Undergraduate Minors

Set yourself apart

Even if you have already chosen a major, you might want to consider one of our department's minors. Our department offers over a dozen minors in many fast-growing industries, which provide you with valuable business and information technology expertise coming out of college and will set you apart from your peers.
For students majoring in business and management systems or information science and technology, our minors also allow you to declare areas of emphasis, thus giving your degree a documented focus. Courses taken as part of a minor may also be used to fulfill degree requirements.
Each minor consists of five courses focused on a specific concentration within a field of study. Our minors are open to all Missouri S&T undergraduate students; there are no special admission requirements. However, you must have any required prerequisites for courses taken.

Artificial Intelligence is a disruptive technology in the business realm with transformational impact. From detecting malware and preventing money laundering to automating insurance claims and optimizing inventory and improving product recommendations and more, AI will continue to necessitate changes in core business processes and models. Within the past few years, machine learning, while not fully tapped in the business sphere, has become more effective and widely utilized. Tomorrow's leaders and managers will need to integrate machine learning where appropriate, incorporating its capabilities with those of humans. The design and implementation of new combinations of technologies with human skills to meet customers' needs will require critical thinking skills, creativity, and project planning.

The minor in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Business requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

Knowledge of business trends and practices is a useful skill for any career, as these structures are applied across all industries in public and private sectors. This minor exposes students to the basic foundations of business, including management, entrepreneurship, accounting, corporate finance and marketing. Skills will be developed in communication, critical thinking, decision-making, leadership and negotiation, among others. Students majoring in information science and technology are eligible to receive this minor without any additional coursework.

The minor in Business requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose one):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

Big data is an emerging phenomenon. Computing systems today are generating 15 petabytes of new information every day—eight times more than the combined information in all the libraries in the U.S.; about 80% of the data generated every day is textual and unstructured data. Data analytics facilitates realization of objectives by identifying trends, creating predictive models for forecasting, and optimizing business processes for enhanced performance. There is great demand for professionals who have the skills to efficiently process, analyze, visualize and manage this ever-growing amount of information.

The minor in Business Analytics and Data Science requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

Software developers represent over a quarter of all information technology jobs. These professionals are responsible for developing, testing, and maintaining software systems. Software development skills are also useful in other IT jobs, including data analysts, system administrators and web designers. This minor teaches students the theory, practice, and methodologies of software development. Students will be exposed to different aspects of software development, including data management, web development, computer architecture and enterprise applications.

The minor in Business Applications and Software Development requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose three):

* Only one of IS&T 1552 or IS&T 1562 may be selected for this minor program.

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

The unique skills of cybersecurity professionals are in short supply and are vital to the security of businesses today and in the future. Cybersecurity is a focus of a broad range of disciplines, particularly, business and information technology. The vast majority of cybersecurity job openings are within the private sector and exist across all industries. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing employment segments in IT. As technology grows and progresses, with our devices and lives becoming more and more interconnected, the challenges of cybersecurity and information assurance will continue to grow. This presents a career to those with the necessary skills that will be exciting, rewarding, fast-paced, and highly sought after.

The minor in Cybersecurity Management and Information Assurance requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

Success in today’s marketplace requires that organizations deliver products and services that provide easily identified value for their customers. This minor draws on strengths within two departments to integrate source (strategic procurement and supply management), production (manufacturing and service operations), and delivery processes (demand fulfilment), with a focus on the use of information technologies as the critical enabler of supply chain efficiencies and responsiveness.

This minor is designed to give the student the tools and ideas that help shape and define the various components of value creation. Students can gain knowledge and skills in the full spectrum of supply chain activities: supplier relationships, purchasing management, operations and inventory management, logistics and transportation, quality management, and information technology.

The minor in Digital Supply Chain Management requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core course:

Core courses (choose one):

Core courses (choose one):

Elective courses (choose two):

* Non Business and Information Technology students must select ERP 5110 as one of the two electives.

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

Social commerce is just one sub-set of e-commerce, however it is growing rapidly. The department of business and information technology has leveraged its strengths in both business and technology for this program, which is designed to create successful students by developing skills in technological business practices that will provide opportunities for succeeding in today’s fast-paced world.

The minor in Electronic and Social Commerce requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose three):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

Corporations worldwide have focused on improving business processes for the past two decades. In fact, while most Fortune 500 companies have already adopted enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, now many midsize companies are also planning ERP implementations. ERP systems incorporate state-of-the-art technology, providing a comprehensive teaching tool for business and for information systems. ERP can be viewed as a combination of business management practice and technology, where information technology integrates with a company’s core business processes to enable the achievement of specific business objectives. Universities that have successfully incorporated an ERP system into their curricula find unprecedented student demand for those subjects. This minor prepares students for positions as both technical and business consultants in the ERP field.

The minor in Enterprise Resource Planning requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Two additional ERP courses (at the 4000 level or above) must also be taken, such as:

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

Change and growth in Missouri and America require the training, nourishing, and flourishing of entrepreneurs. Many college students, however, do not yet recognize the entrepreneurial spirit in themselves. Recent entrepreneurship research indicates that many of the skills and much of the knowledge of successful entrepreneurs can be developed and taught in the classroom. The department of business and information technology has created this minor to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in the students of Missouri S&T, and provide them with a solid foundation on which to build.

The minor in Entrepreneurship requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

This minor provides in-depth exposure to corporate finance, as well as investments and financial statement analysis and modeling. Skills will be enhanced in financial theory, financial markets, and decision-making in investments, with career options as budget analysts/financial analysts, risk management specialists, capital advisors, and investment underwriters, among others.

The minor in Finance requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core course:

Core course (choose one):

Elective courses (choose three):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

This minor deals with the aim of making financial systems more efficient. It exists at the intersection of information systems and finance. FinTech is a range of disruptive technological approaches within the money, market, marketplace, and financial infrastructure spheres. From cryptocurrencies and blockchain to enterprise software and asset management via robo-advisors, financial service functions are increasingly based on growing and innovative technology.

The minor in Financial Technology requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Core courses (choose one or more):

Elective courses (choose one or more):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

There is a growing demand within industry for workers with expertise in human-computer interaction (HCI), who generally hold titles such as interface designer; usability researcher analyst; usability engineer; user experience specialist; or information architect. HCI specialists bridge the gap in organizations between groups who build the technologies and groups who use the technologies. This minor prepares students for positions as HCI specialists, and provides skills to aid in the design and evaluation of usable systems.

The minor in Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

Businesses today rely on information technology (IT) for an increasing percentage of their business activities. These information systems have become increasingly complex, and the job of developing and maintaining these systems requires effort from many different IT disciplines. As a result, the information technology sector is one of the fastest growing in the world. This minor provides a broad overview of IT and its impact on organizations. Students will gain competencies in application development, management information systems, enterprise application systems, technology strategy and more. Students majoring in business and management systems are eligible to receive this minor without any additional coursework.

The minor in Information Science and Technology requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Core courses (choose one):

Core courses (choose one):

One additional IS&T course or ERP course (at the 2000-level or above) must also be taken.

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

This minor is designed to prepare students to be the leaders of the future, by enabling them to manage through the use of technology. Understanding technology is becoming ever more critical in business as a tool used by efficient and effective managers. These leaders not only understand the managerial process and how to inspire others, but also know how to harness technology to expedite the process. The minor incorporates management theories, technological savvy, and leadership skills to create a student who is ready for the challenges of a fast-paced managerial position.

The minor in Management requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose three):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

Marketing deals with the business activities of creating and promoting value for consumers. Successful businesses must understand the needs of their consumers, position their strategy to best serve those needs, and effectively communicate this service to consumers. For these reasons, marketing is considered one of the most important activities for businesses of any size. This minor provides students an in-depth understanding of the concepts and practice of marketing, including consumer behavior, marketing strategy, digital promotions and consumer analytics.

The minor in Marketing requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Required core course:

Core courses (choose one):

Elective courses (choose three):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

Interest in the use of mobile technology and digital transformation among organizations has seen a strong, upward trend over the past few years. Indeed, many organizations now have Chief Digital Officers, whose role differs from the Chief Information Officer. The CDO's role is principally centered around positioning the organization to leverage emerging technologies, in contrast to the CIO's role of supporting existing technologies. People capable of creating and maintaining digital technology strategies are needed. This minor is designed to cover managing emerging technologies. The focus will be on allowing an organization to make decisions in this dynamic domain.

The minor in Mobile Business and Digital Transformation requires the following 15 credit hours of coursework:

Core courses (choose two or three):

Elective courses (choose two or three):

Application form (PDF) - submit form when the courses for the minor are completed or are in progress

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