Information Systems

Preparing graduates for today’s careers and tomorrow’s opportunities.

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete

Degree Type: Undergraduate

Doane’s Information Systems program provides students with the technical and theoretical competency to prepare them to enter the industry in software development or information technology-related areas. What distinguishes Doane graduates from their peers graduating from other schools are the essential non-technical competencies cultivated through the active-learning emphasis and liberal-arts focus of Doane. These competencies, along with technical competencies, are developed through immersive experiences both inside and outside the classroom. These make graduates of the Doane Information Systems program highly sought after by employers and graduate schools.

The competencies, developed with guidance from our alumni advisory group of industry professionals, are captured in five outcomes. The Information Systems (IS) program creates an environment that challenges students as they develop confidence and competencies as:

  • Problem-solvers
  • Independent learners
  • Communicators

Doane University's IS program affords each student multiple opportunities to develop a foundation of technology-related knowledge and hands-on competencies with current tools. In addition, three important topics—ethics, cybersecurity, and career opportunities—are intentionally woven into the fabric of every course. Together, the competencies, knowledge and threads prepare students not only for a next step professionally or academically, but are also of immense value throughout a career.

Unique Experiences in the Information Systems Curriculum

The Doane Information Systems program is very flexible, allowing students to tailor their experience to their interests and talents. There are two majors, Information Systems and Information Systems, and two focus areas, software development and information technology. Students can pursue either focus area which are in high demand in the industry. In addition, there are several minors students can pursue through the Information Systems program.

All majors are required to complete a minor or second major. Some of the programs commonly combined with Information Systems include engineering, math, and physics.

Doane Information Systems majors also complete a technology-related community service project. This is typically completed during the sophomore year as part of a larger experience that also explores career opportunities. Projects vary depending on identified needs, but recent projects have involved helping middle school students learn programming.

In addition, Doane Information Systems majors have the option of entering a mentoring relationship with an alumni with a career in the Information Systems field. In addition to communicating several times each academic year, there are opportunities each year to spend time together to discuss technology and careers.

Program Information

Career Paths

A student earning a Information Systems degree enjoys an extremely robust job market, with occupations projected to grow 13 percent over the next 8 years, faster than the average. Doane graduates have enjoyed a competitive advantage securing jobs at some well-known businesses including: Don’t Panic Labs, Boys Town, Fiserv, Foundation for Educational Services, Hudl, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, the Minnesota Vikings, Nelnet, Sandhills Publishing, Scooters, the State of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska, and Doane University.

 

Software Developers

2017 Median Pay: $103,560
Job Outlook: 24% over the next 10 years
Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

 

Web Developers

2017 Median Pay: $67,990
Job Outlook: 15% over the next 10 years
Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site.

 

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

2017 Median Pay: $81,100
Job Outlook: 6% over the next 10 years
Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks.

 

Computer Support Specialists

2017 Median Pay: $52,810
Job Outlook: 11% over the next 10 years
Computer support specialists provide help and advice to computer users and organizations. These specialists either support computer networks or they provide technical assistance directly to computer users.

 

Information Security Analysts

2017 Median Pay: $95,510
Job Outlook: 28% over the next 10 years
Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases.

 

Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Internships

Doane Information Systems majors complete an internship as part of their course of study, so each graduate has at least one semester of on-the-job experience by the time they graduate. Doane students have had internships at a wide variety of organizations, including Crete Carrier, CS3 Marketing, Firespring, Kidwell / IBM, Lockheed Martin, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Nelnet, Sandhills Publishing, the University of Georgia Bioinformatics Department, and many more. Doane’s network of computer science alumni provides a rich opportunity for our students to earn valuable career experience through internships.

Courses

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Requirements for the Information Systems Major:

Complete the following 36 credits:

Discipline Foundation:

IST 140 - Introduction to Information Science and Technology (3)

IST 145 - Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving (3)

IST 252 - Principles of Digital Logic & Computer Organization (3)

three credits of

IST 495 - Information Science and Technology Seminar (1)

 

Information Systems Core

IST 217 - Information Systems Theory and Practice (3)

IST 321 - Cybersecurity: Best Modern Practices (3)

IST 322 - Networking and Security I (3)

IST 328 - End User Support, Management, and Security (3)

 

Complete 12 additional IST credits above IST 217, excluding IST 421 and 495

Information Systems majors are highly encouraged to complete the coursework required for the Information Technology and Security professional certificate. 

 

Complete the following cognate courses:

Complete an IST faculty-approved experiential activity related to the student's emphasis area. Such activities include, but are not limited to, formal internships (IST 421 ) and industry experience (including full-time, part-time, work-study, and summer positions). Three credits of IST 421  Information Science and Technology Internship fulfill this requirement but do not count towards the 36 IST credits for the major.

BUS 436 - Introduction to Project Management (3) /BUS 636

 

Recommendation

Complete a minor outside IST or an additional major. 

 

Four-Year Plan

Advising Guide - Information Systems - Coming soon 

Faculty & Staff

 

Alec Engebretson

Professor

Information Science & Tech

alec.engebretson@doane.edu

 

Mark Meysenburg

Professor

Information Science & Tech

mark.meysenburg@doane.edu

Research

Every Doane Information Systems graduate will have at least one major independent project, developed as part of their senior capstone course. In addition, there are opportunities to engage in undergraduate research projects, while working one-on-one with Doane faculty members. Current research areas of interest include machine learning (neural networks and genetic algorithms), virtual reality applications developed in Doane’s VR lab, computer vision as applied to the natural sciences, and high-performance computing utilizing Doane’s very own supercomputer, Onyx. Many of these capstone and research projects have led to conference publications and presentations by Doane students.

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Student Organizations

Doane Academic Competition Team: Programming

The Doane programming team competes in at least two intercollegiate programming competitions each year, matching their skills against teams from other colleges and universities from all over the upper midwest. The team meets weekly to practice, learning how to solve complicated problems with advanced programming techniques. Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, members of the programming team will earn college credit for participating in the practices and competitions. In addition, scholarships are available for team members.

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Student Organizations

The Guild

The Guild is Doane's largest themed community. Hosted out of Smith Hall the guild is focused around all things gaming! Video games, board games, card games, and more! They host a number of events on campus throughout the year including charity live-streams and gaming competitions. Guild members also have access to the Smith gaming room in the basement equipped with two large televisions and ample room for gaming of all sorts.

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Student Organizations

Project SERVE & Noyce Scholars

Interested in having K-12 students get excited about science? Doane has received the largest National Science Foundation grant in school history with a goal of recruiting and retaining STEM teachers in urban and rural schools in Nebraska, where they are needed the most. Ten Doane undergraduate STEM students will receive $14,000 in their junior year and $24,000 in their senior year and become apart of a group of students who will participate in seminars, have a mentor from a urban or rural school and attend STEM education conferences all with a goal of preparing you to teach in a high need urban or rural school.

The Doane Difference

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Flexibility & Options

The Information Science and Technology Department offers two majors, Computer Science and Information Systems. Each involve the same four core courses and the same two focus areas (software development and information technology). Students can explore both majors before choosing one and can pursue either focus area from both majors. There are several minors that can be pursued.

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Technical and Essential Non-Technical Competencies

The Information Systems program is designed to immerse the student in experiences which will allow them to gain competencies that are both technical and non-technical, but mutually essential to be successful in the industry.

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Active and Experiential Learning

Our students are expected to be active participants in their learning during class time. You should also expect to engage as developing professionals through a community service project, internship, and capstone project—required as part of the majors—along with research opportunities in machine learning, parallel processing and virtual reality.

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