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Business Information Systems

Drive the technology that drives business.

The Business Information Systems program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in business with a focus on information technology. The major satisfies the business sector's need for well-rounded technology professionals. As technology managers, graduates of this program are responsible for delivering information services to the end-user while cost-effectively administering their organization's information resources.

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  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    The Business Information Systems major consists of core courses in programming and network and database design followed by a career focus in technology management or e-commerce technology. After completing a series of practical IT courses, you will complete a sequence of dynamic business courses.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Articulate technology skills learned and applied during academic career.
    • Perform those information technology tasks essential to chosen career path in application, network, or database design.
    • Communicate technology ideas with confidence and clarity in team meetings and public forums.
    • Demonstrate a professional competency in research, analysis, and business writing.
    • Converse in the languages of application, network, and database design.
    • Assess business problems using analytical and critical thought processes to identify the best technology solution.
    • Pursue an IT career and perform as a well-rounded technology professional, able to leverage talents and interests.

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Business Information Systems program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Business Information Systems?

    Business Information Systems graduates are prepared for leadership in today's technology-driven business climate, not only academically but also through Stevenson's rigorous emphasis on internships and real-world work experiences during college.

    • 100 percent job placement rate for graduates during the past three years
    • Students are prepared to work in growing government and nonprofit sectors, too
    • Recent graduates have found careers with the defense industry, scientific research, and e-commerce developers
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    • SBL 100 School of Business New Student Seminar
    • ACC 140 Financial Accounting
    • IS 134 MS Windows and Office Applications
    • IS 135 Advanced MS Office Applications
    • IS 140 Information Systems Architecture and Design
    • IS 150 Relational Database Design and SQL with MS Access
    • IS 170 Systems Development with UML
    • IS 201 Management Information Systems
    • IS 231 Network Technologies
    • IS 240 Programming Concepts with Visual Basic.NET
      or IS 260 Presentation Theory and Application (BIS Technology Management Track Only)*
    • IS 301 Principles of E-Commerce
    • MGT 204 Principles of Marketing
    • MGT 210 Business Writing
    • MKT 206 Principles of Marketing
    • One 300-400 Level INBUS, MGT, or MKT Course

    * Students on the Technology Management track may choose IS 260 Presentation Theory and Application as an alternative to IS 240. However, a later switch to another BIS or CIS track will require the completion of IS 240.

    Students must choose and complete the courses for one of the tracks listed below. If a student completes a track offered under Computer Information Systems, the student will be awarded the Computer Information Systems degree.

    Technology Management Track

    • IS 280 Data & Database Management
    • IS 380 Information Security for the Organization
    • IS 385 Management of Business Networks
    • IS 386 E-Commerce Business Solutions
    • IS 387 Wireless Technology Solutions for the Office

    Technology Management Upper Division

    Choose three:

    • IS 320 Human-Computer Interaction
    • IS 350 IS Internship
    • IS 475 Special Topics in Information Systems
    • IS 480 Technology Law
    • IS 481 Project and Knowledge Management

    E-Commerce Technology Track

    • IS 343 Web Architecture and Design Technologies
    • IS 361 E-Collaboration and Social Networking
    • IS 386 E-Commerce Business Solutions
    • IS 443 XML E-Business Applications
    • IS 462 Current Topics in E-Commerce

    E-Commerce Technology Upper Division

    • IS 320 Human-Computer Interaction

    Choose two:

    • IS 350 IS Internship
    • IS 380 Information Security for the Organization
    • IS 480 Technology Law
    • IS 481 Project and Knowledge Management

    Last Updated: 03/17/2015

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    Technology Management Track

    There is strong demand in the marketplace for managers of technology. These individuals have broad knowledge of information systems combined with the ability to address business-related issues as analysts and integrators. Students in this track will focus on data and database management, security, business networks, e-commerce business solutions, and wireless technology.

    E-Commerce Technology Track

    Growth in the demand for e-commerce technologists is expected to accelerate for the next 20-30 years. Upon completion of the track, students will be able to construct e-commerce solutions using various web architectures and design technologies, assemble electronic collaboration environments, and evaluate social networks in support of business initiatives, propose e-commerce solutions for business problems and new business initiatives, solve server to server web data exchange issues, and explain and propose extensions to e-commerce business models.


    A minor in Information Systems is available. Students who wish to pursue a minor in Information Systems may choose any six IS courses from the Business Information Systems or Computer Information Systems programs. IS 134 will count toward the minor. The lowest acceptable grade is a “C“ in all IS courses. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

    B.S. to M.S. Option

    The B.S. to M.S. option is available for students majoring in Business Information Systems who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework with work toward a master’s degree in one of Stevenson’s graduate programs. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into a B.S. to M.S. option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. For more information on this program see the School of Graduate and Professional Studies catalog.

    Last Updated: 03/19/2015

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Business Information Systems program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Business Analyst
• Computer Hardware Engineer
• Database Administrator
• Multimedia Designer
• Network Administrator

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

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