What Is Business Information Systems?
Business information systems is a field of work that helps businesses improve efficiencies by using computer systems. It involves programming, networking, database management and IT governance. The business information systems field only grows as businesses become more advanced technologically. On-campus and online business information systems degree students focus on core business topics such as management, accounting, economics, statistics and marketing, while also studying technology degree topics.
Earn Your Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems Degree
The bachelor's in business information systems from GCU is offered through the Colangelo College of Business, but also incorporates coursework from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. This true interdisciplinary information systems degree ensures that graduates have both the leadership and business know-how to lead, as well as the technology background to be competitive in business. Graduates learn the fundamentals of business information systems and technology, including:
- Database management
- Project management
- IT governance
What You'll Learn in GCU's Business Information Systems Degree Program
This combination of coursework in both business and tech fields is what defines the on-campus and online business information systems degree program at GCU. The bachelor’s in business information systems degree program provides students with a foundation in business-related technology, specifically the use of technology to keep systems organized.
Information systems can include anything from data storage to networks to business-specific programs. Students learn about networks and networking in IT, system administration and maintenance as well as platform technologies. They learn the key aspects of information systems development within the context of business information systems.
The business information systems degree provides a well-rounded technology business program with classes in:
- Microeconomic, macroeconomic and international economics
- Programming and problem solving
- Networks and networking in IT
- Descriptive and inferential statistics in business
- System administration
- Relational databases
- Project management
- Centrality of business information systems in improving enterprise strategy
Careers With a Business Information Systems Degree
The GCU Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems degree program enables graduates to use both their business and technology skills to support organizations in meaningful ways. GCU business information systems graduates have the technical and business know-how to find work in many roles, including:
- Computer systems analysts
- Database administrators
- Network and computer systems administrators
- Computer and information systems managers
If you are passionate about both business and technology a degree in information systems could be the right path for you. Find out by learning more about GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems degree program.
1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information Systems Managers as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as computer and information systems managers. It does not reflect workers’ earnings in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. The median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path.
2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Systems Managers
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.