Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Business Analyst (ISBA)

The objective of the four-year Information Systems Business Analyst program is to prepare students to be the functional liaison between the integration of the IT function and the business process. The curriculum is designed to give students a firm foundation in liberal arts as well as practical and theoretical skills in information technology as it applies to business principles and practices. The Information Analyst Component is offered in an online format.

On Campus and Online
The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Business Analyst is offered on campus or entirely online as part of our online learning experience.

Information Systems Business Analysts Are:

  • Leaders
  • Business Technology Advocates
  • Trusted Advisors
  • Project Managers
  • Business Process Experts


Is the ISBA Path Right For Me?

If you are looking for a management position where you can utilize your business and technology skills in the role of a liaison between business management and the technology department to assist an organization to run more efficiently and effectively, then this is the right career path for you!

Expanding Career Opportunities

With the inclusion of technology in practically every aspect of business operations, an information systems business analyst is a highly sought after individual tasked with bridging the gaps between business and information technology to ensure the seamless flow of the organization’s mission by understanding the needs and limitations of both. Employment of information systems business analysts is expected to increase by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020*, which is much faster than the average of most other occupations, because the reliance on computer systems is continuously growing in our economy.


A Career as an Information Systems Business Analyst May Be a Good Fit For You if:

  • You enjoy working with business and technology
  • You are an effective leader
  • You demonstrate resourcefulness
  • You are a good communicator
  • You enjoy working with others


What Can I Do With an ISBA Degree?

Information System Business Analysts are in great demand due to the increased reliance on computer information systems in business. This career field is growing much faster than the national average and Hodges University is prepared to help pave the way for students interested in this exciting and lucrative career field.

  • Consult with management
    on IT system needs
  • Align business needs and IT needs
  • Research emerging technologies
  • Test newly installed systems
  • Lead training of personnel
  • Analyze costs and benefits
  • Devise ways to utilize
    existing technologies
  • Select and configure
    hardware and software
  • Manage the installation and rollout of new systems and software
  • Document user manuals


What Will I Learn?

You may enter the ISBA program during any semester. A student with no transfer credits or previous degree who attends full time, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in approximately 3 years.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I.

Information Analyst Component

A. Information Systems Core Semester Hour Credit
ISM1700 Information Systems Hardware and Systems Software

ISM1700 - Information Systems Hardware and Systems Software - 4 Credits

Given the ever-decreasing budgets for information systems, managers need a detailed understanding of the systems necessary to manage current business environments. This course will provide a thorough introduction to the underpinnings of hardware and software architecture.

CAP2000 Advanced Computer Applications

CAP2000 - Advanced Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course is a continuation of CAP1000. It provides a more in-depth coverage of the current Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). This is a required course for all CIT majors, but will also be open to other students desiring further computer experience as an elective course. Students taking both CAP1000 and CAP2000 will be prepared to take one or more of the MCAS certification exams.

Prerequisite: CAP1000 (Certification Exam Fee required)

ISM2700 Analysis and Logical Design

ISM2700 - Analysis and Logical Design - 4 Credits

This course is intended to introduce students to the concepts of computer logic and program design. Problem solving skills using logic are emphasized. Topics include but are not limited to: computer components and operations, programming structure, decision-making, arrays, and data structures. Both sequential and object-oriented designs are covered.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ISM1700

ISM2410 Introduction to Database Management Systems (DBMS)

ISM2410 - Introduction to Database Management Systems (DBMS) - 4 Credits

This course presents the concepts related to database management with an emphasis on the Relational Model. Database design, data mining, database administration, and database querying through Structured Query Language (SQL) will be introduced. The roles of database personnel, disaster recovery, and the contrast between a centralized and a distributed database structure will also be explored.

Prerequisites: CAP2000, ISM1700

ISM3700 Networks and Telecommunications

ISM3700 - Networks and Telecommunications - 4 Credits

Business managers, computer programmers, system designers, and home computer users alike need a thorough understanding of the basic features, operations, and limitations of different types of computer networks. This course will examine the current environment of business networks and telecommunications. An assessment of global telecommunications networks, business equipment, and regulation. Topics include voice and data services, technical standards, transborder data flow issues, network competition, and the role of telecommunications in economic development in the business environment.

Prerequisite: ISM1700

ISM3102 User Support and Help Desk Operations

ISM3102 - User Support and Help Desk Operations - 4 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully address the most common end-user PC hardware and software concerns. This course will cover a wide range of topics the entry-level user support specialist is expected to know, and provides examples and insights into how previous training can be put to practical use.

Prerequisite: CAP1000



Advanced Information Systems Core

ISM3810 Principles of Information Security

ISM3810 - Principles of Information Security - 4 Credits

Examination of current standards of due care and best business practices in Information Security. Includes examination of security technologies, methodologies and practices. Focus is on evaluation and selection of optimal security posture. Topics include evaluation of security models, risk assessment, threat analysis, organizational technology evaluation, security implementation, disaster recovery planning and security policy formulation and implementation.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101

ISM4120 IT Policy and Strategy

ISM4120 - IT Policy and Strategy - 4 Credits

This course focuses on the activities of organizations in relation to the use, creation, and exploitation of technology, and considers many key theories and tools that CIO’s may use. It examines well-established information technologies as well as emerging technologies and the evolving reality of technological innovation in leading companies and industries by the use of case studies.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, COM3015

ISM4610 Project Management

ISM4610 - Project Management - 4 Credits

Managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project. Topics include project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management; managing the changes in organizations resulting from introducing or revising information systems; identifying project champions, working with user teams, training, and documentation; and the change management role of the IT specialist.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, COM3015

ISM4620 Advanced Project Management

ISM4620 - Advanced Project Management - 4 Credits

This course will focus on some of the more advanced and challenging topics in project management including: procurement, human resource management, risk identification and mitigation, and managing outsourced projects and off-shore staff.

Prerequisite: ISM4610

CIT4111 Advanced Database Management

CIT4111 - Advanced Database Management - 4 Credits

The course presents in detail the concepts of advanced database design & implementation, transaction management and concurrency control, distributed DBMS, database warehousing, and object-oriented databases. Special emphasis is placed on a project implementation approach to reinforce selected topics. Advanced topics in SQL and Crystal Reporting are also examined.

Prerequisite: CIT2410

ISM4450 Information Systems for Knowledge Mgmt. and Decision Support

ISM4450 - Information Systems for Knowledge Mgmt. and Decision Support - 4 Credits

This course examines information systems which specifically support decision makers: knowledge management and decision support systems. Consideration will be given to the design, development, implementation, and application of these systems.

Prerequisite: Completion of ISM core

CIT4521 Systems Analysis and Solutions Architectures

CIT4521 - Systems Analysis and Solutions Architectures - 4 Credits

This course covers the analysis of business requirements and the definition of technical solutions architectures. Topics include security, performance, maintenance, extensibility, integration into existing applications, data models, and conceptual and logical designs. Certification (MS, ICCP) opportunities exist upon course completion.

Prerequisites: Completion of CIT Core or ISM Core


Total Information Analyst Component


Business Component

CIT1002 Foundations for College Success

CIT1002 - Foundations for College Success - 2 Credits

The Foundations for College Success course is a two credit course designed specifically for first year technology students and new technology students who do not have minimum of 60 transferable credit hours or an Associate’s Degree. This course must be completed the first semester at Hodges University. In this course, students will learn the skills needed to face the real-life challenges of returning to school and juggling not just school, but family, a job, and other responsibilities. Students will begin to develop and apply critical thinking skills to meet the requirements of being a student in the school of technology and the eventual transition into a technology or design professional.

GEB1012 Introduction to Business

GEB1012 - Introduction to Business - 4 Credits

A survey course in the principles of business as practiced in the market system economy. Topics include introductory studies in marketing, economics, human resources, forms of business ownership, global dimensions, organizational structure, management, business ethics, and financial terminology.

ACG2001 Principles of Accounting I

ACG2001 - Principles of Accounting I - 4 Credit

This introductory financial accounting course is the first of a two course sequence dealing with the information needs of a variety of stakeholders. Topics include the accounting cycle and bookkeeping process, assets, liabilities, owner’s equity, income measurement, cash flow analysis and fundamental financial statements. Specific emphasis is on the sole proprietorship and partnership entities.

Prerequisite: MAC1132 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

ECO2013 Macroeconomics

ECO2013 - Macroeconomics - 4 Credits

A basic study of economics and cultural changes with research into the economics system; its development by free competition under the capitalistic system; the nature and evolution of money; the banking system; the laws of supply and demand; public production control.

Prerequisites: GEB1012, MAC1132

MAN2010 Principles of Management

MAN2010 - Principles of Management - 4 Credits

A study of management processes, resources and various organizational structures. Special emphasis is placed on human resources, leadership styles, and motivational practices.

Prerequisite: GEB1012

ECO2032 Microeconomics

ECO2032 - Microeconomics - 4 Credits

This course includes a study of the tools for economics analysis, the market system price theory, theory of the firm, and theories of production and distribution.

Prerequisite: ECO2013

FIN2100 Personal Finance

FIN2100 - Personal Finance - 4 Credits

A study of personal financial management including income, budgeting, consumer credit, real estate, stock investments, mutual funds, insurance and taxes.

Prerequisite: MAC1132 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

ISM4021 Management Information Systems

ISM4021 - Management Information Systems - 4 Credits

A study of the analysis and application of information systems. Data, business information and knowledge management, hardware and software tools, and personnel issues are the central management considerations in this course of study.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, COM3015

MNA4360 Leadership for Managers

MNA4360 - Leadership for Managers - 4 Credits

This course focuses on the responsibilities of leadership and the skills which must be developed to successfully lead in today’s changing environment.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101

MNA4400 Human Resource Processes

MNA4400 - Human Resource Processes - 4 Credits

Designed to contribute to a student’s understanding of the techniques for developing human resources. Topics applied to the workplace include HR strategy; recruitment, selection, and retention; the evaluation process; training; and group dynamics. Students will complete a trimester project which aligns the concepts of this course to a HRM issue, concern, or opportunity.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101


Total Business Component

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component

CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a level of basic proficiency.

ENG1101 English Composition

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

POS2050 American National Government

POS2050 - American National Government - 4 Credits

The purpose of this course is to survey the organization, structure and function of the three branches and levels of government in the United States. The course will trace the evolution of the American governmental system including the institutions and processes that are in place to govern the United States of America.

STA3014 Statistics

STA3014 - Statistics - 4 Credits

This course introduces the students to statistical techniques in descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency and variation, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals.

Prerequisites: MAC1132

COM3015 Professional Communication

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts

PSY1103 Strategic Thinking

PSY1103 - Strategic Thinking - 2 Credits

This course focuses on how critical thinking and attitudinal perspectives influence human behavior. Students are introduced to methods used in critical thinking, how attitudes are formulated and changed, how the human brain works and how critical thinking can be effective in higher education and their personal lives.

PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours


Total Liberal Arts Component

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement



How is Hodges ISBA Program Different?

Hodges University’s ISBA program is a one-of-a-kind program in our area that was created from an actual market needs analysis. Students will benefit from the comprehensive curriculum that balances the most advantageous aspects of business and IT that are necessary to be a successful Information Systems Business Analyst.  

Our Small Class Size

Our class size averages 14 students. The small class sizes ensure you receive the attention you need.

Our Curriculum and Technology

The objective of the ISBA Program is to develop in students the skills required to enhance the use of technology with business processes, including communicating effectively; planning and managing projects; and conducting cost benefit analyses. Information Systems Business Analysts work with teams from all business elements of the enterprise. Strong leadership and the ability to excel during change are all characteristics of a good Information Systems Business Analyst.

Hodges prides itself on providing technology for its students.  Fifty-four percent of classrooms at Hodges are equipped with a computer for each seat, including several classrooms that are outfitted for advanced technology studies.  Hodges’ Fisher School of Technology students also have the advantage of learning from faculty members that have real world experience.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.


What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist students in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"The teachers at HU have real background experience in their fields of expertise." - Kevin Jackson, Computer Information Technology Student

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