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Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

Lead Faculty: Dr. Lu Zhang

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS) program links business and technology, and there is great demand in the corporate world for people who can integrate all elements of the enterprise into a comprehensive network of responsive, proactive information delivery systems. Information systems have become increasingly important in fields such as healthcare and criminal justice. The BSIS program includes: data communications, systems analysis, system development, database administration, project management, computer forensics, health information management, and quality/information assurance.

Transition Programs

The transition program that is available for students in the BSIS is a BSIS to Master of Science in Management Information Systems. Students must meet certain requirements as stated below:

BSIS/ Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS) Transition Program

Students can select CIS 601 and either of the following two courses: DAT604 and CIS 602. The number of courses required to earn an MSMIS degree for Transition Program students is reduced from 12 to 10 courses, depending on courses selected and grades earned.Students must complete graduate-level coursework taken as part of the BSIS degree with a grade of B or better. This coursework, which counts as electives, will not transfer as graduate-level credit to National University or any other institution as it is part of an undergraduate degree program. Grades earned in graduate level courses will be calculated as part of the student s undergraduate grade point average. Students must be within completing their last six courses in their undergraduate program and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00 to be eligible. Students must apply for and begin the MSMIS program within six months after completing their final BSIS course. Students must complete their MSMIS program within four years with no break exceeding 12 months.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply analytical and critical thinking skills, and information systems concepts for solving organizational problems.
  2. Discuss the potential global impact of specific information systems solutions.
  3. Evaluate and implement organizational planning, design, and integration of information systems solutions in competitive environment.
  4. Plan and design organizational communications infrastructure and networking topology.
  5. Improve strategic information management procedures and processes.
  6. Identify innovative and efficient solutions to solve organizational problems.
  7. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills in a collaborative environment.


To receive a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, students  must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.

Preparation for the Major
Students should be computer literate and have a basic understanding of computer usage.
Requirements for the Major (14 courses; 63 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Upper-Division Electives (2 courses; 9 quarter units)