Course Catalog

Computer Information Systems

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS), offered through Gardner-Webb’s Broyhill Undergraduate School of Management, provides a fully accredited baccalaureate degree for those wishing to pursue a career in management information systems. Computer information systems is one of the fastest growing areas of study, as well as one offering plentiful career opportunities. The program provides students with training in business knowledge, information technologies, and management skills to solve business problems and achieve strategic objectives in organizations. Graduates with a degree in Computer Information Systems can pursue a wide array of positions in systems development, Internet and network technologies, information management, and business consulting.


Goals and Objectives


  1. To prepare students to utilize current information technologies; business knowledge and management skills to achieve organizational goals;
  2. To incorporate global and ethical perspectives across the curriculum.
  3. To prepare students to be able to apply quantitative techniques; computer techniques, and other elements of critical thinking to managerial problem solving.



Prior to enrolling in the Computer Information Systems program, the applicant should have the following courses in his or her academic transcript:


  • 60-64 semester hours from a regionally accredited community college or four-year institution
  • English 101
  • Coursework in College Algebra or equivalent

Some courses required for admissions may be completed concurrently with course work by taking such courses offered in the curriculum. Such concurrent enrollment for courses required for admission must be completed within the first year of enrollment and may extend the time required to complete the degree program. The following may be completed by concurrent enrollment within the first year in the program:

Accounting Principles (2 courses equivalent to ACC 213 and 214)

Economic Principles (2 courses equivalent to ECO 203 and 204)

Business Law (1 course equivalent to BAD 300)

Business Statistics (1 course equivalent to BAD 304)

Programming Language (1 course)

Principles of Management (1 course equivalent to MGT 316)

Principles of Marketing (1 course equivalent to BAD 318)

English 102 (1 course)


Failure to register for a course required for admission will prohibit the student from registering for any subsequent semester until courses required for admission are complete.



As with all GOAL majors, approximately half of the Computer Information Systems track consists of our Core Curriculum of Liberal Arts (see Core Curriculum). A student must complete 33 hours in the Computer Information Systems major, 15 of which must be completed with the University. The specific classes required for the Computer Information Systems degree consist of the following:


  • BAD 305 Quantitative Methods
  • BAD 312 Financial Management
  • BAD 360 International Business
  • BAD 480 Business Policy
  • CIS 300 Management Information Systems
  • CIS 371 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CIS 433 Database Management
  • CIS 460 Data Communications and Networking
  • CIS 470 Strategic Information Management


Information Systems Emphasis, choose two courses from:


  • ACC 400 Accounting Information Systems
  • CIS 432 Information Systems Project Management
  • CIS 485 Topics in Management Information Systems


Information Technology Emphasis, choose two courses from


  • CIS 423 Survey of Programming Languages
  • CIS 471 Software Engineering
  • CIS 485 Topics in Management Information Systems


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