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Lewis Alexander- CIS Faculty Member

Computer information systems professors honored as "transfer champion"

Walker College of Business professor Lewis Alexander has received Appalachian State University's Transfer Champion award for 2020.Alexander was select...

Nationally recognized App State MBA available online in fall 2020

Appalachian State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) — awarded by the Walker College of Business (WCOB) — will be of...

Johann Vaz named Food Lion Teacher of the Game

On Thursday, February 20, 2020, Professor Johann Vaz was recognized as the Food Lion Teacher of the Game at the ASU Men's Basketball game. This is a s...

The Technovation for Good program is made possible in part due to a grant funded by Alex lee, Inc.

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer receives grant from Alex Lee, Inc

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer has received a grant from Alex Lee, Inc. and this funding will assist the Department of Computer Information Systems and the Wal...

Walker College announces new minor in business analytics

Walker College announces new minor in business analytics

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University has announced the addition of a minor in business analytics beginning in the Fall 2020 ...

Awad Hassan from CIS and C.A.R.E.

CIS/C.A.R.E. partner to bring a Lunch and Learn series

On Friday, February The Department of Computer Information Systems along with The Center for Analytics, Research and Education began a Lunch and Learn...

Dr. Scott Hunsinger Named CIS Interim Chair

Dr. Scott Hunsinger Named CIS Interim Chair

Dr. Scott Hunsinger, Interim Chair for Computer Information Systems Effective February 10, Dr. Scott Hunsinger will serve as interim ch...

Dr. Sandra Vannoy named acting dean of Walker College of Business

BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Sandra Vannoy has been named acting dean of Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business (WCOB) effective...

Lunch and Learn Series

Lunch and LearnFriday, February 14, 202012-1 PMPeacock Hall, Holland International Engagement Room  On Friday, February 14, The Department o...

CIS/C.A.R.E. Faculty Partner with New River Light and Power for continued research

As part of the Center for Analytics Research & Education (CARE) focus on doing research and analytics for good, CARE has partnered with New River ...

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.