when a student is accepted. This acceptance is by the IS department only; the student still must formally apply to and be accepted by the Graduate School to finish the master's portion of the program. Acceptance into the accelerated program neither obligates the student to complete the program beyond the B.S. or B.A. degree, nor does it obligate the department to admit the student into the graduate program when he or she applies formally to the Graduate School. If the Graduate School finds reason to reject a student's application, that decision is binding, even though the student may have been accepted into the accelerated degree program by the IS department.

B.S./M.S., B.A./M.S. Program Regulations and Procedures

Once admitted to the accelerated program, the student must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA. No more than two 'C' grades may be received in all courses taken after admission. If the GPA falls below 3.0, or if more than two 'C's are received, the student will be removed from the accelerated program. This does not affect the student's eligibility for the B.S. or B.A. degree under normal university undergraduate requirements. Any one 'D' or 'F' also results in removal from the accelerated program. Students in the combined program must formally apply for admission to the UMBC Graduate School before the Graduate School's application deadline during the semester in which the course work for the B.S. or B.A. is completed.

No more than nine credits of graduate courses may be taken while the student is paying undergraduate tuition. Students in the accelerated program must take three of the courses required for the undergraduate major as graduate courses under their graduate course numbers. For the B.S./M.S. online, these courses are typically IS 633 (in place of IS 420), IS 634 (in place of IS 436), and any MS online graduate elective (in place of an IS upper level elective).  For the B.S./M.S on campus, these are IS 625/603 (in place of IS 425),IS 636 (in place of IS 436), and IS 651 (in place of IS 451). For the B.A./M.S. HCC, these are IS 636 (in place of an IS upper level elective), IS 629 (in place of an upper level elective) and any HCC graduate elective (in place of an upper level elective).  For the B.S./M.S. HCC, these are IS 636 (in place of IS 436), IS 629 (in place of an upper level elective), and any HCC graduate elective (in place of an upper level elective).  These courses count for both degrees; therefore, a minimum of 21 credits is required for the master's degree. For additional information about M.S. requirements, see the M.S. section of this document or the Graduate School Catalog.

Special Opportunities

UMBC has a very large and active cooperative education and internship program. All information systems students are encouraged to participate in co-ops or internships. The practical work experience gained is valued by employers in the field and is of considerable help in finding a job after graduation. One-third to one-half of IS majors take advantage of these opportunities. In addition to work experience, students often earn academic credit for their cooperative education experiences. The IS department has an exciting opportunity for IS students who wish to study abroad. We have an exchange program with the National University of Ireland in Galway. Please see the undergraduate program director in the IS department for details.

Student Organizations

Information Systems Council of Majors. The Information Systems Council of Majors offers programs and tours in areas of interest to students. Council members also have opportunities to attend meetings of computer-related professional societies.

ISSA: The Information Systems Security Association is an International organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of its members.

Programs

    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceCertificateNon-Degree

    Courses

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