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2021-2022

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

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Business Administration (Thomas Nelson Community College)
Thomas Nelson Community College
Thomas Nelson 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)

Thomas Nelson Community College (Associate of Science: Business Administration)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Information Systems through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
Experience Year 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU School of Business and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
  • Join a professional organization related to information systems: Association for Information Systems (AIS), Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Business-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • 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.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Information Systems through the Virginia Wizard.
  • 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
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.

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.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU School of Business and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
  • Join a professional organization related to information systems: Association for Information Systems (AIS), Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Business-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • 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.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

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

Thomas Nelson Community College (Associate of Science: Business Administration)

Thomas Nelson Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
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
MTH 161 PreCalculus I MATH 141 3 General education
SDV 101 Orientation to Business (or SDV 100) UNIV 101 1 Elective
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications INFO 160, 161, 162 3 Elective
Laboratory Science I Select 1 sequence: BIO 101, CHM 101, GOL 105, GOL 111, PHY 101, PHY 141, PHY 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
MTH 261 Applied Calculus BUSN 212 3 Major (Ancillary)
Laboratory Science II Take second course in the sequence selected previously: BIO 102, CHM 102, GOL 106, GOL 112, PHY 102, PHY 142, PHY 202 VCU equivalent 4 General education
ECO 201 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics ECON 211 3 Major (Ancillary)
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 203 3 Major (Ancillary)
ECO 202 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics ECON 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II ACCT 204 3 Major (Ancillary)
PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 General education
BUS 216 Probability & Statistics for Business and Economics SCMA 301 3 Major (Ancillary)
BUS 100 Introduction to Business (substitute for BUS 200) BUSN 201 3 Major (Ancillary)
Social Science Select 1: PSY 200, SOC 200, PLS 135, 241 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Humanities Select 1: ENG 200-level literature; PHI 101, 111; ART 101, 102; MUS 121; REL 231, 232 VCU equivalent 3 General education
CST 100 Public Speaking BUSN 225 3 Major (Ancillary)
BUS 281 Managing in Global Organizations BUSN 2XX 3 Elective
BUS 241 Business Law BUSN 2XX 3 Elective
Thomas Nelson credits transferred to VCU 60
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
INFO 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 202 Introduction to E-Business Technologies (prerequisite for upper-level INFO courses) 3 Major (Ancillary)
INFO 360 Business Information Systems 3 Major (Ancillary)
MATH 211 Mathematical Structures (prerequisites 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 61
Bachelor's degree total 121