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Athabasca University

Information Systems Major

Regulations effective September 1, 2017.

Students of the BA major in Information Systems will gain a critical understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic implications of the use of information systems. In addition to gaining the skills of processing, using, and managing information, students will gain an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of Information Systems. Students wishing to specialize exclusively in Information Systems should consider enrolling in the BSc in Computing and Information Systems offered by the School of Computing and Information Systems. Courses in the BA Information Systems concentration comprise both computer science and business applications.

Information Systems is a rapidly changing field; consequently, it may not be possible to transfer credit for older courses and/or diplomas towards this degree. Athabasca University will not grant credit for computer science courses taken more than five years ago.

Holders of the BSc in Computing and Information Systems from Athabasca University, or its equivalent from another university, may not enrol in the BA (Information Systems).

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Program Requirements

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:

  1. 45 credits in courses designated as core courses and electives.
  2. 24 credits in required core courses.
  3. A minimum of 21 credits in elective courses.
  4. A minimum of 81 credits in Arts (Humanities and Social Science) courses including INFS 200 and SOCI 460.

Required Core Courses (24 credits)

Electives (21 credits)

At the senior (300 or 400) level in COMP or CMIS courses (with a maximum of 6 credits in CMIS courses) 12 credits
At the 400 level in COMP 9 credits

Specific Regulations

  1. Information Systems is a rapidly changing field; consequently, it may not be possible to transfer credit for older courses and/or diplomas towards this degree. Athabasca University will not grant credit for computer courses taken more than five years ago.
  2. Holders of the Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems from Athabasca University or its equivalent from another university may not apply to the Bachelor of Arts major in Information Systems.
  3. The requirement of a minimum of 81 credits in Arts (Humanities and Social Science) courses (including INFS 200 and SOCI 460) replaces the normal requirement of 96 credits in Arts courses included in the general regulations for the four-year Bachelor of Arts (with major). This change is required to accommodate the large number of credits in Science-area courses required by this major.
  4. A minimum of 21 credits in Arts courses is required in the Bachelor of Arts four-year second undergraduate degree program (major in Information Systems).

 

Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated July 18 2017 by laurab

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