Loyola’s online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems consists of 120 credit hours, which includes:

  • 48 hours of Major courses
  • 39 hours of Loyola Core courses
  • 33 hours of general elective courses

You can also download the degree program course listings (DPCL) for the CIS in Entrepreneurship or the CIS in Management Science to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format.

Major Courses (48 credits)

COSC A211: Introduction to Programming I (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to concepts and terminology in computer programming. Topics include interface builders and problem solving techniques in various programming environments. Emphasis is placed on the basics of software design and on elementary applications to Mathematics and other disciplines.
Prerequisite: MATH T122, MATH A115, or higher; or ALEKS score of 46-75 or higher

COSC A212: Introduction to Programming II (3 crs.)

This course is a continuation of COSC A211. Topics include object-oriented programming, software development, and data structures such as stacks, queues, trees, lists and the further exploration of the applications of programming to Mathematics and other disciplines.
Prerequisite: COSC A211

COSC A270: Introduction to Relational Databases (3 crs.)

This course introduces the concepts and terminology of databases. The concepts discussed during the lectures are illustrated by a number of hands-on exercises based on the Access 2000 database software.

COSC A208: Information Systems Theory & Practice (3 crs.)

This course provides an understanding of information systems and outlines the concepts of how IS can provide for competitive advantage. Different systems are presented. Design and implementation are discussed. Effect on business and society is studied.

Students choose one of three info systems courses: COSC A208, MGT B250, or ACCT B340.

MGT B250: Management Information Systems (3 crs.)

This course introduces the significant uses of information technology in the business world. The student will study steps necessary to design, implement, and operate a computer-based information system. More significantly, the student will study the complex issues involved in managing information technology, including the rapidly changing issues involving the telecommunications industry.
Prerequisites: BA B100

Students choose one of the three info systems courses: COSC A208, MGT B250, or ACCT B340.

ACCT B340: Accounting Information Systems (3 crs.)

This course emphasizes the problems of integrating automatic data processing and accounting information systems. Problems inherent in the development of systems and modeling are also covered.
Prerequisites: ACCT B305*; sophomore standing

Students choose one of the three info systems courses: COSC A208, MGT B250, or ACCT B340.

BA B100: Introduction to Business (3 crs.)

The course introduces the nature of business and its complexities in the context of the environment in which it operates. Subjects covered include ownership forms, organization, management, marketing, accounting, financial institutions, labor relations, basic word processing, email, spreadsheets, database, library resources, and small businesses.

ACCT B202: Principles of Financial Accounting (3 crs.)

This course is designed to introduce students to accounting in a way that demonstrates the importance of accounting to society and the relevance of accounting to their future careers. The objective of the course is for students to understand the essential financial components of businesses and to realize that accounting information is imperative in the decision-making process of investors, creditors, management, and others.
Prerequisites: BA B100, MATH A092 (if required), sophomore standing

ECON B100: Principles of Microeconomics (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to economic analysis: efficiency and equity; production and exchange; costs, supply, and demand; markets, organizations, and government; competition, cooperation, and coercion; and international trade.
Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MATH A115

MGT B245: Management & Organizational Behavior (3 crs.)

The course explores organizations as social units and the phenomena of individual and group behavior in organizations. Topics include the 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 issues.
Prerequisites: BA B100 & B101, sophomore standing

COSC A497: Practicum/Internship (3 crs.)

This experience is planned and arranged in conjunction with the student’s major advisor. Students gain practical computing experience on projects outside a regular classroom setting.

Entrepreneurship Track Courses (12 credits)

Online CIS students specialize their degree by taking major courses in one of two concentration tracks, Entrepreneurship or Management Science.

BA B101: Business Communications (3 crs.)

This course serves to improve the student’s ability to create successful communication products–both written and oral. Topics include the process for successful communication, team communication business writing, report writing using style guidelines, online communication, and presentation skills.
Prerequisites: BA B100, ENGL T122

LGST B205: Legal Environment of Business (3 crs.)

This course is an introductory course covering the nature and operation of the U.S. legal system, constitutional law affecting commerce, employment discrimination law, and environmental protection law.
Prerequisites: BA B100, sophomore standing

MKT B280: Principles of Marketing (3 crs.)

This course assists students in understanding the role of marketing from a managerial perspective. It examines how product, pricing, promotion, and distribution decisions are made to satisfy the needs of specific target markets. The impacts of political-legal, competitive, socio-cultural, technological, and economic environments on marketing are also studied.
Prerequisite: ECON B100, sophomore standing

ENTR B300: Entrepreneurship (3 crs.)

This course sheds light on the entrepreneurial process, from opportunity recognition to the funding and growth of a new venture. By engaging with case studies and each other, students learn how successful ventures have been created as well as how to create a novel venture from scratch. Importantly, the central aim of this course is not the creation of a successful business per se, but to provide a comprehensive toolkit for prospective founders so that their decision to engage in entrepreneurship is as well thought-out and fruitful as possible.
Prerequisites: MGT B245, MKT B280, junior standing

Management Science Track Courses (12 credits)

Online CIS students specialize their degree by taking major courses in one of two concentration tracks, Entrepreneurship or Management Science.

MGT B325: Production & Operations Management (3 crs.)

This course deals with the decision making involved in selecting, designing, operating, and controlling the activities of the operations system for continuous improvement. Topics include total quality management, forecasting, product design and process selection, capacity planning and location, facility layout, project planning and control, production planning, and just-in-time production and inventory management.
Prerequisites: DECS B205, junior standing

MGT B375: Contemporary Managerial Decision Making (3 crs.)

This course prepares students to be effective decision-makers by providing diagnostic and analytical tools and skills for informing effective decisions. A course project requires students to use (1) diagnostic skills to formulate problems, (2) decision-modeling skills to frame and manage results and risk, (3) data collection skills to obtain appropriate information, (4) data analysis skills to draw conclusions, (5) oral and written communication skills to explain why/how the problem can be solved, and (6) managerial skills such as planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to show how the solution can be deployed.
Prerequisites: MGT B325, junior standing; Cross-listings: DECS B375

DECS B205: Business Statistics (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to the statistics used in business. Topics covered are sources and collection of business data, describing data, probability concepts, the use of confidence limits to estimate the mean or the proportion, the use of hypothesis tests, analysis of variance, and simple correlation and linear regression to discover how two variables are related to each other. The use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software is an integral part of this hands-on course.
Prerequisites: MATH A115, MGT B250, sophomore standing

Students choose one of two statistics courses: DECS B205 or MATH A260.

MATH A260: Statistical Inference for Scientists (3 crs.)

This is a course in statistical methods for science students. Emphasis centers on the practical application of statistical inference and estimation in the quest for scientific knowledge. Topics include exploratory data analysis, techniques for data collection, summarization, and presentation, graphical techniques and numerical measures, the role of the Normal distribution, regression and correlation analysis, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and distribution-free methods.
Prerequisite: MATH A115, MATH A117, MATH 118, or MATH A257, or ALEKS score of 61-100

Students choose one of two statistics courses: DECS B205 or MATH A260.

DECS B305: Business Decision Modeling (3 crs.)

This course covers the development and interpretation of statistical, financial, and mathematical models for business decision making. Modeling techniques discussed may include applied probability distributions, time series analysis / forecasting, classification and/or clustering models, scenario / what-if analysis, linear optimization and sensitivity analysis, simulation models, decision trees / decision analysis, and expected value / utility analysis. Students gain expertise in the application of rigorous quantitative analysis to complex business decisions in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, and operations research.
Prerequisites: DECS B205, MGT B250, junior standing

Students choose one of two decision systems courses: DECS B305 or DECS B310.

DECS B310: Decision Support Systems (3 crs.)

This course covers the use and design of the information, knowledge / intelligence, and technological resources that are employed by managerial decision makers to gain a better understanding of a business and its customers. “Decision support systems” refers to the “front-end” technology that is generally associated with a data warehouse, and which provides modeling and analysis capabilities to help key decision makers evaluate ways in which to improve business operations and reach organizational goals. This course covers general topics related to the design of such systems, as well as practical issues of implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), “dashboard” analytics, or other business applications. Data security and ethics are also considered.
Prerequisites: COSC A211, COSC A208 or MGT B250 or ACCT B340, junior standing

Students choose one of two decision systems courses: DECS B305 or DECSB310.

Additionally, all CIS majors (in both the Entrepreneurship and Management Science tracks) will take 9 credit hours of Computer Science electives of their choice to fulfill the requirements of the major.

General Elective Courses (33 credits)

The online CIS program requires 33 credits of general electives. These courses must be taken in non-CIS areas, and there is a wide range of online elective courses to choose from in other departments.

Loyola Core Courses (39 credits)

The goal of the Loyola Core is to foster students’ competency in five key areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical Reasoning

To help students develop these competencies, the Loyola Core embraces an interdisciplinary approach to learning with an emphasis on the spiritual and intellectual, the moral and ethical, the natural and social scientific, the humanistic, and the artistic.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses should be taken in your first year at Loyola and include:

  • First-Year Seminar
  • English – Critical Reading & Writing
  • Math Models, Finite Math, or Calculus
  • Science Process – Investigating Nature

Knowledge & Values Courses

Students complete courses in the following 9 categories:

  • Creative Arts & Cultures
  • History Sequence (2 courses for 6 total credit hours)
  • Natural Science in Context
  • Philosophy I: Introduction to the Philosophy of Reasoning
  • Philosophy II: Philosophy of Knowledge & Morality
  • Religious Studies I: Christian Traditions
  • Religious Studies II: World Religions
  • Social Science
  • Writing About Literature

Major Substitution: One of the courses in the Loyola Core will be satisfied in each undergraduate major. This is usually the introductory course for each major. The result is the total hours to complete the Loyola Core are reduced to between 39 and 41 credit hours (depending on lab requirements associated with Math and Science courses).