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.
Kim, Sung-kwan

Associate Professor:
Richard Woolridge

Assistant Professors:
Thambusamy, Ravi

Instructor:
Clements, Sarah

TThe Business Information Systems program provides you with technical, business, and interpersonal competencies necessary for success in information technology and business analytics careers. Our graduates hold positions such as IT manager, business and systems analyst, application developer, database developer and administrator, network specialist and administrator, security specialist, 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. The business analytics program components will prepare you to make effective and efficient decisions using data and thus help you differentiate your IT skillset. 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 (0-1 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 (79 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 (30 hours)

BINS 3307 Systems Development Methodologies
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 4351 Data Analysis and Reporting
BINS 4355 Information Systems Development Project

Two courses (6 hours) from the following:
Technical Option

ARST 2318 Computer Application in Art**
ARST 4348 Web Design**
BINS 4309 Special Topics in BIS
BINS 4311 Security Issues and Advanced Topics in Network Technologies*
CPSC 1375/1175 Programming 1/lntro to Computer Science Lab
CRJU 3305 Information Security
CRJU 3309 Cybercrime*
CRJU 4311 Security Management
IFAS 2300 Introduction to Information Assurance*
IFAS 3300 Computer Forensics*
IFSC 1310 Internet Technologies**
IFSC 3300 Internet Applications
IFSC 3342 Mobile Web Design**
IFSC 4330 Database Security*
IFSC 4339 Network Security*
IFSC 4350 Electronic Commerce
IFSC 4360 Social Computing
RHET 4307 Writing Software Documentation**
RHET 4372 Usability Testing and Design**

Management/Entrepreneurship Option

MGMT 3320 Human Resource Management
MGMT 3340 Managing People in Organizations
MGMT 3362 Venture Management and Decision Making
MGMT 4361 Business Planning and Product Innovation**
MGMT 4383 Entrepreneurial Perspectives
MGMT 4391 Employment Law
SPCH 3320 Advanced Public Speaking

Business Analytics Option***

ECON 4350 Econometrics
ESCI 44211ntroduction to GIS
FINC 4355 Predictive Data Analysis
IFSC 4325 Data Mining Concepts & Techniques
IFSC 4345 Information Visualization
MGMT 4304 Supply Chain Management
One of MGKT 3385 Consumer Analysis and Behavior
or MKTG 4310 Marketing Research
*Options in Information Assurance Minor
**Options in UX Design and Web/Mobile Development Certificate
***Options in Business Analytics Certificate

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 in Business Information Systems

To see the full listing of undergraduate courses, go to BINS – Business Information Systems and select the relevant four-letter code to review the undergraduate courses.