Sep 30, 2022  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
2019-2020 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems

OFFICE Business Education Complex, Suite 2200
TELEPHONE 225-578-2126
FAX 225-578-2511

For information regarding the GRADUATE PROGRAM, click here.  

What is Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship can mean different things to different people, but in general, it is the act of setting up a business and taking a financial risk in order to turn a profit. Our Entrepreneurship curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to do just that. It is designed to teach, coach, and inspire students to start a business, be a productive member of an entrepreneurial business, and become an effective manager in a growing business. Through a focus on business management, development, and funding strategies, students can increase their understanding of business practices and startups in this program.

Opportunities in Entrepreneurship

Areas: All General Business Fields, Business Ownership, Financial, Franchise, Innovation, International, Legal

Employers: Nonprofits, Partnerships, Proprietorships, Self-Employed, Startups, Support Organizations

B.S. in Entrepreneurship

The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems offers a bachelor of science in entrepreneurship designed to teach, coach, and inspire students to be entrepreneurial in their lives. This “paired-degree” is available to any student as long as he or she is working toward another bachelor’s degree at LSU. The program provides students the tools and experiences necessary to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovation in different contexts. Students study how to operate, grow, and manage their own business; how to be creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial in an existing organization; and/or how to generate new wealth and create social change that results in improved quality-of-life, greater morale, and economic freedom in the development of their community. A minor is also available to students who wish to forgo the paired-degree option.

The bachelor of science in Entrepreneurship is a 150-hour Paired Degree program with several learning objectives for students:

  • Subject matter expertise from your primary degree
  • Understand the role of the entrepreneurial minded professional in an organization
  • Understand the principles of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship  
  • Competency in the development of a comprehensive business plan to support a start-up venture or new business development in an existing organization
  • Real-World Experience in a Local Incubator, entrepreneurial start-up, or an entrepreneurial study abroad program; or experience starting, growing, and selling a business
  • Effective communication skills in both writing and oral presentations
  • Effective team player and team leader

What is ISDS?

ISDS, or Information Systems and Decision Sciences, is the study of technology, business processes, people and organizations, and the relationships among them. ISDS professionals are involved with designing, building, and analyzing all types of business processes across all types of organizations with an eye toward delivering value through operational efficiency and innovation. ISDS students develop skills in project management, data management, structured thinking, and management of IT resources. ISDS graduates place in various types of career roles. ISDS is a people-oriented field with an emphasis on service through technology.

Opportunities in ISDS

Areas: Analysis, Business Analytics, Business Application Development, Database Administration, Design, Executive Administration, Support, Systems Integration

Employers: Computer Companies, Consulting Firms, Energy Companies, Entertainment Companies, Educational Institutions, Financial Institutions, Government Agencies, Healthcare Organizations, Hotels and Restaurants, Insurance Companies, Manufacturers, Public Accounting Firms, Retailers, Telecommunications Companies

B.S. in Information Systems & Decision Sciences

The bachelor of science in ISDS is a 120-hour degree program with several learning objectives for students:

  • Support a successful analysis, design and implementation of an Information Systems (IS) project
  • Understand the role of IS design and data management
  • Understand the principles of enterprise architectures
  • Analyze the facts, obtain user requirements, design an information system meeting these requirements, and implement the system
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in both writing and oral presentations
  • Work effectively as a team leader

Personal Computer Requirement

Students must have their own personal laptop computer before taking ISDS core courses (ISDS 3107 , ISDS 3100 , ISDS 3110 , ISDS 4113 , or any courses for which these four courses are prerequisite). Contact the Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences​ regarding type, specifications, and software.

Refer to the E. J. Ourso College section for admission requirements.