Enhance the organizations of tomorrow with our ABET-accredited B.S. in CIS.

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The B.S. in Computer Information Systems at Regis University is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Computer information systems (CIS) graduates are tasked with solving some of the world’s biggest challenges with enterprises, data analytics, business process management and software development.

Our program is one of the few ABET-certified, fully-online and ground-based programs available in the U.S. and will prepare you for an important role with responsibilities that go way beyond programming.
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Why should I pursue a B.S. in Computer Information Systems?

CIS professionals enable organizations to make better, data-driven business decisions in an ever-changing technological work environment. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roles for skilled computer information systems professionals are projected to grow 15 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. A B.S. in CIS will have you ready to join a fast-growing, well-paying field.

Is a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems for me?

If you’re interested in learning through technology and want to solve tough business problems, the CIS field is an exciting and expanding area that combines both technical and business skills.

Students who do well in our CIS degree program are typically:

  • Analytical thinkers
  • Problem solvers
  • Detail-oriented individuals
  • Persistent perfectionists
  • Familiar with programming, coding and computer technology

You'll be asked to consider ethics, social issues and privacy with the use of data, using your work to contribute to the social conscience within the IT community.

If you’re a member of the military, Regis also has great tuition options to help you build on the skills you learned during your service.

What will I learn in Regis' Computer Information Systems program?

Our B.S. in CIS program is career-focused and provides a balance of theory, coursework and hands-on experience in business process management, software development and applications, database management, enterprise systems, business analytics and more. You’ll learn to analyze how IT initiatives impact your organization’s short- and long-term business goals and how to improve existing business processes and information systems

Through exciting virtual-lab work, hands-on experiences and partnerships with impressive organizations such as the SAP, you’ll help businesses harness technology to operate more effectively. You will experience the power of the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and business analytics software.  Real-world exposure to SAP increases you ability to integrate knowledge across business disciplines and empowers you to enable organizations to make better, data-driving decisions.  In a nutshell, you are the link between business and IT with real-world experience coming with you into the job market.

Because we partner with some of the biggest companies in information technology, students in our CIS programs enjoy incredibly unique experiences beyond the classroom. Our partnerships include:

  • Hewlett Packard
  • Oracle Academic Alliance Member
  • SAP University Alliance 

And many more. To learn more about our partnerships click here.

Is Regis’ CIS program accredited?

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The Computer Information Systems undergraduate program is one of less than 50 out of 1,400 programs in the nation that is ABET-accredited and the only program that is 100% online.

What class formats are available?

The CIS program is offered in an accelerated format. Accelerated classes are ground-based at our campus in Denver and online.

The flexible format allows you to log in anytime, day or night, as you complete weekly assignments. No campus visits are required for online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person.

Traditional classes are offered on campus, located in Denver, Colorado, during the daytime in a 16-week semester format.

When do CIS classes start at Regis University?

Courses are offered in eight-week terms that begin in:

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • August
  • October Or semester terms that begin in August and January

Can I extend my B.S. in CIS to a master’s degree?

You have the option to work toward a B.S. in CIS degree in tandem with one of the master of science degree programs within our College of Computer & Information Sciences.*

Please see the prerequisite chart; for B.S. in CIS degree.

Contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 to learn how you can complete both degree programs at a faster pace and a more affordable cost. 

*Excluding the M.S. in Software Engineering & Database Technologies degree

Meet our CIS faculty

Denise Duncan, Assistant Professor and Chair, Information Systems, Program Coordinator for the BS in CIS program.

Edward Lindoo, Associate Professor, Information Systems.

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. PEOs are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies and must be documented and measurable. The Bachelor of Science in CIS Program supports the following PEOs:

1.       Graduates will be knowledgeable and skilled professionals in computer information systems with the value-added ability to use data to expand their organization's mission.

Our graduate’s knowledge spans the fundamentals of computer information systems, including an understanding of several advanced specialty areas. Our graduates have the technical knowledge and theoretical background in computing within a value-centered education. Each graduate understands the value of making data understandable and useful which enhances the strategy of the organization. Analytical problem solving, experiential learning, entrepreneurial techniques, and critical thinking are trademarks of CIS graduates.

2.       Graduates will exhibit high standards of professionalism.

Our graduates communicate clearly, work effectively as an individual or in a team, and take leadership roles within the profession. Our graduates become contributors to the improvement and transformation of our society. 

3.       Graduates will embrace a professional code of ethics in their professional careers.

Our graduates understand the ethical, professional and social responsibilities associated with their computer profession. They recognize the social and global impact of their work.

4.       Graduates will adapt to the changing landscape of the CIS discipline.

Our graduates are lifelong learners, updating their knowledge and skills regularly. Some graduates pursue advanced degrees while others take advantage of professional development opportunities.

5.       Graduates are men and women committed to serving their community.

Our graduates apply analytic skills and knowledge to human needs and seek to preserve the best of the human heritage. Our graduates develop skills and leadership abilities necessary for distinguished professional work and contributions to the improvement and transformation of society. 

Student Outcomes

 Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  2. Analyze a problem and define the computing requirements appropriate to the discipline.
  3. Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs.
  4. Identifies, collaborates effectively, and shares information with team members to set and meet team performance goals
  5. Explain the professional, ethical, and social issues and responsibilities relevant to the discipline.
  6. Communicate with organization stakeholders using effective communication, project management and decision-making skills.
  7. Analyze the local and global impact of information systems on individuals, organizations, and society.
  8. Maintain technical competency in the face of rapid changes in the discipline.
  9. Apply design principals, using current tools, techniques, and skills to organizational systems.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within the business environment.

Graduate & Enrollment Numbers

 2010-2011 2011-2012   2012-2013  2013-2014  2014-2014  2015-2016

Graduates by academic year

27 16 13 19 9 17
Enrollment by academic year  200  185 169   166 138  153 

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Career Opportunities

What careers can I get with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems?

According to data by the National Science Foundation (WebCASPAR database), Regis University has consistently ranked among the top 10 percent of institutions producing bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science throughout the last 10 years.

Our B.S. in CIS prepares you for a number of exciting careers including: systems analyst, business process analyst, data analyst, software engineer, computer programmer, database manager, information systems manager, project manager, and more.

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

What salary can I expect with a degree in CIS?

The median annual salary for computer information systems professionals ranges from $75,000 and beyond, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Based on salary data reported by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and College Measures, Regis University’s CC&IS bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients have the highest median first-year earnings compared to their peers from other Colorado universities.

Like most fields, your salary in a CIS role will depend on factors like your years of experience and your title. Here are median salaries* for several CIS roles, as provided by payscale.com:

  • Web Developer -- $55,542
  • Systems Administrator -- $59,363
  • Software Developer -- $67,773
  • Software Engineer -- $78,669
  • Database Administrator -- 69,732
  • Information Technology Manager -- $80,207
  • Senior Software Engineer -- $102,444
  • Information Technology Director -- $103,866

*- Salary information based on data from spring 2016.

Program Requirements

General Core Studies (45 credit hours)
Requirements listed below
Foundational Major Courses (36 credit hours)
AC 3300 Accounting for Managers
AC 3200  Principles of Accounting I
BA 2900 Introduction to Business
CIS 300 Foundations of Information Systems
CIS 318 Ethics for the Information Technology Professional
CIS 325 Systems Analysis and Design
CIS 275 Foundations of Programming
CIS 375 Java Programming
CS 336 Web & Database Applications
CS 338 Mobile & Enterprise Computing
CIT 311 Enterprise Systems Architecture
CIT 330 Fundamentals of Cyber-Security
MT 270 Introduction to Statistics
MT 320 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

Upper Division Major Courses (27 credit hours)

CIS 445 Database Management
CIS 448 Project Management
CS 444 Introduction to Software Engineering
CIS 458 Business Process Management
CIS 461 Business Analytics
CIS 463 E-Commerce Technology Management
CIS 464 Enterprise Systems
CIS 465 IS Strategy, Management & Acquisition
CIS 493 Senior Capstone

Optional Minor (12 credit hours)

General Electives (0 - 12 credit hours)

If a minor is completed: 0 credit hours 
If a minor is not completed: 12 credit hours
Total Degree Requirements = 120 credit hours

CC&IS General Core Studies Details (45 credit hours)

CC&IS General Core Studies Details (45 credit hours)

Oral and Written Communication Skills (9 credits):
Regis courses: *RCC 200, *RCC 420J, COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 203, EN 325, EN 475, EN/PL 482, *RCC 200--Writing Analytically and RCC 420J--Justice and the Common Good.
Engagement with Literature and Arts (6 credits):
English, humanities, fine and performing arts. Regis Courses: any 300-400 EN, all HU courses, all COM courses excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, and COM 437 ‡HU 366--Leading Lives that Matter
Language and Global Awareness (6-8 credits):

Modern languages, classical languages, archaeology, history, political science, economics, geography, and social science. Regis courses: *RCC 410E, COM 400, COM 412, CR 466, EC 335, EC 400, CIV 410, CIV 420, HS 240E-W, HU 435E-W, HU 421E-W, SO 204, SO 340, SO 341, SO 472, IRSH 410E-W, RC 311, RC 458, RC 459)

*RCC 410E--Global Environmental Awareness
Understanding Human Behavior, Diversity, and Culture (6 credits):

Anthropology, economics, education, history, political science, psychology, criminology, peace and justice studies, sociology, social work, or women's/gender studies. Regis courses: *RCC 400D, CIV 410, CIV 420, CIV 430, CIV 440, COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, and COM 437), all EC, all ED, all HS, all PY, all SO courses, all CR courses.

HIM 432 Leadership Management required in the HIM program.

*RCC 400D--Diversity and Cultural Tradition

Quantitative Literacy (3-4 credits):
College-level algebra or higher. Regis courses: MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 274, all 300-400 level MT courses
The Natural World (3-4 credits)

Astronomy, atmospheric science, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, geology, oceanography, physical geography, or physics. Regis courses: SCI 205E, SCI 206E, SCI 410E, SCI 411E, HSC 240, HSC 241.

Note: CC&IS majors cannot use CC&IS courses to meet this requirement.
Philosophical Inquiry and Reflection (6 credits):

Philosophy, ethics. Regis courses: RCC 430M, all PL courses

HCE 435 Ethics in Healthcare required in the HIM program.

*RCC 430M--The Search for Meaning
Exploring Religious Traditions (6 credits)

Religious studies, Theology. Regis courses: all RC, all RS courses

*Students enrolled in traditional, semester-based daytime programs are required to complete these courses to fulfill core requirements.

‡Students enrolled in online and ground-based courses in the 5-week or 8-week format are required to complete this course to fulfill their core requirement.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and connect with a Regis admissions counselor for information and assistance.

Students with prior college credit, military credit, professional licenses or certificates or several years of work experience may be able to translate this experience directly into college credit.

Your admissions counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process.

Applicants seeking a bachelor's degree from the College of Computer & Information Sciences (CC&IS) must possess:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (from a regionally accredited high school) AND
  • Transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university AND
  • Evidence of work experience

Application Process:

  1. Complete the online undergraduate application
  2. Pay the $50.00 application fee. The fee is waived if you have applied to Regis previously or if you are a Regis graduate.
  3. Complete the personal statement essay. A short personal statement is required to be considered for admission. Download a copy of the personal statement guidelines.
  4. Request official transcripts from accredited institutions that you have previously attended. Download the transcript request form. Official transcripts are those that come directly from one college or university to another college or university. Official transcripts must be received no later than 30 days after the date of application. If not received, course registrations will be suspended.
  5. Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.

Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.
Apply a minimum of 14 days before the start of classes to ensure optimal course selection. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

Non Degree-Seeking Applicants Submit the Following:

  • Complete the online non-degree application
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess transferable college credit from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Provide evidence of work experience
  • No official transcripts are necessary. The writing skills placement essay is not required.

Applications due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.


Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the B.S. in Computer Information Systems program.

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