Students hold an internship while at the College of Business
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Job or educational placement rate within 180 days of graduation
Average starting salary for College of Business undergrads
Leverage information technology and business knowledge to tackle today’s greatest organizational and societal challenges
Information and communication technologies enable us to run organizations effectively, make faster decisions and use data creatively to solve problems. Businesses can only reap these rewards if they know which technologies to deploy and how best to utilize them. By studying computer information systems (CIS), you will learn how to help organizations use cutting-edge technologies to increase efficiency, develop new products and services, and achieve strategic and competitive advantage.
In the CIS concentration, you will explore your interests in technology and hone your skills, preparing you to enter a thriving job market. CSU’s College of Business is a pioneer in the use of the latest technology applications, and our faculty use their industry experience to help you excel.
"The trust and relationships that we’re able to build with each other … it’s that ability of teamwork I think that’s essential for the College of Business.”
— Caleb Thetford, 2020 Outstanding Graduate
“I could connect the coders with the business people and understand what they need.”
— Emily Marty, 2020 Outstanding Graduate
“We are one community. We learn from each other. We share ideas.”
— Ramadan Abdunabi, CIS Faculty
Careers in Computer Information Systems
There is growing demand for CIS graduates for their ability to develop and implement new systems, organize and analyze data, and deploy security procedures that are essential to keeping businesses competitive. As a CIS graduate from the College of Business, with technical and business acumen, you will have a distinct advantage in today’s demanding job market. Businesses of all sizes rely on technology and your knowledge and skills will be highly valued. The College of Business offers you tools and resources like the Career Management Center to ensure success in your chosen career path.
The Career Management Center works exclusively with College of Business students, offering them professional development options and insights to help our Biz Rams land jobs with leading companies. Throughout the year, you can attend networking events, explore internship and career opportunities to help you find a job that’s right for you.
“There’s just a certain camaraderie and a certain standard that we uphold that seems uniquely a Biz Ram sort of thing.”
— Caleb Thetford, 2020 Outstanding Graduate, Read his story
CIS for a Better World
As one of the first and most established programs of its kind in the country, the CIS program at the College of Business has a trailblazing spirit. We continue to add to that history of innovation, keeping pace with the information technology field that is ever evolving and in need of diverse new perspectives.
In the College, we are proud to be recognized by the Center for Inclusive Computing for our efforts to recruit and retain more women in Computer Information Systems. Our program, and the CIS department as a whole, is committed to increasing the representation of women in the field of computing and technology. In Collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, the College of Business is investing in diversity initiatives, hiring more student advisors, and revising its first- and second-year courses to incorporate the latest in student-centered education.
“You don’t necessarily need to be a major coder … I could connect the coders with the business people and understand what they need so I could streamline their processes.”
— Emily Marty, 2020 Outstanding Graduate, Read her story
Coursework for the Real World
Your business coursework will prepare you to succeed in a variety of professions with a focus on ethical practices, sustainability, and diversity, empowering you to excel while using your skills to make the world a better place.
The key to a successful career in computer information systems is to understand how technology works and how best to apply it in a business setting to derive positive outcomes. To ensure you have a wide range of business skills and competencies, you will take courses from across other concentrations at the College of Business, including accounting, finance, marketing, and management.
As part of the computer information systems concentration, you will acquire a broad range of skills enabling you to make effective decisions in any business environment. Our curriculum blends industry-specific coursework, business classes, and general education courses from the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC), to offer you a well-rounded educational experience. The College offers courses that also satisfy your AUCC requirements, helping you progress through your program faster. Your 24 credits of CIS-specific classes take advantage of proven-methods, cutting-edge theory, and real-world applications.
Engage With Faculty Setting the Standard
Faculty to Student Ratio
Our faculty are committed to offering you an education that is current with industry practices and keeps you on pace with changing trends in both technology and business. Through a blend of business and technical coursework, our faculty will help guide you toward a rewarding career path.
As leaders both in the classroom and the professional field, our faculty specialize in a variety of academic and professional areas. When you work with the faculty from the Department of Computer Information Systems, you will gain insights into their career experiences in fields like:
- Computer networking – Connecting and sharing resources and assets
- Human-computer interactions – Making technology intuitive and easy to use
- Ethical issues in information technology – Facilitating the principled use of technology and data for social good
- Cybersecurity - Protecting digital devices, data, and information
When Ramadan Abdunabi’s students had to leave their in-person lab at the outset of COVID-19, he went to work building a completely virtual lab to make learning easier
Join the College of Business
Every member of the College is focused on your success. Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Business Administration offers you the chance to mold and shape your academic experiences and career prospects. Becoming a business major offers you a suite of courses and opportunities to choose from. Experiences like internships and networking events will help inform your understanding of the computer information systems profession and guide your job search after graduation.
Put your interest in computers, technology and business to good use and start building the foundation for a lasting and rewarding career. If you are not yet a business major, you can learn more about our program by checking out an upcoming information session, chatting with an academic advisor, or requesting more information. Once you have all the information you need, you can confidently begin your application.
Already a business major at CSU? Connect with your academic advisor to find out more about the computer information systems concentration.