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2021-2022

Information Systems, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Information Technology (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Program description

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems prepares students for successful careers as information systems professionals through a curriculum that combines technical computing knowledge, skills and techniques with relevant business knowledge. The curriculum provides hands-on experience in supporting the secure delivery and management of information systems, buoys career success through rigorous academic inquiry, and supports the information systems needs of the business community-at-large throughout Greater Richmond.


REAL opportunities are found in INFO 491, INFO 492, and INFO 493.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems produces competitive graduates for entry-level roles in information technology (IT). Through hands-on training, alumni find positions in programming, software development, web development, networking, cyber security, and database administration. Students also build management skills and are well-suited to accept roles in management, business systems analysis, IT consulting, data analytics, and IT implementation. Departmental partnerships with private and public sector organizations allow resume- and skills-building opportunities. Our alumni are employed in all sectors of the economy including multinational companies, local small businesses, start-ups, and state and federal agencies.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Computer Security Analyst
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Technology Project Managers
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Web Administrators
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Director of Information Technology
  • Information Technology Auditor
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200 or SCMA 212 or BUSN 212
  • SCMA 302
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5+ cumulative GPA to declare

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2021-2022

Information Systems, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Information Technology)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Browse careers related to Information Systems through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
Experience Year 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Join a professional organization related to information systems: Association for Information Systems (AIS), Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Information Systems through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Join a professional organization related to information systems: Association for Information Systems (AIS), Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Information Systems, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Information Technology)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 (or SDV 101) College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts INFO 160, 161, 162 3 Elective
MTH 161 Precalculus I MATH 141 3 General education
HIS ___ Select 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History II HIST 3 General education
Social/Behavioral Science #1 ECO 201 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics ECON 211 3 Major (Ancillary)
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
MTH 261 Applied Calculus BUSN 212 3 Major (Ancillary)
Technical elective 1 BUS 100 Introduction to Business BUSN 201 3 Major (Ancillary)
Technical elective 2 ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 203 3 Major (Ancillary)
Technical elective 3 ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software INFO 165 3 Elective
CST 100 Select 1: CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication BUSN 225 3 Major (Ancillary)
ITP Programming Elective ITP 120 Java Programming INFO 202 4 Major (Ancillary)
Humanities/Fine Arts Select 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I OR REL 231 Religions of the World I VCU equivalent 3 General education
Laboratory Science Select 1: BIO 101 General Biology I OR CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I OR GOL 105 Physical Geology OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I OR PHY 150 Elements of Astronomy VCU equivalent 4 General education
Humanities/Fine Arts Select 1: CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II OR ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I OR ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II OR ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II VCU equivalent 3 General education
Laboratory Science Select 1: BIO 101 General Biology I OR BIO 102 General Biology II OR CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I OR CHM 102 Introductory Chemistry II OR GOL 105 Physical Geology OR GOL 106 Historical Geology OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I OR PHY 102 Introduction to Physics II OR PHY 150 Elements of Astronomy VCU equivalent 4 General education
Social/Behavioral Science #2 ECO 202 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics ECON 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
Technical elective 4 ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II ACCT 204 3 Major (Ancillary)
Technical elective 5 BUS 224 Statistical Analysis for Business SCMA 301 4 Major (Ancillary)
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU 62
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
INFO 300 Information technology Infrastructure 3 Major
INFO 320 Business Intelligence and Data Mining 3 Major
INFO 350 Programming 3 Major
INFO 361 Systems Analysis and Design 3 Major
INFO 364 Database Systems 3 Major
INFO 370 Fundamentals of Data Communications 3 Major
INFO 461 Information Systems Planning and Project Management 3 Major
INFO 465 Projects in Information Systems 3 Major
Approved INFO electives (select two): see VCU advisor for course options. 6 Major
BUSN 301 Career and Professional Development 1 Major (Ancillary)
BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam 0 Major (Ancillary)
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3 Major (Ancillary)
INFO 360 Business Information Systems 3 Major (Ancillary)
MATH 211 Mathematical Structures (prerequisite for upper-level INFO courses) 3 Major (Ancillary)
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3 Major (Ancillary)
MGMT 303 Creativity and Ideation 3 Major (Ancillary)
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3 Major (Ancillary)
MGMT 434 Strategic Management 3 Major (Ancillary)
SCMA 320 Production/Operations Management 3 Major (Ancillary)
BUSN 323 Legal Environment of Business (or FIRE 325 or FIRE 459) 3 Major (Ancillary)
Credits Completed at VCU 58
Bachelor's degree total 120