Built on a solid foundation of a business and information technology (IT) curriculum, the major in information systems delivers a unique blend of business acumen, industry standards, and practical computing instruction. Students enjoy successful placement and satisfying careers because they possess both the in-depth knowledge of business processes and the ability to readily translate business requirements into value-added IT solutions. The curriculum is designed to prepare effective leaders in the design, development, and management of information systems—the lifeblood of a successful business model. Courses emphasize both individual and team projects based on actual applications of the subject matter.

The major in information systems is administered by the Department of Operations and Information Management.

Related Student Organizations

Association of Information System Professionals
National Organization for Business and Engineering

Students wishing to pursue this major must be admitted to the School of Business. Once admitted, students are able to pursue any business major they choose. To find out more about the school's admissions process for undergraduate students, please see Entering the School.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

School of Business Requirements

The Wisconsin Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program is based on a broad educational foundation combined with courses in business and economics. This curriculum is designed for those students who wish to prepare for careers in business. Students completing any School of Business major are required to satisfy a common set of Pre-Business Requirements, Liberal Studies Requirements, Business Preparatory Requirement, Business Core Requirement, Business Breadth Requirement, and Credits for BBA Degree.

School of Business BBA Requirements
Complete requirements:
Liberal Studies
Business Prep
Business Core
Business Breadth

Information Systems Major Requirements

The information systems major is a total of 15 credits, distributed as follows:

COMP SCI 301 3
INFO SYS 365 Contemporary Topics3
INFO SYS/​COMP SCI  371 Technology of Computer-Based Business Systems3
INFO SYS 422 Computer-Based Data Management3
INFO SYS 424 Analysis and Design of Computer-Based Systems3
Total Credits15

Suggested Electives Related to Information Systems

COMP SCI 300 Programming II3
COMP SCI 400 Programming III3
INFO SYS 365 Contemporary Topics1-3
I SY E/​PSYCH  349 Introduction to Human Factors3
I SY E 575 Introduction to Quality Engineering3
I SY E 601 Special Topics in Industrial Engineering1-3
MARKETNG 310 Marketing Research3
MARKETNG/​OTM  421 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management3
MARKETNG/​OTM  427 Enterprise Systems and Supply Chain Management3
M H R 412 Management Consulting3
M H R 422 Entrepreneurial Management3
M H R 423 Strategic Management3
OTM 351 Principles and Techniques of Quality Management3
OTM 365 Contemporary Topics (Project Management)3
OTM 365 Contemporary Topics (Operations Analytics)3
OTM 451 Service Operations Management3
OTM 654 Production Planning and Control3

University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. Understand how to manage data, model information, and apply appropriate information technology to create effective business solutions.
  2. Understand how to use computer technologies to analyze business problems and processes.\\n\\n
  3. Design and implement computer‐based information systems which support business operations, decision-­making, and planning.
  4. Develop proficiency in project management, consulting, teamwork, conflict resolution, time management, and oral and written communication skills.
  5. Effectively lead organizations in the design, development, and management of information systems.

This is a sample four-year plan for students directly admitted into the School of Business from high school. We encourage all students to consult with their academic advisor to develop an individualized plan that meets their specific needs. 

MATH 2115ECON 1014M H R 3003
GEN BUS 1101PSYCH 2023 
Ethnic Studies 3Literature 3 
Science 3Science3 
Communications A3  
 15 13 3
ECON 1024GEN BUS 3073 
ACCT I S 1003GEN BUS 3003 
OTM 3003MARKETNG 3003 
 ACCT I S 2113 
 13 15 
Business Breadth3Business Breadth3 
Communications B3-4Humanities3 
 9-10 12-13 
INFO SYS 3651-3INFO SYS 4243 
INFO SYS 4223GEN BUS 3013 
Social Science3Elective3 
 10-12 12 
Total Credits 102-106


Advising is an integral part of any student’s educational journey in the School of Business BBA Program. Starting at Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR), we encourage all students to connect with academic advisors. BBA academic advisors have a wealth of knowledge about courses on campus, as well as policies and procedures.

BBA career advisors help students with career exploration, internships, resumes, job search, interviewing and more. We encourage students to connect with their career advisor once they arrive on campus.

BBA advisors want students to succeed. Students experiencing academic difficulty or personal struggles are encouraged to talk to their advisor about how their individual situation may affect their academic performance.

Assigned Academic and Career Advisors

For admitted BBA students, advisors are assigned by academic major. If you have more than one major, you may have more than one assigned advisor. You can find your assigned advisor by logging into your student center and looking on the right hand menu under “Program Advisor.”

For students not yet admitted to the School of Business, we have a team of pre-business advisors available to you.

Accessing Advising

If you have a quick question, no more than 15 minutes, please utilize our drop-in advising.

You may schedule a 30-minute appointment with an academic and career advisors. Advisors are trained, and have knowledge regarding all ten majors in the BBA, so if your assigned advisor is not available you can be confident to schedule an appointment with any of the BBA advisors.

Pre-business students may also schedule an appointment with a pre-business academic advisor.

If you have a quick yes/no question you may always send an email to your assigned advisor.

For more information on accessing academic advising, please see our academic advising page.

For more information on accessing career advising, please see our career advising page.


Information systems professionals help clients address some of their most complex business problems through the effective use of technology. They see pathways to solutions of highly complex technical issues and are key leaders in conceptualizing and sourcing the best solutions. Information systems professionals collect, store, and analyze information and data to assist organizations and departments in executing business initiatives and making informed decisions. In addition, they use hardware, software, technology infrastructure combined with input from internal or external clients to develop tools to solve and track business objectives.

For more information about careers in information systems, please visit our BBA Info Systems website.

Faculty AND Staff in Information Systems

Robert Batt, BA, MBA, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Hessam Bavafa, BS, MS, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Steve Boeder, BBA, MBA
Faculty Associate
Director of the Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management

Gregory DeCroix, BS, BA, Ph.D.

Mark Finster, BS, Ph.D.

Donald Harmatuck, BS, MBA, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer

Donald Hausch, BS, MS, Ph.D.
Academic Director, Bolz Center for Arts Administration

Andrew Jakubczak, BBA, MS

Sung Kim, BS, MS, Ph.D.

Rafael Lazimy, BA, DBA
Associate Professor

Timothy McClurg, BS, MBA, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer

James Morris, BBA, MBA, Ph.D.
Department Chair for Operations and Information Management

Terence Ow, BS, MBA, MS, MS, Ph.D.
Visiting Associate Professor

Enno Siemsen, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Erdman Center for Operations & Technology Management

Jordan Tong, BA, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dharmaraj Veeramani
Affiliate Member in Operations and Information Management

Urban Wemmerlöv, BS, MS, MS, Ph.D.


AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Accreditation status: Accredited. Next accreditation review: 2021–2022.