Undergraduate FAQs

Computer Information Systems (CIS) is a blend of computer and business. A student pursuing this degree will take business courses such as Accounting, Decision Science, Finance, Marketing and Management along with computer-related courses. Computer-related courses include programming (two courses minimum), systems analysis and design, information management, etc. CIS students establish a robust foundation that prepares them to pursue either a business career with a strong understanding of how technology (leading edge and contemporary) facilitates achieving business objectives or a technology career with a strong understanding of how business objectives drive computer information systems toward achieving business goals.

Computer Science (CS) is a blend of mathematics and the computer. Computer courses in CS tend to be more technical, such as compiler design, whereas computer courses in CIS tend toward business applications.

Georgia State University does not offer a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems (MIS), but other institutions in the state system such as the University of Georgia do. Computer Information Systems (CIS) is a blend of computer and business. A student pursuing this degree will take business courses such as Accounting, Decision Science, Finance, Marketing and Management along with computer-related courses. Computer-related courses include programming (two courses minimum), systems analysis, information management, etc. Typically, MIS programs are business-related as are CIS programs, but MIS programs are usually less technical, focusing more on the management of computer resources and less on application development or programming.
Finding a computer information systems-related job depends on the courses you take, your performance in these courses, and any work experience and additional knowledge you have. There are a wide range of positions that you might hold. These include systems analyst, project manager, software engineer and more. Please see the careers page for more information.
There is no single answer to this question. Factors to consider are how many courses you have completed that count toward the new degree. Persons not possessing a business degree will have to take many courses to obtain a business background, before either type of degree can be awarded. Persons who can make use of the knowledge of the previous degree and their work experience may be better off pursuing a master's degree. Persons who cannot use previous degree courses or work experience may be better suited to another bachelor's. Statistically, the master's degree provides the most rewards for the time invested; however, entrance into the computer job market is skill-based.
Credit for courses taken at another institution is granted on the basis of what level the course was taken at and the course content. These factors are compared with the GSU course. If the student feels the transfer credit was denied erroneously, the student can obtain additional documentation such as syllabus, textbook, homework assignments etc. and petition the department for credit. The process of a syllabus review begins and ends with the Office of Undergraduate Academic Assistance. The student does NOT apply to the CIS Department directly. Evaluation criterion is the similarity of the transfer course to the GSU course.
The bachelor's degree program is designed to ensure that every graduate has some knowledge of several areas besides those pertaining to the degree major. Examples are: Humanities, Natural Science, Mathematics and Social Sciences. Students who think they have gained sufficient knowledge of any of these subjects through life and or work experience may be able to get course credit by examination through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students who wish to explore this option should contact the University’s Testing Center at 404-413-1640 or go here »
The answer to that question depends on how many courses the student plans on taking each semester. A full-time student is defined as one who takes at least 15 semester hours each semester. A student who works full-time may not be able to carry that many hours. Students should determine how many hours are remaining in their degree program and divide those hours by the number of hours carried each semester. The result will determine how many semesters the student must attend to obtain the degree. This time may be shortened if the student takes courses in the summer. A word of caution to students who are working and are returning to school after a long absence: take only the number of courses you can devote sufficient time to. The number of courses taken can be increased after a successful GPA is achieved.
Check with the course instructor. Typically prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better before taking any course requiring that prerequisite.
There are sample syllabi for each course in the Academic Programs section of this website. More information
Yes. One of the reasons all of the University Systems of Georgia switched to the semester system was to allow for such activities. Cross registration is now allowed with any accredited university in Georgia. (Learn more about cross registration at the Atlanta Regional Council of Higher Education -ARCHE- website. ) In the Atlanta area, these include: Emory, Georgia Tech, Oglethorpe and UGA. To take advantage of this, the student must have a syllabus from the course he/she wishes to apply toward their GSU degree program approved by the CIS Department academic program director at least three weeks prior to Phase I registration.
Faculty at ALL universities work under academic year contracts. This is for fall and spring semesters ONLY. Teaching for the summer semester is on a volunteer basis. Most faculty work on their research during the summer months. Thus, the summer schedule of classes is always minimal. Core courses are generally the only courses that we guarantee over the summer session. A student should NOT plan to take electives during this time…chances are they will not be offered.
Under the new curriculum, some "tracks" do not require taking a programming language. Please see the curriculum diagram »
CIS majors are required to maintain the same minimum GPA as other RCB students. Currently, this is a 2.5 GPA. Students who do not meet this requirement, but are close, may obtain a one-time only-waiver through their college advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Assistance (OUAA).