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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Computer Information Systems, B.B.A.

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Dr. Art Gowan, Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-8796
Email: gowanja@jmu.edu
Location: Zane Showker Hall, Room 234
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/cob/cis

M. Busing, T. Dillon, A. Gowan, S. Kruck, D. Lending, I. Markham, M. Mitri, R. Pal, S. Palocsay, S. Stevens

Associate Professors
C. Guo, P. Wang

Assistant Professors
D. Babik, A. Connolly, J. Ezell, K. Lamsal, J. May, L. Novoa, E. Torabi, B. Vaziri

L. Atkins, C. Cole, L. Dutt, J. Jewett, S. Lough, L. Tchommo

Mission Statement

The Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics is committed to:

  • Educating students by creating an active, experiential learning environment that prepares them to apply knowledge of information systems, operations, business analytics and business for the betterment of organizations and society; and
  • Serving the academic community and business communities through appropriate research and service.


Computer information systems (CIS) is offered as a major through the Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics. This program prepares business students for careers as information systems professionals. The program of study focuses on the development and management of information systems in a business environment. Students develop the technical skills and organizational insights required to analyze, design, implement and administer information systems. The CIS curriculum includes hands-on projects, laboratory exercises, case analysis and business simulations to build strong technical and analytical skills, effective oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work independently and in team-oriented environments. Students are offered the opportunity to gain practical experience through internships and co-op programs. The department faculty endorses the program educational objectives listed below.

The CIS B.B.A. program will produce graduates with the ability to:

  • Analyze a problem and identify the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Apply sound analysis and design methodologies toward creating technological solutions for the enhancement and improvement of business processes.
  • Implement system solutions using state-of-the-art software development, database, telecommunications and security technologies in a global business environment.
  • Assess security threats risks to technology assets and suggest security controls to prevent, detect and repair the security threats.
  • Communicate effectively, in both oral and written form, in order to serve as liaisons between business-oriented end users and technically-oriented computing specialists.
  • Work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams with the ability to manage themselves and their colleagues.
  • Develop self-directed, lifelong engagement in the profession and professional development.

Career Opportunities

Computer information systems professionals analyze business opportunities and problems, then design and build solutions using the power of information technologies. Students in the CIS program gain the business and technical skills that will prepare them to move quickly from technical to leadership roles within the organization.

  • Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Specialist
  • Computer Forensics Specialist
  • IT/IS Auditor
  • IT/IS Consultant
  • Risk Analyst
  • Security Consultant
  • Systems Analyst
  • Telecommunications Analyst
  • IT/IS Manager
  • Application Development Manager
  • Business Owner (IT/IS Industry)
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Security Officer
  • Data Warehousing Manager
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager
  • IT Operations Professional
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Technology Trainer
  • Network and Systems Administrator
  • Security Specialist
  • Software Engineer
  • Web Developer

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

The JMU Chapter of the National Association for Information Systems (AIS) was started in 2014 and serves to advance knowledge and to promote excellence in the practice and study of information systems. Along with providing premier networking opportunities with top consulting firms, AIS provides student members the ability to engage in national student competitions, in-house tutoring activities, professional development workshops, and various fundraising and social events.


The B.B.A. in computer information systems is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)’s Computing Accreditation Commission.

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems

The B.B.A. in computer information systems requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate work. Sixty credit hours will be taken outside the College of Business. In counting the 60 credit hours of non-business courses, B.B.A. students may include all hours taken in General Education  (usually 41), up to a total of nine hours in economics and three hours of COB 191. Business Analytics I . The remaining hours will be taken from any department outside the College of Business. Students should carefully select these non-business electives to help them gain additional knowledge and expertise for their careers and personal lives.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • B.B.A. core courses 39 Credit Hours 1
  • CIS major requirements 28 Credit Hours
  • General Education courses 41 Credit Hours 2
  • Non-business electives 12 Credit Hours 3

Total: 120 Credit Hours


1 Assumes that MATH 205  and ECON 200  are taken as General Education  courses.
2 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
3 Credit hours may vary. See adviser for details.

Major Requirements

Recommended Schedule for Majors

Computer information systems majors should follow the course schedule described here to complete the final two years of their program. It is possible to deviate from this program, but care must be taken to ensure that all course prerequisites are met.

First Two Years

Students normally take the lower-division B.B.A. core curriculum along with many of the General Education  curriculum. All lower-division core requirements must be completed before enrolling in the upper-division core courses. It is recommended that CIS 221. Principles of Programming  be completed in the second semester of the second year.

Third Year

Fourth Year

First Semester

Total: 15 Credit Hours

Second Semester

Total: 15 Credit Hours


1 COB 487  may be taken in the fall or spring of the senior year.

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