Program Overview

The Bachelor of Business Administration in business information systems prepares students for high-demand, technology-based careers in a rapidly evolving global environment. The 120-hour, fully online degree program couples technical skill development with business competencies to ensure the production of efficient and effective business applications.

Business information systems majors develop skills in communication, teaming, and problem solving to make them invaluable assets as IT professionals. 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.

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University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

First Year Experience

Choose 3 hours

College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

Helps students reach their educational objectives. Interactive instructional methods promote the development of critical thinking skills and positive educational values. Students 1) complete a personal assessment to enha...

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PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium

3 credit hours

Communication – Written

Choose 3 - 6 hours

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
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RHET 1320 Honors Composition

1311 - Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, or RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional wri...

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RHET 1311 Composition I

3 credit hours

1312 - Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, wit...

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RHET 1312 Composition II

3 credit hours

For students with superior achievement in English. Fulfills first year composition core curriculum requirement. Admission by invitation. Three credit hours.

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RHET 1320 Honors Composition

3 credit hours

Fine Arts

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of art, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the visual arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is required. ...

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ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art

3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of music, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the musical arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is require...

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MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music

3 credit hours

A First Experience This course is designed for individuals considering majoring in theatre or dance. It serves as an introduction to the discipline, the profession, career options, and theatre as a “way of knowing.”

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THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

3 credit hours

Basic elements of movies, the process of movie making, and the approaches to movie aesthetics and criticism. Assignments may include viewing motion pictures at local theatres. Three credit hours.

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MCOM 2306 Introduction to Motion Pictures

3 credit hours

Humanities

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. Study of selected texts reflecting various Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions.

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ENGL 2337 World Literature

3 credit hours

This course will examine myths from around the world, exploring how archetypal themes and motifs reflect shared moral, philosophic, and aesthetic concerns. An emphasis will be placed on how these myths are transmitted ac...

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ENGL 2339 Mythology

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Study of selected texts reflecting a variety of ethical systems from Western and non-Western literary heritages and ethical traditions. Assigned works represent several national ethical literatur...

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PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

3 credit hours

Social Sciences

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

PSYC 2300 is recommended for College of Business students.

Prerequisite: RHET 1311 recommended. Examines the concept of culture, cultural processes, and anthropological theories. Topics include subsistence strategies, politics, religion, gender, ethnicity, economics, marriage, s...

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ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology

3 credit hours

Basic understanding of legal and ethical foundations of criminal justice and the major components of the criminal justice system. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number CRJU 1023)

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CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

The wants of individuals and societies are unlimited, while the resources for satisfying these wants are limited. Consequently, choices have to be made. Economics is the science of choice. Survey of Economics introduces ...

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ECON 2301 Survey of Economics

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1302. The theory of the individual firm in the economy, cost and price determination, income distribution, and welfare economics. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number ECON 2203)

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ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics

3 credit hours

The nature, distribution, and development of various cultural systems as they interact with each other and with their environment. A study is made of spatial patterns in the elements of culture, including population, rel...

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GEOG 2312 Introduction to Cultural Geography

3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary analysis of gender. Includes examination of gender identity, social roles, and cultural symbolism in politics, economics, family, health, socializa...

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GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies

3 credit hours

Introduction to social science concepts as applied to political analysis. Analysis of individuals, groups, and society, particularly the study of social, economic, and political structures and behavior.

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POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Focuses on development of the individual in the context of physical and social environments. Topics include the scientific method and its application to the study of the individual, the relations...

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PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience

3 credit hours

Recommended: RHET 1311. Introduction to sociological concepts. Analysis of society, particularly the study of human organization. An overview of the theories and methods utilized in the discipline is provided and will be...

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SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

History of Civilization

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations from their beginnings to approximately AD 1600: the development of integrated political, social, economic, religious, intellectu...

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HIST 1311 History of Civilization I

3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations since approximately AD 1600: examination of the persistence of traditional civilizations and the changes in the world order due ...

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HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

3 credit hours

U.S. History or Government

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Description, analysis, and explanation of the major political, social, economic and diplomatic events through “Reconstruction.” Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural development of three civilizations, N...

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HIST 2311 US History to 1877

3 credit hours

Description, analysis, and explanation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic events to the present time. Special attention is devoted to the forces of Modernity and the impact of cultural pluralism on traditi...

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HIST 2312 US History since 1877

3 credit hours

College Core Courses (15 hours)

Freshman Experience

Choose 1

BSAD 1100 satisfies the university first-year experience requirement for business majors. The course provides an overview of business as a profession, including an introduction to frameworks for ethical decision making a...

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BSAD 1100 Business Perspectives

1 credit hours

Science

Choose 8 hours

A hands-on examination of the study of past and present human and nonhuman primates as biological organisms. Topics include human genetics, variation and osteology, nonhuman primate taxonomy and behavior, forensic anthro...

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ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology

3 credit hours

1301 - Study of the process of science by which knowledge about our place in the cosmos is obtained. Examples of possible observations and the inferences drawn from them. 1101 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 1301 or ...

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ASTR 1301/1101 Introduction to Astronomy and Lab

4 credit hours

Evolutionary, ecological, and environmental interrelationships among organisms. Basic biological principles and modern technology form the basis for inquiry and debate.

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BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology

3 credit hours

The process of science, including observation, evaluation, and predictions, will be applied to the understanding of biological principles. Illustration of the methods of science in the study of major biological concepts,...

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BIOL 1401 Science of Biology

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401, or 1411 and 1412, AND CHEM 1400 or 1402, or their equivalents. The morphology, physiology, and classification of microorganisms; the relationship of microorganisms to biotechnology, medi...

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BIOL 2401 Microbiology

3 credit hours

1302 - An introduction to the science of geology, the geological view of the human environment, how geologists learn about Planet Earth, and how society and geology interact. 1102 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1302...

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ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

1303 - An introduction to the science of geology, how geologists have learned about the Earth using geologic time as a theme. 1103 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1303. A laboratory course designed to accompany ERSC ...

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ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

1304 - This is an introductory course environmental geology course that examines interactions between human beings and our changing planet, the affects of natural/geologic hazards on humans, and anthropogenic (human-caus...

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ERSC 1304/1104 Earth and the Environment and Lab

4 credit hours

Mathematics

Choose 3 hours

Prerequisite: A grade of C or greater in Math 0301 – Intermediate Algebra, a grade of AA, BA or CA in Math 0321 Pre-Core Mathematics, an equivalent transfer course, or an ACT Mathematics score of 21, or SAT Mathematics...

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MATH 1302 College Algebra

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test Corequisite with consent of instructor: MATH 1302.

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MATH 1303 Trigonometry

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302 or an equivalent transfer course or an ACT Mathematics score of 24. Not intended for mathematical science majors or minors.

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MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Differential and integral calculus with applications to economics and management sci...

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MATH 1342 Business Calculus

3 credit hours

The course includes concepts in​ ​algebra and trigonometry that are directly applicable to success​ ​in calculus such as functions, equations, trigonometric identities​ ​systems of equations and conic sectio...

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MATH 1401 Pre-calculus

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in MATH 1302 and 1303, equivalent transfer courses, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Limits and limit theorems, continuity, derivatives and the chain rule, implic...

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MATH 1451 Calculus I

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or 1321 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental ideas of statistics, including descriptive statistics, normal distributions, sampling experiments, tests of hypotheses, and elementar...

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STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

3 credit hours

Communications

Choose 3 hours

This course helps students effectively deliver an oral presentation to an adult audience; listen to and critique objectively the oral presentations of others; effectively participate in one-to-one communication experienc...

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ACOM 1300 Speech Communication

3 credit hours

Required Courses (84-85 hours)

Pre-Business Courses

Choose 21 hours

Prerequisite: MGMT 1310 or CPSC 1370 or equivalent, and MATH 1302. Introduction to the field of accounting, fundamentals of financial accounting, recording, summarizing, and reporting cycle. Principles of asset valuation...

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ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ACCT 2310; MATH 1302; and MGMT 1310 or CPSC 1370 or equivalent. Note: A grade of C or higher is required in ACCT 2310 and ACCT 2330 to register in any higher level Accounting course. Continuation of ACCT 23...

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ACCT 2330 Principles of Accounting II

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1342 with grade of C or greater. An introduction to statistical methods from an economic and business perspective, including descriptive statistics, index numbers, probability theory as applied to stat...

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ECON 2310 Business Statistics I

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1302. The theory of the individual firm in the economy, cost and price determination, income distribution, and welfare economics. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number ECON 2203)

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ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1302 and ECON 2322. The monetary system, macroeconomic analysis of income, employment, price level, business fluctuations, and elements of international trade. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number E...

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ECON 2323 Principles of Macroeconomics

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Differential and integral calculus with applications to economics and management sci...

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MATH 1342 Business Calculus

3 credit hours

Introduction to the American legal system. Provides a background of the legal environment as it pertains to profit and nonprofit organizations, along with ethical considerations and social and political influences as the...

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MKTG 2380 Legal Environment of Business

3 credit hours

Professional Business Courses

Choose 28 hours

Introduction of the Career Catalyst program to students at the end of their sophomore years or beginning of their junior years. The Career Catalyst program helps students identify experiences that are important to be suc...

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BSAD 2010 Intro to Career Catalyst

0 credit hours

Involves an individual meeting with an adviser to confirm successful completion of the Career Catalyst program introduced in BSAD 2010. Satisfactory completion of BSAD 4010 is a graduation requirement for all business ma...

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BSAD 4010 Career Catalyst Completion

0 credit hours

Principles and techniques of professionalism for the individual business person, and the management of professional image and conduct. One credit hour.

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BSAD 3100 Business Professionalism

1 credit hours

Prerequisite: 70% score on Information Technology Qualifying Exam or MGMT 1310 or equivalent. This course provides an introduction to the impact of information systems on the management of organizations with emphasis on ...

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BINS 3305 Business Information Systems

3 credit hours

Prerequisiste: 70% score on Information Technology Qualifying Exam. Development of analytical, data visualization and reporting, and collaboration skills necessary for success in a data driven business environment. Focus...

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BINS 3352 Data Analysis/Visualization

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: RHET 1312 and SPCH 1300. Theories of communication applied to internal and external business communication, including composition of letters, memos, and reports. Emphasis on interpersonal communication the...

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BINS 3380 Business Communications

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MGMT 1310, ECON 2310, 70% score on qualifying exam. Students will use common business software in applications covering multiple regression and correlation, goodness of fit, chi square and tests of independ...

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ECON 3355 Quantitative Business Analysis

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ECON 2310, ECON 2322, ECON 2323, ACCT 2310, ACCT 2330. (May be taken concurrently with ECON 2323 and ACCT 2330.) Business finance with emphasis on the modern corporation; methods of securing and managing a...

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FINC 3310 Business Finance

3 credit hours

Introduction to organizational operations, internal and external forces, planning, decision and control processes. Introduction to the various organizational functions required to operate a successful business or non-pro...

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MGMT 3300 Principles of Management

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BINS 3380 (or MGMT 3380) and ECON 3355 (may be taken concurrently). The course covers a breadth of concepts, tools, and methods that managers use to solve operating problems in manufacturing and service env...

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MGMT 3304 Operations Management

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MGMT 3300, BINS 3352, BINS 3380 (or MGMT 3380), MGMT 3304, ECON 3355 (or ECON 2312), FINC 3310, MKTG 3350 and be an officially accepted College of Business major. Integration of business concepts and techn...

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MGMT 4380 Business Strategy

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: junior standing. Introduction to the structure and functions of the marketing system of the economy and to marketing practices of organizations. Includes examination of the environments of marketing decisio...

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MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing

3 credit hours

Business Information Systems Requirements

Choose 35-36 hours

In addition to the following courses, students must choose 6 hours of BINS electives and 5-6 hours of unrestricted electives.

Methods, tools, and techniques of system development. The system development life cycle will be studied using traditional and non-traditional methods. Development tools will be explored as well as key development techniq...

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BINS 3307 Systems Development Methodologies

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor. A study of the role of telecommunications in information resource management, with emphasis on business applications in a network environment. Principles of net...

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BINS 4310 Network Technologies

3 credit hours

Beginning object-oriented programming course. Focuses on business problem solving and solution development. Three credit hours.

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BINS 4312 Object-Oriented Programming

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: C or better in BINS (or MGMT) 4312 or equivalent. An advanced object-oriented programming course which focuses on development techniques for business applications with emphasis on secure access of cloud sto...

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BINS 4314 Advanced Programming

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BINS 3305 or consent of the instructor. A study of a manager’s role and decisions regarding information systems strategy, the management of information, technology operations, and information systems proj...

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BINS 4331 Management of Information Resources

3 credit hours

Addresses the concepts and principles underlying the design and application of relational database management systems. The course provides an in-depth study of the key concepts of relational database systems. Projects, w...

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BINS 4350 Business Database Management Systems

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: C or better in BINS (or MGMT) 4350 or equivalent or consent of the instructor. Students will gain practical experience is using advanced database techniques and data visualization, data warehousing, reporti...

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BINS 4351 Data Analysis and Reporting

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BINS 3307, BINS 4312, and BINS 4350. Emphasis on development of an information system project using structured analysis methodology and tools developed in previous MIS courses. The class forms project teams...

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BINS 4355 Information Systems Development Project

3 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

All students admitted to the University can be pre-admitted to the College of Business and begin taking classes. Students are fully admitted with a 2.25 GPA and completion of College Algebra and Composition 2.

Graduation Requirements

This degree program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. All required courses are available online in the traditional 17-week format.

Program Advisor

Dr. Robert Mitchell | 501.569.8854| rbmitchell@ualr.edu
Business Information Systems Chairperson, Professor and Program Advisor

Accreditation

The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $280