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Curriculum Innovation: Consulting; Architecture, Networking, Security; Business Intelligence; Application Development

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.

Take a look at our downloadable PDF graphic about the program.

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


Major Coursework and Upper B.B.A. Core | Minors | Required ConcentrationPathway Option | Academic Advisors | Minor Advisors


Major Coursework and upper B.B.A. Core
  • 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 320 – Computing Telecommunications Networks 
  • CIS 330 – Database Design and Application* 
  • CIS 331 – Intermediate Computer Programming* 
  • CIS 361 – CIS Internship (recommended) 
  • CIS 454 – Systems Analysis and Design 
  • CIS 484 – IS Development and Implementation
  • Two CIS Electives

*C or better required for CIS Majors

Required Concentration

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 (1 credit hour)
  • CIS 320. Computing and Telecommunications Networks (3 credit hours)
  • CIS 484. Information Systems Development and Implementation (3 credit hours)
  • CIS Electives (6 Credit Hours) 

Total: 13 Credit Hours

See catalog for course descriptions.


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 (3 credit hours)
  • BSAN 391 - Decision Modeling for Business Analytics (3 credit hours)
  • BSAN 393 - Data Mining for Business Analytics (3 credit hours)
  • CIS 463 - Business Intelligence (3 credit hours)

Total: 12 Credit Hours

See catalog for course descriptions.

View the application and requirements for the BSAN Minor.

Minors
Business Analytics

Business Analytics is a technical approach to analyzing problems and making business-related decisions. It uses statistical methods, machine learning, management science techniques and mathematical modeling to forecast the implications of various choices and identify the best alternatives. The minor in business analytics prepares students to solve complex decision problems in a business environment with a combination of quantitative skills and hands-on expertise using current software applications. 

Admission to the BSAN minor is limited and based on a student’s performance in four competency areas: calculus, economics, management science and statistics. Students seeking to add the BSAN minor must submit an application by October 1st and will be admitted as a cohort each fall to start the BSAN program in the spring. A student must be able to take the 300-level BSAN courses on a schedule of one per semester in a three-consecutive semester period, starting in the spring. 

Required Courses (after acceptance): BSAN 390 - Statistical Modeling for Business Analytics BSAN 391 - Decision Modeling for Business Analytics CIS/BSAN 393 - Data Mining for Business Analytics 

Electives (choose one of the following): CIS 463 - Business Intelligence CS/ISAT 344 - Intelligent Systems ECON 385 - Econometrics FIN 475 - Financial Modeling and Risk Analysis MATH 322 - Applied Linear Regression MKTG 482 - Marketing Analytics

See catalog for course descriptions.

View the application and requirements for the BSAN Minor.

Computer Information Systems

A minor in Computer Information Systems (CIS) will combine knowledge in the analysis and design of information systems with the understanding gained in a primary major. CIS is about computing in context. The context is business, and in particular the CIS pedagogical thrust 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 with a rigorous understanding of the business world. The minor is primarily structured to provide students in various disciplines with the opportunity to study business-oriented information systems. 

Admission to the CIS minor is based on a student’s performance in seven competency areas: information systems, computer programming, calculus, statistics, critical thinking, writing and a quantitative-oriented business discipline. 

Required Courses (after acceptance): CIS 304 - Enterprise Architecture CIS 330 - Database Design and Application CIS 454 - Systems Analysis and Design 

Electives (choose one of the following): CIS 320 - Computing Telecommunications Networks CIS 331 - Intermediate Programming CIS 366 - Web Development CIS 424 - Computer Security Management CIS 434 - Information Technology Consulting CIS 463 - Business Intelligence CIS 464 - IS Project Management

See catalog for course descriptions.

View the application and requirements for the CIS Minor.

Pathway Option
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. 

Catalog Course descriptions

Academic Advisors

Danielle Gallagher 
(540) 568-3298 
gallagda@jmu.edu  

Minor Advisors

BSAN Minor
Dr. Susan Palocsay

CIS Minor
Dr. Jeff May (mayjl@jmu.edu)


CoB Academic Success Center (cobminors@jmu.edu)

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