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Computer Information Systems CIS

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Business

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
BUSINESS CORE (30 credits required):
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting 1 3
ACCT 202 Principles of Accounting 2 3
STQM 260 Introduction to Statistics 3
BLAW 321 Contracts and Sales 3
FINC 322 Financial Management 1 3
ISYS 321 Business Information Systems 3
MKTG 321 Principles of Marketing 3
MGMT 301 Applied Management 3
MGMT 370 Quality-Operations Mgmt 3
BUSN 499 Integrating Experience 3
MAJOR (36 credits required)
ISYS 110 Fund of Computer Info Systems 3
ISYS 200 Database Design-Implementation 3
ISYS 216 Intro to Java Programming 3
ISYS 288 Web Application Development 3
ISYS 316 Advanced Java Programming 3
ISYS 325 Networking Essentials 3
ISYS 330 Systems Analysis and Design 1 3
ISYS 371 Adv Database Design-Implement 3
ISYS 431 Systems Analysis and Design 2 3
PROJ 320 Proj Management Fundamentals 3
ISYS 470 Database Administration 3
ISYS 489 Web-Based Sys Develop-Implem 3
ISYS 491 CIS Internship 3
*ELECTIVES: Directed 12
NOTE: Suggested directed electives include tracks for: Network Administration, Programmer Analyst and Cisco's CCNA certification. Students can also use directed electives to earn certificates for: Data Mining, E-Commerce Marketing, Homeland Security-CJ, International Business, (CISCO) CCCNA or Project Management. Directed electives can be customized with a faculty advisor to meet student's desired career choices.
* It is also strongly recommended that students obtain advisor approval prior to selecting their electives.
University General Education
Communication Competence
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
ENGL 150 English 1 3
ENGL 250 English 2 3
ENGL 325 Advanced Business Writing 3
Scientific Understanding
Lab Science Elective 4
Science Elective 3
Quantitative Skills
MATH 115 Intermediate Algebra 3
* (If MATH ACT is 24 or higher, substitute a general education elective)
Cultural Enrichment
PHIL 216 Introduction to Ethics 3
Cultural Enrichment Electives 6
Social Awareness
ECON 221 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 222 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Social Awareness Elective 3
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Additional General Education
COMM 336 Tech and Prof Presentation 3
STQM 360 Risk Analysis and Strategy 3
General Education Elective 6
Minimum credit hours required for B.S. degree: 126
CIS students must be able to demonstrate competency in ISYS 105 topics or take ISYS 105.
Students are expected to participate in a professional organization for at least two years - AITP is highly recommended.

Why Choose Computer Information Systems?

The Bachelor of Science degree offered through the College of Business at Ferris, prepares students to be team leaders in the development and maintenance of Business Information Systems. Starting positions include: application programmer/analyst, business analyst, systems analyst, networking administrators, consultants, software developers, computer support specialist, systems administrators, project leaders and web developers.

To assure relevance and enduring value, our Computer Information Systems (CIS) program has been designed to align with the national standard (IS2002) established by computing professionals. In addition, we have drawn upon our tight linkages with industry to assure that our labs and our required internships provide the level of hands-on experience that ensures our students are sought after by employers, who recognize Ferris as a source of skilled, knowledgeable IS/IT graduates who can hit the ground running, and grow from there.

Computers and Information Systems have become essential to all aspects of business and life. Professionals are needed to relate the problem-solving abilities of a computer system to an individual business department, corporation, or multi-national enterprise.

This program has close relationships with the IT industry through a program advisory board, and offers internships as a practical hands-on experience. The hands-on approach in the bachelor degree gives graduates a real-world look at their professional field.

This program is also offered at other Ferris State sites such as Dowagiac.

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some of the fastest growth jobs for 2008-2018 are in computer and computing-related positions. The BLS also predicts that professional and service occupations will increase the fastest, and will account for over 50 percent of the total job growth during the decade.

Furthermore, many sources predict a shortage of much needed Information Systems professionals despite rumors and actual off-shore outsourcing of programming positions over the next several years. New Information Systems positions are needed to reflect this changing landscape and to be current with technologies.

Starting positions include: application programmer/analyst, business analyst, systems analyst, networking administrators, consultants, software developers, computer support specialist, systems administrators, project leaders and web developers.


The CIS program provides maximum flexibility for students, and easily changes with the market place. The curriculum core is aligned to a national standard (IS 2002) which was produced by the ACM, AITP, and AIS professional societies. This core was created from skills and attributes listed in thousands of job advertisements for Information Systems positions.

The CIS curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of core business functions, competency in computer programming, knowledge of information technology infrastructure, and a sound foundation in web-based systems analysis and design. Furthermore, this curriculum provides the necessary related business skills for immediate employment in Information Systems and for advancement to management positions.

Admission Requirements

New Students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher.

Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGLISH 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and HS Algebra with 2.0.

Exceptions for New and Transfer Students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 High School GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math or Reading (2.00 Overall GPA for Transfer Students) can be considered for conditional admission in a College of Business Pre-Program. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.

Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.

More Information:
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.

Graduation Requirements

The Computer Information Systems program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

Accountancy, Finance & Info Systems
119 South Street BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: (231) 591-2434
Email: AFIS@ferris.edu

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.

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