Chair: Basheer M. Khumawala
Wynne Chin, Randolph B. Cooper, Everette S. Gardner, Jr., Blake Ives, Basheer M. Khumawala, Richard W. Scamell
Dennis Adams, Elizabeth A. Anderson-Fletcher, Robert Bregman, Joaquin Diaz-Saiz, Norman A. Johnson, Archer McWhorter, Jr., Michael S. Parks, Jaana Porra, Leiser Silva
Kathy L. Cossick (Clinical), Iris A. Junglas, Michael Murray (Visiting), Philip D. Rogers (Clinical), Carl Scott (Clinical), Gordon Smith (Clinical), Staci Smith (Clinical), Victor Wayhan (Clinical)
The Department of Decision and Information Sciences (DISC) offers two majors: management information systems and supply chain management. The variety and depth of courses provide an excellent foundation for careers in information systems or business operations.
Business majors must meet the business, nonbusiness, and elective requirements for a baccalaureate degree as well as the following for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in one of the following options:
Information systems are used in virtually every profession. Sales representatives use information systems to advertise products, communicate with customers, and analyze sales trends. Managers use them to make multimillion-dollar decisions, such as whether to build a manufacturing plant or research a cancer drug. Corporate lawyers use them to develop contracts and other legal documents. Automobile manufacturers use them to develop, test, and manufacture new cars. From a small music store to huge multinational corporations, organizations of all sizes could not survive without information systems to perform accounting and finance operations.
The MIS professional is involved in the identification, creation, and maintenance of the above information systems. He/she operates as an internal consultant to all functional areas of the organization, being knowledgeable about their strategic and operational needs as well as competent in bringing the power of information technology to support these needs. The MIS professional views issues through a global perspective that encompasses the entire organization and the broader industry and business environment in which it operates. As such, the MIS professional is tasked to help an organization thrive in a highly interconnected and highly competitive global environment. And though low-level programming jobs are being offshored to countries such as India, the need for MIS professionals described here are increasing greater than the average of all professions (see the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website at http://www.bls.gov/oco/). The following are examples of the jobs the MIS graduates at the University of Houston take on:
Management Information Systems (MIS) students at the Bauer College learn how to identify and create the types of information systems and take on the jobs described above. Some characteristics that make successful MIS students and great MIS professionals include the following:
If you are interested in business and would like to keep up with what is technologically hot but don't want to write programs all your life, then you should seriously consider majoring in MIS.
Supply Chain Management (SCM) encompasses the planning and management of all the activities and resources that organizations use to produce goods and services that satisfy customer demands. There are five core processes common to all supply chains: planning how to satisfy customer demand, sourcing supply chains for raw materials and services, producing the product or service, delivering the product or service to the customer, and managing returned goods for recycle, repair or reuse. These core processes occur in both manufacturing enterprises and service organization, and apply as well to government agencies and non-profit institutions. Thus the challenges in making all these operations the most efficient and effective are the keys to the success of any organization. As a result the opportunities for initial employment in operations management field and career advancements are tremendous.
Supply Chain Management (SCM) students at the Bauer College learn how to analyze the supply chain core processes and develop recommendations that enable companies to reduce costs, improve productivity, and achieve greater customer satisfaction. Recent graduates of supply chain management have taken jobs as analysts and/or consultants in areas such as service operations, quality management, project management, purchasing, inventory management, manufacturing planning, transportation logistics management, Enterprise Resource Planing (ERP), and many other areas: These jobs include:
Some characteristics that make successful Supply Chain Management students and highly respected Supply Chain Management professionals include the following:
If you are interested in a challenging job with excellent career growth opportunities, then Supply Chain Management could be a great major for you.
Prerequisite: SCM 3301: Service and Manufacturing Operations
Catalog Publish Date: August 19, 2010
This Page Last Updated: July 1, 2010
Effective Date of Archive: August 15, 2011