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Computer Information Systems

The computer information systems (CIS) major at Bemidji State University combines the best of the business administration & computer science majors into a unique hybrid information technology (IT) major. You'll get a solid technical education in computer science, while at the same time receiving classroom and real-world experience in business and management.  That all means you'll have more options for jobs.

Listen to what industry is saying...IT specialists who are not strangers to business integration have greater advancement opportunities!

Now that technology permeates all aspects of business, hard skills alone aren't enough to land the most desirable IT jobs. By taking the initiative to gain a view of the big picture, including such areas as finance, marketing and management, you'll be preparing yourself for a broader and better range of employment opportunities.

Put simply, the most sought-after IT professionals don't just know how the technology works -- they also understand the business it's for.

Career Options

The IT profession continues to thrive in the U.S. , with a pressing need to get more people into the pipeline. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2014, the IT industry will create close to 1 million new jobs and, with retirements, have more than 1.3 million job openings. IT jobs account for six of the 30 jobs that the bureau predicts will grow the fastest, with increases around 50% over a decade. That means you firms will be competing for top candidates and your options will be increased.

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Candidates for the bachelor of science in computer information systems are required to complete thirty-three semester credits in core course requirements, thirty-two semester credits in related disciplines, and twelve semester credits in selected electives for a total of seventy-seven semester credits in addition to liberal education requirements.

Recommended High School Classes:

Classes in algebra, accounting, and computers are helpful. Keyboarding and foreign languages are also recommended. Any class work that would strengthen communication skills will be advantageous, especially speech and writing.