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Management Information Systems Major

The Department of Management Information Systems combines business and electronics. The Department of MIS has created a hands-on learning environment to allow students access to the latest hardware and software tools. The program is designed to prepare individuals for positions as managers in business information systems, including database administrators, web designers, electronic commerce developers, systems analysts, applications programmers, IT security managers, and systems trainers. Courses enable students to solve business problems using a variety of computer programs.

The management information systems program gives students well-developed skills in information processing, business writing, and microcomputers. Because of the variety of business courses required to obtain a degree in management information systems, graduates might find opportunities beyond the traditional MIS sphere, including sales, advertising, retailing, finance, personnel, traffic, and transportation. 

The MIS program is housed in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, the oldest business school west of the Mississippi. USU has offered business degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.

Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Available at the following Locations:

Logan Main Campus

Regional Campus Centers:

Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cortez, Delta, Ephraim, Grantsville, Ignacio, Junction, Kanab, Milford, Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Panguitch, Park City, Price, Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Salt Lake, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover

With a degree in management information systems, students may pursue the following careers:

  • Information manager
  • Systems analyst
  • Network and Internet manager
  • Webmaster
  • Electronic commerce worker
  • Data network security administrator
  • Project manager
  • Network administrator
  • Web developer
  • Software engineer
  • Technical consultant
  • Assistant analyst
  • Business systems analyst
  • Business systems project manager
  • Communications network designer
  • Database analyst

Major Requirement Introduction

  • Students must be formally admitted to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
  • Students may complete up to 15 USU Huntsman School of Business required credits numbered 2000 and above including transfer credits prior to formal admittance to the Huntsman School.
  • Students transferring more than 15 acceptable credits must receive Huntsman School admittance prior to completing further Huntsman School required courses.
  • Huntsman School applications are processed every semester. Applications must be received by December 1 for Spring, April 1 for Summer, and July 1 for Fall.
  • Minimum grade requirement for MIS 2200 and ENGL 2010 will be applied and based on admission time period.
  • In order to register for 3000-, 4000- and 5000-level courses in the Huntsman School, a 2.67 overall GPA is required.
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 credits numbered 3000 or above.
  • A 2.50 GPA in core and major courses is required for graduation.
  • For semester availability and prerequisites, see the USU general catalog.
  • All Utah State University graduation requirements must be met. Check USU catalog for more information regarding requirements.
  • It is strongly recommended that graduation applications be completed two semesters prior to graduation. http://www.usu.edu/registrar/htm/graduation.

USU Requirements

Requirements Credits
Total Credits 120
C- or better credits 100
Upper Division 40
USU residency credits 30

University Studies Requirements

Competency Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENGL 1010 (CL1) Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (or AP English or ACT English ≥29 or CLEP) 3
ENGL 2010* (CL2) Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode 3
MATH 1050 (QL) College Algebra QL (or AP Calculus score of 3 or better or ACT Math ≥ 26 or CLEP or one course in Math or Stats requiring Math 1050 as a prerequisite) 4

* This course must be completed with a C grade or higher.

Breadth Requirements

Select at least one approved course from each of the following six categories. (A maximum of 4 CLEP or AP areas may be used.) Approved courses can be found in the USU catalog, the semester schedule book, and online at http://www.usu.edu/universitystudies/requirements.html

Course Name Course Number Credits
American Inst. (BAI) ECN 1500 3
Creative Arts (BCA) Approved Course 3
Humanities (BHU) Approved Course   3
Life Sciences (BLS) Approved Course   3
Physical Sciences (BPS) Approved Course   3
Social Science (BSS) ECN 2010 3
Integrated Studies STAT 2300 (QL)* 4

* This course must be completed with a C grade or higher.

Requirements Credits

Required Depth Courses (Two courses outside discipline)

3000+ Level Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) Approved Course 2-3
3000+ Level Life and Physical Science (DSC) Approved Course 3

Communications Intensive (Two Courses)

MIS 3200: Business Communication 3
Approved Course 3

Quantitative Intensive (One course which is part of major)

FIN 3400: Corporate Finance 3

Management Information Systems Major Requirements

It is Huntsman School policy that course grade point averages in 3000 level acumen courses do not exceed 3.0.

Course Number Course Name Credits
ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting Principles 3
ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting Principles 3
ECN 1500 Econ Institutions (Macroeconomics (BAI) 3
ECN 2010 Intro to Microeconomics (BSS) 3
FIN 3200** Financial Management 3
FIN 3400 Corporate Finance (QI) 3
MGT 1050 Foundations of Business (Entering Freshman Only) 3
MGT 2050 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 2
MGT 3500** Fundamentals of Marketing 3
MGT 3700** Operations Management 2
MGT 3800 Leadership 2
MGT 3890 System Strategy & Problem Solving 2
MIS 2100 Principles of MIS 3
MIS 3200 Business Communications (CI) 3
MIS 3300 Big Data Analytics (QI) 3
STAT 2300 OR 2000 Business Statistics (QL) 4

Entering Freshmen Fall 2016 must have at least a C grade in all acumen courses.
*If attending prior to Fall 2016 must have a C grade in ECN 1500 and STAT 2300

Required Courses 16-17 Credits

Course Number Course Name Credits
MIS 3330 Database Management 3
MIS 3800  IT H/W and Systems S/W 3
MIS 4250 Advanced Internship
(waived for Huntsman Scholars)
3
MIS 5900 System Analysis / Project Management 3
MIS 5910 Lab to be taken with MIS 5900 1
One of the following two courses
CS 1400 C++ and CS 1405 C++ Lab 4
MIS 3500 Intro to Business Applications 3

Electives (12 credits)

Choose four of the following courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CS 1410 C++ 2nd Class 3
FIN 5350 Financial Modeling 3
ITLS 5XXX Instructional Tech Elective 3
MIS 3450 GUI Design 3
MIS 4330 Advanced Database 3
MIS 4350 Intro Perf Improve Projects 3
MIS 4800 Security Bus Info Systems 3
MIS 5050 ASP.net 3
MIS 5150 Special Topics/Emerging Tech 3
MIS 5300 Advanced Data Communication 3
MIS 5350 Financial Modeling/Apps 3
MIS 5650 Open Source Web Development 3
MIS 5700 Internet Management & E-Commerce 3

Career Tracks:

  • A=Web Developer
  • B=Database Administrator (DBA)
  • C=Project Manager
  • D=IT Consultant/Business Analyst
  • E=Data Analytics

Web Developer creates applications hosted on web sites. Requires strong programming skills and understanding of database principles. Security is important to protect integrity of web sites and user interface design skills help a developer create attractive, functional web sites.

Database Administrator (DBA) monitors, maintains, and optimizes critical organizational data to ensure efficient and accurate storage and retrieval. Understanding security and advanced data communication topics are important in the confidentiality and protection of data integrity.

Project Manager coordinates IT projects, working with end users and technical staff to ensure deliverables meet business needs and are delivered on-time and within budget. E-commerce mgt. and security topics are helpful to understand web-based architectures and enforce project standards and quality-assurance procedures.

IT Consultant/Business Analyst examines and aligns business processes with information technologies, implementing more efficient and effective practices. Security and data communication infrastructure issues as well as the ability to analyze large amounts of data are helpful. Strong communication skills prove valuable, as the consultant/analyst serves as a liaison between end users and technical professionals.

Data Analytics  the data analytics track prepares students for positions in business that involve acquiring, modeling, analyzing, interpreting and displaying data for the purposes of optimal decision making.

(Choose 4 courese/12 credits)
Course Number Course Name A B C D E
CS 1410 C++ 2nd Class X        
FIN 5350 Financial Modeling         X
ITLS 5XXX Instructional Tech Elective          
MIS 3450 GUI Design X        
MIS 4330 Adv. DB X X     X
MIS 4350 Intro Perf. impvt Proj.     X X  
MIS 4800 Security Bus Info Systems   X X X  
MIS 5050  ASP.NET X        
MIS 5150a Emerging Technologies   X   X X
MIS 5150x Emerging Technologies     X    
MIS 5300 Adv. Data Comm.   X   X  
MIS 5350 Fin Modeling/ Applications       X  
MIS 5650 PHP X        
MIS 5700 Internet Mgt and E-comm.     X    

Advisor Contact Info

Logan Advising

Advisor:Ben Elwood
Office: Business 309
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: ben.elwood@usu.edu

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Regional Campus Advising

Students pursuing a distance education major must contact the advisors at their specific location.

Regional Campus Advisors