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CIS professor awarded ADVANCE grant to foster gender equity in information technology

A persistent gap exists between the number of men and women in the information technology (IT) field: At colleges and universities across the U.S., on...

Chris Taylor ’09 ’11, a professional security specialist and senior lecturer in Appalachian State University’s Department of Computer Information Systems. Taylor is the program coordinator for the new cybersecurity concentration in App State’s BSBA in computer information systems degree program. Photo by Chase Reynolds

New cybersecurity concentration gives App State students the skills to combat hackers

BOONE, N.C. — Chris Taylor ’09 ’11 is a computer hacker, and he teaches his students the tricks of the trade — with the best of intentions. Ta...

WCOB and the CIS department Offer Cybersecurity Concentration in Fall 2021

Department of Computer Information Systems Offers New Cyber Security Concentration

The Walker College of Business with the Department of Computer Information Systems is pleased to announce a new Cybersecurity concentration offering b...

Jesse Spillars and Ashley Brim

Top AITP Students Selected with Most Memorable Faculty Members

The Department of Computer Information Systems recently selected their top AITP students for the 2020-2021 academic  year to be honored duri...

Patrick Osborne and Dr. Jeff Kaleta

Top CIS Student and Most Memorable Professor Honored at WCOB Honors Convocation

The Department of Computer Information Systems recently selected their top student for the 2020-2021 academic  year to be honored during the...

Will O'Malley, Caleb Wright, Manas Desai and Dr. Jason Xiong

Walker College of Business students and faculty present research during App State's celebration of student research and creative endeavors

Walker College of Business students will be included as part of Appalachian State University's Office of Student Research's 2021 celebration of studen...

Samantha Williams earns staff shout out with Walker College Business staffers

CIS Staff member earns "SHOUT OUT" for excellent service with other WCOB staffers

Members of the Walker College of Business staff have earned a Staff Senate Staff Shout Out for exemplary service in their work during the fi...

Cyber Security Concentration To Begin Fall 2021

Cyber Security Concentration To Begin Fall 2021

Beginning in Fall 2021, the Department of Computer Information Systems is pleased to offer a concentration in Cybersecurity for all CIS majo...

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned economist, author and thought leader, to speak March 30

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned economist, author and thought leader, will speak to the Appalachian State University community on T...

Hunsinger named as chair

Dr. Scott Hunsinger to serve as chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University

Dr. Scott Hunsinger has been named chair for the Department of Computer Information Systems in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State Uni...

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.