In the past century, technological advances have taken business and communication to the next level. The information systems major at Calvin brings together the fields of business and computer science, allowing us to harness these innovations.


A bachelor of arts in information sytems will prepare you for a variety of careers in the business world. The foundation of the IS major is Christian leadership with emphases on team-building, group projects and problem-based learning. This program includes a mix of courses from information systems, computer science and business.

Careers in Information Systems

  • Systems Implementer
  • Project Manager
  • Software Designer
  • Programmer
  • Web Page Designer
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Participate in student/faculty summer research; Work for the audio-visual department or Calvin Information Technology; Intern for a local business.

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By the numbers

Prestigious companies who have recently hired our computer science students, including Boeing, Google, Microsoft and Herman Miller

Course Requirements 2013-14

Information Systems Major (BA)

(47-49 semester hours)

  • IS-141 Computing with Databases
  • IS-171 Computing with Spreadsheets
  • IS-271 Introduction to Information Systems
  • IS-341 Database Administration
  • IS-371 Information Systems Leadership
  • Two from Computer Science 300-380, Information Systems 333 or 337, or an approved interim
  • CS-108 Introduction to Computing
  • CS-112 Introduction to Data Structures
  • CS-262 Software Engineering
  • CS-195 Introductory Computing Seminar (3 semesters)
  • CS-295 Computing Seminar (3 semesters)
  • CS-384 Perspectives on Computing
  • BUS-160 Business Foundations
  • BUS-203 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • Two 300-level courses from business or economics
  • One course from:
    • BUS-359 Internship in Business
    • CS-394 Senior Internship in Computing
  • ECON-221 Principles of Microeconomics

Cognates (8 semester hours)

    • MATH-143 Probability and Statistics
    • MATH-201 Quantitative Methods for Management

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Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Jay and Martina Kuiper Family Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior business major with an information systems minor
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; demonstrate faith through actions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
NSF Scientific Computing Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000 to $8,000
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; US citizen; full-time student; demonstrate an interest in scientific computation and modeling
  • apply through the Integrated Science Research Institute
Larry and Sharlene Nyhoff Scholarship in Computer Science
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Joel Adams

Joel Adams
Professor of Computer Science
department chair
Department of Computer Science
NH 299A
(616) 526-8666

Patrick Bailey

Patrick Bailey
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
NH 291
(616) 526-7543

Fred Ferwerda

Fred Ferwerda
Teaching Staff
Department of Computer Science
NH 264
(616) 526-8532

Earl Fife

Earl Fife
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 293
(616) 526-6403

Serita Nelesen

Serita Nelesen
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
NH 296
(616) 526-8562

Victor Norman

Victor Norman
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
NH 297
(616) 526-7805

Harry Plantinga

Harry Plantinga
Professor, Director of Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Department of Computer Science
NH 299
(616) 526-6860

Keith Vander Linden

Keith Vander Linden
Department of Computer Science
NH 290
(616) 526-7111

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Joel Adams Joel Adams
Department Chair
department chair
Department of Computer Science
NH 299A
(616) 526-8666


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