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Use the four-year academic pathways for each UMBC major/program listed below as a resource for major exploration and development of an individualized degree plan.

Please note that these academic pathways are sample pathways. Students, in consultation with their academic advisor, will create an individualized degree plan, reflecting their academic preparation, interests and goals. Students are strongly encouraged to develop an individualized degree plan by no later than 45 credits earned and to update the plan regularly, in consultation with an academic advisor.

For complete information on degree requirements, reference the Undergraduate Course Catalog (catalog.umbc.edu).

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Information Systems - B.S.

Degree Requirements
Total Academic Credits:
120 - 121
Major Credits:
69-70
Min. Upper-Level Credits:
45
Min. Cumulative GPA:
2.0
§ indicates Benchmark requirements
‡ indicates Gateway courses
Curriculum Notes
  • This sample plan assumed no AP/IB/CLEP or transfer credit and foreign language proficiency up to the 201 level
  • All students must complete a credit-bearing English and Mathematics course in the first year of study
Year One
Fall Semester Credits
IS 101 or COMP 101 3-4
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics (SS GEP) 3
ENGL GEP 3
AH GEP 3
C GEP 3
Total 15 - 16
Spring Semester Credits
IS 147 Introduction to Computer Programming § ‡ 3
MGMT 210 The Practice of Management 3
ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics (SS GEP) 3
MATH 155 Applied Calculus (MATH GEP) § ‡ 4
SS GEP 3
Total 16
Year Two
Fall Semester Credits
IS 247 Computer Programming II 3
IS 300 Management Information Systems § ‡ 3
ECON 121 Principles of Accounting I 3
S non-lab GEP 3
AH GEP 3
Total 15
Spring Semester Credits
IS 310 Software & Hardware Concepts § ‡ 3
MATH 215 Applied Finite Mathematics 3
ECON 122 Principles of Accounting II 3
Foreign Language 201 4
AH GEP 3
Total 16
Year Three
Fall Semester Credits
IS 410 Introduction to Database Design 3
IS 450 Data Communications & Networks 3
S w/ lab GEP 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total 15
Spring Semester Credits
IS 420 Database Application Development 3
IS 451 Network Design & Management 3
STAT 351 Applied Statistics for Business & Econ. 4
Upper-Level Elective 3
Total 13
Year Four
Fall Semester Credits
IS 425 Decision Support Systems 3
IS 246, 413, 448, 471, or 472 (Approved Programming Elective) 3
ENGL 393 Technical Communication (WI) 3
Upper-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Total 15
Spring Semester Credits
IS 436 Structured Systems Analysis & Design 3
IS Upper-Level Elective 3
Upper-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total 15
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Richard Sponaugle rspona1@umbc.edu ITE Building, Room 409