Business Administration - Computer Information Systems Option, B.S.
Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences
Ojoung Kwon, Chair
Peters Business Building, Room 287
Degrees and Programs Offered
BS in Business Administration - Computer Information Systems Option, B.S.
The Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences prepares students for the rapidly growing fields of information systems and decision-making supported by analytics. Producing new intelligence from raw data can help businesses enhance products and services, and organizations to meet their missions. It’s proven that computerized information-sharing enables better decision-making. Besides traditional methods of classroom instruction and guest speakers, students in these options are exposed to new developments in computer technology, software, and application; and have 24/7 remote access to computer resources.
Computer Information Systems (CIS) is the practice of developing and maintaining systems to support operations, management, and decision-making. It combines technology, people and business organizations in a single field. Within an “enterprise” architecture, an information system can be accessed by a community of users across functional departments and organizations providing real-time data pulled from a variety of sources. Topics covered in this option include systems analysis and design, database systems, computer networks, cloud computing, mobile app design, project management, cyber security, and business intelligence.
Statistical and Computer Laboratories
Students who study in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department receive classroom instruction, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy field trips. They are also exposed to modern computer laboratories for the quantitative, computer, and business communication classes throughout the semester. The computer laboratories provide the student with the valuable opportunity of hands-on computer experience for such classes as computer programming and statistical analysis.
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Business Administration Major - International Business Option
All students in the Craig School of Business who are working toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration must satisfy (a) the university's General Education requirements; (b) pre-business requirements, which include demonstration of computer competency, a seven-course group of pre-business courses, and both a cumulative and campus GPA of at least 2.25 to declare an option; (c) upper-division core requirements of six upper-division courses, (d) option requirements of 24 units in an area of specialization; (e) the upper-division writing skills requirement; (f) an integrative course requirement; and (g) complete at least 50 percent of the required business units in the Craig School of Business.
Computer literacy and computer software competency are considered essential to success in the program, which is heavily oriented in the use of technology. The pre-business courses include material considered essential for further study in business. The upper-division core courses provide a broad background and a breadth of knowledge and understanding. The option courses enable the student to specialize in a specific area of business and to prepare for effective performance in future employment.
1. Major requirements (70-71 units)
Demonstration of computer competency (3 units)
Complete IS 52 and 52L or equivalent courses with a grade of C or better or achieve a passing score on the CSB computer competency waiver examination.
Option requirements (24-25 units)
The Department of Finance and Business Law offers three options. (See option in the copy that follows.)
Integrative course requirement (3 units)
A grade of C or better must be earned for each course used to satisfy the requirements for the major.
2. General Education requirements (49 units)*
3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI). Business majors take BA 105W, Business Communication, to fulfill the Upper-Division Writing requirement. Note: the Upper-Division Writing Exam is not an option for business administration majors.
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
5. Total (120 units)**
* This total indicates that 6 units for DS 71 and ECON 50 are used to satisfy the General Education requirements.
** G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.
International Business Option
BA 174, 175, 176 (9 units)
BA 177; FIN 178; MKTG 140; and MGT 131 (13 units)
Select one upper-division course from the following: AFRS 164; ANTH 123, 125 (Same as HUM 140); CLAS 170; COMM 164; PHIL 131; PLSI 120/WS 135
Any upper-division course offered through the Craig School of Business, including upper-division economics courses as well as BA 195I (Internship) (3 units)
Total (25 units)
The International Business Association (IBA). While not a university requirement, membership in IBA is strongly encouraged. More than a student club, IBA is the vehicle by which students acquire the personal international network they will need for a successful career in international business. IBA also sponsors field trips and invites current practitioners in international business to speak and interact with students in the program.
The Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences is the home of leading experts who have decades of combined professional experience and research in Information Systems and Decision Sciences. The faculty of the Department have extensive expertise in systems analysis and design, project management, programming, statistics, analytics, operations management, computer networks, cyber-security, artificial intelligence, and database systems. The award-winning faculty members come from all over the world, each with a doctorate or a graduate degree from a major university. Collectively they bring experience in corporations in a wide variety of industries, as consultants, and in the public sector.
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B.S, in Business Administration - Computer Information Systems
A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.
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The Computer Information Systems Option, offered by the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences, provides students with the knowledge, skills, and modern tools in the area of IT. Students will learn about the strategic role of IS in business decision making. They will also learn how to design systems to solve management problems in all functional areas of business. If you like to work with information technology, but also like to apply this technology to practical problems and work with other functional areas of business – marketing, finance, and accounting – a program in information systems may be for you.
Included in the curriculum are courses in systems analysis and design, network administration, database systems, geographic information systems, Website and mobile app design, programming, data analytics and cyber-security.
Job titles fall into three categories: application development, technical development, and systems support.
What You Can Earn
The information systems job market is red hot! Salaries for IS graduates are higher than typical business majors for both Bachelor's and most Master's degrees. Bachelor’s salaries for Data, Security Analysts, and Application Developers have grown 34%, 21%, and 18% respectively since 2013. [Quoted from IS Job Index, http://isjobindex.com/]
Information Security Analysts - $70,591
Software/Application Developers - $66,589
Project Managers - $60,936
Data Analytics - $61,896
Computer Systems Analysts - $61,542
Source: IS Job Index on http://isjobindex.com/ as of February 2019
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Website & Mobile App Design
- Data Analytics
- Business Intelligence using Artificial Intelligence
- Geographic Information Systems
- Topics in Emerging Information Technologies
What You Can Learn
- Theory and practice of computer network design
- Database theory and administration
- Computer hardware and software systems
- App design on the cloud
- Cyber-security and digital privacy
- Business Intelligence
About the School
The Craig School of Business is proud to be recognized as one of the best business schools in the state. The school provides active, engaged learning experiences to empower future business leaders. State of the art computer labs are open day and night, with staff available to answer technical questions, and all student areas within the Peters Business Building have wireless Internet access.
School Contact Information
The Craig School of Business
5245 N. Backer Ave.,
Fresno CA 93740-8001
Phone: (559) 278-2482
Department Contact Information
Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences
Peters Business Building
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: (559) 278-2823
Fax: (559) 278-4911