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Business Information Systems

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The Business Information Systems (BIS) curriculum provides a foundation for students to develop deeper expertise in business information systems activities. The BIS program is intended for those students who wish to move from entry-level jobs to top-level positions where the student would use a combination of business and technical knowledge to lead the design and development of leading-edge enterprise solutions, and maintaining business solutions at the enterprise level.

Why Study Business Information Systems?

Our Business Information Systems faculty focus on collaborative use of programming software to solve business problems. To facilitate this goal, a special lab was created to provide both advanced computer support for each student combined with table configurations that assist in systems development by small groups. Students work to develop a combination of programming expertise and critical thinking to match software solutions with business needs.

Students with a degree in Business Information Systems work in a variety of fields: manufacturing companies, insurance, banking, nonprofit organizations, government, and educational institutions.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Approach challenges with patience, persistence and determination
  • Employ critical thinking to solve problems
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Learn and master new information system technologies as they emerge
  • Work effectively in teams and display self motivation when working independently

Related Fields

Public Accounting

  • Applications specialist
  • Business analyst
  • Consultant
  • Programmer
  • Programmer analyst
  • Software developer
  • System implementer
  • Systems analyst
  • Web developer

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Mark Fauble  110 Student Services Building  mbfaubl@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5825 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Matthew Nelson  SFHB 241  mlnelso@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7794 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.50

Middle 50% GPA

2.69 - 3.35

Required Courses

Students with fewer than 45 hours are evaluated on collegiate coursework and grade point average.

Students with 45-59 hours earned must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Financial accounting (ACC 131),
  • Economics—micro and macro (ECO 105),
  • College algebra (MATH 119) and Finite math (MATH 120), or
  • Applied calculus (MAT 121) or calculus I (MATH 145).

Students with 60 or more hours earned must complete those courses listed above, choosing the applied calculus (MAT 121) or calculus I (MAT 145) option, and complete the following additional courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Managerial accounting (ACC 132) and
  • Statistical reasoning (MQM 100).

Recommended Courses

  • Introductory-level business course (BUS 100),
  • Introductory-level English composition (ENG 101),
  • Intermediate-level English composition (ENG 145), and
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following: ACC 167 and 168; ITK 150; IAI BUS 902; or by passing competency exams of ACC 189.67 and 189.68

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to get an AA or AS.

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Stacey Meyer  COB 129  slmeyer@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8385 

Middle 50% GPA

2.69 - 3.35

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Application Period

September 1 through September 30 and February 1 through February 28.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

Fewer than 45 earned and in progress hours

Evaluated upon college coursework, GPA, and admissions criteria for incoming freshmen.

45 - 59 earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ECO 105
  • MAT 119 and 120 or 121 or 145.

60 or more earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ACC 132
  • ECO 105
  • MQM 100 or ECO/GEO/POL/PSY 138
  • MAT 121 or 145

The College also requires students to complete in the first semester:

  • BUS 100 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following:
    • ACC 167 and 168
    • ITK 150
    • IAI BUS 902
    • by passing competency exams

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Stacey Meyer  COB 129  slmeyer@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8385 
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