Department of Management Information Systems

Chair and Professor: J. Downey (PhD), 450-3110
Professor: K. Griffin (DBA), R. McGaughey (PhD), S. Zeltmann (PhD)
Associate Professor: K. McKinzie (PhD), M. McMurtrey (PhD)
Assistant Professor: M. Ellis (PhD), J. Hill (PhD), J. Thomas (PhD)
Lecturer II: C. Barber (MEd), L. Smith (MEd)
Visiting Lecturer: M. Casey (MEd)

[1] Objectives

The Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) offers major and minor programs of study in three different areas: Management Information Systems (MIS), a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BS-IS) and General Business. MIS and General Business majors graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). Both MIS and BS-IS are designed to prepare students for careers in designing, developing, implementing and maintaining computer-based systems. Students learn how to utilize the power of computer technologies to reduce costs and improve organizational effectiveness. Graduates use their understanding of business processes and computer technologies to help create and improve computer-based systems which are critical to the success of almost all modern organizations.

MIS and BS-IS are similar in many respects. They share many of the same course requirements and graduates can vie for some of the same jobs. Both have a business component as well as a technology component in their curricula. But they are also different. The MIS degree requires more business classes and less technology. The BS-IS degree requires more technology; indeed this degree requires a minor in Computer Science. The degree program in MIS prepares students for careers in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations as systems or business analysts, programmers, database developers and managers, and website managers. Graduates become project managers, database administrators, network managers, and directors of the information systems function within their organizations. The BS-IS program prepares graduates for similar type jobs, but students are more thoroughly prepared for one of the most common jobs in the IT industry—development. IT developers write and maintain computer code; they solve business problems by developing programming solutions.

The BS-IS degree has no concentrations, but does require a minor in CS. It is unlike any program in the state in that it a true combination of business, MIS and CS. The MIS program, on the other hand, consists of a single major (MIS), but requires students to choose between three different concentrations, including Application Development, Telecommunications and Computer Networks, or Business Analysis. The three concentrations include an MIS Core of three required courses, with additional courses and electives for advanced study depending on the concentration. This MIS program offers students an unusual breadth of study (three specialization concentrations) and an unusual depth of study (advanced courses in each area) compared to other MIS programs in Arkansas and the region.

The General Business major is designed for students who are interested in the varied aspects of business and organizations and wish to sample three or more different areas of study. The program is designed for students who wish a broader business perspective than that provided by a single business department. This is an interdisciplinary business major that requires students take upper-division courses from at least three of the seven business disciplines in the College of Business. Students who major in General Business have a broad knowledge base of the entire business organization, without specializing in one area. Majors are frequently interested in smaller organizations or managing their own business.

[2] Baccalaureate Degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

[2.1] Management Information Systems

The degree of Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems requires successful completion of 120 hours including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements (see the UCA Core requirements) and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using designated BBA foundation, core, and major courses; (2) the BBA foundation (27 hours) and core requirements (18 hours); (3) the major requirements (24 hours) listed below; and (4) electives to bring total credit hours to 120.

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

Students majoring in Management Information Systems must choose one of three concentrations, including Application Development, Telecommunications and Computer Networks, or Business Analysis. Each concentration requires the same three core MIS courses, but different follow-on courses.

MIS Core Courses (15 hours):

MIS 3300 Introduction to Computer Architecture and Programming
MIS 3363 Telecommunications and Computer Networks I
MIS 3365 Database Applications
MIS 4328 Systems Analysis and Design [ UD UCA Core: C ]
MIS 4355 Introduction to Project Management [ UD UCA Core: Z ]

In addition to the five required MIS Core classes, each student will select one of three concentrations (detailed below). These concentrations include an additional three courses (9 hours) each. Each of these concentrations (except GIS in the Application Development Concentration as noted below) allow the student to select one elective, which must be advanced (3000 level or above) courses in MIS or Statistics (QMTH) or ACCT 3320. The following details the concentrations.

[2.1.1] Application Development Concentration

The Application Development Concentration is designed for MIS majors who wish to prepare for jobs working with software. Graduates from this concentration typically develop and maintain applications and other software, such as databases, web sites, geographical information systems, and other computer-based systems, including corporate computer infrastructures. Graduates frequently work on Information Technology (IT) projects or as IT systems analysts. The Application Development Concentration is comprised of three “sub-concentrations”, including E-Commerce, Programmer/Analyst, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The GIS sub-concentration includes courses from the Department of Geography. Each student will self-select one of these sub-concentrations by choosing one of three advanced courses. Requirements for the Application Development Concentration are as follows:

Major in MIS, Application Development Concentration (24 hours)

MIS Core Courses (15 hours, see above)

One programming course, chosen from the following (3 hours):

MIS 3301 COBOL I
MIS 3335 Programming using Scripting Languages
MIS 3339 Programming in Java
MIS 3362 Programming in Visual Basic

Choose any one elective from any advanced (3000 level or higher) MIS or QMTH course or ACCT 3320 (note that there are no electives for the GIS sub concentration) (3 hours; 0 hours for GIS).

Choose one of the three sub-concentrations below (6 hours; 9 hours for GIS).

[2.1.1.1] E-Commerce sub-concentration (6 hours)

This sub-concentration is designed for MIS majors who wish to prepare for jobs working on corporate and organizational web sites. Graduates develop and maintain Internet-based IT systems for business and non-profit entities in support of organizational goals and requirements. Of particular importance is developing interactive web technologies, including Electronic Commerce (E-commerce) and managing web servers. The following 6 hours are required:

MIS 3366 Web Site Development
MIS 4366 E-Commerce and Advanced Web Site Development
[2.1.1.2] Programmer/Analyst sub-concentration (3 hours)

This sub-concentration is designed for MIS majors who wish to prepare for jobs working as system designers and system builders in a large organization. Graduates from this sub-concentration typically work with non-technical managers and staff along with computer scientists and technicians in designing and building large computer-based systems and corporate computer infrastructures. The following course is required:

MIS 4329 Database Management Systems
[2.1.1.3] Geographical Information Systems (GIS) sub-concentration (11-12 hours)

This sub-concentration is designed for MIS majors who wish to prepare for jobs working with electronic mapping systems. These systems are used extensively by federal, state, and local government agencies. Utility companies which provide electric power, natural gas, water, sewer, cable, and telephone almost all use these systems. Many other employers are also interested in GIS/Spatial system technologies. Because this sub-concentration requires 11-12 hours of Geography, it has no electives. The following 11-12 hours are required:

GEOG 2475 Cartography
GEOG 3403 Geographic Information Systems
Choose one of the following:
GEOG 3404 Geographic Information Analysis
GEOG 4307 Locational Analysis and Decision Making with GIS

[2.1.2] Telecommunications and Computer Networking Concentration

The Telecommunications & Computer Networks Concentration is designed for MIS majors who wish to prepare for jobs in the telecommunications industry or as networking specialists. The focus of this concentration is computer networking, hardware, and the telecommunications industry. Graduates will have studied traditional wireline technologies, wireless technologies, and computer networks of various types. Requirements for the Telecommunications Concentration include the following:

Major in MIS, Telecommunications and Computer Networking Concentration (24 hours)

MIS Core Courses (15 hours, see above)
One programming course, chosen from the following (3 hours):
MIS 3301 COBOL I
MIS 3335 Programming using Scripting Languages
MIS 3339 Programming in Java
MIS 3362 Programming in Visual Basic

Take the following (3 hours):

MIS 4363 Telecommunications and Computer Networks II

Choose one elective from advanced (3000-level or higher) MIS or QMTH course or ACCT 3320 (3 hours).

[2.1.3] Business Analysis Concentration

The Business Analysis Concentration is designed for MIS majors who wish to prepare for jobs that pair business requirements and analysis. In many companies, the need is not for developers or hardware/software experts, but on employees who understand technology, can work in teams, and analyze business processes. Graduates are prepared to be a link between business managers and the technical staff, and will have experience working on projects in teams. Project management is one of the key components of this concentration. Requirements for the Business Analysis Concentration include the following:

Major in MIS, Business Analysis Concentration (24 hours)

MIS Core Courses (15 hours, see above)
 Take two of the following (6 hours):
MIS 3343 Advanced Spreadsheet Applications
MIS 4360 Information Security
MIS 4380 Business Intelligence
QMTH 3325 Data Analysis
QMTH 4341 Quantitative Methods in Management

Choose one elective from any advanced (3000-level or higher) MIS or QMTH course or ACCT 3320 (3 hours).

[2.1.4] Minor in Management Information Systems (18 hours)

Students who wish to minor in MIS have the opportunity to focus their efforts in many directions, from developing computer code and technical competence to a less-technical, but more statistical business analysis direction. MIS offers students the technical foundation to compete for a wide variety of well-paid and respected technical positions.

A minor in MIS requires 18 unique hours, that is, these 18 hours may not be used for any other major or minor. The MIS minor includes four required core courses, one technical or programming course, and one elective, for a total of 18 hours.

Required courses (12 credit hours)

MIS 3321 Managing Systems and Technology
MIS 3365 Database Applications
MIS 4328 Systems Analysis and Design [ UD UCA Core: C ]
MIS 4355 Project Management [ UD UCA Core: Z ]

Choose one of the following courses (3 credit hours)

MIS 3300 Computer Architecture and Programming
MIS 3301 COBOL I
MIS 3335 Programming in Scripting Languages
MIS 3339 Programming in Java I
MIS 3362 Visual Basic
MIS 3363 Telecommunications and Computer Networks I
ACCT 3320 Accounting Information Systems
CSCI 1470 Computer Science I

Additional elective requirements (3 credit hours)

Take one additional upper-division (3000- or 4000-level) MIS or QMTH courses; this upper-division course may be from either Mathematics or Computer Science, but this Math/Computer Science course may not be a course required for graduation in that major.

[2.2] General Business

The degree of Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in General Business requires successful completion of 120 hours including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements (see the UCA Core requirements) and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using designated BBA foundation, core, and major courses; (2) the BBA foundation (27 hours) and core requirements (18 hours); (3) the major requirements listed below; and (4) electives to bring the total credit hours to 120.

[2.2.1] General Business Requirements

The general business major requires eight upper-division courses in at least three different teaching areas in the College of Business, including Accounting (ACCT), Economics (ECON), Finance (FINA), Insurance and Risk Management (INSU), Management Information Systems (MIS or QMTH), Marketing (MKTG), or Management (MGMT).

[2.2.2] Minor in Business Administration (24 hours)

Not open to business majors working on a BBA degree. The minor in General Business requires the following courses:

ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 2311 Principles of Accounting II
ECON 2320 Macroeconomics
ECON 2321 Microeconomics
Choose four additional business courses (12 hours); two of these courses must be upper-division (3000 or 4000 level).  Three of these four courses must be from three different business disciplines.  These disciplines include Finance (FINA), Insurance (INSU), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG), and Management Information Systems (MIS). The fourth course may be from any business discipline including the five above but also Accounting (ACCT) or Economics (ECON).
Note: Statistics courses other than QMTH 2330 may be used as pre-requisites for business courses but may not be used as a course in the Business Administration minor.

[3] Baccalaureate Degrees: Bachelor of Science (BS)

[3.1] Information Systems

The degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Information systems requires successful completion of 120 hours including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements (see the UCA Core requirements) and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using designated courses in the BBA foundation, core, and major courses; (2) 36-37 hours of Business Foundation and Core courses (up to approximately 12 hours may also be used for the UCA Core requirement); (3) a minor in Computer Science consisting of eighteen (18) hours; (4) 30 hours of Information System courses; and (5) electives to bring total credit hours to 120.

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

Requirements for the Information Systems degree follow.

Business Requirements (36-37 hours)

MATH 1395 Applied Mathematics for Business or MATH 1491 Applied Calculus*
ECON 2320 Macroeconomics*
MGMT 2301 Business Communications*
ECON 2310 Global Environment of Business*
ECON 2321 Microeconomics*
ACCT 2310 Accounting I
MATH 2311 Statistical Methods I or QMTH 2330 Business Statistics
ACCT 2321 Legal Environment of Business
MIS 3321 Managing Systems and Technology
FINA 3330 Managing Finance & Capital [ UD UCA Core: I ]
MGMT 3340 Managing People and Work [ UD UCA Core: D ]
MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing

*These courses can also count as part of the 38 hour University Core requirement.

Minor in Computer Science (18 hours): 18 hours^

CSCI 1470 Computer Science I
CSCI 1480 Computer Science II
CSCI 2320 Data Structures
CSCI 3190 Social Implications of Technology
Six hours of upper-level CSCI course credit (6 hours)

Information Systems Requirement: 30 hours^

+CSCI 1340 Introduction to Programming or MIS 3335 Programming using Scripting Languages
+MIS 3365 Database Applications or CSCI 3360 Database Systems
+MIS 3363 Telecommunications and Computer Networks I or CSCI 3335 Networking
+CSCI 3381 Object-oriented Software Development with Java or MIS 4339 Programming in Java II
MIS 4328 Systems Analysis and Design [ UD UCA Core: C ]
CSCI 3275 or MIS 3382 Internship (or one advanced CS/MIS course approved by chair); a maximum of six hours of internship may count for the degree
+MIS 4360 Principles of Information Security or CSCI 4315 Information Security
MIS 4355 Project Management [ UD UCA Core: Z ]
CSCI 4305 Linux/Unix or CSCI 4365 Web Technology or CSCI 4370 Data Mining or MIS 4329 Database Management Systems or MIS 4366 Advanced Web Design or MIS 4370 Advanced Web Design with Databases
3 hours advanced course electives in CSCI/MIS/QMTH (or MATH 3311 Statistical Methods II or WRTG 3310 Technical Writing or a second internship)

^Note: six hours of advanced CS courses are required for the CS Minor. These six hours may come from courses required as part of the 30 hours in Information Systems. However, if any hours from the Information Systems requirement are used to fulfill the CS Minor, students must replace those hours with any elective upper-division CSCI/MIS/QMTH hours. Students must have eighteen (18) hours of CSCI courses for the CS Minor plus thirty (30) hours of Information Systems course credit (for a total of 48 hours for both).

+Students may receive credit for only one of these two course sequences.

[4] Practical Work Experience for Credit – Internships and Projects

The MIS and CS Departments offer credit for practical work experience in the discipline. Students may intern with an employer during any semester or across semesters as best fits the needs of the student and the employer. Students may also work with faculty on a project of interest to both the student and the faculty member. Internship credit (MIS 3382, MIS 4382, CSCI 3275) and project credit (MIS 4380) provide upper-division MIS credit to the student and serve as hours in the major for all MIS concentrations, for General Business, or for the BS in Information Systems. See the MIS or CS Department chair for more information.

[5] Honors in Management Information Systems

[Jump to Recognition of Academic Achievement for general information about Honors in the Majors.]

The MIS department is pleased to offer an opportunity for outstanding students to pursue the Honors in Management Information Systems program. This includes students in any of the three degree programs in the department (BBA-MIS, BBA-General Business, BS-Information Systems). Students with senior status and overall and major grade point averages of 3.25 are eligible to apply for participation in this program. Honors scholars in MIS must successfully complete MIS 4370 or MIS 4390 under the direction of an MIS faculty member. Students who qualify and are interested should apply to the MIS Department Chair. Participation is not assured even if the grade point average thresholds are met.

[6] Course Links

[6.1] Courses in Management Information Systems (MIS)

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[6.2] Courses in Computer Science (CSCI)

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[6.3] Courses in Quantitative Methods (QMTH)

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