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How much coding is used as an Information Systems Major?

I know that developers are being sought after, but I never really got into coding besides basic javascript and html. Is this an area I should be focusing more in?
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Riya’s Answer

Hi Ethan! Personally, I went into college as an management information systems major with absolutely no coding or technical experience, so having basic knowledge you already have is a head start! I learned all the basics of languages such as Python, C# and learned database management through Oracle SQL in class. Also, through electives you can often chose more technical or functional business classes. But, if you have time to invest in honing your technical skills, I would recommend starting with Python and trying out any SQL version to get a better understanding of database management. But to answer your original question, MIS degree plans are usually 50/50 in terms of technical/coding knowledge and the overall intersections of technology and business. So while its important to have general understandings of a few languages and programs (once graduating college), its as important to understand and learn about the applications and impact of technology in business, while keeping up with what's going on in the world, so read or watch the news often. Lastly, no worries if you don't want to become a developer, as there are so many opportunities MIS majors can pursue, like product management, technology strategy or change management! Hope this helps, and good luck!

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Kellen’s Answer

Hi Ethan, great question. First of all, Information Systems is a great major to pursue as, like you said, it is highly sought after and nearly every field is hiring these skills. As for your question, coding is definitely going to be an integral part of your courses and eventually career should you stick with it. If you have not had much experience with it yet, do not worry. You will have plenty of time to acquire and most of your learning will be done once you are working full time because the field is evolving so quickly. My advice to you is research now, on youtube or google searches or reach out to individuals in the industry, and get your toes wet to see if it is something that you could be passionate about. Then, get started familiarizing yourself with some of the languages like 'R' or 'Python'. These are great starting points and if you have any experience with coding at all, recruiters will love you.

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Kellen’s Answer

Hi Ethan, great question. First of all, Information Systems is a great major to pursue as, like you said, it is highly sought after and nearly every field is hiring these skills. As for your question, coding is definitely going to be an integral part of your courses and eventually career should you stick with it. If you have not had much experience with it yet, do not worry. You will have plenty of time to acquire and most of your learning will be done once you are working full time because the field is evolving so quickly. My advice to you is research now, on youtube or google searches or reach out to individuals in the industry, and get your toes wet to see if it is something that you could be passionate about. Then, get started familiarizing yourself with some of the languages like 'R' or 'Python'. These are great starting points and if you have any experience with coding at all, recruiters will love you.

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Lolita’s Answer

Hello Ethan, Great question. The answer will change depending on the program and the college/university. I am currently a Senior Admission Advisor at a college. Students are required to complete all courses to obtain our Bachelor's degree in Information Technology. Students learn to write, read, count, and use critical thinking skills. This additional knowledge and skills may help you in a job or career. I would recommend a full Bachelor's degree because it doesn't expire, no one can take it from you, and you will experience with more than just technology skills. Hope this helps. Check out American Intercontinental University. Our student could possibly complete a Bachelor's degree in 33months. Good luck on your educational journey.

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Sydney’s Answer

I don't believe there is a ton of coding involved in CIS major, it's a great major by the way. However, I will say once you learn 1 language, learning others isn't too difficult. Most coding languages all function the same with just with different syntax and maybe different methods, however thats nothing a quick google lookup can't fix. So don't worry if coding isnt your strong suit, it's a technical skill that will grow as you proceed to further your education and get new and different opportunities.

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