Computer information systems are important to all facets of the business world. The computer information systems field includes people who design and build systems, people who use those systems, and people responsible for managing those systems. The demand for traditional staff such as programmers, business analysts, systems analysts, and designers is significant. D.S.U.’s Computer Information Systems major is offered on campus and online.

Benefits of studying computer information systems at D.S.U.

Our C.I.S. degree is based on a core 48 credits which include an internship and/or undergraduate research. Then, you’ll choose a specialization in one of three areas: business analytics, project management, and application development.

D.S.U. is also home to the Center of Excellence in Information Systems which is an honors program that prepares students to take the lead in the development and application of information technology tools in business, industry, government, and education. And even as a C.I.S. undergraduate, you'll be able to take part in real research opportunities. At D.S.U., you can also make connections and practice your skills in an internship at leading businesses in the state. Due to the high demand for D.S.U. grads, most students find their first job after graduation without ever leaving campus.

Integrated technology

C.I.S. technologies deal with five main components: hardware, software, data, procedures, and people. At D.S.U., you will become familiar with technologies that gather, store, and process data into information, and the applications and networks that distribute this information. You'll learn programming languages, systems development software, project management software, and database development and management tools.

Students in this program may be eligible for the Fast Track program. Contact the Dean of the College of Business and Information Systems for more information.

Get your degree online

Our information systems program is also offered completely online.

Possible job titles

  • Application Developer
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Systems Manager
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • System Analyst
  • Web Developer

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of the B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems, students will:

  • be able to demonstrate the ability to analyze, identify, and define the requirements needed to address business problems and opportunities with technical solutions.
  • be able to design applications for business using programming tools, techniques, and frameworks.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in structuring, collecting and analyzing data to support business operations and strategic decision-making.
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of computer hardware, programming, and database management systems.
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of business disciplines, especially areas that can be optimized through the use of technology.

Admissions Requirements

What do I need to get accepted to D.S.U.?

Our bachelor’s programs are academically challenging, and our selection process is equally rigorous. If you meet these requirements, we’d love for you to join us at D.S.U.!

High School Graduates

First, new freshmen, who are under 24 and graduated from high school, must meet one of these three requirements (Please see the transfer requirements, if you a student transferring from another college or university):

  • An A.C.T. score composite score of 18 or above, or get a subscore on the SAT Reasoning Test Math and Critical Reading of 950 or above
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Rank in the upper 60% of your high school graduating class

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may qualify for admission on probation.

Second, you must also have completed the following courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale:


You must have one of the following:

  • 4 years of English
  • A.C.T. English sub-test score of 18 or above
  • A.P. English score of 3 or above
Advanced mathematics

You must have one of the following:

  • 3 years of advanced mathematics
  • A.C.T. Math sub-test score of 20 or above
  • A.P. Calculus score of 3 or above
Laboratory science

You must have one of the following:

  • 3 years of laboratory science
  • A.C.T. Science Reasoning sub-test score of 17 or above
  • A.P. Science score of 3 or above
Social science

You must have one of the following:

  • 3 years of social science
  • A.C.T. Social Studies/Reading sub-test score of 17 or above
  • A.P. Social Studies score of 3 or above
Fine arts

You must have one of the following:

  • 1 year of fine arts
  • A.P. Fine Arts score of 3 or above
Computer science

We expect that students looking to be admitted to D.S.U. will have basic keyboarding skills and experience in using computer word processing and database and spreadsheet programs. We also expect you to have experience in using the Internet or other wide area networks. These expectations may be met by high school coursework.

If you meet the admission requirements but don't meet the course requirements listed above, you can be admitted to an associate degree program. Once you complete the associate program, you may apply for admission into a bachelor's program.

Non-High School Graduates

For those who are not high school graduates, you must meet both of the requirements below for admission:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Complete the GED High School Equivalency Certificate with the following minimum scores:
    • Total score of at least a 580
    • A score of at least 145 on each subject

Home-schooled/Non-accredited HS Graduates

Students who are home-schooled or attended a non-accredited high school must submit an official transcript (in a semester format) for review from either an accredited regional authority or home school provider in conjunction with state requirements. For admission you must meet both the following requirements:

  • Meet the minimum course requirements list as listed above in the "High School Graduate" section
  • An A.C.T. score composite score of 18 or above, or get a subscore on the SAT Reasoning Test Math and Critical Reading of 970 or above

Non-Traditional Students (24 years & older)

  • If you’re 24 years old or older, you must have graduated from high school, completed the GED with a minimum combined score of 580 and a score of at least 145 on each subject, or met state requirements for the high school equivalency certificate.
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Last updated April 12, 2019
This course is Online, Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
8 semesters
32,713 USD
Total cost: $32,713.95; Average cost per credit hour: $272.62.
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