JMU Major: Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics
The computer information systems (CIS) degree at JMU prepares you for professional careers that require both the business knowledge and the technical skills to help clients design, build and deliver competitive computer-based solutions. Computer and information systems managers play a
vital role in the technological direction of their organizations and must stay abreast of the latest technology to ensure the organization does not lag behind its competitors.
JMU's CIS program was recognized as one of the top ten undergraduate information technology programs in the United States (TechRepublic, 2008) and is part of the nationally recognized JMU College of Business. Professors in the program use a variety of teaching methods including projects, cases and business simulations to prepare graduates with strong technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills; effective communication and presentation skills; hands-on experience; and the ability to work effectively in individual and team-oriented environments.
Several features of JMU's CIS program are distinctive:
Computer Information Systems
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the computer information systems major when you register for orientation. Any student admitted to JMU can declare any major offered by the College of Business. However students are not formally admitted into the College of Business until certain requirements are met as listed in the section below "Progressing in the Major."
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
If you wish to change your major to computer information systems you must be in good academic standing (have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher) on the date you submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form, which is available in the Academic Services Center located in Zane Showker Hall, room 205. Declaring the computer information systems major does not guarantee full admission to the College of Business. You will not be fully admitted to the major until requirements are met as listed below.
Other Declaring Information
Admission to the CIS Minor
CIS is about computing in a business context and emphasizes applications of information technology toward creating solutions for business-related problems. CIS is a technical field that requires mathematical and logical problem-solving ability, as well as the capacity to communicate effectively and a sufficiently rigorous understanding of the business world.
With this in mind, the minor in computer information systems is primarily structured to provide students in various disciplines on campus with the opportunity to study business-oriented information systems.
Admission to the CIS minor is based on performance in prerequisite courses for a limited number of spaces. To be considered for admission to the computer information systems minor, students must complete the following courses in the following six areas:
Admission decisions will be based upon students' grades in courses from each of the six areas listed above and upon available space.
Students seeking to add the CIS minor can submit an application at any time. Applications are available from the Academic Services Center in the College of Business, Showker 205. To apply, students should submit an application, a declaration of minor form, and an unofficial copy of your their transcript and submit all documents to the Academic Services Center in the College of Business, Zane Showker Hall, room 205.
Applications will be reviewed at the end of each semester to determine who will be admitted for the next semester.
Full Admission to the College of Business
Declaring a business major does not guarantee full admission to the College of Business. You must formally apply for full admission to the College of Business by submitting an application for admission during the semester in which you are completing the lower-level B.B.A. core courses.
Students are formally admitted into the College of Business as a B.B.A. degree seeking major and permitted to register for COB 300. Integrated Functional Systems when the following requirements are met:
The B.B.A. core GPA is calculated using grades earned in the B.B.A. lower-level core courses excluding calculus (MATH 205 or MATH 235). Only grades earned at JMU will be used. The university policy for calculating repeat-credit and repeat-forgiveness will be followed.
Students with a 2.7 B.B.A. core GPA are assured admission into the College of Business and COB 300. Students who meet all of the requirements above but fail to achieve a 2.7 B.B.A. core GPA will be admitted to the College of Business and COB 300 based on B.B.A. core GPA ranking, and pending resources and space availability.
Admission is granted within one calendar year of the applicant's first application. Two applications, in consecutive semesters of enrollment, are permitted.