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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog


Decision and Information Sciences
College: Warrington College of Business Administration
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Hours for Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

The curriculum for decision and information sciences (DIS) is designed for students who are interested in information systems, information technology and supply chain management. The DIS curriculum is multi-disciplinary, focusing on the computing, quantitative and application skills that are vital to a business problem-solving setting. DIS graduates typically fill such positions as decision support specialist, information systems specialist and systems analyst. Graduates can also pursue graduate studies in decision and information sciences (DIS) or business.

DIS majors are encouraged to gain practical work experience through internships and community service projects. In addition, the Warrington College of Business Administration offers students a wide variety of professional development and leadership opportunities, including study abroad, the Florida Leadership Academy, involvement in student organizations and research activities. Students should consult with an academic adviser for specific information.

Requirements for the Major

DIS majors must maintain a 2.0 core, major and UF GPA. In addition to the critical-tracking and General Education courses outlined below, DIS majors must take:
  • Core courses (BUL 4310, ECP 3703, FIN 3403, MAN 3025, MAN 4504, MAR 3023 and QMB 3250);
  • Major courses (ISM 3254, ISM 3255, ISM 4210, QMB 4701, QMB 4702, ISM 4113, ISM 4220 and ISM 4330); and
  • Restricted elective courses (11-12 credits at the 3000-/4000-level outside of business or 1000-4000-level foreign language courses). Students can take one professional development course to fulfill part of the restricted elective requirement. (either GEB 3035, Effective Career Management in Business or GEB 3213, Professional Writing in Business).

Critical-Tracking Requirements

To remain on track for the DIS major, students must meet the critical-tracking criteria listed below. The critical-tracking GPA is calculated based on all attempts of the critical- tracking courses or their equivalents. Once a student receives a grade of C or higher in a critical-tracking course or its equivalent, no subsequent grade in that course or its equivalent will be used in the calculation of the critical-tracking GPA.

Semester 1:

  • Complete 2 of the following critical-tracking courses: ECO 2013, ECO 2023, MAC 2233, ACG 2021C, STA 2023, and ACG 2071
  • 2.5 GPA on all attempts of critical-tracking courses
  • Earn a 2.0 UF GPA (must be maintained throughout all 8 semesters)

Semester 2:

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses for a total of 4 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.75 GPA on all attempts of critical-tracking courses

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses (including ACG 2021C) for a total of 6 critical-tracking courses
  • 3.0 GPA on all attempts of critical-tracking courses

Semester 4:

  • Complete all 7 critical-tracking courses
  • 3.0 GPA on all attempts of critical-tracking courses
  • Meet all CLAST requirements or pass the CLAST exam

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
CGS 2531 Problem Solving Using Computer Software (GE-M)3
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (GE-S)3
Humanities/International Diversity (GE-H, I)3
Elective (MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra [GE-M] recommended)3
Total 15
Semester 2Credits
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (GE-S)3
MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1 (GE-M)3
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Total 15
Semester 3Credits
ACG 2021C Introduction to Financial Accounting4
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M)3
Humanities/International Diversity (GE-H, I)3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Total 15
Semester 4Credits
ACG 2071 Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Biological or Physical Science (GE-B or P)3
Total 15
Semester 5Credits
QMB 4701 Managerial Operations Analysis 12
QMB 4702 Managerial Operations Analysis 22
MAN 3025 Principles of Management (GE-S)4
QMB 3250 Statistics for Business Decisions4
Restricted elective3
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
ISM 3254 Business Systems 12
ISM 3255 Business Systems 22
FIN 3403 Business Finance4
MAN 4504 Operations and Supply Chain Management4
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
ISM 4113 Business Systems Design and Applications2
ISM 4210 Database Management2
MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing (GE-S)4
Restricted electives5
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
ISM 4220 Business Data Communications 12
ISM 4330 Information Systems and Operations Strategy2
BUL 4310 The Legal Environment of Business4
ECP 3703 Managerial Economics4
Restricted elective3
Total 15