Department of Computer Information Systems and Analytics

Chair and Professor: J. Downey (PhD), 450-3110

Professor: M. McMurtrey (PhD), S. Zeltmann (PhD)

Associate Professor: M. Ellis (PhD), K. McKinzie (PhD)

Assistant Professor: M. Casey (PhD), M. Esposito (PhD), J. Hill (PhD), S. Lin (PhD), J. Thomas (PhD)

Lecturer II: C. Barber (MSE)

Lecturer I: S. Shaw (MAT)

[1] Objectives

The Department of Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) offers major programs of study in five different areas: Computer Information Systems (CIS), a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BS-IS), a Bachelor of Science in Applied Data Analytics (BS-ADA), a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Management (BS-Cyber Management), and General Business. MIS and General Business majors graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). Both CIS and BS-IS are designed to prepare students for careers in designing, developing, implementing and maintaining computer-based systems. The BS-ADA is a technical major that provides students the expertise to collect, cleanse, and analyze data to support strategic business decisions. In all these technical degrees, 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. The department also offers minors in three areas: Management Information Systems, Business Administration, and Data Analytics.

CIS 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 CIS 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 CIS 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, CIS and CS. The CIS program, on the other hand, consists of a single major (Computer Information Systems – CIS), with one optional concentration in Business Analysis. Students therefore MUST choose either the traditional CIS program OR the CIS program with a Business Analysis Concentration. Either program provides an unusual breadth of study as well as depth of study, with multiple advanced courses.

The Cybersecurity Management degree is designed to prepare students to work as technical experts in assessing and preventing cyber threats, as well as managing and leading an organization’s cybersecurity efforts. It is both technical and managerial in its focus.

Data analytics is a broad field that includes managing data, describing data, predicting future trends and optimizing or forecasting business needs. Business organizations collect large amounts of data and it is critical in today’s global environment to use it for strategic advantage. The BS-Applied Data Analytics provides students experience in all of the major components used in analytics, including data management, descriptive/predictive/prescriptive analytics, Python, R, SQL and other software tools.

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.

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Degrees/Majors: BBA, Computer Information Systems | BBA, General Business | BS, Information Systems | BS, Cybersecurity Management| BS, Applied Data Analytics
CIS Concentration: Business Analysis
Minor programs: Computer Information Systems | Data Analytics | General Business
Certificate program: Applied Data Analytics

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

[2.1] Computer Information Systems

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The BBA in Management Information Systems is transitioning to a new title—BBA in Computer Information Systems. As that transition goes forward, changes will be reflected in this page.


The degree of Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Computer 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 (30 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

Student majoring in Computer Information Systems must choose one of two paths: the traditional CIS program or the CIS program with a Concentration in Business Analysis. Either path requires the same four Core CIS courses:

CIS Core Courses (12 hours):

MIS 3300 Introduction to Computer Architecture and Programming
MIS 3328 Systems Analysis and Design [UD UCA Core: C]
MIS 3365 Database Applications
MIS 4355 Introduction to Project Management [UD UCA Core: Z]

In addition to the four required Core CIS classes, both the traditional CIS program and the CIS-Business Analysis concentration require an additional four courses. The courses in these two paths are covered below.

[2.1.1] Computer Information Systems (traditional program)

The Computer Information System traditional program is designed for CIS majors who wish to prepare for jobs working with software and hardware. Graduates from this program 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. Students should choose their electives based on their desires in IT. For those interested in software development, choose programming courses and database courses. For those interested in web development, choose the two web courses. For those interested in networking, choose networking courses.

Major in CIS (24 hours)

CIS Core Courses (12 hours, see above)

Take the following:

MIS 3363 Telecommunications & Computer Networks I or CSCI 2335 Networking* [Note 1]

Choose two of the following (6 hours):

MIS 3301 Programming in COBOL I
MIS 3339 Programming in Java I
MIS 3362 Programming in Visual Basic I
MIS 3366 Website Development
MIS 4329 Database Management Systems
MIS 4339 Programming in Java II
MIS 4360 Principles of Information Security
MIS 4361 Cybersecurity Governance and Policy
MIS 4363 Telecommunications & Computer Networks II
MIS 4364 Computer & Network Security
MIS 4366 E-commerce & Advanced Website Development
MIS 4375 Cybersecurity Strategy and Management
MIS 4390 Special Projects in Information Systems

Choose one elective from any advanced (3000-/4000-level) CIS course or ACCT 3320 (3 hours)

Note 1

Students who take CSCI 2335 Networking must take an additional elective MIS course at the upper-division level (3000-/4000-level); this course could be MIS 3363 or any other UD MIS course.

[2.1.2] Computer Information Systems with Business Analysis Concentration

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The CIS Business Analysis Concentration may be completed online or in a classroom setting. For more information, email Dr. Jim Downey, CIS department chair.


The Business Analysis Concentration is designed for CIS 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 for 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 CIS – Business Analysis Concentration include the following:

Major in CIS, Business Analysis Concentration (24 hours)

CIS Core Courses (12 hours, see above)

Take three of the following (9 hours):

MIS 3335 Data Analysis Using Python
MIS 3343 Advanced Spreadsheet Applications
MIS 4320 Critical Thinking & Experimental Design
MIS 4325 Predictive Analytics
MIS 4330 Prescriptive Analytics
MIS 4380 Business Intelligence and Data Visualization
MIS 4381 Data Mining and Applied Analytics

Choose one elective from any advanced (3000-/4000-level) MIS course or ACCT 3320 (3 hours).

[2.1.3] Minor in Computer Information Systems (18 hours)

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Students who wish to minor in CIS 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. CIS offers students the technical foundation to compete for a wide variety of well-paid and respected technical positions.

A minor in CIS requires 18 unique hours, that is, these 18 hours may not be used for any other major or minor. The CIS 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 3328 Systems Analysis and Design [UD UCA Core: C]
MIS 3365 Database Applications
MIS 4355 Project Management [UD UCA Core: Z]

Choose one of the following courses (3 credit hours)

MIS 3300 Introduction to Computer Architecture and Programming
MIS 3301 Programming in COBOL I
MIS 3335 Data Analysis Using Python
MIS 3339 Programming in Java I
MIS 3362 Programming in Visual Basic I
MIS 3363 Telecommunications and Computer Networks I
ACCT 3320 Accounting Information Systems
CSCI 1470 Computer Science I

Additional elective requirement (3 credit hours)

Take one additional upper-division (3000-/4000-level) MIS course; 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.

[2.1.4] Minor in Data Analytics (18 hours)

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As one of the fastest growing fields in information technology, data analytics is the art and science of using organizational data for strategic and tactical purposes. Data analytics is a vast field, with skills ranging from advanced statistics to programming to employing dedicated analysis software. This minor focuses on using both programming and software to cleanse, transform, analyze, and display data effectively.

A minor in Data Analytics requires 18 unique hours, that is, these 18 hours may not be used for any other major or minor. The minor includes four required core courses and two electives (chosen from six courses), for a total of 18 hours.

Required courses (12 credit hours)

MIS 3321 Managing Systems and Technology
MIS 3343 Advanced Spreadsheets
MIS 4380 Business Intelligence & Data Visualization
MIS 4381 Data Mining & Applied Analytics

Choose two of the following courses (6 credit hours)

MIS 3335 Data Analysis Using Python
MIS 3382 Internship in MIS [Note 2]
MIS 4320 Critical Thinking & Experimental Design
MIS 4325 Predictive Analytics
MIS 4330 Prescriptive Analytics
ACCT 3320 Accounting Information Systems

Note 2

Internship must be in data analytics and approved by the Chair.

[2.2] General Business

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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 (30 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 General Business (24 hours)

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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

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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 Requirement courses (up to approximately 12 hours may also be used for the UCA Core requirement); (3) the major requirements (30 hours) listed below; (4) a required minor in Computer Science; 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 credit hours)

ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I ACTS: ACCT2003 ]
ACCT 2321 Legal Environment of Business ACTS: BLAW2003 ]
ECON 2310* Global Environment of Business
ECON 2320* Principles of Macroeconomics ACTS: ECON2103 ]
ECON 2321 Principles of Microeconomics ACTS: ECON2203 ]
MATH 1395 Applied Mathematics for Business or MATH 1491* Applied Calculus
MATH 2311 Statistical Methods I or QMTH 2330 Business Statistics
MGMT 2301* Business Communications ACTS: BUSI2013 ]
MGMT 3340 Managing People and Work [UD UCA Core: D, R]
MIS 3321 Managing Systems and Technology
FINA 3330 Managing Finance & Capital [UD UCA Core: I]
MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing

*These courses can also count as part of the 38 hour lower-division UCA Core requirement.

Information Systems Requirement: (30 credit hours)

Required MIS courses (6 hours)

MIS 3328 Systems Analysis and Design [UD UCA Core: C]
MIS 4355 Project Management [UD UCA Core: Z]

Required courses offered in MIS or CSCI (15 hours)

Choose 1 from each pair: (Note: only one course from each pair can be completed for credit)
MIS 3335 Programming in Python I or CSCI 1340 Introduction to Programming
MIS 3363 Telecommunications and Computer Networks I or CSCI 2335 Networking
MIS 3365 Database Applications or CSCI 3360 Database Systems
MIS 3339 Programming in Java I or CSCI 3381 Object-oriented Software Development with Java
MIS 4360 Principles of Information Security or CSCI 4315 Information Security

Major elective courses (9 hours)

Choose 3 from this list:
MIS 3366 Website Development
MIS 3382^ Internship in Management Information Systems
MIS 4320 Critical Thinking
MIS 4325 Predictive Analytics
MIS 4329 Database Management Systems
MIS 4330 Prescriptive Analysis
MIS 4366 Advanced Web Design
MIS 4370 Advanced Topics in Information Systems
MIS 4380 Business Intelligence & Data Visualization
MIS 4381 Data Mining & Applied Analytics
MIS 4382^ Internship in Management Information Systems
CSCI 3V75^ Internship
CSCI 4305 Linux/Unix
CSCI 4365 Web Technology
CSCI 4370 Data Mining
CSCI 4371 Machine Learning
CSCI 4372 Data Clustering
MATH 3311* Statistical Methods II or WRTG 3310* Technical Writing

Notes:
*Students may select either MATH 3311 Statistical Methods II or WRTG 3310 Technical Writing for one major elective course.
^Students may complete up to 6 hours of internships total.

Minor in Computer Science (17 credit hours)

Required minor courses (11 hours)
CSCI 1470 Computer Science I
CSCI 1480 Computer Science II
CSCI 2320 Data Structures
Minor electives^ (6 hours)
Six hours of upper-level CSCI course credit
^Note: Minor requires 6 elective CSCI hours distinct from those counting toward major requirements.

[3.2] Cybersecurity Management

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The degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Cybersecurity Management 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 major; (2) 15 hours of business requirements; (3) 6 hours of statistics/math; (4) 28 hours of technology courses; (5) 21 hours of strategy/management courses; and (6) electives to bring total credit hours to 120.

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

Requirements for the BS Cybersecurity Management degree follow.

UCA Core (38 hours)

The following required courses in the major may be taken as part of the lower-division UCA Core.

ECON 2310 Global Environment of Business
ECON 2320 Macroeconomics
MGMT 2301 Business Communications
PSCI 1330 US Government & Politics

Business Requirements (15 hours)

ACCT 2310 Accounting I
ECON 2321 Microeconomics
MIS 3321 Managing Systems & Technology
FINA 3330 Managing Finance & Capital [UD UCA Core: I]
MGMT 3340 Managing People and Work [UD UCA Core: D, R]

Math/BS Requirement (6 hours)

QMTH 2330/MATH 2311 Business Statistics
MATH 1395 Applied Mathematics for Business (or higher)

Technology Requirement (28 hours)

CSCI 1470 Computer Science I
CSEC 2300 Introduction to Cybersecurity
CSEC 3320 Computer Forensics
MIS 3328 Systems Analysis & Design [UD UCA Core: C]
MIS 3363 Networking I or CSCI 2335 Networking
MIS 3365 Database Applications
MIS 4360 Information Security
MIS 4363 Networking II
One upper division MIS elective course (3 hours)

Strategy & Management Requirement (21 hours)

PSCI 2300 International Relations
PSCI 3316 Cybersecurity Law & Policy [UD UCA Core: C]
PSCI 3369 Cybersecurity Citizenship
MGMT 3305 Business Ethics
MIS 4361 Cybersecurity Governance & Policy
MIS 4375 Cybersecurity Strategy & Management
MIS 4355 Project Management [UD UCA Core: Z]

[3.3] Applied Data Analytics

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The degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Applied Data Analytics 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 courses designated below. Up to approximately 12 hours of business/math courses may be used in the lower division UCA Core; (2) 36 hours of Business and Math required courses; (3) 42 hours of major requirements, listed below; (4) electives to bring total credit hours to 120.

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

Requirements for the Applied Data Analytics degree follow.

Business/Math required courses (36 hours)

MIS 1300 Business Computing
ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I ACTS: ACCT2003 ]
ACCT 2321 Legal Environment of Business ACTS: BLAW2003 ]
ECON 2310* Global Environment of Business
ECON 2320* Principles of Macroeconomics ACTS: ECON2103 ]
ECON 2321 Principles of Microeconomics ACTS: ECON2203 ]
MATH 1395 Applied Mathematics for Business
QMTH 2330 Business Statistics
MGMT 2301* Business Communications ACTS: BUSI2013 ]
MGMT 3340 Managing People and Work [UD UCA Core: D, R]
FINA 3330 Managing Finance & Capital [UD UCA Core: I]
MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing or MGMT 3344 Operations & Supply Chain Management

*These courses can also count as part of the 38 hour lower-division UCA Core requirement.

Data Analytics/Technical courses (42 credit hours)

MIS 3300 Introduction to Computer Architecture and Programming
MIS 3321 Managing Systems and Technology
MIS 3328 Systems Analysis & Design [UD UCA Core: C]
MIS 3335 Python for Data Analytics
MIS 3343 Advanced Spreadsheets
MIS 3365 Database Applications
MIS 4320 Critical Thinking & Experimental Design
MIS 4325 Predictive Analytics
MIS 4330 Prescriptive Analytics
MIS 4380 Business Intelligence & Data Visualization
MIS 4381 Data Mining & Applied Analytics
MIS 4355 Project Management [UD UCA Core: Z]
MIS 3382 Internship in MIS [Note 1] or any upper division MIS course or WRTG 3310 Technical Writing
ECON 3335 Econometrics or MKTG 4353 Marketing Research & Data Management

Note 1
Internship must be in data analytics and approved by the Chair.

[4] Certificate Program: Technical Certificate in Applied Data Analytics

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This program prepares students for entry-level positions in data analytics. It may be awarded without an undergraduate degree, concurrently with an undergraduate major in another field, or as a post-baccalaureate study.

The Technical Certificate in Applied Data Analytics requires successful completion of 24 hours, including 15 hours of required courses and 9 hours of electives, chosen from the list below.

Required Courses (15 hours)

MIS 1300 Business Computing
QMTH 2330 Business Statistics
MIS 3343 Advanced Spreadsheets
MIS 3365 Database Applications
MIS 4381 Data Mining & Applied Analytics

Choose three of the following (9 hours)

MIS 3300 Introduction to Computer Architecture & Programming
MIS 3335 Python for Data Analytics
MIS 4320 Critical Thinking & Experimental Design
MIS 4325 Predictive Analytics
MIS 4330 Prescriptive Analytics
MIS 4380 Business Intelligence & Data Visualization
MIS 3382 Internship (must be in data analytics)

To obtain a Technical Certificate in Applied Data Analytics from UCA, a student must complete 15 hours at UCA (in residence). A UCA student may not be a declared major or minor in MIS or Data Analytics and simultaneously pursue the Technical Certificate in Applied Data Analytics. A student with a previously awarded MIS or Data Analytics minor may pursue the Technical Certificate by completing the remaining certificate requirements (subject to transfer and residency requirements). A student with a previously awarded Technical Certificate in Applied Data Analytics may pursue a BBA-MIS or BS-Data Analytics by completing the remaining degree requirements (subject to transfer and residency requirements).

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

The CIS and CSCI 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 3V75) and project credit (MIS 4390) provide upper-division MIS credit to the student and serve as hours in the major for all CIS concentrations, for General Business, or for the BS in Information Systems. See the CIS or CSCI Department chair for more information.

[6] Honors in Management Information Systems

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The CIS department is pleased to offer an opportunity for outstanding students to pursue the Honors in Computer Information Systems program. This includes students in any of the three degree programs in the department (BBA-CIS, 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 CIS must successfully complete MIS 4370 or MIS 4390 under the direction of an CIS faculty member. Students who qualify and are interested should apply to the CIS Department Chair. Participation is not assured even if the grade point average thresholds are met.

[7] Course Links (MIS, CSCI, CSEC, PSCI)

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