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Estimated Completion

120 Credit Hours (4 years)

Application Process

Cost

Locations Available

1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.

College

Computer Information Systems Bachelor's Degree Program

Designed for students interested in management of information systems and technology, our CIS BBA degree offers a challenging program of study with a business focus and global perspective. Through a combination of computer information systems and business courses, you’ll learn cutting-edge programming and networking techniques, as well as how to apply knowledge and theory, to solve problems in information technology and enhance businesses.

One of the first programs in the country to offer online courses in information technology and computer information systems, we have a long-standing tradition of excellence and hold our students and faculty to the highest standards.

If you’re interested in focusing on the application of technology rather than the management of information systems, learn more about our Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Information Systems.

What is Computer Information Systems?

Computer information systems is often used interchangeably with management information systems and information technology. A CIS or MIS degree program not only teaches you skills you need for a career with technology but also how to apply those skills in a business setting. As a CIS or IT professional, you will manage computer-related activities in an organization by establishing information technology goals and implementing computer systems to meet those goals. The need for computer information systems managers will increase as businesses continue to move to digital platforms.

At Tarleton, our BBA in Computer Information Systems is housed in the College of Business, which adds context to our coursework and research. We are a technical program, but we emphasize developing solutions for real-world problems that organizations might face for a greater business focus than the traditional computer science or IT degree.

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems?

The specialized discipline of computer information systems offers diverse career opportunities in any business or technology-related field, especially management information systems and information technology. In the growing and flourishing IT job market, you could use your skills in building and designing software solutions to work for business, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in roles such as:

  • Database Administrator
  • Computer Support Specialist or Help Desk Technician
  • Network Analyst or Systems Engineer
  • Application Analyst or Architect
  • Computer Programmer or IT Specialist
  • Operational Risk Manager
  • Website Manager or Web Developer
  • Bank Network or Cost Control Analyst
  • School Technology Director
  • Information Systems Planning Manager

For additional knowledge, skills and training, you may be interested in graduate school programs, such as Tarleton’s MS in Information Systems degree.

How Much Do Computer Information Systems Graduates Make?

The average starting salary for Tarleton computer information systems majors with a BBA is over $50,000 per year.

Why Major in Computer Information Systems?

We offer hands-on learning and practice using technology to solve business problems through coursework, internships, study abroad, service learning, research and more.

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Earn course credit while gaining real-world experience

Internships provide relevant, in-depth work experience for quality learning beyond the classroom. Internships may be paid or unpaid and may lead to full-time jobs and careers in technology after graduation. Course credit may be earned for qualifying internships. Students have completed internships with Tarleton Information Technology Services, Lockheed-Martin, NASA, AT&T, TechnipFMC, Texas Health Resources, Ben E. Keith, Baylor Scott & White Health and many more.

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Get involved with undergraduate research

We take CIS majors to regional and national competitions with other universities, technology professional meetings and regional academic conferences for a variety of applied learning experiences. We also work with undergraduate students on research projects that often lead to journal publication and student presentations at Tarleton, PATHWAYS (a Texas A&M University System research conference), regional conferences and practitioner meetings.

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Work directly with experienced faculty

We stay current in a constantly changing field of computer information systems and information technology and share our practical work experience in the classroom. With diverse interests and a passion for teaching, we offer high-quality instruction face to face, as well as online, and work individually with students on research projects. Past student projects have focused on different aspects of information technology security, refinement of the systems development lifecycle and the application of agile methods to applied projects.

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Get help paying for college with scholarships and financial aid

Find out how to apply for program scholarships for CIS majors, as well as private, college and university scholarships. Undergraduate students earning a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems are also eligible for free software such as Microsoft Imagine, Visio, Visual Studio, .NET applications, Windows operating systems and Oracle.

What Classes Will You Take as a Computer Information Systems Major?

Start classes with a solid foundation in business, then advance to specialized courses in technology. Through the program course work, you’ll analyze existing computer programs and discover ways to enhance them. Explore topics in systems analysis, web development and design, C# programming, data communications, network and security, database theory and practice, management information systems and more.

The curriculum is designed for more than just course content, though. You’ll have meaningful, relevant discussions that will help you prepare for careers with technology.

View all required classes for the computer information systems bachelor’s degree.

Accreditations

"I had the opportunity to learn about Photoshop, learn about JavaScript, and HTML. That actually helped me, because after I graduated, I was accepted as a course developer. Now I can design courses and assist professors with making their courses engaging."

Tarleton CIS Major, Sangeeta Jina

How Do You Get Started on Your Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems?

Take the next step toward earning your bachelor's degree in computer information systems. We have the resources to help you get started.

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Student Activities

Join student clubs and professional organizations for educational and social activities, including competitions, service leadership, career development, networking and fundraising. For example, CIS majors can join the Association of Information Technology Professionals, the Fort Worth Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association and the Dallas Hackers Association.

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Business Degree Benefits

By extension, the accredited College of Business offers CIS majors meaningful engagement with the business community, an entrepreneurial mindset to develop innovative and creative decisionmakers, global perspective in better understanding the interconnected business environment, educational programming such as Executives in Residence and job fairs.

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STEM Designation

Our BBA degree in Computer Information Systems is designated a STEM program as defined by the Department of Homeland Security. For international students with F-1 visas, this means you can remain in the United States after graduation for an additional 24 months under the optional practical training STEM extension.

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