Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems – Entrepreneurship

According to the 2014 Census Bureau* almost 90% of companies in this country had fewer than 20 workers. Over the past three decades, these small businesses have increasingly accounted for new jobs domestically. Entrepreneurs in today’s economy have opportunities unimaginable to previous generations as the barriers to building one’s own small business have become almost nominal. Yet, according to the Small Business Administration, approximately one-third of small businesses fail within their first two years. Why is this? A primary reason is lack of training and knowledge of technology and business-related concepts.

The entrepreneurship track of computer information systems provides students with a robust breadth of knowledge of computer science and business principles. A student graduating with this degree will be well equipped to establish a small software company and will have the knowledge and skills to make this type of endeavor successful and sustainable. The required core principle business courses teach a common foundation of knowledge across primary fields of business: financing, accounting, management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Combined with the technical computer science skill set, this degree is perfect for students interested in any small business enterprise.

* http://sbecouncil.org/about-us/facts-and-data/

Possible Careers

  • Software Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Information Technology Consultant
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Consultant
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Systems Administrator

Included Coursework

Our computer information systems curriculum combines core courses from computer science and principles of business topics. Here are a few courses you can expect to take:

Information Systems Theory & Practice

This course provides an understanding of information systems by outlining key concepts for integrating technology into the business world. Students will study different computer and business systems, the design and implementation of scalable information systems, and the effect that information systems have on business and society.

Introduction to Programming I & II

Students are introduced to concepts in computer programming, including interface builders and problem-solving techniques in various programming environments. The course emphasizes the basics of software design and applications to mathematics and other disciplines.

Introduction to Relational Databases

Students learn the concepts and terminology of databases. Concepts are learned through hands-on exercises that utilize Microsoft Access database software.

Management and Organizational Behavior

The course explores organizations as social units and the phenomena of individual and group behavior in organizations. Topics include evolution of research in organizational principles and practices; personality, perception, and attitude formation; motivation; behavior; performance; structure; groups; planning and decision making; communication; power and conflict; leadership; stress; and international issue.

Curriculum

Computer Information Systems:

  • COSC A208: Information Systems Theory & Practice
  • COSC A211: Introduction to Programming I
  • COSC A212: Introduction to Programming II
  • COSC A270: Introduction to Relational Databases
  • Plus three Computer Science electives

Entrepreneurship Track:

  • BA B102: Business Foundations
  • ACCT B202: Principles of Accounting
  • MGT B245: Management and Organization Behavior
  • MKT B280: Basic Marketing
  • ENTR B300+: Entrepreneurship Elective

Practical Experience:

  • Practicum / Internship (approximately 120 hours)

Adjunct Mathematics Course:

  • MATH A257: Calculus I

Choose one from the following:

  • MATH A200: Linear Algebra
  • MATH A204: Discrete Math Structures
  • MATH A271: Applied Scientific Computing
  • PHIL A206: Introduction to Symbolic Logic