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Department of Computing, Data, & Mathematical Sciences
Cybersecurity & Information Systems
Information system students studying
Department of Computing, Data, & Mathematical Sciences

Cybersecurity & Information Systems

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

131 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

131 credits

131 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

Gain an in-depth understanding of how data and technology work together to drive the business world. The information systems program will give you the tools needed to develop, use, and manage computer-based systems.

This degree might be right for you if

  • you love problem solving, developing, and maintaining systems
  • driving business innovation with technology

Why study information systems at Northwestern?

Our program provides training in three broad areas:

  • low-level technical skills in programming and application development
  • high-level design and analysis skills
  • business and management skills

Northwestern's small classes allow students to engage directly with faculty. Our business classes visit and have guest speakers from Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, and nonprofits. Students experience a variety of business structures and organizations.

Students intern at companies like Target, Allina, and Wells Fargo to gain real-world experience. 100 percent of our information systems graduates found a job within three months of graduation.

Many classes use case studies to highlight real-world application of business principles. Our students have produced capstone projects for large, local organizations. Students develop software and improve design systems solutions. A few of the projects have been for companies like Medtronic, Carlson, Cold Stone Creamery, Delta Airlines, Minnesota Department of Health, Thrivent Financial, and Valspar Paints.


of information systems students found employment


of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare


of internships result in job offers

Careers in information systems

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in information systems.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Network/intranet administration
  • Website administration
  • Education and training
  • Technical support
  • Consulting
  • Database administration
  • Project management
  • Systems design and maintenance
  • Software development and testing
  • Information systems security
  • Computer operations, systems analysis
  • Technical writing and training
  • Data communication analysis

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Software development companies
  • Financial, investment, insurance institutions
  • Consulting firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Computer hardware and software companies
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Retailers
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Educational institutions
  • City, state and federal government
  • Internet-related companies including browsers, search engines, and web design services

Strategies for success:

  • Professionals in this industry are excellent communicators who manage time efficiently. They are detail and big pictureoriented.
  • Expect to work extended and/or irregular hours, and at times be “on call.”
  • Prepare to learn new information on a regular basis through online discussions, classes, conferences, and periodicals. Update your skills accordingly.
  • Gain as much diverse technical experience as possible. Seek positions in computer labs, retail computer/technology stores, or as technological support for any office or business.
  • Investigate technology in additional areas such as audio/visual or telecommunications. Become familiar with the integration and application of these areas to management information systems.
  • Specialize in a specific area of business or industry and become familiar with the applicable software and hardware. Earn a minor in your field of specialization, i.e. biology for work with a scientific database.
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