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What is ISDS?

ISDS, or Information Systems and Decision Sciences​, is the study of technology, business processes, people and organizations, and the relationships among them. ISDS professionals are involved with designing, building, and analyzing all types of business processes across all types of organizations with an eye toward delivering value through operational efficiency and innovation. ISDS students develop skills in project management, data management, structured thinking, and management of IT resources. ISDS graduates place in various types of career roles. ISDS is a people-oriented field with an emphasis on service through technology.Senior Instructor Joni Catanzaro teaches ISDS class in the Business Education Complex Courtyard

Opportunities in ISDS

Areas: Analysis, Business Analytics, Business Application Development, Database Administration, Design, Executive Administration, Support, Systems Integration

Employers: Computer Companies, Consulting Firms, Energy Companies, Entertainment Companies, Educational Institutions, Financial Institutions, Government Agencies, Healthcare Organizations, Hotels and Restaurants, Insurance Companies, Manufacturers, Public Accounting Firms, Retailers, Telecommunications Companies

BS in Information Systems and Decision Sciences
The bachelor of ISDS is a 120-hour program with several learning objectives for students: 

  • Support a successful analysis design, and implementation of an IT project
  • Analyze the facts, obtain user requirements, design a system meeting these requirements, and implement the system
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in both writing and oral presentations 
  • Work effectively as a team leader 
  • Understand the role of database management systems 
  • Understand the principles of telecommunications design


In the ever-changing field of information systems, we offer two constantly updated concentrations to our students:

Information Technology​

Information Technology concentration focuses on the application and management of information​ technology resources to provide operational and strategic advantage to an organization. Students develop skills in application development, computer networking, and system analysis and design.

  • Using existing software libraries for computing tasks and user interfaces
  • Designing, Programming, and testing websites and applications
  • ​Building database management systems and other software applications
Business Intelligence​​

Business Intelligence concentration focuses on the preparation and analysis of complex data sources to solve problems and to develop business intelligence and insights. Students develop skills in data mining, data warehousing, evaluating "big data," and extracting actionable insights.
  • Problem-solving, business intelligence and analytic skills 
  • Evaluating "big data" and how to extract actionable information
  • Understanding industry specific analytics in marketing, healthcare, and telecommunications


Information Tech​nology Management 

To graduate with an Information Technology Management Minor, students must complete 21 hours consisting of the following courses: ISDS 1100 or ISDS 1101 or ISDS 1102; ISDS 3100; ISDS 3107; ISDS 3110; ISDS 4113; ISDS 4120; and three additional hours to be chosen from an approved ISDS elective course at the 3000 level or above. Students must have a 2.0 GPA in the courses used to satisfy the minor. At least nine semester hours must be taken on this campus and, of the nine hours, at least three must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. The Information Technology Management Minor is not available to students majoring in ISDS.

To contact the advisor for the Information Technology Minor, visit the contacts and advisors page for the Stephenson Departmen​t of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems. Click here.​

Click here​ for the ISDS majors Laptop Policy.

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For more information, please contact:

Laurene L. Hutchinson Undergraduate Advisor
E. J. Ourso College of Business
Louisiana State University
2202 Business Education Complex
Nicholson Drive Extension
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-2508

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