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Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

Combining Technical Know-How With Business Savvy

Technology directly influences the business world, from protecting digital assets to how an organization builds its online presence, utilizes data and attracts clients and customers. Through The University of Texas at Tyler’s Bachelor of Science in computer information systems program, you’ll combine your passion for information technology, data and programming with a comprehensive business foundation to prepare to power the operations of large corporations to small companies throughout the East Texas region.

What does this mean for your career? You’ll begin to view technology through a business lens, learning how to set up a network or build a database in line with current and future business needs. Through a multipart curriculum and hands-on opportunities, you’ll earn key computer security certifications, develop a specialization and look toward making an impact as a database administrator, systems manager or business analyst.

Why Major in Computer Information Systems at UT Tyler?

Every industry needs technological thinkers to help businesses operate with efficiency and accuracy, explore the vast opportunities data brings and secure networks from intruders. A Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from UT Tyler prepares you to assume this role and lead network management, database organization and business-related information technology applications.

Here’s how we help you achieve your goals:

  • Specialization: Specialize your degree in e-commerce, internet applications, advanced information systems or data communications and networks.
  • Hands-on experience: See how integral computer information systems are to the business world through an internship. Our students have interned with such leading employers as American Standard, Carrier Corp., NASA, Genesis World, Brookshire Grocery Co., UT Health East Texas and the city of Tyler.
  • Access: In our Data Analytics Lab, you’ll have exclusive access to the Texas Advanced Computer Center and Stampede II, ranked as one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.
  • Certifications: Earn computer security certifications that meet federal employment requirements through a curriculum approved by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and National Security Agency (NSA).
  • Affordability: University HQ named UT Tyler one of the Top 100 Affordable Information Technology Schools, as well as one of the Top 100 Most Affordable Computer Science Schools.
  • Grow your network: Build key connections alongside your skills. Computer information systems majors are encouraged to become members of the Association for Computer Machinery student chapter to network with established industry professionals.

What You’ll Learn

The Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems involves a multipart curriculum combining Pre-Business and Common Business Core sequences with required computer science courses. Along with exposure to all functional business areas, you’ll grow your knowledge of object-oriented and procedural-oriented programming languages, developing web-based applications, computer network operations and design and developing applications, databases and cybersecurity strategies.

Beyond strictly technical knowledge, you’ll explore where computing and business intersect. Understand how technology shapes business decisions, including legal and ethical considerations, and prepare to make processes more efficient and introduce or upgrade existing systems.

You’ll take Pre-Business and Common Business Core courses, including:

  • Business Law and Social Responsibility
  • Business Writing and Oral Presentations
  • Critical and Analytical Thinking in Business
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • International Business
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Information Systems Software
  • Management Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • Strategic Management

These are paired with the following computer science courses:

  • Analysis and Logical Design
  • Business Intelligence and Analysis
  • Data Communications and Computer Networks
  • Database Design
  • Information Systems Design Project
  • Object-Oriented Paradigm
  • Programming Fundamentals for Non-CS Majors
  • Retail Cyber Security

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems?

All industries benefit from informed and driven computer information systems professionals. Take advantage of projected demand: the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 15% growth for computer and information technology occupations through 2031.

Our graduates generally go into business and technology professions, working as computer systems analysts, data analysts, database administrators, network designers and administrators, information security analysts, software developers, programmers or in other technical positions. Individuals with CIS degrees can be found in virtually every type of organization at local to global levels.

Our graduates hold positions with leading regional and national employers, including:

  • Bell Helicopter
  • Brookshire Grocery Co.
  • Carrier Corp.
  • City of Tyler
  • CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System
  • Genesis World
  • Microsoft
  • NASA
  • Oracle
  • Trane Inc.
  • UT Health East Texas

How to Apply

The University of Texas at Tyler offers a streamlined admissions process for all undergraduate students. Have questions or concerns? Our admissions team can guide you through all requirements and answer any questions you may have. Reflecting our reputation as one of the most affordable colleges in the state, our financial aid team helps you explore all scholarships, grants and other forms of assistance.

For admissions decisions in general:

  • UT Tyler automatically accepts students from the Top 25% of graduating classes in Texas.
  • Students from the 2nd to 4th quartiles must have a 2.75 or higher GPA.

Ready to apply? Review all undergraduate requirements to get started.

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UT Tyler has established partnerships with community colleges across Texas, allowing for a seamless transfer of your credits. Our relationships let you stick with your degree plan and graduate on time, right on your schedule.

Transfer Prerequisites

In preparation to enter UT Tyler’s bachelor’s in computer information systems, completing the following lower-division courses fulfills prerequisites for junior- and senior-level coursework.

  • BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications
  • COSC 1336 Programming Fundamentals I
  • COSC 1337 Programming Fundamentals II
  • MATH 1342 Statistics
  • ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics

Please contact us if your institution does not offer these courses, and an advisor will assist you in finding equivalent courses.

Learn More About Transfer Pathways

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

July 1

ApplyTexas application opens for incoming first-year students.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

December 1

Application deadline to be eligible for scholarships.

May 1

Deadline for Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Transfer Presidential Scholarships.

August 1

Deadline for Patriot Promise Scholarship.

Next Steps

Get ready to shape the future. Discover all the places a degree in computer information systems from UT Tyler can take you.