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Program: B.S., Information Systems

Business Systems Option

Program Description

The study of Information Systems (IS) centers on the effective use of information technology—computers and telecommunications networks—to support management decision making and corporate strategy, in addition to providing all necessary operational level support for an organization.

Program Requirements

Business Majors

A Business major is any student majoring in Accountancy; Information Systems; or Business Administration with an option in either Business Analytics, Business Law, Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, Global Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Risk Management and Insurance, or Systems and Operations Management. The following are impacted majors with additional admission requirements: the B.S. in Accountancy and the B.S. in Business Administration with options in Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, and Risk Management and Insurance. All Business majors share 27 units of common lower division core courses and 19 units of common upper division core courses.

Double Major Requirements

Students seeking a double major in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics must be in good standing (2.0 overall and 2.0 CSUN GPA) and be able to complete both majors within a maximum of 140 units.

Transfer Course Requirements

Transfer students should be aware that no grade lower than a “C” will be accepted on transfer from another institution to satisfy department or David Nazarian College of Business and Economics requirements.

Residency Requirement

At least 50 percent of the business and economics course credit units and 50 percent of the specialized major credit units required for the Bachelor of Science degrees in Accountancy, Business Administration, or Information Systems and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics must be completed in residence at CSUN.

Course Requirements

Check course descriptions for prerequisite courses. Prerequisites must be completed prior to enrolling in each course. All IS majors must earn a “C” or higher in all IS courses.

1. Common Lower Division Business Core (27 units)

ACCT 220 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 230 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3)
BLAW 280 Business Law I (3)
ECON 160 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 161 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ENGL 205 Business Communication in Its Rhetorical Contexts (3)
IS 212 Information Systems for Business Users (3)
MATH 103 Mathematical Methods for Business (3)*
SOM 120 Basic Business Statistics (3)*

*MATH 103 or a higher-level mathematics course (e.g., Calculus: MATH 150A or MATH 255A) must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
**The 4-unit MATH 140BUS course also satisfies this requirement.

2. Common Upper Division Business Core (19 units)

BUS 302 The Gateway Experience (3)
BUS 302L The Gateway Experience Laboratory (1)
BUS 497A or BUS 497B Capstone (3)
FIN 303 Financial Management (3)
MGT 360 Management and Organizational Behavior (3)
MKT 304 Marketing Management (3)
SOM 306 Operations Management (3)

3. Required Information Systems Core Courses (19 units)

COMP 110/L Introduction to Algorithms and Programming and Lab (3/1)
IS 312 Systems and Technologies for Managers (3)
IS 431 Systems Analysis and Design (3)
IS 435 Business Data Networks and Cybersecurity (3)
IS 441 Database Management Systems (3)
IS 451 Enterprise Systems and Project Management (3)

4. Business Systems (IS-BS) Option (18 units)

IS-BS provides a diverse array of business and information systems electives for analyst and compliance/governance/audit type of positions.

IS 335 Building Enterprise Architecture (3)
IS 355 Application Development (3)

Select 12 units from the following elective courses:

IS 457 Advanced Telecommunications and Networking (3)
IS 497A-Z Special Topics—Information Systems (3)
IS 498C Field Assignments and Reports Information Systems (3)
IS 499C Independent Study (3)
SOM 485 Decision Support Systems (3)

5. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

15 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: MATH 103 satisfies Basic Skills B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning; FIN 303 satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning; ECON 160 and ECON 161 satisfy D1 Social Sciences; and IS 212 satisfies E Lifelong Learning and fulfills the Information Competence requirement.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 83

General Education Units: 33

Additional Units: 4

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120


Department of Systems and Operations Management
Chair: Seung-Kuk Paik
Bookstein Hall (BB) 3121
(818) 677-2470

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems will be able to:

  1. Recognize and analyze ethical problems in organizational situations and select and defend a course of action.
  2. Effectively communicate complex information system and business concepts orally and in writing.
  3. Apply critical-thinking and problem-solving skills when analyzing and solving information system and business problems.
  4. Understand the individual and group dynamics of project teams.
  5. Have knowledge of IS technology components and their interrelations.
  6. Have the knowledge to implement information systems that support an organization’s strategic objectives.
  7. Develop skills through research in IS literature that will prepare them for lifelong learning in the field.