Professional Experience, Career Preparation

Develop both business and computer science skills that will prepare you for immediate employment and provide the foundational knowledge for long-term career advancement. The Computer Information Systems emphasis of our Business Administration bachelor’s program offers a variety of hands-on learning opportunities designed to give you practical experience and a competitive edge in the job market. You’ll work with state-of-the-industry business applications that will prepare you to compete with the best. You’ll also benefit from the personal mentorship of award-winning business faculty who bring professional information system experience, and a real-world perspective, to the classroom.

Charmayne Cullom

Faculty Spotlight

Charmayne Cullom, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Information Systems

With a background in project leadership in information systems and operations research/production management of electric utilities, Charmayne Cullom teaches classes in networking and e-commerce. Her current research interests include applying mission-driven criteria to information systems for nonprofits; blending UML, Object-Oriented Systems and Resources, Events, Agents for accounting business information systems; and network security. She is a Fellow of the International Information Management Association, and has published articles on quality, human machine interfaces and assorted information systems topics.

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Degree Option

B.S. in Business Administration Computer Information Systems

Within the curriculum, particular attention is paid to the strategic nature of technology. In the CIS program, students acquire knowledge of computer programming, networking, systems analysis and design, database management systems, decision support systems and e-commerce.

Graduates of the CIS program usually enter the job market as programmers/analysts or networking personnel. Subsequent positions may include systems analysts, database administrators and network administration. Most CIS graduates focus on creating and implementing software and procedures used to service large and small organizations including manufacturing, retail, wholesale, financial, insurance, communications and government groups.

Minor Options

Computer Information Systems Minor

Enhance your major area of study with a fundamental understanding of computing, technology, communications and networking. In the Computer Information Systems minor, you’ll learn to integrate information systems into diverse career activities and gain a general background in corporate information systems.

Business Administration Minor

Learn about the fundamental areas of business including accounting, computer information systems, finance, management and marketing. Our 18-21 credit minor offers non-business majors a solid business background that will enrich any career path.

Business Administration Minor with Entrepreneurial Option

Want to learn what it takes to operate your own business? Add the Entrepreneurial option to your Business minor and gain a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, computer information systems analysis and small business operations (requires six additional hours of study).

Global Business Minor

UNC's Global Business Minor is designed for students in Business Administration and wish to pursue an additional area of study in global business. Completion of the minor provides broad exposure to the global areas of business administration. These include at a minimum finance, economics, management, and marketing. The minor is only open to students who major in Business Administration.

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Experience to prepare you for success

In UNC’s Business Administration program, you’ll find professional opportunities usually reserved for graduate programs. Our specialized Applied Networking Lab provides opportunities across all platforms, thanks to academic partners like Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle and IBM. You’ll work with actual clients in practical business settings through internships, part-time jobs and other experiential learning opportunities in the area of business computing and technology. You’ll also take part in valuable networking events, hear from some of the world’s top business minds and participate in a nationally recognized student club.

“The Monfort College of Business has great resources, and the faculty is dedicated to helping students succeed. I appreciate the close connection with the faculty and staff. It is the higher quality education I was looking for.”

–Ashley Cooper, Class of 2011 Microsoft Student Partner (one of 100 nationwide)

Your Future in Computer Information Systems

There’s a reason our graduates regularly score in the top 5 to 10 percent on the national Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Business: UNC’s Monfort College of Business offers one of the top undergraduate business programs in the nation and is accredited by AACSB International—the gold standard of accreditation in business education.

Consider UNC’s B.S. in CIS if you want to:

  • Pursue a career in computer programming or networking
  • Gain practical experience through hands-on learning opportunities
  • Excel in small classes with close faculty mentorship

You’ll learn:

  • Computer programming
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Database design and administration
  • Security, e-business and networking

Sample courses:

  • Designing User Experiences
  • Advanced Database Management
  • Systems Platforms and Network Development
  • Graphical Interface Programming
  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Senior CIS Project

Beyond the Classroom

As a graduate of UNC’s Computer Information Systems program, you’ll be ready to bring computer programming, software development, management and other key business skills to organizations large and small. You’ll also have a strong career outlook: according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer and information systems managers will grow as firms increasingly expand their business to digital platforms.

Where can your degree take you?

Our graduates work in many different kinds of industries, including manufacturing, retail, wholesale, financial, insurance, communications and government agencies. Many enter the job market as programmers or networking personnel. You might also find positions as systems analysts, database administrators and data communications specialists.

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