The Information Systems & Decision Sciences Department (ISDS) has multiple missions. We are dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service. In addition to producing graduates who excel in the areas of information systems and decision sciences and business analytics, we also strive to accomplish research that makes significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge. In addition we serve the community, by making valuable contributions to the practice of business in core disciplines of ISDS and engaging in academic and applied programs and activities that advance business development in Louisiana, the nation, and the world.
We prepare students to design, implement, analyze, and manage information technology systems. Research collaborations leverage the diverse research interests and expertise of our faculty in domains as varied as medical informatics, e-commerce, disaster management, IT outsourcing, data mining, quantitative modeling, privacy/ethics, global e-business, the strategic use of technology and traffic safety. These collaborative research efforts have resulted in major grant funding received from the National Science Foundation and elsewhere. The department offers three degrees:
- The Bachelor of Science in ISDS – A 121-hour program that deals with the analysis, design, and implementation systems to support the operations and management functions of an organization. Students may specialize in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, or ISDS.
- The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) - An intensive 36 credit-hour program that is completed in 12 months. It emphasizes the use of state-of-the-art software tools to resolve real problems. This includes extracting actionable information from massive sets of organizational data. Topics include multivariate statistics, clustering, data-mining, predictive modeling, design of experiments, and optimization. Students with degrees in business, engineering, economics, statistics, mathematics, and the sciences will benefit the most from this degree.
- The PhD in ISDS – A curriculum designed to develop trained professionals who are qualified to instruct in a university environment and who are capable of conducting scholarly research. Areas of concentration include information systems, operations management, and business analytics.