BS in Information and Decision Sciences

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Sciences degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Information and Decision Sciences degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Business Administration section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
General and Basic Course Requirements48
Business Core42
Major Requirements18
Business Electives12
Total Hours120

General and Basic Course Requirements

See General and Basic Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Business Core

See Business Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
IDS 201Introduction to Business Programming3
or IDS 331 Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets
IDS 410Business Database Technology3
12 additional hours of 300- or 400-level courses from the IDS department. 12
Total Hours18

Business Electives

Courses
12 hours of 300- or 400-level CBA courses.12
Total Hours12

A course can be used to satisfy only one area of required or elective courses.

Concentrations

Students may choose to focus their IDS and CBA elective courses within one or more of the following concentrations. The same course cannot be counted towards more than one concentration. Students may also choose to complete the major in IDS without any concentration. For this, students may choose any combination of IDS electives to fulfill the requirements for the major.

Concentration in Business Analytics

Required Courses
IDS 472Business Data Mining3
IDS 400Programming for Data Science in Business3
Select two of the following:6
Text Mining for Business Applications
Optimization for Analytics
Survey Sampling: Theory and Methods
Statistical Software for Business Applications
Multivariate Analysis
Business Forecasting Using Time Series Methods
Recommended Business Electives
It is recommended that students take additional business analytics electives as part of their 12 hours of business elective courses. Other recommended business electives are listed below. A course can be used to satisfy only one area of required or elective courses.
Business Project Management
Internet Applications in Business
Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets
Business Systems Project
Business Model Simulation
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Risk Management and Insurance
Investments
Options and Futures Markets
Securities Markets and High-Frequency Trading
Marketing Analytics
Marketing Research
Digital and Social Media Marketing

Concentration in Management Information Systems

Required Courses
Prerequisite: IDS 201, as part of the IDS major requirement.
IDS 401Business Object Programming using Java3
IDS 405Business Systems Analysis and Design3
Select any two of the following:6
Internet Applications in Business
Programming for Data Science in Business
Information Security
Business Systems Project
Internet Technology and Management
Text Mining for Business Applications
Business Data Mining
Topics in Information and Decision Sciences
Recommended Business Electives
It is recommended that students take additional management information systems electives as part of their 12 hours of business electives courses Other recommended business electives are on the list below. A course can be used to satisfy only one area of required or elective courses.
Business Project Management
Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets
Business Systems Project
Enterprise Operations and Supply Chain Systems
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Statistical Software for Business Applications

Concentration in Supply Chain and Operations Management

Required Courses
IDS 450Supply Chain Planning and Logistics3
IDS 454Introduction to Supply Chain Management3
Select two of the following:6
Business Model Simulation
Optimization for Analytics
Enterprise Operations and Supply Chain Systems
Supply Chain Management: Sourcing and Procurement
Business Data Mining
Business Forecasting Using Time Series Methods
Recommended Business Electives
It is recommended that students take additional supply chain and operations management electives as part of their 12 hours of business elective courses. Other recommended business electives are in the list below. A course can be used to satisfy only one area of required or elective course.
Business Project Management
Internet Applications in Business
Programming for Data Science in Business
Business Systems Analysis and Design
Business Systems Project
Statistical Software for Business Applications
Multivariate Analysis
Enterprise Risk Management
Cost Accounting
Business Law I: Commercial Transactions
Managerial Logistics
Marketing and Sales Channels

Sample Business Major Curriculum

See Sample Business Major Curriculum in the College of Business Administration section. See your academic advisor for an individualized major map in your field of study.