Computer Information Systems (BS)

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Computer Information Systems
Program Code: 3165

About This Major . . .

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems is a degree required today as organizations face the challenges of technology management.  This program provides graduates with business management skills and computer information expertise to manage computer systems in today’s organizations.  Graduates of this program are employed in occupations such as systems analysts, analyst/programmers, database administrators, network administrators, web page designers, help desk specialists, and IT Managers.  

Graduates assist businesses with creating, obtaining, and maintaining computer information systems that solve problems and assist in facilitating routine business events.  As businesses increasingly rely on technology to provide a competitive advantage, employees with an understanding of both business concepts and computer systems are necessary.  Computer information systems studies require students to examine computer systems from organizational, social, psychological, and technical perspectives.  Graduates from this program will have taken a variety of courses that were developed based on national guidelines for quality degrees in information systems. 

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Apply business knowledge and skills in appropriate business contexts. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  2. Analyze business issues critically utilizing quantitative research methodologies. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Analyze business issues critically utilizing qualitative research methodologies. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Utilize relevant and critically evaluated information in the process of communicating clearly, appropriately, and accurately to the audience in writing. (Communication Fluency, Information Literacy, Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  5. Utilize relevant and critically evaluated information in the process of communicating clearly, appropriately, and accurately to the audience orally. (Communication Fluency, Information Literacy, Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  6. Differentiate various functions of teams within organizations. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  7. Demonstrate behaviors consistent with effective teamwork. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  8. Analyze an issue within an ethical framework. (Personal and Social Responsibility)
  9. Recommend a solution based on an ethical framework. (Critical Thinking)
  10. Engage in a local, regional, national, and/or international activity that positively impacts society. (Personal and Social Responsibility)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA1 23
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 3
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of "C" or better and must be complete by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


This is a 4 credit course. 3 credits apply to the Essential Learning requirements and 1 credit applies to elective credit.


7 semester hours, one course must include a lab.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours.

Foundation Courses

(12 semester hours)

ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
CISB 205Advanced Business Software3
Select one of the following courses:3-4
Introduction to Business Application Programming
CS1: Foundations of Computer Science
Other Object-Oriented Programming Course approved by advisor
CISB 210Fundamentals of Information Systems3
Total Semester Credit Hours12-13

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(54 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course)

Core Courses
Computer Information Systems Core
Select one of the following courses:3
Business Information Technology
Solving Problems Using Spreadsheets
Solving Problems Using Databases
CISB 309Enterprise Systems3
CISB 315Information Systems Infrastructure3
CISB 331Advanced Business Programming3
CISB 410Project Management3
CISB 442Systems Analysis and Design3
CISB 451Database Administration3
CISB 470Management of Information Systems3
CISB 471Advanced Information Systems3
Business Support Classes
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
BUGB 349Legal Environment of Business3
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics-GTSS13
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics-GTSS13
FINA 301Managerial Finance3
MANG 201Principles of Management3
MARK 231Principles of Marketing3
Quantitative Analysis Courses
CISB 241Introduction to Business Analysis3
or STAT 241 Introduction to Business Analysis
CISB 341Quantitative Decision Making3
Total Semester Credit Hours54

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours. 16-17 semester hours, 4-7 hours of upper division may be needed. It is highly recommended that at least 3 hours must be individualized studies such as Directed Readings or Independent Study. Recommended: TECI 260, CISB 460, CISB 305, or CISB 306.

MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA11
General Elective Courses15-16
Total Semester Credit Hours16-17
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
Select one of the following: 3
Business Information Technology
Solving Problems Using Spreadsheets
Solving Problems Using Databases
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 4
Essential Learning - History 3
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CISB 205 Advanced Business Software 3
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
CISB 210 Fundamentals of Information Systems 3
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
CISB 206
Introduction to Business Application Programming
or CS1: Foundations of Computer Science
CISB 309 Enterprise Systems 3
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics-GTSS1 3
MANG 201 Principles of Management 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
CISB 315 Information Systems Infrastructure 3
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics-GTSS1 3
MARK 231 Principles of Marketing 3
CISB 241
Introduction to Business Analysis
or Introduction to Business Analysis
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall Semester
CISB 410 Project Management 3
CISB 341 Quantitative Decision Making 3
CISB 331 Advanced Business Programming 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 3
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CISB 470 Management of Information Systems 3
CISB 442 Systems Analysis and Design 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINA Activity 1
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
CISB 451 Database Administration 3
BUGB 349 Legal Environment of Business 3
FINA 301 Managerial Finance 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CISB 471 Advanced Information Systems 3
General Electives 10
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for their intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be their responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.