Explore our BS in Computer Information Systems 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 quarter credits
- General education courses (45 cr.)*
- Business core courses (31 cr.)
- Computer information systems core courses (30 cr.)
- Concentration course (5 cr.)
- Elective courses (65 cr.)
- Capstone (5 cr.)
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
*Click here for required general education courses by program.
BUSINESS CORE COURSES
Personal and Organizational Leadership
Personal goals, values, and purpose represent the foundations of effective personal leadership. In this introductory course, students explore this concept of personal leadership in their own work and community roles. Through the application of self-assessment tools, students can gain insights into their leadership strengths as well as those areas representing opportunities for improvement. The roles of emotional intelligence and social intelligence are introduced to provide a more comprehensive model of personal leadership. Students also investigate the alignment of Walden's mission of social change with broader societal issues in the workplace, including the relationship between personal and organizational leadership.
Introduction to Management
The roles, functions, and styles of managers, specifically principles and procedures for planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations, are addressed in this introductory course. Emphasized is the practical application of theory to reality. Students focus on the techniques, tools, and methods of managerial decision making and employee motivation, as well as consider the effects of ethical leadership and management practices on an organization. This course is structured so that students have the opportunity to see the interrelationships among the functions, components, and disciplines that comprise the field of management and thereby gain a comprehensive perspective as a foundation for the further study of management.
Fundamentals of Accounting
Students take a top-down approach to understanding introductory accounting documents and procedures by exploring a business's financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement in this course. Students explore the practical uses for information that can be gleaned from these statements, individually and as a whole, through a detailed examination of the properties and characteristics of each statement. Students engage in application assignments and discussions on a variety of topics, such as regulations that should be followed when preparing financial statements as promulgated by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Students examine the U.S. use of GAAP in comparison to the use of International Financial Reporting Standards. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002 AND MATH 1030 or MATH 1040.)
An overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of business operations management is provided to students in this course. Students focus on operations, the supply chain, and the process of transforming resources into products and services. They explore the responsibility of operations managers to make cost-effective and cross-functional decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of manufacturing and service organizations. Students examine product flow processes and product-process strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness within organizations. Students also have the opportunity to learn the process of planning, implementing, and monitoring operations to ensure the continuous improvement and quality standards of goods and services. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002.)
Information Systems in Enterprise
All businesses rely on systems to process, collect, share, and store important information. The most effective way to help an organization achieve its goals is to understand how to leverage information systems and emerging technology. In this course, students have the opportunity to gain skills needed to employ such leverage in the professional arena. Students examine the characteristics of information systems and their role in organizations. They also assess and discuss the impact that information systems have on the enterprise as a whole, in addition to their current architectures, enabling tools, and project cycles. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002.)
Statistical Methods and Applications
Students in this course gain a foundation in statistical methodology as well as ways to use critical judgment in analyzing data sets. Through technology applications and hands-on lab work, students learn concepts of descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, t-test, one-way analysis of variance, correlation, and non-parametric methods (e.g., chi-square tests). Students gain the knowledge and skill to be able to analyze and apply statistics to research problems and everyday life situations.
COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS CORE COURSES
The Internet stitches together many disparate devices and software components into a flexible fabric that supports an enormous variety of uses. Students in this course learn about the functions of these components through a comprehensive evaluation of Internet computing. They examine the design of the Internet protocol stack, the structure and function of some of the most important Internet services and applications, and Internet governance. Students have the opportunity to gain practical experience through the application of concepts, such as performance, scale, and reliability, in the design of information systems. (Prerequisite(s): CMIS 1002 or ITEC 1010.)
The Profession and Practice of Information Technology
This course provides students a foundation for successful study and professional practice in information technology (IT). Students explore a variety of IT careers and develop a foundational understanding of the components of information systems. Students develop key skills for academic and professional success with communications, analysis, and social responsibility.
There are many roles involved in creating and managing an organization's information system, including the systems analyst. The analyst helps to ensure the software development process is successful by understanding its purpose, scope, and resource requirements. This course provides students with the prospect of understanding the field from the perspective of a systems analyst. Students focus on the definition and examination of system requirements, both functional and nonfunctional, for an information system (IS) project. Through the systems analysis process students learn about the identification of stakeholders, techniques for requirement elicitation, representation, and life cycles. Students sharpen their communication and practical skills by working on an information system development project. (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 1015 or ITEC 1010 or CMIS 1002.)
This course provides an introduction to Agile system development and various methodologies that support Agile development. Students explore the discipline of implementing system requirements and developing structural and functional designs that model organizational information technology solutions. They examine conceptual modeling and application frameworks. Students learn the basics of modeling, design representations, and the use of design tools. The course also examines planning and implementation issues. (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 2040 or CMIS 3003.)
Database Management Systems
All businesses rely on computerized systems to manage their data and to keep that data secure, accurate, and reliable. A database is a system designed to do just this as well as to simplify the processes of data entry, search, and retrieval. In this course, students learn about database management through the examination of the life cycle of a database. They focus on the representation and manipulation of information in relational database management systems and learn how to map real-world data to relational representations and how to manipulate data through relational queries to implement data-intensive applications. Students also discuss related issues, such as database storage, data validation, sorting, grouping, and nesting data. Students learn to use a core subset of the Structured Query Language (SQL) as well as the fundamentals of database administration. (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 2055 or ITEC 3040 or CMIS 3004.)
Technical Problem-Solving and Project Management
The process of creation, from conception through completion, is complicated and requires a diverse set of management skills. This course combines the fundamental skills in problem-solving with project management skills. Students are introduced to the knowledge, tools, and techniques needed to successfully manage information technology (IT) projects throughout a project life cycle. Students in this course focus on the IT project management process and development of the project team as key to the successful achievement of IT projects. Students analyze the role of the project manager as an integral administrator overseeing the execution, progress, and interaction of all parties involved. Students learn the intricacies of managing projects and programs that may span multiple organizations. They engage in coursework through which they examine the project management cycle, sourcing strategy, third-party provider selection, and management of third-party providers. (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 2050 or CMIS 3004.)
Object-Oriented Programming Concepts
Information systems rely on underlying programs that respond to users and process information. An information systems specialist must understand the structure and purpose of programs and be able to work with programmers to ensure designs that meet system requirements. Object-oriented programming (OOP) and design facilitate this by presenting information systems as classes and objects that represent complex system contexts in a manner directly transferable to programming specifications. In this course, students learn fundamental aspects of computer programming in an object-oriented language. Students learn about key concepts, including real-world objects and methods in an information systems context. They engage in hands-on practice in designing, creating, and running programs and discuss programming and design topics to share ideas and obtain different perspectives. This concept focus enables students to relate programming to information systems and provides a foundation for learning specific programming languages and skills in the future. (Prerequisite(s): MATH 1040.)
IS Capstone Project
In this capstone project course, students complete an integrative information systems project that combines multiple aspects of their information systems program. The project requires collaboration with a team of students to manage, analyze, design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based information system. The system development process is initiated with a case study included within the course structure. Students will develop a project charter that will guide them through the discovery of system requirements, the creation of a system design, and the development and testing of a functional computer application. Students will develop a management presentation to describe the project design and justify the continuation of the project. Students will also examine their professional goals in the context of their education and develop plans for continued learning and career development based on their personal objectives and priorities.
Choose 13 courses from general education, BS in Computer Information Systems, other Walden bachelor’s degree programs, or Accelerate into Master’s (AIM) courses. Your elective credits should total 65 to meet your program requirements (at least 35 credits must be 3000 level or higher). Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.
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Tuition and Fees
|Curriculum Component||Requirements||Cost||Total *|
|Tuition||181 total quarter credit hours||$325 per quarter hour||$58,825|
|Technology Fee||Per quarter||$160||$2,560|
|Transfer up to 135 credits||$45,795|
|Total with Maximum Transfer Credits†||$15,590|
The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.
†Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.
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Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:
- You are 21 years of age or older.
- You are less than 21 years of age with 60 quarter credit hours.
- You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.
You are concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden.
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