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Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr. the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and Nicholas Anderson, CIS Student

Defense Intelligence Agency CIS Internship

Nicholas Anderson is completing a CIS internship this summer with the Defense Intelligence Agency. The mission of the DIA is to provide intelligence o...

CIS 3740

Register for CIS 3740 Today!

Cybercrime is a TRILLION dollar industry. Do you know how to read the data to look for potential leaks? Sign-up for this exciting new course today and...

Dr. Jason Xiong presents research

CIS Faculty presents Magid Igbaria Outstanding Conference Paper Award Nominee

Dr. Jason Xiong presented research co-authored with Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, Appalachian State Director of Data Analytics program, Yong Tang from University ...

CIS senior presented her honor thesis research

CIS Senior presents research

On April 18, 2019, Blaise Smith, CIS senior presented her honor thesis research at 22nd Annual Research Day event. Blaise p...

CARE Center Awarded grant

$25,000 Biotech grant will fund CARE bee research

Appalachian State University's Center for Analytics Research and Education(CARE) has received a $25,000 grant from the North Carolina Biotec...

iBackApp May 2, 2019

iBackApp Day May 2, 2019

As you know, we are proud Mountaineers. And because of that, we've committed to being aChampion for #iBackAPP Day—a day that is going to m...

Winners announced for 2019 Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program

Appalachian State University recently announced the projects that comprise the 2019 Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program, and among the six...

Appalachian State University's Spring Sigma Chi Mu Tau inductees

New Inductees for Sigma Chi Mu Tau

Yesterday the Supply Chain Management department inducted its newest members for Sigma Chi Mu Tau. This is the National Honor Society for Supply Chain...

CIS 1026 Students Earn Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications

Students in Maureen Nowak Allen's sections of CIS 1026 are earning the Microsoft Office Excel Certification. The following students have taken and pas...

Summer Camp Program for 4th-10th Grade Girls

Do you have a rising 4th-10th grade girl? Do you want her to be more about tech-savvy and develop leadership skills? Check of the NCWIT ASPIRE program...

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 fields of information systems, supply chain management 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.