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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


The Robert H. Smith School of Business
1570 Van Munching Hall, 301-405-2286
Chair: H. Lucas, Y. Xu (Associate Chair)
Professors: R. Agarwal, M. Ball, Z. Chen, M. Fu, B. Golden, H. Lucas, S. Mithas, S. Raghavan, L. Raschid, D. Riley, T. Tunca
Associate Professors: F. Alt, J. Bailey (Res Assoc Prof), W. Elmaghraby, G. Gao, A. Gopal, I. Hann, K. Stewart, S. Viswanathan, Y. Xu
Assistant Professors: S. Barnes (Asst Prof), P. Huang (Asst Prof), I. Ryzhov (Asst Prof)
Lecturers: P. Armstrong (Clin Prof), B. Corwin (Clin Prof), H. Ibrahim (Clin Prof), Z. Karake, R. Lazar, W. Lee, S. Lele, K. Ruhi (Clin Prof)
Professors Emeriti: L. Bodin

The Major

The Department of Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies offers two majors:  Information Systems - Specialization: Business and Operations Management & Business Analytics.

Information Systems - Specialization: Business

The Business Area of Concentration in the Information Systems (IS) program prepares students to be effective planners, users, and managers of information technologies and systems in the current environment of the technology-enabled business firm.  The IS major focuses on the system design and implementation skills including database and web design, analytical skills for both strategic planning of IT and performance evaluation, and the managerial plus organizational knowledge required to manage information systems and applications based on business and customer requirements.  The major's core emphasizes the concepts of systems analysis and design, and the strategic use of information systems.  In addition to a broad grounding in the key functional areas of marketing, operations, accounting, and finance, this major develops in-depth knowledge of information systems design and implementation, evaluation and planning of information technology investments, and managing dynamic technology projects.

Operations Management & Business Analytics

The Operations Management & Business Analytics major will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully apply quantitative and statistically based modeling techniques to data and advantageously use the information in the data to drive decision making and improve performance in an era with massive amounts of data.  Students with these skills are in high demand and career opportunities exist in the public and private sectors in a variety of industries including energy, finance, insurance, health care, logistics and marketing.

Admission to the Major

See Robert H. Smith School of Business entry in chapter 6 for admission requirements.

Requirements for the Major

Information Systems - Specialization: Business

  Major Requirements Credits
BMGT302Designing Business Applications 3
  Note:  CMSC132 Object-Oriented Programming II is approved substitute
BMGT402Database Systems 3
  Note:  CMSC424 Database Design is approved substitute
BMGT403Systems Analysis and Design 3
BMGT407Information Systems Projects 3
 Two courses from list 'A' or one course from 'A' and one course from list 'B': 6
  List A           
BMGT405Business Telecommunications  
BMGT406Electronic Commerce Application Development  
BMGT408Selected Topics in Decision & Info. Tech. (repeatable if content differs)  
BMGT476Applied Computer Models in Supply Chain Management   
BMGT485Project Management  
BMGT404 Developing Applications for Decision Analytics  
  List B  
BMGT326Accounting Systems  
BMGT332Operations Research for Management Decisions  
BMGT385Operations Management  
BMGT430Linear Statistical Models in Business  
BMGT484Electronic Marketing  
Total credits required 18
 Upper Level Economics Requirements  
 One of the following courses: 3
ECON305Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and Policy 
ECON306Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 
ECON330Money and Banking 
ECON340International Economics 
  Total Economics Requirement 3

Note:  Students who have completed either ECON325 or ECON326 can substitute these courses for ECON305 or ECON306 respectively.

Operations Management & Business Analytics

Students interested in graduate work in Operations Management & Business Analytics are strongly advised to complete MATH141, MATH240 and 241 in addition to the lower level courses required of all Smith School students.

The course requirements for the junior-senior curriculum concentration in Operations Management & Business Analytics are as follows:

   Major Requirements
BMGT332 Operations Research for Management Decisions 3
BMGT385Operations Management 3
BMGT430Linear Statistical Models in Business 3
BMGT431Data Analytics 3
 One of the following courses (check prerequisites): 3
BMGT434 Introduction to Optimization   
BMGT435Business Process Simulation  
 One of the following courses (check prerequisites): 3
BMGT434 Introduction to Optimization (if not selected in the above requirement)  
BMGT435Business Process Simulation (if not selected in the above requirement)  
BMGT372Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management  
BMGT403Systems Analysis and Design  
BMGT404Developing Applications for Decision Analytics  
BMGT485Project Management  
BMGT487Six Sigma Innovation  
BMGT490HThe Total Quality Practicum (Open only to QUEST students)  
  Total BMGT 18
 Upper Level ECON Requirements  
 One of the following courses: 3
ECON305Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory & Policy  
ECON306Intermediate Microeconomic Theory  
ECON330Money and Banking  
ECON340International Economics  
 Total ECON 3

Note: Students who have completed either ECON325 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis or ECON326 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis can substitute these courses for ECON305 or ECON306, respectively. BMGT341 Financial Markets is an approved substitute for ECON330.


In addition to the major requirements listed above, please consult Chapter 6 or www.rhsmith.umd.edu for a listing of additional Smith School degree requirements that apply to all Smith School majors.


General advising for students admitted to the Smith School of Business is available Monday through Friday in the Office of Undergraduate Programs, 1570 Van Munching Hall, 301-405-2286, undergradinfo@rhsmith.umd.edu .  It is recommended that students visit this office each semester to ensure that they are informed about current requirements and procedures.  Transfer students entering the university can be advised during spring, summer, and fall transfer orientation programs.  Contact the Orientation Office for further information, 301-314-8217.

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