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BS in Information and Decision Science

Shorelight - University of Illinois at Chicago, United States

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Next enrollment cycle

December 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 33,000

Course Accredited By

AACSB

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 30% scholarship
Our Bachelor of Science in IDS prepares students for leadership in the information age
  • The Information and Decision Sciences program at UIC Business is grounded in a research-based curriculum and corporate-sponsored project courses that give students the proven experience firms are looking for. IDS majors explore the potential of new technology to alter business operations, analysis and strategy. Students leave our program ready to meet the growing demand for business technologists.

Curriculum

  • IDS students are in top demand because of the skills they learn here at UIC Business. Bridging the gap between technology and business, IDS prepares students to analyze, design and implement information technology systems.
  • Students gain conceptual knowledge in how information is used effectively throughout all areas in the business cycle. They also gain practical experience in more technological based courses such as Business Database Technology, Advanced Spreadsheet Analysis, Business Data Mining and Business Systems Analysis and Design. IDS students are given the tools to become proficient professionals, capable of putting their technical, analytic and critical thinking skills to use in a real-world setting.
  • At UIC Business, we help students find their dream careers. Some students may choose a “specialization” for their studies that lead to certain career paths in IDS. These include Management Information Systems; Business Analytics; and Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • For a full list of course requirements, please visit the UIC catalog.

Program Outcomes

With an IDS degree, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Design, implement, analyze, and manage information technology systems
  • Research emerging technologies
  • Design and update system’s software and create applications tailored to an organization’s needs
  • Plan and analyze surveys
  • Utilize computer systems and programs for decision aiding
  • Use Java, SAS, SPSS
  • Undertake forecasting using time series methods
  • Job Titles for IDS Grads
  • Business Analyst
  • Forecasting Specialist
  • Operations Analyst/Manager
  • Data Quality Specialist
  • Support Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Associate Support Analyst
  • Concentrations available in: Business Data Analytics; Management Information Systems; Operations and Supply Chain Management

Enrollment Cycles

  • December 2022
  • April 2023
  • July 2023
  • September 2023

KENYA

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms C /7
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms C /7
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms B-/8

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

UGANDA

  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 2 Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least 1 subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. In addition, Uganda Certificate of Education with a C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Examination Certificate with 5 academic subjects passed is required.
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms C7
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms C7
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms B5

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

TANZANIA

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms E/5
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms E/5
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms D/4

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

UNITED KINGDOM

  • See GCE criteria
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms GCE

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

BTEC

  • (BTEC) National Extended Diploma (Level 3)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms 80 UCAS Points or MMP Grade
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms 80 UCAS Points or MMP Grade
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms 96 UCAS Points or MMM Grade

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-LEVEL

  • 5 college preparatory subjects passed; Students must also meet the minimum age requirement of the university
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B or 4
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms NA
  • 5 college preparatory subjects passed; Students must also meet the minimum age requirement of the university.
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B or 4

English Requirements

Certificate IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

Degree Requirements

  • To earn a Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Sciences degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Information and Decision Sciences degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Business Administration section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Course List

Code Title Hours

Summary of Requirements 

  • General and Basic Course Requirements 48hrs
  • Business Core 42hrs
  • Major Requirements 18hrs
  • Business Electives 12hrs
  • Total Hours 120hrs

General and Basic Course Requirements

  • See General and Basic Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Business Core

  • See Business Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Major Requirements

Course List

Code Title Hours

Required Courses 

  • IDS 201 Introduction to Business Programming 3
  • or IDS 331 Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets
  • IDS 406 Business Systems Project 3
  • IDS 410 Business Database Technology 3
  • Nine additional hours of 300- or 400-level courses from the IDS department. 9
  • Total Hours 18
  • Students may choose to focus their IDS and CBA elective courses within one or more of the following concentrations. The same course cannot be counted towards more than one concentration. Students may also choose to complete the major in IDS without any concentration. For this, students may choose any combination of IDS electives to fulfill the requirements for the major.
  • Concentration in Business Analytics

Course List

Code Title Hours

Required Courses 

  • IDS 472 Business Data Mining 3
  • Select two of the following: 6
  • IDS 400
  • Programming for Data Science in Business
  • IDS 420
  • Business Model Simulation
  • IDS 462
  • Statistical Software for Business Applications
  • IDS 470
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • IDS 473
  • Introduction to Risk Management
  • IDS 476
  • Business Forecasting Using Time Series Methods
  • IDS 478
  • Regression Analysis
  • Concentration in Management Information Systems

Course List

Code Title Hours

Required Courses 

  • Prerequisite: IDS 201, as part of the IDS major requirement.

Select three of the following: 9hrs

  • IDS 313
  • Internet Applications in Business
  • IDS 400
  • Programming for Data Science in Business
  • IDS 401
  • Business Object Programming using Java
  • IDS 403
  • Information Security
  • IDS 405
  • Business Systems Analysis and Design
  • IDS 413
  • Internet Technology and Management
  • IDS 451
  • Enterprise Operations and Supply Chain Systems
  • IDS 472
  • Business Data Mining
  • Concentration in Supply Chain and Operations Management

Course List

Code Title Hours

Required Courses 

  • Prerequisite: IDS 331, as part of the IDS major requirement.
  • IDS 454 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3
  • Select two of the following: 6
  • IDS 312
  • Business Project Management
  • IDS 313
  • Internet Applications in Business
  • IDS 420
  • Business Model Simulation
  • IDS 450
  • Supply Chain Planning and Logistics
  • IDS 451
  • Enterprise Operations and Supply Chain Systems
  • IDS 453
  • Supply Chain Sourcing and Procurement
  • IDS 479
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Business Electives

Course List

Code Title Hours

Courses 

  • 12 hours of 300- or 400-level CBA courses. 12
  • Total Hours 12hrs
  • A course can be used to satisfy only one area of required or elective courses.

Sample Business Major Curriculum

  • See Sample Business Major Curriculum in the College of Business Administration section. See your academic advisor for an individualized major map in your field of study.
  • Typical cost for two semesters $52,300
  • Tuition $33,000 
  • Housing $13,000 
  • Dining $4,300 
  • Other $2,000

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