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New Faculty Join CIS Department

The Department of Computer Information Systems welcomes three new team members, lecturer Scott Jensen, and adjunct faculty members Fred Woolard and Ga...

 App State Cyber Summit provides intersection of community and industry with an eye on new business threats

App State Cyber Summit provides intersection of community and industry with an eye on new business threats

According to Warren Buffet “In today's business world, it takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Lowe’s Compani...

CIS professor joins Chancellor's Academic Leadership Development program

 Jason Xiong, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Systemsand director of Appalachian State University's Ma...

Research on social media in emerging economies published in IEEE Xplore

An article co-authored by Dr. Bao Duong, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems in the Walker College of B...

Taylor attains QM course certification for CIS 5630, data management

Chris Taylor, Appalachian State University's cybersecurity coordinator and senior lecturer in the Walker College of Business' Department of ...

Dr. Sandra Vannoy named dean of App State’s Walker College of Business

Dr. Sandra Vannoy named dean of App State’s Walker College of Business

BOONE, N.C. — After a national search, Dr. Sandra Vannoy has been named dean of Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business. He...

CIS Faculty Earn Accolades as Most Helpful at App State

CIS Faculty Earn Accolades as Most Helpful at App State

Thirty-nine faculty and staff members in the Walker College of Business were named among the most helpful at Appalachian State Universi...

CIS Scholarship application- now open

Apply for scholarships through ASAP — Appalachian Scholarship Application Portal — through Feb. 15

The Appalachian Scholarship Application Portal is open for scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year.All currently enrolled students who will also be...

Dr. Iyer selected as an AIS Sandra Slaughter Service Award recipient

Dr. Iyer selected as an AIS Sandra Slaughter Service Award recipient

This week Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, Acting Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research and Professor for the Department of Computer Informations sy...

senior CIS major McKinley Bennett, actuarial science major / MSADA accelerated admitted student Trennon Clapp, and senior CIS and supply chain management double major Jake Reid

App State students put business analytics skills to work in regional competition

Appalachian State University students represented the university in the 2021 Champion® Analytics Case Competition, Oct. 21-22.App State was represent...

Great Courses, Great Faculty, Great Careers

When considering any business major, students should look closely at three dimensions:

  1. The quality of the courses offered.
  2. The passion, engagement and knowledge of the faculty that teach them.
  3. The career options that the major provides. 

Our programs excel in all three areas. The Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) offers courses that leverage cutting-edge business concepts and technologies to promote relevant skills.

Our award-winning instructors have extensive industry experience and are recognized across campus for their high level of student engagement. Our faculty take a genuine interest in seeing our students succeed. Finally, we know that the end game for business students is to launch a meaningful career.

Our CIS program prepares students for a myriad of nontechnical and technical career paths as systems analysts and designers, systems integrators, process engineers, project managers, IT administrators, system developers, and many others. Projected growth for CIS careers is consistently high (over 20% through 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and starting salaries are among the highest of all business disciplines.

Mission, Vision and Values

The department fosters a collegial and collaborative work environment, in which we engage with our students to promote academic and professional excellence. Read more.

Welcome from the chair

In today's dynamic business environment, information systems have become the engines of business, the means for making better business decisions and the platform for global collaboration. The ability to leverage information technology is now a competitive necessity, and information systems skills have become imperative regardless of business industry, size or geographic location. Accordingly, the CIS department seeks to develop professionals with strong analytical and critical thinking skills, who are capable of analyzing, designing and implementing innovative business information systems projects; creating competitive advantage by optimizing operational efficiency and furthering strategic goals. 

Our Computer Information Systems programs have curricula that promote solid business acumen and technical fundamentals, arming students with a unique blend of knowledge, and enabling them to serve as the vital bridge between professionals in functional business areas and information technology (IT). We offer a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Computer Information Systems.