Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog Program: Business Intelligence Major, B.S. Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Business Intelligence Major, B.S.

Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics 

College of Business 

  Available Program Format(s): Online, In-Person, Hybrid 

About the Program

The AACSB-Accredited Bachelor of Science in Business Intelligence degree provides a solid foundation in business data analytics as well as the ability to use state-of-the-art methods to stay ahead of the curve in decision-making processes. The program addresses Information Systems topics such as problem-solving, database management systems, systems analysis and design, and information systems security. In addition, the following subjects are part of the degree: business analytics (descriptive, predictive and prescriptive), knowledge discovery and data mining, data science and big data, and data warehousing. The degree contains coverage of classic and cutting-edge tools and techniques including optimization models, waiting line models, simulation and transportation models, as well as key statistical-based tools such as regression modeling, analysis of variance, and tests of independence. Other topics included are data structures and data visualization approaches, advanced methods for predictive analytics using the state-of-the-art software R, supervised learning methods such as neural nets, KNN, classification and regression trees, along with  unsupervised learning methods such as association rules, cluster analysis, and principal component analysis. Given the importance of primary and secondary data to the processes of marketing planning and strategy, as well as of marketing insights and product innovation, the degree also includes content of marketing research methods and tools.

Student Outcomes

Goal 1 - Communication: 
Students will be able to communicate effectively. 
Objective 1.1 - Prepare effective written communication 
Objective 1.2 - Deliver effective oral presentations 

Goal 2 - Decision Making: 
Students will be able to discover business problems and propose recommendations drawn from appropriate frameworks. 
Objective 2.1 - Evaluate the situation using appropriate methods and tools 
Objective 2.2 - Recommend potential solutions using appropriate methods and tools 

Goal 3 - Business Environment: 
Students will be knowledgeable of ethical and global frameworks and how they relate to business decisions.
Objective 3.1 - Students will be able to assess ethical considerations in business decision making. 
Objective 3.2 - Students will demonstrate an understanding of the implications of operating in a global business environment. 

Goal 4 - Core Knowledge: 
Students will demonstrate competence in required business intelligence topics.
Objective 4.1: Database Management 
Objective 4.2: Data Mining/Machine Learning 
Objective 4.3: Big Data Analytics 
Objective 4.4: Marketing Research

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

  • Degree and Certificate Requirements 
  • General Studies Requirements 
  • Multicultural Graduation Requirements 
  • Senior Experience Graduation Requirements 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Intelligence, a student must successfully complete 30 or more credit hours of business coursework at MSU Denver. This 30-hour residency requirement can be met by completing any business courses with the prefix ACC, ACCM, BNK, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT, and REL and a course number of 2000 or higher.  
  • A grade of C- or better is required for each course in the Business Core to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is not required for this program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
    • Recommended: COMM 1010 - Presentational Speaking or COMM 1100 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication, as one of these is required to fulfill an “Additional Requirement” for College of Business students completing any Bachelor of Science major. 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
    • Recommended: MTH 1310 - Finite Mathematics for the Management and Social Sciences, as it is the pre-requisite for MTH 1320 - Calculus for the Management and Social Sciences, which is an “Additional Requirement” for College of Business students completing any Bachelor of Science major.  
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
    • Recommended: ECO 2010 - Principles of Macroeconomics and ECO 2020 - Principles of Microeconomics these courses fulfill an “Additional Requirement” for College of Business students completing any Bachelor of Science major.  
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Business Core: 36 credits

All business majors require foundation course work in all significant areas of business theory and practice. The following courses are required for all majors in Business Intelligence. A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in each business core course to have that course count toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Intelligence. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. Please note the pre-requisites required for each course.

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ACC 2010 - Principles of Accounting I Credits: 3
ACC 2020 - Principles of Accounting II Credits: 3
BUS 1850 - Introduction to Business Credits: 3
BUS 1950 - Business Communication Credits: 3
CIS 2010 - Foundations of Information Systems Credits: 3
CIS 3300 - Business Analytics I (Descriptive and Predictive) Credits: 3
CIS 3320 - Business Analytics II (Prescriptive) Credits: 3
FIN 3300 - Managerial Finance Credits: 3
MGT 2210 - Legal Environment of Business I Credits: 3
MGT 3000 - Organizational Management Credits: 3
MGT 4950 - Strategic Management Credits: 3
MKT 3000 - Principles of Marketing Credits: 3


* Transfer students that transfer in 6 or more credits of business courses will not need to take BUS 1850 but may take any other College of Business 3-credit hour course that does not appear in their Major or Business Core requirements.

College of Business Requirements: 15 credits

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
BUS 3040 - Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Credits: 3
COMM 1010 - Presentational Speaking Credits: 3


COMM 1100 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication Credits: 3


ECO 2010 - Principles of Macroeconomics Credits: 3
ECO 2020 - Principles of Microeconomics Credits: 3
MTH 1320 - Calculus for the Management and Social Sciences Credits: 3

Required Courses: 27 credits

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CIS 2110 - Structured Problem Solving in Information Systems Credits: 3
CIS 2500 - Security Essentials Credits: 3
CIS 3060 - Database Management Systems Credits: 3
CIS 3145 - Business Application Development Credits: 3
CIS 3350 - Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Credits: 3
CIS 3460 - Data Warehousing and Mining Credits: 3
CIS 4060 - Advanced Database Management Systems Credits: 3
CIS 4370 - Data Science and Big Data Analytics Credits: 3
MKT 3010 - Marketing Research Credits: 3

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
MGT 4950 - Strategic Management (this course is also required in the Business Core) Credits: 3

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirement 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Business Core 36 credits
College of Business Requirements 15 credits
Major Requirements 27 credits
Senior Experience (counted in business core)
Unrestricted Electives 6-21 credits
Total for the Business Intelligence Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.