Business Information Systems Program Description

The business information systems (BIS) major is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in business with a focus in information technology management. The use of information enabled by information systems is an essential element of strategy in organizations where information forms the basis for competing both nationally and internationally. The responsibility of the technology manager is to deliver information and information services to the end-user, and to administer the information resources cost-effectively. Organizations need competent technology professionals who are problem solvers and who understand how to leverage the company's technology base to improve its competitive advantage. This program delivers on both counts.

The BIS major consists of courses in programming, network, and database design, followed by career-focused courses in technology management. To prepare for the workplace, students take a series of practical courses in systems, data, security and network management where they examine business problems and the array of possible technology solutions. Students then take a sequence of courses in business management, marketing, and entrepreneurial leadership. The program's blend of practical business and technology courses prepares the graduate to enter business as a well-rounded professional who knows how to think analytically, assess a business problem and select the best technology solution.

Most graduates of these degree programs elect to continue their education at the graduate level by pursuing a master's degree in business and technology management which is also offered in an accelerated 8-week format.