Apr 18, 2024  
2016-17 Catalog 
2016-17 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate in Business Information Systems (CBIS)

Al Case (AIS Advisor), 541-552-6556  CaseA@sou.edu
Katie Pittman (MIS Advisor), 541-552-8204  PittmanK@sou.edu

The increasingly critical role of information systems within organizations has created a strong demand for graduates who are knowledgeable about both information systems and business. This certificate program provides students with the opportunity to gain expertise in business software applications and to develop an in-depth knowledge of organizational information systems. Students enrolled in this certificate program will choose a focus area in either Accounting Information Systems (AIS) or Management Information Systems (MIS).

The AIS option provides students with the accounting and technical skills necessary for successful careers in accounting and accounting information systems in today’s technology-oriented marketplace. The MIS option includes a combination of applied and theoretical courses in business computer applications, programming, analytics, and the development of information systems. This option equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a variety of careers in business and data analytics.

In size and scope, the certificate is between a minor and a major. To be awarded an AIS or MIS certificate, students must complete the course requirements listed below and the SOU requirements for a BA or BS degree or the transfer equivalent. A majority of the credits must be taken at SOU. All courses taken for the certificate must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher in all certificate courses. This certificate program is open to undergraduates, graduates, and post-baccalaureate students.

Focus Area Coursework (28 credits)

Credits must be taken from one of the focus areas listed below.

Accounting Information Systems (AIS)

(28 credits)

Management Information Systems (MIS)

(28 credits)

Requirements (12-20 credits)

Complete a minimum of 12 credits from this section. CS 200 or CS 256 is required. Additional courses from this section may be completed toward the 28 credit MIS Focus total.


*Must be in a related area and be approved in advance by the certificate advisor.