‘Bachelor of Science’ (B.Sc.) in Business Information Systems
Studying Business Information Systems in Göttingen
Business Information Systems deals with the way in which IT solutions are structured, developed or implemented for business processes and the supply of information. Along with this, the degree programme takes the integration of private individuals and public administration into account. Study foci are the conception of application systems and e-business solutions as well as the management of information processing. In the master's degree programme that follows and builds upon this programme, deeper knowledge can be gained in further specialised subjects.
- The bachelor's programme in business information systems is accredited by ZEvA Hannover (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Ageny).
- Language: German
- The programme is successfully completed when 180 credits have been acquired.
- The standard period of study is six semesters.
- Enrolment is possible every semester (both summer and winter).
- Acceptance in the bachelor's programme requires well-founded knowledge of the English language, math, statistics and information and communication systems (ICS). Students whose knowledge in the areas of English, math and ICS is poor are recommended to improve their proficiency before beginning the programme. For non-German students, a well-founded knowledge of the German language is necessary because the language of instruction for the bachelor's programme is German.
- Mathematics must be completed in the first year of study.
- Please note that the module Informatics I is only offered in the winter semester, the module Informatics II is only offered in the summer semester
The programme provides students with a solid foundation in general and subject-specific career skills and lays the academic foundation for advanced studies, such as enrolment in a master's programme.
Admission requirements and admission procedures
The bachelor's programme in business information systems is a degree programme with limited admission. The general admission requirements of the university apply for the programme. Application for admission can be completed through the online application to the Office of Student Affairs (detailed information can be found on the right-hand column).
The bachelor's programme in business information systems is divided into the orientation phase (1st and 2nd semester) and a specialisation phase (3rd to 6th semester).
In the orientation phase, students acquire basic knowledge in business information systems (Information and Communication Systems), informatics (Informatics I, which is only offered every winter semester), business (Finance, Financial Statements as well as Markets) and in economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics). In addition, students take courses in the fields of mathematical and statistical methods (Mathematics and Statistics).
In the specialisation phase of the programme, bachelor students will enhance their knowledge in business information systems, informatics and business in specified areas. During in-depth studies, students must also complete the courses Management of Information Economics, Management of Information Systems, Informatics II (only offered every summer semester), a programming language (compulsory modules) as well as three courses from the following: Corporate Taxes, Production and Logistics, Corporate Management and Organisation, Internal Corporate Accounting, and Procurement and Sales. Thereafter, students select a specialisation in the areas of business information systems and informatics.
Furthermore, students receive in-depth knowledge in business and/or economics through courses they may select themselves (so-called optional compulsory and optional courses respectively). Students must also complete a project seminar and a term paper seminar.
Career opportunities for graduates of the bachelor's programme are diverse and the job market is characterized by a high demand for highly qualified IT workers. Well trained experts are in demand.
Core occupations include tasks that are conducted by computer specialists and system analysts. Bachelor's degree holders have the task of planning, documenting and implementing hardware and software, as well as understanding various organizational effects. This includes problem solving and necessary modifications or new developments of concepts. Examples of various occupations in this field include:
- Computer centre and user service expert
- Organisation and systems analyst
- Software developer
- Bachelor's degree holders may also find opportunities in the implementation and adaption of business standards software (for example SAP).
In addition, bachelor's degree holders may work in hybrid occupations. These may be conducted by so-called hybrid experts who have knowledge of the business problem and are capable of designing IT solutions. These individuals are often employed in a coordinating function between the operating department and the IT department. Concrete examples of positions include:
- Project head
- Project coordinator
- Systems analyst
The above mentioned fields are either: (1) within the data processing (DP) department (for example, system analysis, user consulting, DP control or (2) outside of the DP department in business-oriented operations departments with distinct DP references, such as organisation.
Additionally, a bachelor's degree offers the possibility for further studies such as enrolling in a master's programme in Germany or abroad. In Göttingen, completing a bachelor's degree with good grades can increase the chance of gaining admission to the master's programme in business information systems to attain the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Business Information Systems, and to the master's programme in applied statistics to attain a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Applied Statistics.