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Degree Requirements

All candidates for a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Management and Marketing must satisfy the General Studies requirements, the business core course requirements, and the School of Business requirements described in the following four sections. For programs leading to a bachelor of science degree, the basic structure of each program is:

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Courses
Hours
General Studies (Level I and Level II)
34
Business Core
33
School of Business requirement
9
CIS Major in School of Business
27
Unrestricted Electives*
17
Total Hours (minimum)
120

* NOTE: Unrestricted Elective credits may vary. Total unrestricted electives must be sufficient for student to meet the University's minimum required 120 credit hours.

General Studies

The academic foundation for a successful business career or graduate work is a broad liberal arts education.

General Studies Required by the School of Business

CourseTitle
Hours
General Studies Level I
Composition
ENG 1010 Freshman Composition: The Essay
3
ENG 1020 Freshman Composition: Analysis, Research & Documentation
3
Mathematics
MTH 1310* Finite Mathematics for the Management and Social Sciences
4
Communications
SPE 1010 Public Speaking
3

*Note: MTH 1110 or MTH 1400, with graphing calculator experience strongly recommended, is acceptable for transfer students or students changing their major. Consult with Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department on substitutions.

CourseTitle
Hours
General Studies Level II
Historical Studies
HIS (American history course recommended)
3
Arts and Letters
PHI 1030 Ethics
3
  -or-  
PHI 3360 Business Ethics
3
Level II Arts and Letters elective
3
Social Sciences
PSY 1001 Introductory Psychology
3
  - or -  
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology
3
PSC 1010 American National Government
3
  - or -  
PSC 1020 Political Systems and Ideas
3
Natural Sciences electives
6
Total Hours of Required and Elective General Studies
34

 

Business Core

All business majors require foundation course work in all significant areas of business theory and practice. The following courses are required for all majors in accounting, computer information systems, finance, management and marketing. A grade of "C" or better must be earned in each business core course to have that course count toward the bachelor of science degree in a business program.

CourseTitle
Hours
ACC 2010
Principles of Accounting I
3
ACC 2020
Principles of Accounting II
3
Foundations of Information Systems
3
Managerial Statistics
3
Management Science
3
FIN 3300
Managerial Finance
3
MKT 2040
Managerial Communications
3
MKT 3000
Principles of Marketing
3
MGT 2210
Legal Environment of Business I
3
MGT 3000
Organizational Management
3
MGT 4950
Strategic Management
3
Total Hours Required in Business Core
33

 

School of Business Requirements

 

CourseTitle
Hours
ECO 2010 Principles of Economics-Macro
3
ECO 2020 Principles of Economics-Micro
3
MTH 1320 Calculus for the Management and Social Sciences
3
Total Hours for School of Business Requirement
9

 

Elective Requirements

 

Unrestricted Elective credits may vary. Total unrestricted electives must be sufficient for student to meet the University's minimum required 120 credit hours.

Students majoring in business and interested in pursuing an International Business concentration should see an advisor.

CIS - Major requirements

 

CourseTitleHours
CIS 2110 Structured Problem Solving in Information Systems
3
CIS 3050 Fundamentals of System Analysis and Design
3
CIS 3060 Database Management Systems
3
CIS 3145 Business Application Development with Visual Basic
3
CIS 3230 Telecommunications Systems and Networking
3
CIS 4050 Systems Analysis and Design
3
  Capstone Group
(any 4000-level CIS course excluding CIS 4050)
3
  Upper-division CIS Electives
6
Total Hours Required for CIS Major
27

To earn a Bachelor’s degree in computer information systems, a student must successfully complete 30 or more credit hours of business course work at MSU Denver. This 30-hour residency requirement can be met by completing any business courses with the prefix ACC, CIS, FIN, MGT and MKT except CIS 1010, CIS 2300, CIS 3300, CIS 3320, CIS 3340, and FIN 2250. A student must complete at least eight (8) upper-division semester hours in the major at MSU Denver.

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems are required to participate in assessment activities at both the department and school levels during their senior year.