Which Degree Program? Information Systems vs. Computer Science

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If you are thinking of pursuing an advanced degree, but aren’t sure if you should consider a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems or a degree in computer science, there are several factors that can help you make a determination.
Information Systems

Information Systems

A degree in information systems covers things like:

  • Computer processes and infrastructure
  • Both technical and organizational aspects of implementing tech-driven business processes
  • An ability to bridge the gap between technical experts and business managers within your organization

Computer Science

A degree in computer science could lead to a career involving:

  • Utilizing quantitative theories and programming practices to design, develop and improve computing solutions
  • Focusing on mathematical and technical approaches to computing

Which One is Right for You?

If your ultimate goal Is to build a career evaluating organizations’ information systems solutions to help them run more effectively and efficiently, then a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems could be the right decision for you. You may also become a database administrator or IT business analyst.
If you are more interested in becoming a software developer, programmer analyst or application developer, then computer science could be the right path for you.
See more factors that can help you make a decision in the below infographic:

An infographic about choosing an information systems or computer science degree by UAB Collat School of Business.

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