Department of Business Information Systems

Donald W. Reynolds Center, Room 205, (501) 569-3484, fax (501) 683-7021, Website, View/Download PDF Version

Chairperson:
Robert Mitchell, Professor

Professors:
Bailey, Janet L.

Associate Professor:
Kim, Sung-kwan

Assistant Professors:
Parks, Rachida
Thambusamy, Ravi
Woolridge, Richard

Instructor:
Clements, Sarah

The Business Information Systems program (formerly Management Information Systems) provides you with technical, business, and interpersonal competencies necessary for success in the information technology field. Our graduates hold positions such as IT manager, business and systems analyst, application developer, database developer and administrator, network specialist and administrator, and project manager, to name a few.

Our undergraduate program helps you integrate technical skill development with business competencies necessary to ensure efficient and effective business applications in a rapidly evolving global environment. Skills you develop in communication, teaming, and problem solving make you an invaluable asset as an IT professional. Our master’s program allows you to further develop strategic and tactical skills for management of value-based IT systems which support the strategy and processes of an organization.

General Information

All majors in the department are required to achieve a grade of C or greater in all courses required in their major; all majors must also complete all required minor courses with a 2.0 overall GPA; all non-business majors completing a minor within the department are required to achieve a grade of C or greater in all courses transferred to or taken at UALR in order to fulfill course requirements in the minor block of courses. The Business Information Systems major prepares graduates to use computer technologies effectively to meet organizational objectives, to speak the language of business and translate needs into technological solutions, and to make effective and efficient decisions using data. The program emphasizes the development of skills and competencies needed for success in high-growth IT positions, such as web/mobile applications developer, business analyst, database developer, telecommunications specialist, project manager, and security specialist.

Business Analytics

The Business Analytics major is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares graduates to use evidence-based data to make decisions and improve organizational effectiveness. The program focuses on the development of a highly demanded combination of technical and decision-making skills for big-data occupations across many industries, including business analyst, marketing manager, IT project manager, operations analyst, or financial analyst.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Business Analytics allows graduates to differentiate career preparation through the application of technical and analytical skills to decision making in their chosen fields of business.

Business Information Systems Program Objectives

Students completing the BIS degree should be able to:

  • Display critical thinking skills
  • Apply technical skills and knowledge of technologies to business issues.
  • Demonstrate competence in applying functional business knowledge.
  • Solve real world and/or simulated business problems.
  • Display a global perspective and an understanding of cultural issues.
  • Have an ethical perspective and behave ethically.
  • Exhibit effective oral and written communication skills.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Information Systems

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (35 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)
Major (75 hours)
General-business Courses (21 hours)
    MATH 1342 Business Calculus
    ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I
    ACCT 2330 Principles of Accounting II
    ECON 2310 Business Statistics I
    ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics
    ECON 2323 Principles of Macroeconomics
    MKTG 2380 Legal Environment of Business
Professional Business Studies Foundation (28 hours)
    Career Catalyst (BSAD 2010, BSAD 4010)
    BINS 3305 Business Information Systems
    BINS 3352 Data Analytics and Visualization
    BINS 3380 Business Communication
    BSAD 3100 Business Professionalism
    ECON 3355 Quantitative Business Analysis
    FINC 3310 Business Finance
    MGMT 3300 Principles of Management
    MGMT 3304 Operations Management
    MGMT 4380 Business Strategy
    MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing
Emphasis Area (27 hours)
BINS Required Courses (24 hours)
    BINS 3307 Systems Development Methodologies
    BINS 3310 Business Applications in COBOL
    BINS 3352 Data Analysis and Visualization
    BINS 4310 Network Technologies
    BINS 4312 Object-Oriented Programming
    BINS 4314 Advanced Programming
    BINS 4331 Management of Information Resources
    BINS 4350 Business Database Management Systems
    BINS 4355 Information Systems Development Project

One course (3 hours) from the following

    BINS 4309 Seminar: Special Topics in CIS/BIS
    BINS 4311 Security Issues and Advanced Topics in Network Technologies
    CPSC 2376 Programming II
    CPSC 1375 Programming I and
    CPSC 1175 Introduction to Computer Science Laboratory
Minor (none required; pre-business and professional business studies courses fill all hours)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Analytics

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (35 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)
Major (82 hours)
General-business Courses (21 hours)
    MATH 1342 Business Calculus
    ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I
    ACCT 2330 Principles of Accounting II
    ECON 2310 Business Statistics I
    ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics
    ECON 2323 Principles of Macroeconomics
    MKTG 2380 Legal Environment of Business
Professional Business Studies Foundation (28 hours)
    Career Catalyst (BSAD 2010, BSAD 4010)
    BINS 3305 Business Information Systems
    BINS 3352 Data Analytics and Visualization
    BINS 3380 Business Communication
    BSAD 3100 Business Professionalism
    ECON 3355 Quantitative Business Analysis
    FINC 3310 Business Finance
    MGMT 3300 Principles of Management
    MGMT 3304 Operations Management
    MGMT 4380 Business Strategy
    MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing
Emphasis Area (18 hours)
    BINS 4350 Business Database Management Systems
    BINS 4351 Data Analysis and Reporting
    BINS 4360 Business Analytics Project Development
    FINC 4355 Predictive Data Analysis
    MKTG 4310 Marketing Research
    SPCH 3320 Advanced Public Speaking
Electives (6 hours)
    BINS 3392 Cooperative Education I
    or BINS 4394 Internship
    MGMT 4304 Supply Chain Management
    MKTG 3385 Consumer Analysis and Behavior
    One of the following:
    ECON 4350 Econometrics
    ERSC 44221 Introduction to GIS
    IFSC 4325 Data Mining
    IFSC 4345 Information Visualization
Minor (none required)

(Pre-business and professional business studies courses fill all hours)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Undergraduate Certificate in Business Analytics

18 Hours Required:
Required (9 hours):
    BINS 4350 Business Database Management Systems
    or IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
    BINS 4351 Data Analysis and Reporting
    FINC 4355 Predictive Data Analysis
Electives (9 hours):

    MGMT 4304 Supply Chain Management
    MKTG 4310 Marketing Research
At least one of the following:
    ECON 4350 Econometrics
    ERSI 4421 Intro to GIS
    IFSC 4325 Data Mining
    IFSC 4345 Information Visualization
    3 hours of an approved elective

Business Information Systems Minor (21 hours)

    BINS 3305 Management Information Systems
    BINS 3352 Data Analysis and Visualization
    BINS 4331 Management of Information Resources

Four courses or (12 hours) from the following (with approval of the management department chair):

    ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I
    BINS 3307 Systems Development Methodologies
    BINS 4309 Seminar: Special Topics in CIS/MIS
    BINS 4310 Network Technologies
    BINS 4311 Security Issues and Advanced Topics in Network Technologies
    BINS 4312 Object-Oriented Programming
    BINS 4350 Business Database Management Systems
    BINS 4355 Information Systems Development Project

Courses in Business Information Systems (BINS)