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Computer Information Systems

For those who like to work with computers and technology, there's no need to look further. Information Systems is where business and technology meet. This ever-growing field attracts graduates who thrive in a team environment and want to utilize their expertise to develop even newer technologies to maximize business productivity. In addition, for those information-technology professionals who aspire to middle- and senior-management levels in the field, their future may be gilded with six-figure salaries.

1,161 high-tech jobs available in middle Tennessee

This is where you belong!

According to news reports throughout the region, Tennessee will have twice as many job openings for computer programmers and software developers as it will have new graduates with those degrees through 2018. A separate report released by the Nashville Technology Council indicates that there are 1,161 high-tech jobs available in middle Tennessee. Preparation for such work can be found at MTSU.

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MTSU provided a “full range of knowledge”

Matt Herod (B.S. 2011, M.S. 2012) minored in Information Systems as an undergraduate studying political science. He was drawn into the CIS program and pursued his graduate degree in the field. Today, he is an applications engineer for Hospital Corporation of America in Nashville. He and his team are tasked with the maintenance and new development of an Enterprise Financial Reporting System. “I draw from the full range of knowledge I acquired at MTSU,” he notes.

In the field of Computer Information Systems, the sky's the limit—not only for ever-emerging newer technologies but for increasing employment opportunities. Career paths include

  • Application developer
  • Communications manager
  • Computer programmer
  • Data warehousing manager
  • Database manager
  • E-commerce manager
  • Help desk/technical supporter
  • Information systems auditor
  • Information systems manager
  • Information systems security person
  • Internet technology strategist
  • Internet/Intranet manager
  • IT operations personnel
  • Librarian
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Network systems and data communications analyst
  • Software developer
  • Systems developer


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Aerospace Testing Alliance
  • Arbor Healthcare
  • Asurion
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • CAT Financial
  • Change Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Systems
  • Corrections Corporation of America
  • Deloitte
  • EFC Systems
  • Ernst & Young
  • Genesco
  • HCA
  • Healthways
  • HP
  • Ingram Content Group
  • Leviton
  • Pure Safety
  • State of Tennessee
  • Sy.Med
  • Walgreens

Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal
Associate Professor
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Dr. Charles H. Apigian
Department Chair
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Dr. Nita Brooks
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Carol P. Clark
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Dr. W. Jeff Clark
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Carlos Coronel
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Dr. Gordon L. Freeman, Jr.
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Dr. Stanley Gambill
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Dr. Timothy H. Greer
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Dr. Judy D. Holmes
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Dr. Mirza Murtaza
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Dr. Scott Seipel
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The Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree with a major in Information Systems consists of 30 hours of Information Systems courses. There is a built-in minor in Business Administration. Undergraduate minors are available in Information Systems and Accounting/Information Systems.

The graduate level offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Information Systems with concentrations in IS General, IT Project Management, and Information Security and Assurance. A minor is available in Information Systems.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. 

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Information Systems Academic Map

Department of Computer Information Systems
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule with Business Administration Minor

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH 1630 or 1810 (Math)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ECON 2410* (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
Elective1  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  QM 2610*3Prereq: MATH 1630 or 1810
INFS 24003  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ECON 2420*3  INFS 26003 
ACTG 2110*3Prereq: College-level math; ENGL 1010 ACTG 21203Prereq: ACTG 2110
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*2.25 GPA in these courses for admission to Jones College of Business 2.25 GPA overall required for admission to Jones College of Business
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
QM 36203Prereq: QM 2610 MGMT 36103Prereq: Junior standing
Soc/Beh Sci3  INFS 3800§3 
ECON 32103Prereq: ECON 2410 FIN 30103Prereq: Junior standing
INFS 3200§3  INFS 31003 
INFS 3400§3Prereq: INFS 2600 MGMT 36203Prereq: Junior standing
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
INFS elective§3See below** INFS 4900§3 
INFS 4790§3Prereq: INFS 3200 QM 4010§3Prereq: QM 2610; MGMT 3620
BCEN 35103Prereq: Junior standing INFS elective§3See below**
BLAW 34003Prereq: Junior standing INFS 4950§3Prereq: INFS 2400, 3400, 3800
MKT 38203Prereq: Junior standing BUAD 4980§3Taken last semester
15  SUBTOTAL15 
§Admission required                **Choose from INFS 3450, 3500, 3990/4990, 4300, 4310, 4420, 4500, 4740, 4830, and 4840.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
MATH 1630 or 1810 (Math)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ECON 2410* (Soc/Beh Sci)3
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
INFS 24003  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA) 3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  ACTG 2110*3Prereq: College-level math; ENGL 1010
Soc/Beh Sci3  QM 2610*3Prereq: MATH 1630 or 1810
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ECON 2420*3  INFS 26003 
Elective3  Elective1 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
*2.25 GPA in these courses for admission to Jones College of Business 2.25 GPA overall required for admission to Jones College of Business
JUNIOR SUMMER
QM 36203Prereq: QM 2610 INFS 31003 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
ECON 32103Prereq: ECON 2410 MGMT 36203Prereq: Junior standing
MGMT 36103Prereq: Junior standing BCEN 35103Prereq: Junior standing
INFS 3400§3Prereq: INFS 2600 BLAW 34003Prereq: Junior standing
ACTG 21203Prereq: ACTG 2110 INFS 3200§3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
QM 4010§3Prereq: QM 2610; MGMT 3620 INFS 3800§3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
INFS elective§3See below** INFS 4900§3 
INFS 4790§3Prereq: INFS 3200 INFS elective§3See below**
FIN 30103Prereq: Junior standing INFS 4950§3Prereq: INFS 2400, 3400, 3800
MKT 38203Prereq: Junior standing BUAD 4980§3Taken last semester
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
§Admission required                **Choose from INFS 3450, 3500, 3990/4990, 4300, 4310, 4420, 4500, 4740, 4830, and 4840.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Information Systems

INFS 1000 - Introduction to Computers and Related Topics
3 credit hours
An overview of the workings of a computer including hardware, software, and applications. Provides hands-on experience with various software packages. (Not open to business majors.)

INFS 1010 - Social Networking and Collaborative Technologies
3 credit hours
Recent trends in social networking technologies, focusing on such popular applications as Facebook and LinkedIn. Covers modern developments in collaborative enabling technologies, including blogs, wikis, and groupware; technologies to facilitate personal, academic, and professional growth; and privacy, security, and ethical issues surrounding the use of social networking and collaborative technologies.

INFS 2200 - Introduction to Microcomputing
3 credit hours
Microcomputer applications and the microcomputer environment. (Not open to CIS majors.)

INFS 2400 - Web Development
3 credit hours
Web development using HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and multimedia Web content. Covers planning, design, development, and publishing of a Web site.

INFS 2600 - Programming Logic with VBNet
3 credit hours
Programming logic and concepts using the VisualBasic.NET programming environment. Includes program design, data types, data structures, flow control, arrays, error control, graphical user-interfaces, and file processing as applied in the context of business information systems problem solving.

INFS 3100 - Principles of Management Information Systems
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Junior standing. The role of information technology in organizations.

INFS 3200 - Business Application Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Foundation knowledge of microcomputer applications; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. An applications-oriented course; extensive laboratory work and development of projects.

INFS 3400 - Object Oriented Programming with C#NET
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: INFS 2600 or equivalent; admission to the College of Business. Introduction to object-oriented programming methods. Topics include objects and classes, encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism, exceptions, graphical user-interfaces and event handling, streams and files, and deployment. Emphasis on practical applications of object-oriented concepts in a business context.

INFS 3450 - Mobile Application Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: INFS 2400 or permission of the instructor; admission into the Jones College of Business. Topics include mobile programming technologies, design of the mobile interface, and mobile platforms as well as business aspects of mobile applications.

INFS 3500 - Knowledge Management Systems
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. Analysis, design, and implementation of knowledge management systems in organizations. Addresses the facilitating and enabling role of information management and communication technologies. Technologies covered include neural network, software agent, workflow management, integrated communication network, expert systems, content management, Web portal, and search mechanisms. Hands-on projects to reinforce understanding of theoretical frameworks.

INFS 3700 - Systems Analysis and Design
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 6 hours of information systems; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Applied system analysis and design (concepts and techniques) including problem definition, feasibility analysis, various modeling methods, hardware and software selection, documentation, physical design, and auditing procedures. Appropriate automated technologies used.

INFS 3800 - Project Management and System Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Explores the roles and environments of project management, the product life cycle, and techniques for work planning, control, and evaluation. Covers developing a project plan, resource management, project scope and quality, budgeting, and managing project risk

INFS 3990 - Independent Study in Information Systems
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing, permission of department, and admission into the College of Business. Assigned research or projects in contemporary problem areas in the information systems discipline under direct faculty supervision. Aggregate credits allowable toward a degree may not exceed 3 hours under 3990 courses.

INFS 4300 - Security Assurance for Information Systems Audit
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. An in-depth look at developing, implementing, monitoring, and auditing an information system's security. Managerial concepts for security of operating systems, administering security, and legal/ethical/policy issues examined as well as a hands-on approach to implementing operating systems security techniques. Explores the advancement in security detection and implementation, problem-solving techniques, and the role and importance of the information systems auditor.

INFS 4310 - Digital Forensics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission into the Jones College of Business. Introduces digital forensic tools and procedures and their major purpose and use. Topics include the foundational process and legal aspects of computer forensics, steganography, and how to identify and use specialized forensic software.

INFS 4420 - Information Systems Internship
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business; junior standing; consent of advisor; and a plan of activities with the associated firm prior to registration. Active employment with a governmental agency or business firm for information systems/accounting fieldwork; credit given for experience and research upon completion of acceptable work and formal report. Aggregate credits allowable toward a degree in information systems may not exceed 3 hours under 4420 courses.

INFS 4740 - Information Resource Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 6 hours of information systems; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Information technologies utilizing computers as a competitive tool in a global environment.

INFS 4790 - Database Design and Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: INFS 3200; junior standing; and admission into the College of Business. Fundamental concepts: conventional data systems, integrated management information systems, database structure systems, data integration, complex file structure, online access systems. Emphasis on total integrated information systems database and database management languages.

INFS 4830 - Database Programming
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: INFS 4790 or consent of instructor and admission into the College of Business. Operational database design and implementation. Development of the interfaces that enable end users to query the database contents and transform data into information. Requires each student to participate fully in a group project.

INFS 4840 - Study Abroad
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. Exposes the student to the economic, political, cultural, and social environments of a foreign country(ies). Emphasis on international state/status of the subject matter pertinent to information and knowledge management.  

INFS 4900 - Business Data Communications
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 6 hours of information systems; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Practical explanation of data communications technologies and basic applications for business. Includes projects to develop a prototype network in a lab environment for hands-on experience.

INFS 4950 - Advanced Web-Enabled Application Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: INFS 2400, INFS 3400, INFS 3800, and admission into the College of Business. Server-side Web programming techniques and multitier application development. Includes accessing databases and XML documents, creating and processing Web forms, methods of Web form validation, maintaining session state, Web application security, and configuration and deployment.

INFS 4980 - Information Systems Project
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business, senior standing and 12 hours of information systems credit including INFS 3200 and INFS 3800. Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) design and implementation. Appropriate automated technologies used throughout the course.

INFS 4990 - Independent Study in Information Systems
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing, consent of department chair, and admission into the College of Business. Assigned research or projects in contemporary problem areas in the information systems discipline under direct faculty supervision. Aggregate credits allowable toward a degree may not exceed 3 hours under 4990 courses.