The W. A. Franke College of Business2013-2014

Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

This degree opens doors to an integral part of every modern business. It covers design and management of Information Technology/Systems (IT/S) for a business which seeks to meet its business challenges and further its strategic objectives. The purpose is to craft and implement IT strategy that matches business strategy and solve business problems. In addition to mainstream hardware & software programming concepts, the degree plan includes how to budget, procure and manage IT/S e.g. computer databases, networks, information security. The focus is on IT enabled business processes and is ideally suited for those who like working with technology in business.

This program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems?

Information, Information Systems and Information Technology have no value unless they serve a purpose and are used efficiently to fulfill that need. Businesses and managers use technology to improve their bottom line and to improve their employees' lives. They need employees to have state-of-the-art technical knowledge in combination with a solid foundation in general business concepts. With this degree plan, you will acquire both and be able to use this knowledge to help organizations implement information technology solutions that solve business problems for competitive advantage.

You will acquire analytical thinking and problem solving skills, written and spoken communication proficiency, and ability to work in teams. If you like advancements in and use technology and devices such as smartphones and social networking, you have what it takes to succeed in this area. You will learn to adapt to rapidly changing technologies throughout your career, while discovering the world of data communications and configuration of networks, network and information security, systems administration, electronic commerce strategy and web systems design & development.

You will develop skills in the configuration of enterprise systems and the developer's toolkit of enterprise systems while gaining hands-on practice in all these in both Unix and Windows environments using a variety of platforms e.g., (a) object oriented programming concepts and e-commerce application development in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and C# , (b) database and client-server design/development using Oracle, Access and SQL, (c) systems analysis and design using UML, (d) enterprise applications development and customization using SAP and the developer's toolkit of ABAP and (e) business analytics/intelligence using environments that may include SAP's BI module, and SAS Miner.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Application development
  • Consulting
  • Database administration
  • Network and systems administration

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Systems Analyst
  • Data/Technical Analyst
  • IT Risk Consultant
  • Web Applications Developer

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 45 units of business core requirements
  • At least 33 units of major requirements including 6 units of additional business courses, a certificate, or a minor
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with a CIS prefix to satisfy these liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 119
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
University Honors Program Optional
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Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • Admission to Northern Arizona University qualifies you for admission into the preprofessional program in The W. A. Franke College of Business. You must meet the following requirements to enter our professional programs:

    • Complete at least 56 units with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.
    • Complete six (6) different Pathways experiences. Transfer students who have met all of the requirements listed above need to complete four (4) Pathways experiences during their first semester in The W. A. Franke College of Business.
    • Complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better in each course: ENG 105, MAT 114, MAT 119, ACC 205, ACC 255, ACC 256, CIS 120, ECO 201, ECO 284, and ECO 285.

    • If you have a 2.75 GPA in these courses and have satisfactorily completed Pathways activities designated by The W. A. Franke College of Business, we guarantee your acceptance into our professional program. If your average is less than a 2.75 but you have at least a 2.5 and have satisfactorily completed all designated Pathways activities, we admit you into the professional program on a space-available basis according to the rank order of your grade point average in these courses.
    • If you are in the preprofessional program and have completed all required courses with "C" or better, but have a GPA in those courses that is below the acceptable grade point average for admission to the professional program, you may repeat up to two of the required courses in which you earned a "C" to meet the minimum GPA requirement. You may only repeat a required course in which you earned a grade of "C" one time.
  • Recommended Plan of Study for Freshmen and Sophomores
    We recommend the following course sequence for your first four terms:
    Please note that you should consider The W. A. Franke College of Business ethics requirement when selecting liberal studies courses.
Major Requirements
  • These courses represent the General Academic Requirements (GAR) for The W. A. Franke College of Business. Some of these courses also fulfill liberal studies requirements; for information about the overlap between the GAR and liberal studies, consult an advisor in Room 222 of the college.

Certificate Requirements
    • A certificate plan within The W. A. Franke College of Business, Enterprise Systems is recommended for CIS majors (15 units); or
    • Obtain your advisor's approval to take: either 6 additional units of upper-division business courses; or a minor outside the FCB (18 units); or a certificate plan outside the FCB (15 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
    • That you must complete at least 15 units in your major and 9 units of the upper-division business core at The W. A. Franke College of Business (FCB).
    • You must earn 50% of your overall business units required for your degree at the FCB.
    • All transfer credits must be approved by the FCB and are subject to guidelines listed in the current general catalog. The FCB does not accept upper-division transfer credits from programs not accredited by the AACSB (such as the University of Phoenix or the Bachelor of Business Administration program at NAU-Yuma).
    • Students who satisfy the junior writing requirement with ENG 302W (Technical Writing) must complete that course at Northern Arizona University.
    • MGT 490C (Business Strategy) and the junior writing requirement, if filled by either MGT 350W or MGT 350IW (Business Communication), must also be completed at the FCB.
    • Students earning two B.S.B.A. majors within The W. A. Franke College of Business must take 21 credit units in the first major and an additional 18 units exclusive to the second major (for a total of 39).
  • You must have completed all of the coursework used to fulfill these requirements within the last 10 years.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $500 per year in students' Junior and Senior years has been approved for this program.

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