Electronic commerce, often referred to as simply e-Ccommerce, refers to business that is conducted over the Internet using a wide variety of applications such as the world wide web, email, web services, XML data transfer, and EDI, among others. E-Commerce can be conducted between businesses and also between a business and a consumer. The E-Commerce major is designed for students interested in the business-oriented aspects of Internet and web technologies. Students will learn business fundamentals (accounting, marketing, advertising, economics) as well as foundational concepts in information systems that relate to Internet technologies and E-Commerce transactions. The primary goal of the program is to provide an educational background that bridges the gap between business and technology. The culminating experience of the program will be a cooperative education experience that allows the student the opportunity to gain real-world business experience in a field related to E-Commerce.
A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in e-commerce will:
Requirements for E-Commerce Major
• be able to define e-commerce and will understand how it is applied in the context
of business including business models, market mechanisms, retailing, consumer
behavior, customer service, marketing and advertising.
• be able to design, implement and test intermediate-level computer programs to
meet a specific set of requirements using a high-level programming language.
• understand the issues and legal background surrounding e-commerce including
major issues in Internet law, ethics and cyber crime.
• understand the theoretical foundations of databases; and possess the ability to
design, build and maintain a relational database system.
• understand societal challenges and the ethical responsibilities of the computer
• be able to work effectively as a member of a development team.
• be able to develop intermediate-level Web sites and Web applications.
• understand security issues in e-commerce and be able to identify security threats.
• understand basic business concepts in the fields of accounting and economics.
• demonstrate proficiency Word, Excel and Access.
• demonstrate the skills necessary to work in a business environment.
• understand the basic principles of networking.
In addition to the E-Commerce major for the Bachelor degree (details below), there is also an E-Commerce Associate of Science degree.
All courses which are applied to the major must be completed with a grade of C minus or higher.
CIS 111 Word Processing Applications
CIS 112 Spreadsheet Applications
CIS 113 Data Management Applications
CIS 129 Fundamentals of Information Systems
CIS 201 E-Commerce
CSCI 139 Web Design and Development
CSCI 179 Programming in Visual Basic
CSCI 319 Database Management I
CSCI 331 Web Programming
CSCI 351 Information System Security and Forensics
CSCI 439 Data Communications and Networks
ACCT 113 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 123 Principles of Accounting II
BADM 324 Advertising
BADM 454 Marketing
ECON 221 Principles of Microeconomics
Cooperative Education Experience
The student, in consultation with his/her major advisor, must also select three courses from the following list. At least two courses must be numbered 300 or higher:
CIS 211 Interactive Web Animation
CIS 241 Project Management
CIS 469 System Analysis
CSCI 189 Java Programming
CSCI 427 Operating Systems
CSCI 431 Professional Web Portfolio
BADM 300 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
BADM 355 Business Law I
BADM 364 Business Ethics
BADM 374 Principles of Management
ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
ART 126 2-D Design
ART 186 3-D Design
ART 240 Intro to Graphic Design
ACCT 233 Managerial Accounting or Acct 313 Cost Accounting
NOTE: At most one of the Acct courses may be selected.