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Computer Information Systems - B.B.A.

The Computer Information Systems B.B.A. program combines cutting-edge coursework with hands-on experience to prepare you for a successful career in the field. With access to state-of-the-art facilities, experienced faculty and real-world opportunities, you'll develop the skills needed to thrive in a variety of tech roles. Join our program today and pave the way for a bright future in computer information systems. Read more...

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“Choosing the CIS major has shown me there is a way to combine business and technology while creating new connections with professors and students, gaining knowledge in multiple subject areas, and pursuing what I love.” -Emaly Hart, Computer Information Systems

 

Overview

  • Computer information systems majors focus on the creation and supervision of the information systems that are commonly used in organizations of all types and sizes.
  • This major emphasizes problem-solving involving cloud computing systems and infrastructure, creating intuitive systems, business modeling and agile design, data management and business intelligence, cloud systems integration and project management and business experience.
  • The IT/IS career events, held each semester, allow students to network with industry professionals and learn how their interests align with the field of IT.
  • Students gain valuable work experience with a required internship. Many companies use the internship as an extended job interview.

Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems provides students with a focus on the creation and supervision of the information systems that are commonly used in organizations of all types and sizes. There is a primary emphasis on problem-solving involving cloud computing systems and infrastructure, creating intuitive systems, business modeling and agile design, data management and business intelligence, cloud systems integration and project management and business experience.

Examples of information systems include airline reservation systems, mobile apps, bank automated teller systems, trading systems for stock exchanges, social media platforms and accounting/auditing systems.

Students can select electives to complement their knowledge base and interests such as in application design and development and other computing infrastructure that focus on the creation and maintenance of application used in smart phones and similar technologies and prepares students for careers as development engineers and system analysts. Students learn to use and manage cloud-based platforms to support and manage business processes and operations in organizations. Some material taught in courses correlate with the knowledge needed to pass professional certification exams.

Students participate in an internship, which involves a summer or a semester of paid professional experience in industry. Internship experience helps show the relevance of on-campus courses to professional work, helps students focus their career plans and often enables students to secure better jobs upon graduation.

Computer Information Systems students may apply early to the M.B.A. degree and double count 9 credit hours of graduate courses toward both degree programs. See the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program policy in the University Catalog for more information.

Accreditation 

AACSB, International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

First-Year Students on the Kent Campus: First-year admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon cumulative grade point average, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. Students not admissible to the Kent Campus may be administratively referred to one of the seven regional campuses to begin their college coursework. For more information, visit the admissions website for first-year students.

First-Year Students on the Regional Campuses: First-year admission to Kent State’s campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent. For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

Transfer Students: Students who have attended any other educational institution after graduating from high school must apply as undergraduate transfer students. For more information, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Former Students: Former Kent State students or graduates who have not attended another college or university since Kent State may complete the reenrollment or reinstatement form on the University Registrar’s website.

Admission policies for undergraduate students may be found in the University Catalog.

Some programs may require that students meet certain requirements before progressing through the program. For programs with progression requirements, the information is shown on the Coursework tab.

Transfer Student: A minimum 2.500 overall GPA (effective spring 2023, a minimum 2.250 overall GPA) is required for admission into the major. Students who have previously attended Kent State who completed (or the equivalent of) COMM 15000, ENG 21011 and/or MATH 11010 must have earned a minimum C grade in the courses, and a minimum C+ grade in both CIS 24053 and CIS 24165.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Perform as an effective member on project teams.
  2. Navigate the cloud and cloudbased platforms.
  3. Select, install and operate systems, databases and applications using cloud infrastructure.
  4. Design, code and distribute intuitive cloudbased apps.
  5. Conceptualize and deploy data management and analytics systems to support business requirements.

Students earning a B.B.A. degree in Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship are expected to have developed skills in the following critical areas of business:

  1. Core Business Knowledge - Recall the strategic frameworks that are used to make business decisions.
  2. Analytical Skills - Use analytical methodologies and critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve business problems. 
  3. Digital Technology – Demonstrate the technological skills necessary to analyze business problems and develop solutions.
  4. Written Communication - Write effective business communications.
  5. Oral Communication - Make effective business presentations, using appropriate technologies.
  6. Teamwork – Collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose.
  7. Business Ethics – Recognize ethical business dilemmas and use ethical decision making to resolve the dilemma.
  8. Global - Analyze the key global factors when making business decisions.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
CIS 24165CLOUD SYSTEMS COMPUTING (min C+ grade)3
CIS 24167CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE AND APPLICATIONS (min C grade)3
CIS 34034BUSINESS MODELING AND AGILE DESIGN (min C grade)3
CIS 34167CREATING INTUITIVE SYSTEMS (min C grade)3
CIS 44007PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TEAM DYNAMICS (min C grade)3
CIS 44040PROGRAMMING FOR THE CLOUD (min C grade)3
CIS 44043DATA MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE I (min C grade)3
CIS 44048CLOUD SYSTEMS INTEGRATION (ELR) (WIC) (min C grade) 13
CIS 44292BUSINESS EXPERIENCE AND INTERNSHIP (ELR) (min C grade) 23
Major Elective, choose from the following: (min C grade)3
CIS 34036
ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS AND BUSINESS PROCESSES
CIS 34191
TECHNOLOGY BOOTCAMP
CIS 44140
APPLICATION DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
CIS 44243
DATA MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE II
CIS 44295
SPECIAL TOPICS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS
CIS 44293
WORKSHOP IN PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS CERTIFICATION
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ACCT 23020INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ACCT 23021INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 3
BA 24056BUSINESS ANALYTICS I 53
BA 34060OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3
BA 34156BUSINESS ANALYTICS II 3
CIS 24053INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (min C+ grade)3
BUS 10123EXPLORING BUSINESS 33
BUS 30062ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) (min C grade)3
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ECON 22061PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
FIN 26074LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 3
FIN 36053BUSINESS FINANCE 3
MATH 11010ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) (min C grade)3
MATH 11012INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR) 43-5
or MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
MGMT 24163PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
MGMT 44285INTEGRATED BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY 3
MKTG 25010PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
UC 10162INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1
Kent Core Composition 66
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credits hour, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 710
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Substitutions will be considered by the chair of the Department of Management and Information Systems on a case-by-case basis.

3

A student changing to a program in the college, transferring or a incoming student with college credit plus credits, may be waived out of BUS 10123 if:

  • 30 or more credit hours have been earned and any two classes (from ACCT 23020, ACCT 23021, FIN 26074, MGMT 24163, MKTG 25010 or CIS 24053) have successfully been completed.
  • 60 or more credit hours have been earned and the student has completed one course (from ACCT 23020, ACCT 23021, FIN 26074, MGMT 24163 , MKTG 25010 or CIS 24053)
  • At the discretion of the dean's Oofice, the student has sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge in a business field (as demonstrated by a CLEP exam or Credit by Exam) but does not meet the requirements listed above.
4

Students can take MATH 10051 or PHIL 21002 in place of MATH 11012 or MATH 12002. Taking MATH 10051 or PHIL 21002 will not replace a low grade in either MATH 11012 or MATH 12002. Students are required to take MATH 11012 or MATH 12002 if they change their major to, or want to double major in, Economics or Finance and/or intend to declare a minor in Data Analytics. Students who intend to enroll in certain graduate programs and/or are working toward Phi Beta Kappa status are highly encouraged to take MATH 11012 or MATH 12002.

5

Students who have taken MATH 10041 for another program may use it as a substitute for BA 24056.

6

Minimum C grade is required in ENG 21011 or HONR 20197.

7

An education abroad experience is encouraged as a general elective. A maximum of 4 credit hours of Physical Activity, Wellness and Sport (PWS) courses may be applied toward the degree program.

Progression Requirements

  • Minimum 2.250 overall GPA
  • Minimum C grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011 (or HONR 20197) and MATH 11010 (or placement out of MATH 11010)
  • Minimum C+ grade in both CIS 24053 and CIS 24165
  • Minimum C grade in major requirements

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.250
  • Students must complete at least 50 percent of business credit hours (required for the business degree) in-residence on a Kent State University campus.
  • Students must complete two measures of outcomes assessment as specified by the college for complete satisfaction of the B.B.A. degree.
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
BUS 10123 EXPLORING BUSINESS 3
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
MATH 11012
or MATH 12002
INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR)
or ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
3-5
CIS 24053 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
UC 10162 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ACCT 23020 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
CIS 24165 CLOUD SYSTEMS COMPUTING 3
ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
FIN 26074 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
Required for progression in the major: Minimum 2.250 overall GPA, minimum C grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011, MATH 11010; and a minimum C+ in both CIS 24053 and CIS 24165.  
ACCT 23021 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 3
BUS 30062 ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3
CIS 24167 CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE AND APPLICATIONS 3
CIS 34167 CREATING INTUITIVE SYSTEMS 3
MGMT 24163 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Required: minimum 2.250 overall GPA  
BA 24056 BUSINESS ANALYTICS I 3
CIS 34034 BUSINESS MODELING AND AGILE DESIGN 3
!CIS 44040 PROGRAMMING FOR THE CLOUD 3
MKTG 25010 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Required: minimum 2.250 overall GPA  
BA 34060 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3
CIS 44007 PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TEAM DYNAMICS 3
!CIS 44043 DATA MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE I 3
FIN 36053 BUSINESS FINANCE 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Required: minimum overall 2.250 GPA  
CIS 44048 CLOUD SYSTEMS INTEGRATION (ELR) (WIC) 3
BA 34156 BUSINESS ANALYTICS II 3
!Major Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Required: minimum overall 2.250 GPA and completion of The Assurance of Learning Assessment given in MGMT 44285  
CIS 44292 BUSINESS EXPERIENCE AND INTERNSHIP (ELR) 3
MGMT 44285 INTEGRATED BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Computer network support specialists

6.4%

faster than the average

195,100

number of jobs

$65,450

potential earnings

Computer systems analysts

7.4%

faster than the average

632,400

number of jobs

$93,730

potential earnings

Database administrators and architects

9.7%

much faster than the average

132,500

number of jobs

$98,860

potential earnings

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

21.5%

much faster than the average

1,469,200

number of jobs

$110,140

potential earnings

Computer occupations, all other

5.7%

faster than the average

431,100

number of jobs

$92,870

potential earnings

Notice:

* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
$37,000-$64,000
Average Annual Starting Salary*
$17/Hour
Average Internship Wage

*Information based on the class of 2021. Salary range represents 25th-75th percentile.

Where can I get a job?

American Greetings Corporation, LLC • Cleveland Clinic • Eaton • EY (Ernst & Young LLP) • FirstEnergy Corp • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company • Hyland Software Inc. • JP Morgan Chase  • National Interstate Insurance Company • Parker (Parker Hannifin Corporation) • PayPal Holdings, Inc • Progressive Insurance Company • The Sherwin-Williams Company • The J.M. Smucker Company • The Timken Company • and more!