Systems and Information Science

​College of Engineering and Computer Science

Establish a technical focus more from the user perspective—versus the developer perspective—and incorporate both hands-on computing and experience in information management.

Students of the program emerge with the computing skills and knowledge needed to design and build software and information systems, as well as an understanding of how to apply such abilities in real-world business environments such as:

  • Artificial intelligence: Develop machines that can work among humans, e.g. search engines and intelligent robots.
  • Information security management: Investigate the vulnerability of hardware and software, as well as the financial and managerial implications of protecting information.
  • Network and systems management: Develop telecommunications, wireless, mobile application, and other network technologies and their effect on users.
  • Systems operations: Understand operating systems and develop applications using Android, Linux, OSX, UNIX, Windows, iOS, z/OS and z/VM.

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About the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Future engineers and computer scientists learn to create new knowledge and technologies through ten undergraduate majors. Students have access to nationally regarded research centers, state-of-the-art lab spaces, and challenging internships.

Learn more about the systems and information science program.


Core coursework encompasses database management, networking, security management, systems, and web design and management. Sample courses include:

  • Foundations of Digital Data
  • Mobile Network Services
  • Security in Networked Environments
  • Enterprise Systems
  • User-Based Design
  • Technologies in Web Content Management

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Dual Enrollment

You can combine your degree with another major from one of Syracuse University’s eight other undergraduate colleges.

The iSchool offers structured dual degree programs with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Students who select the Whitman option often seek a working knowledge of business with the technical training in information systems to set them apart from standard business school graduates. Those students interested in deepening their understanding of communications consider Newhouse, where they can major in a variety of fields, including public relations, broadcast journalism, newspaper, or photography.

Practical Experience

The systems and information science major provides in-class and entrepreneurial experiences so you can practice management, computing, and design skills in virtually any area you choose.

  • Put your learning to the test during internships with companies that include J. Crew, Google, Ernst & Young, Major League Baseball, Apple, and dozens of fast-paced startup companies.
  • Present your ideas in competitions including the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, business plan pitch competitions, and the College Challenge.
  • Get involved in Syracuse Student Sandbox—an incubator program for startups.
  • Foster professional development, scholarship, mentorship, and exposure to the information technology field as a member of Syracuse’s Student Chapter of ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Systems and information science students most often gain global experience by attending EuroTech or AsiaTech as part of a short-term program or studying for a full semester abroad in Madrid or Chile.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in systems and information science, you can pursue such careers as:

  • Systems analyst
  • Systems support engineer
  • Database administrator
  • Software engineer

Or, pursue graduate education in such areas as information science, information management, and data science. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.