Information technology continues to be a fast-growing sector of the economy, and demand for skilled computer systems analysts is projected to grow by 25% by 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.*

Walden’s B.S. in Computer Information Systems program is designed to provide you with the technical and business skills you need to help people and organizations as you advance your career and prepare to change your world and the world of those around you.

This bachelor’s degree program explores strategies for working collaboratively within your organization to analyze and evaluate information processing needs and then construct solutions from an ever-changing set of technologies.

In addition, your degree in computer information systems expertly blends academic theory with hands-on experience so that you can:

  • Acquire the skill set most sought after by today’s information technology managers, including the interdisciplinary skills least likely to be outsourced.
  • Gain experience in group analysis and design projects; in communicating effectively with co-workers, employers, and other professionals; and in using specialized information technology tools.
  • Work in collaborative distributed teams, the work style of the future.
  • Translate your distance-learning experience into the workplace and improve your ability to work across organizational, disciplinary, and geographic boundaries.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,” on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm (viewed online March 31, 2014). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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Walden’s B.S. in Computer Information Systems offers a General Program without a concentration, or a variety of optional specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals:

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

 

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General Program

Computer information systems play an important role in assuring the success of individuals, organizations, and the economy. This program explores computing in today’s society and focuses on information technology infrastructures. As a student, you will study database management systems to gain an understanding of how you can manipulate information relational queries and implement data-intensive applications. Develop the skills you need to organize and manage information systems projects and analyze the life cycle of products and programs. The General Program culminates in the creation of a portfolio, which allows you to apply the methods and theories you examined throughout the program.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Business courses (25 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Elective courses (70 cr.)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Business Courses

Computer Information Systems Core Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 14 courses from either general education courses, B.S. in Computer Information Systems concentration courses, or courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 70 to meet your program requirements (at least 30 credits must be UL). Individual course prerequisites apply.

Capstone Courses

*If you are currently enrolled or have recently attended a community college or are a CPCU, you may be eligible to transfer courses and accelerate your bachelor’s program at Walden.

Cyber Security for Information Systems

Study the core technical concepts of information systems security as well as their legal and social implications. Learn to analyze security and privacy issues in real-world cases, and select appropriate techniques to minimize risks and respond to security breaches.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Business core courses (25 cr.)
    • Computer information systems courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (50 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Business Courses

Computer Information Systems Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 10 courses from general education, B.S. in Computer Information Systems, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 50 to meet your program requirements (at least 15 must be UL). You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Capstone Courses

Healthcare Informatics

In the Healthcare Informatics concentration, study the healthcare industry and learn how a variety of information systems are involved in patient care, research, administration, and public health. Explore social and ethical issues as you prepare to help analyze and design healthcare information systems, policies, and processes.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Business core courses (25 cr.)
    • Computer information systems courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (55 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Business Courses

Computer Information Systems Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 11 courses from general education, B.S. in Computer Information Systems, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements (at least 15 credits must be UL). You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Capstone Courses

Information Systems Management

This concentration can provide you with a foundational understanding of management within the information technology industry. Gain an understanding of how to manage information systems within an organization and across an extended supply chain. Explore the steps necessary to develop and refine business processes. Analyze business processes and determine how to restructure them to meet desired results.

Some credits earned from successful completion of this concentration may be applied toward Walden’s Master of Information Systems Management degree program. Learn more.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Business core courses (25 cr.)
    • Computer information systems courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (55 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Business Courses

Computer Information Systems Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 11 courses from general education, B.S. in Computer Information Systems, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements (at least 15 credits must be UL). You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Capstone Courses

Web and Mobile Applications Design

As more organizations rely on mobile devices and the Web for doing business, there’s an increasing need for information systems professionals to design user-friendly applications with interfaces that can function across multiple platforms. This concentration explores the role of the systems designer in application development and focuses on developing systems that reach the target audience and optimize the user experience. Course topics—including Web programming, mobile application development, human-computer interaction, and information architecture design—examine the latest tools and techniques designers use to create cross-functional, interactive applications.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Business core courses (25 cr.)
    • Computer information systems courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (55 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Business Courses

Computer Information Systems Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 11 courses from general education, B.S. in Computer Information Systems, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements (at least 25 must be UL). You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Capstone Courses

    Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total* 
    Tuition 181 total quarter credit hours $310 per quarter credit hour

    $56,110

    Books and Materials Estimated costs $4,831

    $4,831

    Technology Fee Per quarter $120

    $1,920

       

    Total

    $62,861

       

    Transfer up to 135 credits

    -$47,223

       

    Total with Transfer Credits

    $15,638

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    * Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee and books and supplies as related to reduced number of courses over time.

    Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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    Accelerate Your Degree Completion

    Rapid technological advances, continuing development of computer applications, and increasing emphasis on information security are helping to fuel job growth in the information technology industry. With a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Walden, you can quickly take charge of your career and expand your future career options.

    A Growth Industry

    • Information technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)
    • Some 620,000 computer systems analysts and database administrators were employed in 2006, and that number is expected to grow by 29% by 2016.
    • Network and computer systems administrator positions are anticipated to increase by 27% by 2016, up from 310,000 in 2006. (Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment Projections,” on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/emp/emptabapp.htm, Spring 2008)
    • The number of computer and information systems managers, at 264,000 in 2006, is predicted to rise by 16% by 2016. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)
    • The position of systems analyst has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of its “31 Careers with a Bright Future,” based on criteria that include job satisfaction, prestige, job outlook, and pay. (Best Careers 2008, U.S. News & World Report, December 19, 2007)

    Increase Your Earnings Potential

    With your Walden degree in hand, you may expect to dramatically raise your earnings potential over the course of your career. The earnings gap between those who have four-year college degrees and those who do not has widened throughout the last four decades.

    • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults with bachelor’s degrees earned an average of $54,689 in 2005, while those with high school diplomas earned $29,448.
    • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, based on median weekly earnings, individuals who have bachelor’s degrees earn 62% more than those with high school diplomas, 43% more than those with some college, and 33% more than those with associate degrees.

    Stay Competitive

    To remain competitive in the job market of the future, a bachelor’s degree is critical as more and more individuals pursue higher education.

    • In 2003–04, about 69% of high school seniors expected to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, with 35% of those students expecting to continue on to graduate school. In 1980, only 35% of high school students expected to attain a bachelor’s degree.
    • The number of students enrolling in college immediately after high school increased from 49% in 1972 to 67% in 2004.

    (The Condition of Education 2006, U.S. Department of Education)

    Reach Your Potential

    With a bachelor’s degree from Walden, you’ll have the tools you need to succeed. Take this first step in your career path and prepare yourself for additional study that can lead to a master’s and then a doctoral degree.

    Develop skills for success in:
    • Critical thinking
    • Problem-solving
    • Communication
    • Leadership

    As a Walden B.S. in Computer Information Systems student, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Participate in a convenient online learning experience that includes multimedia content, systems design and development tools, and online collaboration tools, many of which can be accessed on your home computer or on the road.
    • Take more than 70% of your courses in business and computer information systems to gain a competitive edge.
    • Complete general education courses while you take courses in your major, giving you the opportunity to focus on your interests early in your studies and apply what you learn to your workplace.
    • Develop a broad understanding of information systems and strong problem-solving and analytical skills as you build your ability to think creatively and logically.
    • Enjoy a more successful experience with our proactive Student Support Team that helps you balance your educational, personal and professional goals.

    As a student in Walden’s online Computer Information Systems degree program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

    Find out more about what defines Walden’s B.S. in Computer Information Systems program:

    Enhanced Learning Through Technology

    Take a closer look at the types of hands-on projects you can expect as a student in Walden’s B.S. in Information Technology or B.S. in Computer Information Systems program. You can use the latest online learning technologies to gain valuable, practical experience in areas ranging from programming and networking to systems analysis and security—and more.

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    Martin Grossman, D.B.A., M.S., Nova Southeastern University

    Rodney E. Greer, M.B.A., The City University of New York; B.A., Humboldt State University

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    John Stachel, Ph.D., Capella University; M.S., University of Phoenix

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    Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

    1. Apply the fundamental concepts of computing and mathematics to organizational and societal priorities.
    2. Apply business and system analysis methods to identify and define the computing requirements of organizations.
    3. Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system or program that meets the needs of organizational stakeholders.
    4. Work collaboratively with others to implement new processes and systems in an organization.
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, legal, security, and social dimensions of your work.
    6. Communicate effectively with information system stakeholders.
    7. Analyze the impact of information system solutions on individuals, organizations, and global society.
    8. Create a professional development plan based on recognition of its need and value.
    9. Apply current techniques and tools to manage information systems projects.
    10. Demonstrate knowledge of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a business environment.

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    For assistance in deciding which concentration fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.