Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Information Systems
The bachelor degree is the first degree that can be obtained in the field of information management. Our bachelor program provides the foundations of a university education in informatics with an emphasis on information management. Students take courses from both of these fields, along with those from business administration and economics. With a Bachelor in Information Systems, students can either directly enter the workforce, or pursue a Master's degree in Information Management.
The Bachelor in Information Systems requires 180 ECTS credits and usually takes 3 years to complete. Students can also take Information Systems as a minor subject during their Bachelor studies. A more substantial minor in Information Systems requires 60 ECTS credits, while a smaller minor requires only 30 ECTS credits. Further information about the Bachelor in Information Systems can be found in the section for current students of the Bachelor of Information Systems.
Why Information Management?
The domain of information management
Information management focuses on how computer science can be used to enhance business. Examples of typical tasks include using innovative computer science based solutions to improve business processes and create new work flows.
The design, implementation and management of computer science solutions in business are tasks which are usually performed in a team composed of professionals from different business areas such as production, logistics, marketing, and sales. Information management specialists take a central, leading and mediating role in these tasks.
A lack of information management professionals
The need for highly qualified information management professionals is and will remain high - there is currently a shortage of such professionals and this fact is not expected to change in the near future. As an information management professional you will help shape the future, whether in industry, commerce, management, the service sector or in research. A degree in information management gives you all of the prerequisites you'll need for a successful start in the professional world.
Why in Fribourg?
Orientation of the studies
The Bachelor in Information Systems at the University of Fribourg provides a high quality fundamental education in information management. In addition to typical information management topics such as information systems, IT project management and IT security, the program includes programming and quantitative methods and in the first and second years in particular, economics and business management. This combination of solid skills in economics and computer science and a good foundation in business and economics are particularly useful and desired in the labor market.
A great deal of emphasis is placed on proactical relevance, both in the lectures as well as in independent work. Typically, concrete problems defined in cooperation with companies are addressed in the seminar and in the bachelor thesis.
Lectures in the bachelor program are given in German and French, and additional material is often provided in English. However, irrespective of the language in which a particular course is taught, students can choose to take the exam for that course in either German or French. Experience has shown that the multilingual aspect of our program helps students acquire valuable language skills which are very useful in practice, particularly in the Swiss and European job markets.
Contact with students and staff
For new students, for whom a university is still a big and unfamiliar institution, it is important to feel comfortable and well looked after. At the University of Fribourg, you will find that getting to know your fellow students and contacting your professors is easier than in most other universities. Your professors are, of course, highly qualified scientists, just as in all other Swiss universities - the main difference is that at the University of Fribourg they tend to be a bit more accessible than elsewhere.
A bachelor's degree in information Systems requires 180 ECTS credits to complete and consists of lectures, exercises and independent work (seminar and thesis). ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, a system that is used to compare grades internationally. One ECTS credit corresponds to a student workload of 25-30 hours. When the 180 ECTS credits have been earned, you will acquire the title of Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems and have the opportunity to enter directly into the workforce or continue your studies at the Masters level.
More information about the program can also be found on the pages concerning current Bachelor in Information Systems students. If you have further questions about the bachelor's degree in information Systems, please arrange an appointment with the academic advisor for the program, Prof. Marino Widmer.