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  Dec 16, 2017
2017-2018 University Catalog

Business Administration, B.S. - Computer Information Systems Subplan/Option: 180 units

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Offered by: College of Business Administration, Computer Information Systems Department

Elective Subplan/Option Core Courses: 16 units

Career Emphasis in CIS

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department has established two career emphases in the major: Applications Development and Information Security and Forensics.  Every CIS major must select one of these career emphases and take four emphasis elective courses in order to graduate with a major in CIS.  Consultation on emphasis selection is available through the CIS Department Advisor.

Prerequisites for CIS Career Emphasis Courses

Students must have earned a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in each of the courses listed below before registering for any career emphasis course.  The courses are:  CIS 231 CIS 234 , CIS 304 , CIS 305 , CIS 307 , CIS 311 , and CIS 315 .


1Personal Computer Proficiency must be demonstrated by satisfying one of the following three alternatives: 1) CIS 101 , 2) Personal Computer Proficiency Test in Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, or 3) an approved college course. There are no units associated with the Personal Computer Proficiency Test. If the test is passed, then unrestricted electives in subplan/option selected may be increased by 4 units.

Unrestricted Electives: 0-8 units

Select a sufficient number of courses from “Required Support”, “GE”, and “Unrestricted Electives” so that the total is at least 84 units.


The number of unrestricted elective units depends on whether or not STA 120  or MAT 125 , and EC 201  or EC 202  are used for General Education (see curriculum sheet for the subplan). If STA 120  or MAT 125  is used for General Education, unrestricted electives will be increased by four units. If EC 201  or EC 202  is used for General Education, unrestricted electives will be increased by four units. 

Personal Computer Proficiency Requirement

1(see policy statement  in College of Business Administration introductory section).

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
1. Physical Science      
2. Biological Science      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Humanities (16 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Literature and Foreign Languages      
4. Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
    a. United States History
    b. Introduction to American Government
2. History, Economics, and Political Science      
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 32 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, D, and E available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Students must be exempt from or score at least 147 on the EPT to qualify for IGE.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 120 , IGE 121 , IGE 122   A2 as well as any 2 courses from C1-C3
Sophomore IGE 220 , IGE 221 , IGE 222   D1 (8 units) and D3
Junior IGE 223 , IGE 224   D2 and Area E

American Institutions: 8 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 4 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the quarter following completion of 120 units for undergraduates.

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