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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Intelligence Major, B.S.

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The 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.


Required Courses Semester Hours
General Studies 34
Business Core 33
College of Business Requirements 6
Major in Business Intelligence Core Courses 27
Senior Experience 3
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.

General Studies

Arts and Humanities

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Natural and Physical Sciences

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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.

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The University’s multicultural requirement is satisfied by taking an approved multicultural course.

Multicultural Graduation Requirements  

Senior Experience

Elective/Complementary Courses

17 credits of general electives


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 and MKT and a course number of 2000 or higher.

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