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College of Management and Human Potential: Undergraduate:
BS in Computer Information Systems

This program is not currently accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

The BS in Computer Information Systems addresses a growing need in the marketplace for professionals who can bridge the gap between information technology and the organizations and people who depend upon it.  

Graduates of the BS in Computer Information Systems program will have a cross-disciplinary set of skills and knowledge that will allow them to work with business and other stakeholders to define information processing needs. They will be able to map those requirements onto the building blocks provided by an ever-changing set of technologies. They also will have a strong set of process skills enabling them to carry out these tasks in a reliable and collaborative fashion.

On top of a core set of business and information systems skills, each BS in Computer Information Systems student will gain more specialized skills in a variety of areas. Concentration options focus on the positive impact information systems can have on people and society, in areas such as security, usability, and collaboration.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the fundamental concepts of computing and mathematics to organizational and societal priorities.
  2. Apply business and system analysis methods to identify and define the computing requirements of organizations.
  3. Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system or program that meets the needs of organizational stakeholders.
  4. Work collaboratively with others to implement new process and systems in an organization.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, legal, security, and social dimensions of their work.
  6. Communicate effectively with information system stakeholders.
  7. Analyze the impact of information system solutions on individuals, organizations, and global society.
  8. Create a professional development plan based on recognition of its need and value.
  9. Apply current techniques and tools to manage information systems projects.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a business environment.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  1. Develop information systems solutions to meet the needs of employers and communities in a global society.
  2. Collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders to meet user needs.
  3. Be employed in progressively more responsible positions in the information systems field.
  4. Demonstrate ethical behavior as information system professionals.
  5. Demonstrate sensitivity to the impact of technology on the individual, the organization, and society as an information system professional.
  6. Maintain up-to-date knowledge in the world of information systems and information systems-related business practices.

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
  • General Education (45 credits)
  • Core courses (61 credits)
  • Concentration courses (5–25 credits, depending on concentration)
  • Elective courses (45–65 credits, depending on concentration)
  • Capstone course (5 credits)


General Education Courses (45 credits)

See the General Education section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 or 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their student success advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Core Courses (61 credits)

Business Courses (31 credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Computer Information Systems Courses (30 credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Concentration Courses (5–25 credits)

These courses are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the course list on each concentration page.

Electives (45–65 credits)

Students are to select 9–13 additional courses, depending on whether they select the General Program option or a concentration, to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose courses from either general education courses, BS in Computer Information Systems concentration courses, courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs, or Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) courses. Individual course prerequisites apply. Each concentration has a minimum number of elective courses that must be taken at the upper level. See individual concentration pages for more information.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Capstone Course (5 credits)