2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Computer Information Systems

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Business

Program Requirements

Computer Information Systems, BS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses, General Education Courses, and Business Track Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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 that 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 requires 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.

Career Opportunities

The need for computing professionals and executives in the country is growing as companies become more global.  Almost every major challenge facing our world is turning to computing for a solution, from conquering disease to eliminating hunger, from improving education to protecting the environment. 

According to the United States Department of Labor, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.  These occupations are expected to add about 488,500 new jobs, from about 3.9 million jobs to about 4.4 million jobs from 2014 to 2024.  In part, the growth is due to a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data.  More everyday items are becoming connected to the Internet in what is commonly referred to as the “Internet of things”, and the continued demand for mobile computing.

The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $81,430 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage of $36,200 for all occupations.

More precisely, the US-BLS predicts that each year between now and 2024, there will be nearly 20,000 new software development jobs, nearly 12,000 new systems analysts jobs, over 8,000 new computing support jobs, and over 4,000 network/system administration jobs.  No other STEM area is expected to generate even 4,000 New Jobs per year.

Do you enjoy finding better ways to get things done using computers?  Are you interested in understanding how information systems can improve business processes and make organizations work better?  Information Systems (IS) professionals analyze, design, implement, and manage innovative technology-based solutions.  They help modern enterprises in virtually any industry create value using information technology. 

IS professionals integrate their computing and business skills to radically improve the ways in which all organizations collect, manage, and use data to achieve their goals.  They also facilitate communication between technical and business specialists in order to identify optimal IT solutions.


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.

More Information

Accountancy, Finance & Info Systems
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2028.

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Computer Information Systems - 126 Credits

Business Core - 30 Credits
Princ. of Financial Accounting
Princ of Managerial Accounting
Introduction to Statistics
Applied Management
Contracts and Sales
Principles of Marketing
Financial Management 1
Business Information Systems
Quality-Operations Mgmt
Integrating Experience
CIS Major - 39 Credits
Fund of Prog Design and Logic
Intro to Java Programming
Mobile Application Development
Fundamentals of Database Sys
Web Application Development
Advanced Java Programming
Operating Sys & Network Essent
Adv Database Systems Admin
Systems Analysis and Design 2
Enterprise Integration & BPD
Senior Capstone
CIS Internship
1 TO 6
Proj Management Fundamentals
Directed Electives - 12 Credits
1. It is strongly recommended that each student obtain advisor approval before selecting elective courses to avoid possible conflicts.
2. Example concentrations can include a mix of programming courses, network courses, transferred courses from another program or institution, another program's minor, or other related Ferris academic program courses that provide skills necessary for managing or supporting IT resources. See the CIS Electives Guidelines for recommendations.
3. Student is expected to participate in a professional organization for at least 2 years. Highly Recommend AITP.