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Dr. Jason Xiong and Dr. Jung Hwan Kim earn Dean's Club Grant

CIS Faculty Members Earn Dean's Club Research Grant

Computer Information Systems professors Dr. Jason Xiong and Dr. Jung Hwan Kim were recently awarded Walker College of Business Dean's Club research gr...

Dr. Ken Corley wins best paper award.

CIS Faculty Member Receives Best Paper Award at CONISAR 2020

Dr. Ken Corley,  an associate professor in the Computer Information Systems department at Appalachian State University, won the Best Paper Award ...

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer

Iyer earns AIS Doctoral Student College Founding Faculty Award

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, an Appalachian State University professor of computer information systems and acting associate dean for graduate programs and resear...

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer

Iyer to serve as acting associate dean of graduate programs and research in the Walker College

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer has been named acting associate dean for graduate programs and research in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State Univer...

CIS student Wendell Addy

The sky is the limit for this high-achieving Mountaineer

BOONE, N.C. — When he was in high school, Appalachian State University’s Wendell Addy had a strong interest in science and technology and even had...

Congratulations to our App State Students Who Were Rewarded the Following Scholarships

Doug May Scholarship      Preparing students to lead purposeful lives. Retired Professor Dr. Doug May embodied this Mountaineer vi...

CIS Faculty and Staff honored with Sywassink Awards

App State recognizes 9 with Sywassink Awards for Excellence

BOONE, N.C. — Nine faculty and staff members in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business (WCOB) have been recognized wi...

Dr. Jason Xiong- CIS Faculty member

Xiong demonstrates mastery of online teaching through individual and course certifications from Quality Matters

Dr. Jason Xiong, an assistant professor of computer information systems at Appalachian State University's Walker College of B...

Dr. Joseph Cazier and Dr. Lakshmi Iyer win professorships

CIS Faculty members earn professorships in Walker College of Business

Seven Appalachian State University professors have been appointed to professorships in the Walker College of Business.Four additional professors have ...

CARE researchers create buzz with recent article in the Journal of Apicultural Research

CARE researchers create buzz with recent article in the Journal of Apicultural Research

A century of discovery: Mining 100 years of honey, is creating a buzz having been recently included in the Journal of Apicultural Research.R...

Welcome to the Computer Information Systems Department

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 Computer Information Systems (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. The ultimate goals of our department are to grow both information systems leaders in the industry.

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.

Mission, Vision and Values


The CIS Department aspires to have nationally recognized, innovative programs and to be a top recruiting destination.


The mission of the CIS Department is to foster a collegial and collaborative work environment, in which we engage with our students to promote academic and professional excellence.

Core Values

To carry out our Mission, the CIS Department Team will strive each day to:

  • Maintain a supportive and collegial environment,
  • Foster a high level of collaboration amongst faculty,
  • Actively encourage and support faculty-student engagement,
  • Continuously improve our curriculum to assure its relevance and currency,
  • Create engaging classroom experiences through innovative pedagogy,
  • Promote analytical and critical thinking, global mindedness and technical competence in our students,
  • Engage in continuous professional development,
  • Produce quality research that furthers the field of information systems and across disciplines,
  • Foster, expand, and maintain our network of recruiters, to ensure that we are a top recruiting destination,
  • Remain connected to the professional community through regular interaction with employers, our boards of advisors and other professional networking organizations,
  • Assist our students in career development to prepare them for high-quality internships and relevant full-time job opportunities, in which they can achieve their professional goals.

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, and 3) the career options that the major provides. Our programs excel in all three areas. The CIS program has 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. Our current job placement rate is over 98%, projected growth for CIS and SCM 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.