Management Information Systems Concentration

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Management Information Systems

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Management Information Systems (MIS) combines business and technology to get organizations the information they need to succeed in the digital age. MIS students take the same basic business courses (Intro to Marketing, Accounting, etc.) as other business students and earn the same business degree (BSBA). But MIS students also learn database, networking, web applications, etc., so they know how to help businesses leverage technology for competitive advantage. The business/technology combination reflects Silicon Valley like no other and MIS students get placed as project managers, systems analysts, online program specialists, consultants, etc. at all the big name tech firms as well as in non-tech industries including transportation, food production and others. 
(See for more on MIS at SJSU.)


Course type


General Education:

48-51 units

Business Pool:

12 units (6 of these units fulfill Core GE requirements)

Non-business Support:

14 units (3 units fulfill Core GE requirement, 6 fulfill Advanced GE)

Lower Division Business Core:

7-10 units

Upper Division Business Core:

24 units (3 units fulfill Advanced GE)

MIS Concentration:

27 units

Electives or Minor:

Units needed to reach 120 and fulfill all requirements


A 2.0 (C average) is required in the major in order to earn the BS degree. The cumulative GPA for all business courses must be 2.0 or better in order to graduate.

MIS Concentration (27 units)

Required Courses (21 units):

BUS4 092 Introduction to Business Programming

BUS4 110A Fundamentals of Management Information Systems

BUS4 110B Systems Analysis and Design

BUS4 111 Networking and Data Communications

BUS4 112  Database Management Systems

BUS4 119A Practicum in Management Information Systems

BUS4 119B Business Strategy & Information Systems


Choose TWO of the following courses (6 units):

BUS4 113 Advanced Business Programming

BUS4 113J Advanced Business Programming in Java

BUS4 114 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design

BUS4 115 Advanced Networking and Data Communications

BUS4 116 Advanced Database Management Systems

BUS4 118B Executive Support and Expert Systems

BUS4 118C Information Security and Assurance Management 

BUS4 118W Web Based Computing


Grade of "C" or better are required in ALL MIS courses.



  • BUS 91L  is a prerequisite to Business 92.
  • BUS 92 with a "C" or better and junior-level status is prerequisite to Business 110A, corequisite to BUS 110B.
  • BUS 110A and 110B with a "C" or better are prerequisites to BUS 111 and 112.
  • BUS 111 and 112 with a "C" or better are prerequisites to Business 119A and all MIS electives.
  • BUS 119A with a "C" or better and one MIS elective are prerequisites to Business 119B.
  • Any approved 100W course is a prerequisite to all MIS electives as of Fall 2000.
  • BUS 119A and all MIS electives requires senior status (90 semester units).
  • BUS 119B requires graduating senior status.


Business Pool

Freshman admitted in Fall 2010 or later must complete MATH 71 with a grade of "C' or better. Transfer students and Freshman admitted prior to Fall 2010 complete MATH 70, Finite Math with a grade of "C" or better

  • MATH 71 Business Calculus
  • English 2 Composition 

(or, if continuous enrollment began before Fall 2015, English 1B)

  • BUS1 20 Financial Accounting
  • BUS2 90 Business Statistics

As of Fall 2009, ALL concentrations will require grade minimums of "C" or better in BUS 20, BUS 90, Math 70, and ENGL 1B. Grades of "C-' earned prior to Fall 2009 will satisfy major requirements.

Non-Business Support

ECON 1A** Macroeconomics

ECON 1B** Microeconomics

PHIL 186 Prof. Business Ethics (Area S)

Non-Business Global Perspectives (Area V) 
(See approved list in JHSSC)


Lower Division Business Core

BUS3 10 Discovering Business  (Highly recommended for Freshman)

BUS1 21 Managerial Accounting

BUS3 80 Legal Environment of Business

BUS4 91L Computer Tools for Business(1 unit)

NOTE: Business 91L with a "C" or better is a prerequisite to all MIS courses.


Upper Division Business Core

COMM 100W,  ENGL 100WB, or LLD 100WB ("C" or better) (Requires passing  the WST)

BUS2 130 Introduction to Marketing

BUS5 140 Fundamentals of Operations Management

BUS3 160 Fundamentals of Management and Organization Behavior

BUS1 170 Fundamentals of Finance

BUS5 187 Global Dimensions of Business

BUS3 189 Strategic Management (Requires graduating senior  status)

BUS2 190 Quantitative Business Analysis


General Education (48-51 Units)

Core GE


Course name



Basic Skills



Math Concepts (Math 71)



Science (including lab)



Humanities and Arts



Social Science*



Human Understanding and Development



American History**



US Constitution & CA Government**



Physical Education (2 Different Activities)


SJSU Studies (Requires passing the WST)


Course name



Self & Society (Phil 186)



Earth and Environment



Culture & Civilization (See Non Business Global above)



Written Communication II (100W) (Requires a "C" or better)


*     Econ 1B fulfills area D1 for Business majors.
**   Areas U.S.1,U.S.2 & U.S.3 may also fulfill Areas D2 & D3 (See JHSSC advisor for details)

Interdisciplinary Electives or Minor (See a JHSSC advisor for details)

Total Unit Requirement - 120 Units