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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems, B.B.A.

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In today’s highly competitive global environment, the effective deployment of information technology has become the key to organizational success. There is a continuing shortage of individuals with the combination of business and technology skills needed to develop and manage information systems that provide competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The mission of the CIS major in the B.B.A. program is to produce graduates able to fill this need. Students will learn how to combine their general business knowledge with the latest software engineering tools and techniques to create information systems needed by today’s organizations. Graduates will be prepared for careers in a variety of areas such as consulting, systems development, business process analysis, cybersecurity, IT project management, database administration, process architecture, and programming.

The Department of Computer Information Systems cooperates with the Department of Health Administration to offer a specialization in Health Informatics of the CIS major. The purpose of this specialization is to produce graduates that know how to effectively deploy information technology to innovate medical services and administrative processes within the healthcare industry. For more information, see Health Informatics below. The Department of Computer Information Systems cooperates with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in offering a concentration in computer information systems associated with the degree Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics. This program is described under the offerings of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the “College of Arts and Sciences” chapter of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

Required Major Courses

All undergraduate CIS majors must complete

CIS Majors

CIS majors will count CIS 3260 toward their junior/senior business electives. Majors must take three additional CIS courses that comprise a Concentration within the B.B.A major in Computer Information Systems. CIS majors who complete the Cooperative Education program can opt out of taking CIS 4970 or CIS 4980 and take any 3000-4000 level CIS course in its place. The requirement for CIS 3260 may be met with no credit hours awarded upon successful completion of approved online courses and exams in programming as directed by the CIS chair. CIS majors who exercise this CIS 3265 exam option must take an additional CIS course (for a total of four CIS courses beyond the other three required CIS courses) to complete the 24 credit hour requirement at the 3000 and 4000 level.

Required Sets of Electives

The CIS Department requires that students develop particular expertise in at least one Information Systems field by completeing at least one of the concentrations shown below.

Additional information about individual courses appears at

Other Requirements

(1) Students may take CIS 4970  or CIS 4980  only after completion of all required 3000-level business core and CIS courses. In addition, CIS 4980  may only be taken after completion of 15 credit hours of CIS courses beyond CIS 2010 . (2) Transfer credit toward the CIS major courses may not be more than five years old at the time the student enrolls. Students who re-enroll after an absence of more than two years may retain major credit only for course work that is less than five years old at the time of reenrollment; this includes Georgia State credit and transfer credit. (3) CIS students may use additional CIS courses to count toward the required junior/senior electives for the degree. CIS 3260  will count toward the required junior/senior business or non-business elective hours.

Field Study in CIS Program

The CIS department encourages students to gain real-world CIS experience (e.g. via internships or full or part-time jobs) for undergraduate CIS majors. For the overall internship process including identifying and getting approval for field study credit, please visit

Health Informatics

The healthcare sector plays an increasingly important role in the US society and there is growing pressure to implement innovations that make it possible to deliver health services of higher quality and at lower costs. Healthcare institutions and processes are information intensive in nature and the use of information technology (IT) to enable innovations continues to be a major focus in the industry. To graduate with a specialization in Health Informatics, students are required to complement a CIS major with the following RCB electives in Health Administration (9 hours): The Health Care System (HA 3900); Health Policy in the U.S. (HA 3910); Health Information Systems (HA 3970).