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Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library

Business Analytics & Information Systems Toolkit

Curriculum Update

BAIS - One Major, Flexible Electives


Beginning fall 2021, the Business Analytics and Information Systems major will no longer have tracks. All students will belong to a single BAIS major. In summary, we will make the following additional changes to the curriculum:

  • There will be one BAIS Capstone course instead of one for each track.
  • BAIS:3800 - Optimization and Simulation Modeling will be an elective rather than a required class.
  • Students will be required to take two electives, rather than one.
    • Complete all blue courses (and their pre-requisites). 
    • Choose any two green electives (and their pre-requisites) according to your interest.
  • Application Development will no longer be a planned offering.
  • Several new and revised courses to include new, in-demand content
    • BAIS:3400 – Cloud Computing
      • Learn to use Amazon Web Services cloud platform
    • BAIS:3300 – Digital Project Management
      • Rotate through Agile team roles and manage changes to a digital product
    • BAIS:4280 – Cyber Security
      • New content including cloud and virtualization security
    • BAIS:3025 – Business Process Automation
      • Map business process steps and find opportunities for process automation using Excel VBA programming

 

 

Curriculum Change FAQ


Why are we making this change?
There have been more Business Analytics track students taking jobs focused on business technology, customers, and projects. Removing the Information Systems track and adding a second elective gives students flexibility to align their courses to match their intended career path. Students can now choose to combine their analytics and problem-solving skills with electives to pursue data analytics careers, choose electives to support Information Systems careers, or to uniquely combine courses for other roles in business. 

 

I am graduating in May 2021. What does this mean for me?
You should continue on the current curriculum since the updated curriculum does not begin until fall 2021. Do not make any changes to your schedule.

 

I am graduating in December 2021. What does this mean for me?
Since you declared as a BAIS major before fall 2021 you are on the current curriculum. BAIS:3800 – Optimization and Simulation Modeling will be required. But, you could switch to the updated curriculum in fall 2021 and opt to take two electives. You must be very careful about changing classes this late in your academic career. Consult your academic advisor to discuss changing to the updated curriculum.

 

I am graduating in May 2022. What does this mean for me?
Since you declared as a BAIS major before fall 2021 you are on the current curriculum. BAIS:3800 – Optimization and Simulation Modeling will be required. But, you could switch to the updated curriculum in fall 2021 and opt to take two electives. There is likely time to switch to the new curriculum. Consult your academic advisor to discuss changing to the updated curriculum.

 

I have not declared a major yet. What does this mean for me?
If you declare your major this spring, you will be on the current curriculum. BAIS:3800 – Optimization and Simulation Modeling will be required. But, you can switch to the updated curriculum in fall 2021 and opt to take two electives. There is time to switch to the new curriculum. Consult your academic advisor to discuss changing to the updated curriculum.