Business Administration - Computer Information Systems Option, B.S.


Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Business Administration Major - Computer Information Systems Option

All students in the Craig School of Business who are working toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration must satisfy (a) the university's General Education requirements; (b) pre-business requirements, which include demonstration of computer competency, a seven-course group of pre-business courses, and both a cumulative and campus GPA of at least 2.25 to declare an option; (c) upper-division core requirements of six upper-division courses, (d) option requirements of 23-25 units in an area of specialization; (e) the upper-division writing skills requirement; (f) an integrative course requirement; and (g) complete at least 50 percent of the required business units in the Craig School of Business.

Computer literacy and computer software competency are considered essential to success in the program, which is heavily oriented in the use of technology. The pre-business courses include material considered essential for further study in business. The upper-division core courses provide a broad background and a breadth of knowledge and understanding. The option courses enable the student to specialize in a specific area of business and to prepare for effective performance in future employment.

1. Major requirements (73 units)

Demonstration of computer competency
Complete IS 52 and 52L or equivalent courses with a grade of "C" or better or achieve a passing score on the CSB computer competency waiver examination.

Pre-Business requirements (22 units)*
ACCT 4A, ACCT 4B, BA 18, DS 71, DS 73, ECON 40 or AGBS 1, ECON 50

Upper-division core requirements (24 units)
DS 123, FIN 120, IS 130, MGT 110, MGT 124, MKTG 100S

Computer Information Systems Option requirements (24 units)
IS 51, IS 106,IS 158*, IS 166*, IS 181 (15 units)

Select 9 units from the following courses: IS 141, IS 153, IS 156T, IS 160, IS 182, IS 183, IS 186, IS 189T, IS 190, IS 195i; any approved upper-division IS courses (9 units)

Integrative course requirement (3 units)
IS 187*

Grade Requirement
A grade of C or better must be earned for each course used to satisfy the requirements for the major.

2. General Education requirements (48 units) 
These courses will satisfy the following: DS 71 for GE Area B4; ECON 50 for GE Area D2. Note: Business Administration majors are exempt from the third GE area C1/C2 requirement.

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Business majors take BA 105W, Business Communication, to fulfill the Upper-Division Writing requirement and MKTG 100S will fulfill the MI Requirement. 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total (120 units)**

* This is a three-semester sequence of classes that cannot be taken concurrently or out of order.

** G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.


The Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences is the home of leading experts who have decades of combined professional experience and research in Information Systems and Decision Sciences. The faculty of the Department have extensive expertise in systems analysis and design, project management, programming, statistics, analytics, operations management, computer networks, cyber-security, artificial intelligence, and database systems. The award-winning faculty members come from all over the world, each with a doctorate or a graduate degree from a major university. Collectively they bring experience in corporations in a wide variety of industries, as consultants, and in the public sector.

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B.S, in Business Administration - Computer Information Systems

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The Computer Information Systems Option, offered by the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences, provides students with the knowledge, skills, and modern tools in Information Technology. Students will learn about the strategic role of Information Systems in business decision-making. They will also learn how to design systems to solve management problems in all functional areas of business and will help digitally transform organizations. If you like to work with information technology, but also like to apply this technology to practical problems and work with other functional areas of business – marketing, finance, and accounting – a program in information systems may be for you.

The curriculum includes courses in systems analysis and design, network administration, database systems, geographic information systems, Web and mobile app design, computer programming, data analytics, and cyber-security.

Job titles fall into three categories: application development, technical development, and systems support.

What You Can Earn

The information systems job market is red hot! Salaries for IS graduates are higher than typical business majors for both Bachelor's and most Master's degrees. 

IS Bachelor’s salaries are 25% higher than the average offer to all business school Bachelor's graduates [Quoted from IS Job Index,]

  • Python Machine Learning Developer $125K
  • Software Developer $97K
  • Software engineer $108K
  • Business System analyst $87K
  • IT project Manager $104K
  • IT auditor $80K
  • Information Security Analyst $99K
  • Cybersecurity Analyst $81K
  • Software application developer $100K
  • IT consultant $105K

Source: retrieved on Feb 10th 2022

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Web and Mobile App Design
  • Artificial Intelligence in Business
  • Cyber-Security
  • Machine Learning with Python programming
  • Topics in Emerging Information Technologies
  • System Analysis and Design
  • Database SQL programming
  • Network Control and Management

What You Can Learn

  • Theory and Practice of Computer Information Systems
  • Database theory and administration
  • Mobile Application Design and Cloud Computing
  • Cyber-security and digital privacy
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Python Programming
  • Computer vision using deep learning technique
  • Reinforcement Learning with Python programming
  • Deep Reinforcement Learning with Python programming
  • System analysis and design

About the School

The Craig School of Business is proud to be recognized as one of the best business schools in the state. The school provides active, engaged learning experiences to empower future business leaders. State of the art computer labs are open, with staff available to answer technical questions, and all student areas within the Peters Business Building have wireless Internet access.

School Contact Information

The Craig School of Business
5245 N. Backer Ave., M/S PB-7
Fresno CA 93740-8001
Phone: (559) 278-2482

Department Contact Information

Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences
5245 N. Backer
Peters Business Building, Room 287
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: (559) 278-2823