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Computer Information Systems - B.B.A.

COLLEGE:    College of Business Administration

DEPARTMENT:    Department of Management and Information Systems
Room A432, Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-2750
E-mail: mis@kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/business

DESCRIPTION:    The Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems is designed to provide students with a focus on the creation and supervision of the Computerized Information Systems (CIS) that commonly are used in organizations of all types and sizes. There is a primary emphasis on problem solving within systems development, on the logic of programming and on state-of-the-art programming languages and methodologies. Examples of CIS include airline reservation systems, bank automated teller systems, trading systems for stock exchanges and accounting/auditing systems.

Once the required courses have been completed, students can select electives that will lead them in various professional career directions. One of these directions focuses on system development—preparing students for work as programmers, systems analysts and application system architects. Careers in this specialization area can involve intensive technical work writing program code, work in database design and support, projects in high-level system design and project management of these activities. A second direction focuses on the creation and maintenance of local and wide area networks and other computing infrastructure components, and prepares students for careers as network engineers and network managers. Some material taught in courses connected with both of these specialization areas correlates with the knowledge needed to pass professional certification exams.

Students also are strongly encouraged to engage in a CIS internship, which involves a summer or a semester of paid professional experience in industry. Internship experience helps show the relevance of on-campus courses to professional work, helps students focus their career plans and often enables students to secure better post-graduate jobs. Three hours of academic credit can be earned for an internship. Guidance in selecting electives is available from the CIS faculty or from the Undergraduate Programs Office.

Combined Baccalaureate/Master's Program in the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management
Students must have earned 90 semesters hours to apply for the Combine Baccalaureate/Master's Program in the College of Business Administration. In addition, they must meet the GPA requirement of 3.30 after 90 semester hours

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Computer systems analysts held about 532,200 jobs in 2008. Although they are employed in many industries, 24 percent of these workers were in the computer systems design and related services industry. Computer systems analysts also were employed by governments; insurance companies; financial institutions; and business management firms. About 30,300 computer systems analysts were self-employed in 2008.

Computer software engineers and computer programmers held about 1.3 million jobs in 2008. Approximately 514,800 were computer applications software engineers, about 394,800 were computer systems software engineers, and about 426,700 were computer programmers. Although computer software engineers and computer programmers can be found in a wide range of industries about 32 percent were employed in computer systems design and related services. Many also worked for software publishers, manufacturers of computers and related electronic equipment, financial institutions, and insurance providers. About 48,200 computer software engineers and computer programmers were self-employed in 2008.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

Transfer Student: A cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 (2.25 for economics) is required for admission into the College of Business Administration. Students who have previously attended Kent State who completed (or the equivalent of) COMM 15000, ENG 11011, ENG 21011, MATH 11010 must have earned a minimum C (2.00) grade, and a 2.50 average in MIS 24053, MIS 24060 and MIS 24065.   
GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  39 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.50 GPA overall and 2.50 GPA in major required for graduation. Minimum C (2.00) grade in COMM 15000, ENG 21011 and MATH 11010 (or placement out of MATH 11010). A 2.50 average in MIS 24053, 24060 and 24065   
LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
    None

STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES:    There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.   
PROGRAM FEE:    $85/semester   
ACCREDITATION:    Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, The

STUDENT
ORGANIZATIONS:
Association for Computing Machinery; Collegiate Business Association; Delta Sigma Pi; Management and Information System Association (MISA); Net Impact Kent State University

GRADUATE
PROGRAMS:
Master of Business Administration: Information Systems (M.B.A.); Computer Science (M.A. and M.S.)

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