Catalogue 2012 - 2013

Business Information Systems Major

General Information

Business Information Systems professionals use computers and technology to solve business problems. The field of information systems includes the acquisition, deployment, and management of information systems resources. Professionals develop, deploy, and manage applications for planning, operations, and implementation of business strategy in organizations. Consequently, a strong background in different functional areas of business is required.

We prepare students for successful careers in business with emphasis on deployment of information systems. We have strong relationships with business technology leaders in the local community who support career preparation through internships and mentoring programs. Our program emphasis is on the role of IS to support the major functional areas of the business. We specifically strive to:

  1. develop students’ interpersonal communication and team building skills;
  2. prepare students with Information Technology concepts and essential skills;
  3. provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom;
  4. incorporate current technologies into our courses by partnering with leading edge technology providers like Microsoft and SAP; and
  5. provide students with experiential learning via projects hosted at local businesses.

Career Preparation

In order to help students understand careers available to Business Information Systems majors, faculty in the BIS department designed activities to guide students from career exploration through career implementation. Examples of some of these include:

Career Exploration in the freshman year is accomplished in the First Year Seminar where students are introduced to business information systems career opportunities;

Career Investigation in the sophomore year courses includes an assignment to investigate SAP jobs in BIS 202 and guest speakers;

Career Determination in the junior year engages students in a mentor plan and interaction with local technology experts; and

Career Implementation in the senior year includes internships.

Career Opportunities

Students with a BIS degree have the necessary skills for entry level positions in information systems careers such as business systems analyst, data analyst, desktop support analyst, SAP ERP, SAP BW/BI, help desk data modeler, software developer, systems analyst, web developer, web designer, and IT project management.

The BIS program prepares students for using technology to solve business problems which increase business effectiveness to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.


Professors: Anil Gulati (chair), Jerzy Letkowski, Marilyn Pelosi

Associate Professors: Tuncay Bayrak, David Russell

Assistant Professor: Bahadir Akcam

Professional Educator: Peter Daboul

Program Learning Goals

Having completed a major in Business Information Systems, the student will have the ability to:

  1. Understand major information technologies in a business context:

Database management systems

Networking, communications, and the Internet

Operating systems and computer architectures

ERP Systems Business Intelligence/Analytics

2. Learn the role and impact of information technology on organizations:

Management of information systems

Information technology as a strategic enabler

Information technology as a means of supporting management

3. Ability to perform in-depth systems analysis including:

Feasibility studies

The use of modeling tools and concepts

The use of cost-benefit analysis

The presentation of solutions

4. Understand the principles and practice of system development and maintenance in order to:

Perform structured design

Apply contemporary application development tools and techniques

Develop software including coding, testing, and implementation

Project Management

5. Demonstrate competency in the design and development of multi-user interactive applications and integrating applications with end-user software.

See Core Requirements for All Business Majors and General University Requirements (83 credit hours)

Degree Requirements

Required BIS/IT courses (22 credit hours)

BIS 305Software Design for Business

3 cr.

BIS 321/IT 300Database Management Systems

3 cr.

BIS 413/IT 250Data Communications and Networks

3 cr.

BIS 417Systems Analysis and Design

3 cr.

BIS 412Business Intelligence with SAP

3 cr.

BIS 455Enterprise Portal Design with SAP

3 cr.

IT 102/CS 102Introduction to Programming

4 cr.

IT 240/BIS 210Foundations of Web Systems

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:25

Other courses 12 credit hours

BIO 101Basic Biology: Organisms

3 cr.

CHEM 101Modern Chemistry I

3 cr.

LAB/NSP XXXNatural Science Perspective

3 cr.

LAB/NSP XXXNatural Science Perspective

3 cr.

BUS XXXBusiness Elective

3 cr.

BUS XXXBusiness Elective

3 cr.

NBEL XXXNon-business Electives

9 cr.

Total Credit Hours:27

Electives (18 credit hours)

BIS 3XX/4XXElective

3 cr.

BUS XXXBusiness Elective

3 cr.

NBEL XXXNon-business Elective

3 cr.

NBEL XXXNon-business Elective

3 cr.

BIS 480Internship in Business Information Systems

3 cr.


BUS XXXBusiness Elective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credit Hours: 70

Total credit hours required for graduation–123

Students earning less that a B- in ENGL 132 or ENGL 133 will be required to take ENGL 206, Business Writing in sophomore year.

Students must take 33 credit hours of coursework in 300-400 level courses. All students must take 12 hours of upper level (300-400) courses in their major at Western New England University.

Non-Business electives must be selected in such a way to ensure that all “perspectives of understanding” requirements have been satisfied. 

Courses to be included in computing the 2.0 minimum average in the major are as follows: all BIS courses or their equivalents.