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Information Systems

  • Available as major (B.A. and B.S. degree) and minor. Information Technology minor available.
    As an information systems professional, you will be an expert in generating information and delivering it to the people who need it in a way they can understand and use. By communicating and collaborating with all leaders, you will be instrumental in helping to improve any organization.

  • Is your passion developing and managing computer information systems? Are you looking for a job that connects technology, information and communication?

    Computer systems can provide a wealth of information to a company, non-profit organization or governmental agency. As an information systems professional, you will have the opportunity to help your employer define and achieve their goals.

    With your understanding of both technical and business factors, you will often find yourself being the bridge between the “what to do” and “how to do it” parts of the organization.

    We will prepare you to be a valuable Christian employee in government, business, industry and other organizations.

    At Olivet, you can:  

    • Work in our IT department to gain practical experience.
    • Discover more opportunities to merge ministry and computing.
    • Develop skills to help you learn quickly and adapt easily to changes in technology.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Internships – Gain valuable real-world experience in your field of interest. Recent internships include:

    • American Red Cross of Kankakee County, Ill., IT support and website development
    • Manteno (Ill.) School District CUSD5, IT support and server virtualization project
    • Proctor Hospital, Peoria, Ill., Health Informatics and Technology Department, eCare Portal Pocket Guide update and SolCom training

    Study abroad programs: Two ideal opportunities for computer studies are Korean Nazarene University, Cheonan, Republic of Korea, and Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya.

    Technology mission trips: Our department’s motto is “Minds for Computing and Hearts for Serving.” Serve on a mission trip with other computer science students. Use your valuable technology talents and skills to help others. Students recently served in Los Angeles, Costa Rica and Honduras, helping set up computer labs, teaching people how to use computers, and fixing hardware and software problems.

    Computer Science Club: Enjoy social activities, parties, outdoor social events and guest speakers with other CS majors. Take part in presenting your own research during one of our professional seminars. Participate in a service project to help area residents. Recently, we worked with junior high and high school students in the greater Kankakee area with their project for robotics competition. On campus, we are available to help students, staff and faculty with their computer problems.


    If you are a person who:

    • loves details
    • does well in math
    • likes the study of grammar
    • enjoys the rigors and challenges of accounting
    • can describe mathematical concepts linguistically

    then a degree in computer science may be for you!

    After graduation, begin working right away to get experience in your field. Employment is expected to grow faster than average when compared with all other occupations, and job opportunities are excellent.

    As you progress in your career, consider pursuing a master’s degree. An advanced degree is more valuable to you once you have that on-the-job experience.

    Possible careers include: system administrator, network administrator, systems architect, systems designer, systems engineer, information technology (IT) administrator, management information systems (MIS) director, chief technical officer (CTO), project manager, computer support specialist

    Information Systems is part of the Department of Computer Science within the School of Professional Studies.

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  • Employment for those with computer science degrees is expected to grow faster than average when compared with all other occupations.

  • Department Faculty

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    Catherine Bareiss

    Larry Vail

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