Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems

The Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (BIS) degree will provide the students with the educational background for pursuing an exciting career in applying computers in business and government to process data and solve a wide variety of business problems. The computer is an important tool, which processes information for management decision-making.

Managers can be more effective and efficient when assisted by computer-based information systems. The student will learn how the computer can be applied to produce information both for controlling the day-to-day operations of a business and for planning for the future of that business. Information systems and quantitative analysis produces the educational background appropriate for pursuing career opportunities in business data management, management information systems, information centers, systems analysis, systems design, decision support, information security, electronic commerce, and other related areas.

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree. Thirty of the last 36 hours required for the degree must be registered for and carried at UNO. Registration in courses without having taken the stated prerequisites could result in administrative withdrawal. To obtain a BIS a student must fulfill certain university, college and departmental requirements listed below.

University General Education Requirements for the BIS Degree (41 hours)

Fundamental Academic Skills (15 hours)

  • English & Writing (9 hours) ENGL 1150 (or equivalent) - 3 cr. hrs. ENGL 1160 (or equivalent) - 3 cr. hrs. CIST 3000 Advanced Comp for IS&T All freshmen students must take the English Diagnostic test. Courses such as English 1050, 1090, and 1100 and orientation courses in other colleges or divisions may not be counted as part of the minimum 120 credit hours in the degree program. For students testing into ENGL 1150, the nine-hour requirement is satisfied by completing ENGL 1150, ENGL 1160, and CIST 3000. For students testing into ENGL 1160 on or after August 25, 2008, the nine hour requirement is satisfied by completing ENGL 1160,CIST 3000 and applying for retroactive credits for ENGL 1150. For students testing proficient on the English Diagnostic Test on or after August 25, 2008, the nine-hour requirement is satisfied by applying for retroactive credits for ENGL 1150 and ENGL 1160 and completing three hours of CIST 3000
  • Public Speaking (3 hours) which can be fulfilled by SPCH 1110 or 2120
  • Mathematics (MATH 1310 – Intermediate Algebra 3 hours [May test out])

University Distribution Requirements (26 hours)

  • Natural & Physical Sciences (8 hours from at least two different disciplines with at least one laboratory course.);
  • Humanities & Fine Arts (9 hours from at least two different disciplines); and
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (9 hours from at least two different disciplines). Diversity (6 hours may be taken in the distribution requirement)
  • U. S. Diversity*
  • Global Diversity*(ISQA 3420 Approved as Global Diversity Course)

*The following 12 hours from the major requirements double-dip with general education requirements:

  • MATH 1310- 3 hours (MATH 1930 replaces MATH 1310 university requirements)
  • Humanities –3 hours (CIST 3110 applies towards humanities and College of IS&T core requirements.)
  • Social Sciences- 6 hours (CIST 2100 apply towards social sciences and College of IS&T & ECON 2200 applies towards Business Co-requisite and Social Sciences requirements.)

*Students may apply these hours to satisfy humanities, social sciences and cultural diversity requirements (for selected courses).

  • Mathematics Requirements for MIS Major (6 hours) 1930 Calculus for Managerial, Life & Social Sciences...3
  • Math 2030 Discrete Mathematics.................................3

Degree Requirements

College of ISandT Core Courses (18 hours)

The College of IS&T has developed a series of courses that is required of students wishing to obtain a degree from the college. The development and implementation of this core curriculum is unique; it serves as a basis for preparing students to enter more advanced courses. The core curriculum is as follows (students are accountable for prerequisites of courses):

CIST 1100Introduction to Computing


CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming


CIST 1404Introduction to Computer Programming Laboratory


CSCI 1620Introduction to Computer Science II


CIST 2500Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T.


CIST 2100Organizations, Applications and Technology


CIST 3110IT Ethics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

CIST 1404: Optional