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Why Major in Business Systems and Analytics?
Business Systems and Analytics (BSA) studies how people and organizations can use technology and data analytics to effectively and efficiently solve business problems. Belmont's BSA major is designed to prepare students for careers that blend strong business acumen with information systems and data analytics.
The future of business will continue to be driven by technology and our ability to transform data into insightful information. BSA is at the core for preparing students with the necessary skills to help organizations communicate more effectively with customers and industry partners, track sales, predict trends, project future profitability and better manage business processes and people. Since technology is always changing, the BSA major will help prepare you for exciting and ever-changing careers.
The BSA major allows students to choose from one of three tracks depending on your desired career path: business systems, business analytics or cybersecurity.
BSA majors work in numerous industries, providing their organizations with a range of services. Our graduates use experiences from their business and technical training to help their organizations operate more efficiently and compete more effectively through the strategic use of information technology and data analytics. Further, our graduates lead exciting projects that involve high degrees of personal interactions with various stakeholders.
The BSA faculty at Belmont have developed close relationships with industry leaders in Middle TN. From the moment you enter our program, you will have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by senior level IT managers from Fortune 500 companies, such as CAT Financial, Hospital Corporation of America, Nissan North America and Tractor Supply. Building relationships and real world experiences between faculty, students and corporations are at the core of our program.
A degree in BSA prepares you for a career in a dynamic growth industry. In fact, BSA professionals are among the most sought-after graduates in the job market today! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026.
What You'll Learn
- Overview of information systems support business processes, managerial decision-making and organizational strategy
- Overview of the managerial and technical aspects of cybersecurity
- The most effective steps to prevent cyberattacks and detect adversaries with actionable techniques used in the real world
- The roles and responsibilities of a business analyst
- Skills that facilitate the effective use of database management systems
- Principal analytical tools and methods used in supply chain management
- Business Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Database Manager
- Information Technology Consultant
- Project Manager
- Software Product Developer
- IT Security Analyst
- Web Designer
- Project Analyst
"The BSA faculty helped me find a technology-based internship that allowed me to gain real-world job skills, which led to my career as an engineer working at Apple."
Jordan Bennett | Business Systems & Analytics '13 | Site Reliability Engineer at Apple
The business systems and analytics major leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and requires a total of 128 credit hours of coursework:
- BELL core requirements: 50 hours
- Business courses: 35 hours
- B.B.A. core technical requirement: 3 hours
- Major area: 21 hours
- General electives: 19 hours
Courses You'll Take
BSA 2050: Introduction to Programming
This course is designed as an introduction to programming and the programming language Python, for the student who has little to no programming knowledge and experience. The course can be used as preparation for more advanced programming courses, as well as a self-contained course for students who want to use Python for their studies or professional work. Python is an interpretive language with a simple syntax. While it is easy for beginners to learn, it is widely used in many disciplines for data exploration and analysis. This course uses various methods of instruction including labs, group projects and in-class discussion.
BSA 2100: Managing Business Systems
This course offers an overview of the manner in which information systems support business processes, managerial decision-making and organizational strategy. Additionally, students develop technical skills using productivity software like Excel to process and analyze data to support managerial decision making.
BSA 3110: Cybersecurity Fundamentals
This course provides an overview of the managerial and technical aspects of cybersecurity. Students develop a better understanding of how to protect information assets, recognize threats and vulnerabilities and defend against cyberattacks by building a foundation of core cybersecurity principles and policies, common authentication and authorization techniques, cryptographic principles and other security technologies to design and develop secure systems.
BSA 3220: Computer and Network Security
This course covers the most effective steps to prevent cyberattacks and detect adversaries with actionable techniques used in the real world. Students learn essential information security skills and techniques needed to protect and secure critical information and technology assets, whether on-premise or in the cloud.
BSA 3300: Business Systems Analysis
This course is designed to teach students the roles and responsibilities of the business analyst, the structured process for analyzing a business and its systems and how to determine a business system's viability.
BSA 3620: Database Modeling, Design and Analysis
This course provides students with skills to facilitate the effective use of database management systems. Key components of this course include relational data modeling along with database design, development and implementation. Students query and analyze data using SQL.
BSA 3860: Data Security, Governance and Ethics
This course provides an overview of data security, governance and ethics as it applies to government, corporate and individual data. Both technical aspects of data security and policy level issues around data privacy are covered from a corporate perspective. Students learn the current regulatory system affecting different types of personal data and methods of data anonymization that protect privacy while keeping data usable for corporate consumption. Data ethics is covered in terms of privacy, data manipulation, data sharing and ownership, conflict of interest and communications.
BSA 3950: and 4950: Studies Abroad
Study in a foreign country. Individual course titles and locations are assigned for each course taken. See Studies Abroad program for details.
BSA 4010: NoSQL Database Applications
This course explores nonrelational databases commonly referred to as NoSQL databases and the characteristics that distinguish them from relational database management systems. Core concepts of NoSQL databases are presented along with criteria that decision makers should consider when choosing between relational and nonrelational databases.
BSA 4250: Predictive Analytics
This course provides students a practical, hands-on learning environment focusing on data mining and predictive analytics to solve business problems. Students prepare data, create and validate predictive models, and deploy those models to predict future events and uncover hidden patterns of behavior. Students examine how data analysis technologies can be used to improve decision-making by studying the fundamental principles and techniques of data mining to develop data-analytic thinking.
BSA 4330: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
This course provides an overview of the methodologies, techniques and tactical tools of modern hackers. Students learn advanced network packet analysis and system penetration testing techniques using an offensively-focused perspective. Students gain insight into proper defensive, vulnerability assessment and forensic and incident response processes in the professional world. This course prepares students for the CEH exam.
BSA 4440: Management and Communication of Information Security
This course prepares students to become the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Students develop the tools needed to build, execute and communicate a comprehensive cybersecurity strategic policy and plan.
BSA 4350: Data Analytics and Visualization
This course teaches students how to work with different types of data and utilize analytical tools to solve business problems. Students identify data requirements, utilize statistical techniques to evaluate data quality and completeness, prepare data for analysis and transform data into useful information. Students use tools like Alteryx, Tableau and SQL Server for data prep and analysis. Students learn how to effectively communicate their analytical insights through a combination of in-class activities, software demonstrations and individual and team projects.
BSA 4450: Special Topics in Business Systems and Analytics
This course offers students an opportunity to explore and study a special current business systems and analytics topic not covered in other information systems management courses.
BSA 4510: Supply Chain Analytics
This course introduces students to the principal analytical tools and methods used in supply chain management. The course provides analytical tools and helps develop analytical skills needed to solve relevant supply chain and logistics problems. These problems include but are not limited to supply chain cost minimization, network optimization, pricing and procurement decisions, outsourcing decisions and sales and operations planning.
BSA 4530: Analytics for Enterprise Systems
This course provides a hands-on approach to conducting business analytics with enterprise systems. Enterprise systems like SAP contain the overwhelming majority of the world’s business transactional data. Students develop an understanding of enterprise data structures and how to use them for reporting, visualization and prediction. This course uses various methods of instruction including labs, group projects and in-class discussion.
BSA 4550: Enterprise Systems
This course examines enterprise systems. Enterprise systems are a class of information systems that encompass multiple business areas within an organization. They include enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems; customer relationship management (CRM) systems; supply chain management (SCM) systems; knowledge management (KM) systems and others. Students learn how businesses use these systems to make daily operational decisions as well as long-term, strategic decisions. In the latter part of the course, students engage in a business simulation using an ERP system to process transactions and make decisions about purchasing, pricing and production.
BSA 4650: Big Data Analytics
This course introduces students to the fundamental technologies, platforms and methods of Big Data analysis. Students learn how to process Big Data on platforms that can handle the volume, velocity, variety and veracity of Big Data. Students learn how to setup and operate Big Data platforms to complete real world, Big Data analysis tasks that allow them to become comfortable with summarizing and communicating their findings.
BSA 4730: Project Management
Students learn the fundamentals and best practices of project management methodology as it applies to IT initiatives. Students examine all aspects of IT projects, including hardware, software, vendor relationships and stakeholder communication. Students walk through a complete project management life cycle, including initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing.
BSA 4750: Business Analytics Practicum
This capstone course demonstrates how business analytics is strategically used by organizations to gain a competitive advantage in today’s data-driven environment. This course introduces students to various business analytics applications, cases and software tools to help understand, interpret and visualize business data. This project-based course partners student teams with industry professionals to work on guided projects illustrating various aspects of descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics using a variety of statistical applications to develop data-driven insights leading to intelligent solutions.
The Jack C. Massey College of Business offers a variety of co-curricular leadership and learning opportunities to qualifying students in the form of student organizations and honors societies. Each organization has a faculty advisor, if not multiple. Therefore, our students are able to network and collaborate with faculty both in and out of the classroom.
- Association for Information Systems
- American Marketing Association
- Business Student Advisory Board
- Collegiate DECA
- Equity Trading Club
- International Business Society
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Student Center for the Public Trust
- Beta Alpha Psi
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- Omicron Delta Epsilon
- Sigma Nu Tau
A Global Perspective
As the workplace becomes more international in scope, a successful manager needs knowledge and skills that extend beyond the traditional business disciplines. Thus, Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business places a strong emphasis on the global business community and requires all BBA degree-seeking students to complete an international business course. Global issues are also interwoven throughout other courses in the business curriculum.
In addition to classroom learning, all students in the Massey College of Business are encouraged to participate in Belmont’s Study Abroad program. Business study abroad programs and exchange opportunities are available in numerous countries. Our students travel to six of the seven continents, immersing themselves in the language, culture and business of each country they visit.
Earn credit towards:
- General Education
- Academic Year
Maymester is a 2-3 week study abroad experience during the month of May where Belmont students take advantage of tuition discounts and can sometimes earn up to nine credit hours. Maymester trips are led by Belmont faculty members, so students are able to further connect with their faculty in a meaningful way.
Immerse yourself in language, culture and business on a global scale by studying abroad. For additional information on Belmont’s study abroad programs, please visit our Center for Global Citizenship or Office of Study Abroad.
We are an innovative, student-centered learning community that prepares entrepreneurially, ethical and socially responsible future business leaders for the dynamic global economy.
We are committed to:
- Relevant, interactive and experiential academic programs provided by faculty with diverse and extensive academic qualifications and professional experience;
- Advising and mentoring students for career growth and development;
- Impactful scholarship that advances the practice, knowledge and teaching of business and management;
- Engaging the communities we serve through value-added relationships.
Organized in 1916, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the premier agency for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.
Fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business schools are able to adhere to standards that result in AACSB accreditation of their business education programs. A much smaller group, fewer than 2 percent of business schools (185) worldwide, have earned the separate, specialized accreditation for their accounting program.
Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business is the only private college or university in Tennessee that is accredited by AACSB International for our BBA and MBA programs, as well as our Accounting major and Master of Accountancy degree.