Riding waves is great. Making them is even better! The Business Information Systems curriculum will teach you to harness technology to help organizations achieve a competitive advantage in today's rapidly changing environment. 

You will gain a firm foundation in business administration and learn to architect, manage, develop and deploy information systems. Depending on your skills and interests you might become a business process analyst, IT project manager, data modeler, systems analyst, software quality tester, developer or database administrator, or you can choose from other technology-related business careers.

You won't only learn theory. You have plenty of opportunities to build, troubleshoot, refine and manage information systems through targeted exercises in real-world projects and current projects sponsored by outside companies to help you learn to bring together people, business processes and information technology.

The Business Information System (BIS) club meets weekly for presentations by recruiters and consultants, giving you a chance to interact with potential employers.

You can apply to join the Multiple Engineering Co-Operative Program (MECOP) and experience full system development and testing at the Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS), develop IT service delivery expertise working for the college's information services department, or immerse yourself in one of the many Business Information Systems internships offered by outside organizations. As an intern you can apply what you learned in class in real-world organizations and develop marketable skills. And when you come back to school, you can share your experiences and newly acquired skills. Go make some waves!

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Your freshman and sophomore years in Business Information Systems will be largely confined to starting the OSU baccalaureate core and the Business Core (see Requirements.) These courses are required of all business students. The BIS major courses are completed during the junior and/or senior years. Students should review the BIS major specific requirements.

CISA Certification

The OSU College of Business Business Information Systems and Accounting programs are certified by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Students who complete their studies in both disciplines, will need only two, instead of the three years of practice normally required for the prestigious Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification. For more information on the CISA certification, see the requirements at isaca.org.

Enrichment Activities

Participation in Business Information Systems-specific enrichment activities expand your understanding and build your skills beyond the classroom. The Business Information System (BIS) Club meets weekly for presentations by recruiters, consultants or software instruction. Principal activities include weekly meetings, a career night in the winter, field trips in the winter and spring, and a graduation event in the spring.

Pursuing paid internships, including the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP), increases your career opportunities after graduation. Business Information Systems students are supported by scholarships and awards, by the BIS Advisory Council, and the Portland Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM).