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Business Information Systems Program Contents

Business Information Systems combines the study of Accounting and the design of complex information systems that organize and interpret data to improve organizational performance. Business Information Systems programs are designed to bridge the gap between technology and fiscal management. Students learn how to use information technology tools for auditing purposes, information control issues, financial and non-financial information management, and database design. Business Information Systems degrees are offered at the Associate, Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels.

Many programs are beginning to add Internet and e-commerce business systems to their programs as well as Internet security components.

Curriculum varies depending on the level of degree with the major focus of study being transaction cycles, transaction processing systems, financial and management reporting systems, database systems, accounting software, and information technology systems. Many programs are beginning to add Internet and e-commerce business systems to their programs as well as Internet security components. The teaching styles of most programs are a combination of auditory/visual learning through multimedia presentations and lectures and hands on learning conducted in computer labs and internships. Many programs include the opportunity to gain relevant experience through completing credit hours in a real-world work environment being mentored by a current business information systems professional.

Core courses typically include Accounting Principles, Business Calculus, Statistics, English Composition, Economics, Finance, and Management. Accounting classes typically cover skills and theory that teach students to accurately record financial transactions of an individual and an organization as well as the ability to interpret the data. Students also learn standard accounting rules and laws according to industry standards and various regulating agencies. Students are taught to prepare balance sheets, and income statements, evaluate personal and organizational wealth, discuss the role of capital markets and exchanges, and design and implement organizational controls and systems to improve the flow of data across the organization.

The principles and skills taught in a Business Information Systems program can be parlayed into a wide variety of careers in the private, public, and non-profit business sectors. The combination of accounting and information technology skills gained is highly sought after by today's employers.