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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems Major, B.S.

All candidates for a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems must satisfy the General Studies requirements, the business core course requirements, the College of Business requirements, and the major requirements described in the following sections. The basic structure of the computer information systems program is:

Required Courses Semester Hours
General Studies 34
Business Core 33
College of Business Requirements 9
Major in Computer Information Systems 27
Unrestricted Electives* 17
Total Hours (minimum) 120

* MSU Denver’s Multicultural and Global Diversity requirements may be satisfied by taking an approved Multicultural course in the General Studies or electives portion of the degree requirement.

NOTE: Unrestricted Elective credits may vary. Total unrestricted electives must be sufficient for student to meet MSU Denver’s minimum required 120 credit hours.

A grade of “D-” or better must be earned in each course required for the major in order for that course to count toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.

General Studies: 34 credits

The academic foundation for a successful business career or graduate work is a broad liberal arts education.

See the General Studies program requirements for a list of approved courses.

Arts and Humanities


  • Historical elective

Natural and Physical Sciences

  • Natural and Physical Sciences electives

Social and Behavioral Sciences I

Social and Behavioral Sciences II

Global Diversity

Students may satisfy the Global Diversity requirement by completing any course designated as Global Diversity within one of the following General Studies categories: Arts and Humanities; Historical; Natural and Physical Sciences; Social and Behavioral Sciences I; or Social and Behavioral Sciences II. Students may also use an unrestricted elective to satisfy this requirement.

See General Studies requirements .


 *MTH 1110 or MTH 1400, with graphing calculator experience strongly recommended, is acceptable for transfer students or students changing their major. Consult with the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences on substitutions.

Business Core:

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 accounting, computer information systems, finance, management and marketing. 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 a business program. A student cannot register for a business core course until all General Studies requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy are complete. (Revised: October 16, 2015)

College of Business Requirements:

Total Hours for College of Business Requirements: 9

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements:

(27 credits, 18 required credits plus 9 credits from Option 1 or 9 credits from Option 2):

Option 1: CIS Degree (9 credits)

This option does not require students to declare an area of concentration and thus allows them maximum flexibility in choosing their two upper-division CIS Electives and their CIS Capstone Group course.

  • Computer Information Systems Capstone Group (any 4000-level CIS course excluding CIS 4050) (3 credits)
  • Upper-division CIS Electives (6 credits)

Option 2: CIS Degree with an Area of Concentration (9 credits)

This option requires students to declare one, and only one, area of concentration. The area of concentration chosen dictates the CIS electives the students take. In addition, students complete the same set of core CIS courses as in Option 1.

Areas of Concentration

Total Hours Required for Computer Information Systems Major: 27


To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems, 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, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT and MKT and a course number of at least 2000, except FIN 2250. A student must complete at least twelve (12) upper-division semester hours in Computer Information Systems at MSU Denver, excluding CIS 3340, CIS 3300, and CIS 3320.