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Program of Computer Information Systems and Operations Management

Dr. Robert G. Brookshire, Director

Phone: (540) 568-3064
E-mail: brooksrg@jmu.ed
Web site:

C. Bilbrey, R. Brookshire, K. Forcht, S. Palocsay, F. Teer

Associate Professors
M. Busing, T. Dillon, D. Lending, I. Markham, M. Mitri, D. Musselman, G. Smith, S. Stevens, P. Wang

Assistant Professors
Y. Choi, W. Christian, S. Kruck, H. Reif, R. Sones

M. Carrier, M. Ratcliffe, T. Wood

Adjunct Faculty
J. Adams, A. Lee, C. Minnick, A. Tandel

Mission Statement
The computer information systems program prepares students for a career in designing, managing and implementing information systems. The field of CIS, using the latest computer-based technology, centers on significant problems in organizing, representing and manipulating data, information and knowledge. Students majoring in CIS will have the opportunity to study a variety of programming languages, internet technologies, object-oriented concepts, database design, computer security, networking, telecommunications, simulation and modeling. The course work focuses on business applications and analysis. Students are offered the opportunity to gain practical technical experience through internships and the co-op program. The CIS and OM faculty use a variety of teaching methods including lecture, cases, projects and business simulation to prepare graduates with strong technical, analytic and problem solving skills, effective communication and presentation skills, hands-on experience, and the ability to work effectively in individual and team-oriented work environments.

  • To prepare students to apply information systems solutions to business problems and opportunities.
  • To enable students to select and utilize appropriate systems development methodologies.
  • To teach students to use a variety of tools and techniques to analyze, design and construct an information system.
  • To develop students’ abilities to assess the organizational and societal impacts of information systems.

Career Opportunities
  • Software engineer
  • Information systems manager
  • Consultant
  • Web developer

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals
Special Admission Requirements
Admission to the CIS major is limited and competitive. All students interested in majoring in CIS must complete a supplemental application, in addition to the application for admission to the College of Business. Only those students who have been formally admitted to the College of Business will be considered for admission into the CIS Program.

Degree and Major Requirements
The B.B.A. in computer information systems requires a minimum of 123 credit hours of undergraduate work. Sixty credit hours must 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 41-44), up to a total of nine hours in economics (GECON courses must be counted as economics) and three hours of COB 191, Business and Economic Statistics. The remaining hours must 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. The credit hour requirements for each of the program components are listed below.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
B.B.A. core courses 1 39
CIS major requirements 28
General Education courses 2 44
Non-business electives 12-15


1 Assumes that MATH 205 and GECON 200 are taken as Gen Ed 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.

Major Requirements

Core Corses Credit Hours
CIS 221. Introduction to Computer Programming 3
CIS 301. Information Technology Tools and Methods 1
CIS 304. Information Technology 3
CIS 320. Telecommunications and Information Processing 3
CIS 331. Intermediate Computer Programming 3
CIS 430. Database Design and Application 3
CIS 454. Systems Analysis and Design 3
CIS 484. Advanced Computer Programming 3
Two computer information systems electives 6


CIS Electives

Core Corses Credit Hours
CIS 314 Visual Basic Programming 3
CIS 324 COBOL Programming 3
CIS 344 C Programming 3
CIS/OM 363. Simulation 3
CIS 354. Advanced Visual BASIC Programming 3
CIS 364. Expert Systems in Business 3
OM/MGT 370. Quality Management 3
CIS 366 Web Development 3
CIS/MKTG 370 Electronic Commerce 3
CIS/OM 391. Selected Topics in Management Science 3
CIS/OM 393. Data Analysis and Experimental 3
Design in Business Applications 3
CIS 404. Advanced Computer Information Systems 3
CIS 420. Computer-Based Networking 3
CIS 424. Computer Security Management 3
CIS/OM 483. Strategic Decision Making 3
CIS/OM 498. Special Topics 3


Students who wish to follow the IS ‘97 Curriculum, a model curriculum recommended by the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for Information Systems and the Association of Information Technology Professionals, should select CIS 320, Telecommunications and Information Processing, and CIS 404, Advanced Computer Information Systems, as their electives.


Concentration in Cooperative Education
Dr. Donald L. Musselman, Coordinator
The cooperative education concentration in CIS and OM offers highly qualified undergraduate CIS majors the opportunity to participate in a six- to eight-month professional experience with well-recognized industry leaders in information technology and operations. Students will be awarded 12 hours of academic credit that will substitute for two required courses in the CIS curriculum and for six credits of special topics (CIS/OM 498). Substitution for the two specific courses will be made based on the structure and context of the co-op experience and in cooperation with the co-op firm. Students must demonstrate competency via examination in the two required courses selected in order to receive credit in those courses. Students who have at least a 3.0 grade point average, are majors in CIS and have fulfilled all of their COB core requirements (except COB 487. Strategic Management) are eligible to apply on a competitive basis through the CIS/OM office.

Students who want to participate in a co-op program must apply both to the CIS/OM program office and the participating firm at least three months in advance of the start of the co-op. Co-ops typically begin in January or May and last six to eight months. Course substitutions must be approved in conjunction with the co-op coordinator in the CIS/OM office and the co-op coordinator in the firm.

A program of study must be placed on file for each student who is accepted for a co-op prior to beginning the co-op experience. Students may participate in a co-op during their junior or senior years, but they are limited to one co-op. Students who want to participate in a co-op as postgraduates may do so as special students. These students will receive a certificate on successful completion of the co-op experience. Prerequisite: CIS majors with junior standing and a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Minor Requirements

Management Science Minor
Dr. Scott P. Stevens, Coordinator
The minor in management science is a general quantitative methods in business minor designed to meet the needs of non-CIS majors who have an interest in applied quantitative approaches to improve decision making in a business environment. The minor consists of 9 credit hours of required course work and 9 credit hours of elective course work selected from those regularly offered by the CIS program.

Required courses Credit Hours
COB 191. Business and Economic Statistics 3
COB 291. Introduction to Management Science 3
CIS 221. Introduction to Programming 3
Electives (choose three of the following): 9
   CIS/OM 363. Simulation
   CIS/OM 391. Selected Topics in Management Science
   CIS/OM 393. Data Analysis and Experimental Design in Business Applications
   CIS/OM 483. Strategic Decision Making


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 planning to major in accounting must complete the 29-30 hour lower-division B.B.A. curriculum prior to enrolling in upper-division core courses, normally taken in the first semester of the junior year. It is expected that the lower-division core curriculum will be completed during the first two years of study along with all, or most, of the university General Education curriculum. Failing to complete all lower-division core requirements on time will delay enrollment in upper-division core and major courses until at least the second semester of the junior year.

Third Year
First Semester Credit Hours
COB 300A. Integrated Functional Systems: Management 3
COB 300B. Integrated Functional Systems: Operations 3
COB 300C. Integrated Functional Systems: Operations 3
COB 300D. Integrated Functional Systems: Marketing 3
CIS 221. Introduction to Computer Programming 3


Second Semester Credit Hours
CIS 301. Information Technology Tools and Methods 1
CIS 304. Information Technology 3 3
CIS 331. Intermediate Computer Programming 3
One Computer Information Systems elective 3
Two General Education electives 6


Fourth Year
First Semester Credit Hours
CIS 430. Database Design and Application 3
One Computer Information Systems Elective 3
Three General Education or non-business electives 9


Second Semester Credit Hours
COB 487. Strategic Management 3
CIS 454. Systems Analysis and Design 3
CIS 484. Advanced Computer Programming 3
Two General Education or non-business electives 6


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