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 or e-commerce technology. 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 globally. The responsibility of the technology manager or e-commerce technologist 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 core courses in systems architecture and development, networking, and database design, followed by a career-focused track in technology management or e-commerce technology. To prepare for the workplace, students take a series of practical information systems courses where they examine business problems and the array of possible technology solutions. Students also take business administration courses in accounting, management, and marketing. 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. Many graduates of this bachelor's degree program elect to continue their education at the graduate level by pursuing a master's in business and technology management.

Most courses are offered either online in an 8-week format or in an 8-week hybrid format where students meet one night per week. Some courses are offered in a 16-week online format.