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This page is not intended as a substitute for the catalog.
Please consult with your advisor and the catalog for the year in which you were admitted.

As a CIS major at JMU, you'll receive up-to-date coursework in application development; architecture, networking and security; business intelligence; consulting and more through the CIS major and CIS and Business Analytics (BSAN) minors.

You’ll also have access to the following technology alliances: Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), Oracle Academic Alliance (OAA), Red Hat Enterprise Linux Academic Server Subscription.

The CIS B.B.A. program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, meaning we meet the highest standards in preparing students who are ready to enter the information systems profession upon graduation.

CIS’s classification as a STEM program has been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Take a look at our downloadable PDF graphics about the program and areas of study:

Beginning Fall 2020 and Curriculum Prior to Fall 2020

Internships and externships are important steps in preparing for a career in your field of study. Gain internship acknowledgment through CIS 361.

Students who began at JMU during the Fall 2020 semester or later, are required to complete the upper BBA core, the CIS major core, and a concentration.

  • CIS 221 – Principles of Programming*
    Note: Recommended prior to COB 300
  • COB 300A – Integrated Business: Management
  • COB 300B – Integrated Business: Finance
  • COB 300C – Integrated Business: Operations
  • COB 300D – Integrated Business: Marketing
  • COB 318 – Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
    Note: COB 318 must be taken before COB 487.
  • COB 487 – Strategic Management
  • CIS 301 – Cloud Server Management
  • CIS 304 – Enterprise Architecture
  • CIS 330 – Database Design and Application*
  • CIS 331 – Intermediate Computer Programming*
  • CIS 361 – CIS Internship (recommended, but not required)
  • CIS 454 – Systems Analysis and Design
  • Completion of a Concentration

*C or better required for CIS Majors

Beginning with the Fall 2020 semester*, Computer Information System majors must choose one of the following options to complete the required courses in the CIS major:

Option 1: Information Systems Concentration

This concentration prepares students to support the analysis, design, development and delivery of competitive computer-based solutions. 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 its competitors.

No application is required for admission to the Information Systems Concentration. Students can declare the concentration in MyMadison when declaring the CIS major.

Students in the Information Systems Concentration complete five CIS core courses and five courses required for the concentration.

Required Courses

  • CIS 301. Cloud Server Management
  • CIS 320. Computing and Telecommunications Networks
  • CIS 484. Information Systems Development and Implementation
  • CIS Electives

Option 2: Business Analytics Concentration:

This concentration prepares students to manage and assess big data, perform data analysis, perform quantitative modeling and utilize business intelligence applications. Data is the heart of any business and managers rely on proper data analysis for company success.

Admission to the BSAN program is limited and competitive. CIS majors interested in pursuing the BSAN concentration will have to submit an application for admission by October 1 in the pool with students applying for the BSAN minor**. One cohort of BSAN students will be admitted each fall to start the BSAN courses in the spring.Once accepted to the BSAN minor, students can declare the BSAN concentration in MyMadison.

Students in the BSAN Concentration complete the five CIS core courses and four courses required in the concentration.

Required Courses

  • BSAN 390 - Statistical Modeling for Business Analytics
  • BSAN 391 - Decision Modeling for Business Analytics
  • BSAN 393 - Data Mining for Business Analytics
  • CIS 463 - Business Intelligence

View the application and requirements for the BSAN Minor..

*Students who began prior to Fall 2020 who want to complete a concentration should contact the CIS academic advisor.

**Students pursuing the BSAN Concentration are NOT eligible for a BSAN minor.

Traditional Pathway

  • Freshman - First Semester: ECON 200/201, MATH 205/COB 191
  • Freshman - Second Semester: ECON 200/201, MATH 205/COB 191, COB 204
  • Sophomore - First Semester: COB 241, CIS 221
  • Sophomore - Second Semester: COB 242, COB 202, COB 291
  • Junior - First Semester: COB 300A, COB 300B, COB 300C, COB 300D, CIS 304
  • Junior - Second Semester: CIS 301, CIS 320, CIS 330, COB 318
  • Senior - First Semester: CIS 331, CIS 454, CIS Elective
  • Senior - Second Semester: CIS 484, CIS Elective, COB 487

Accelerated Pathway

  • Freshman - First Semester: ECON 200/201, MATH 205/COB 191, COB 204
  • Freshman - Second Semester: ECON 200/201, MATH 205/COB 191, COB 241
  • Sophomore - First Semester: COB 202, COB 291, COB 242, CIS 221
  • Sophomore - Second Semester: COB 300A, COB 300B, COB 300C, COB 300D, CIS 304
  • Junior - First Semester: CIS 301, CIS 320, CIS 330
  • Junior - Second Semester: CIS 331, CIS Elective, COB 318
  • Senior - First Semester: CIS 454, CIS Elective
  • Senior - Second Semester: CIS 484,  COB 487

Some students may be prepared to take COB 300 at the end of their sophomore year, particularly those with numerous AP and dual enrollment hours.

Academic Advisor:
Danielle Gallagher
(540) 568-3298
Advising and Support Center

BSAN Minor Advisor:
Dr. Susan Palocsay

CIS Minor Advisor:
Dr. Jeff May

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