Information Systems

Good business decisions require good information. The purpose of an information system is to provide management with the information that is essential to decision-making, and to assist in interpreting that information.

Students interested in using information technology and the Internet to solve business problems and in devising new and more efficient solutions, should consider a major in information systems. The major is intended to prepare students for their first job in information systems. In that job, you will study problems, design solutions and implement those solutions using information technology. The major will also prepare students for continued growth as a manager in information systems.

Information Systems Curriculum

Complete with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

  • ACCTG 201: Financial Accounting
  • ACCTG 202: Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 101: Principles of Economics (Macro)
  • ECON 102: Principles of Economics (Micro)
  • FIN 240: Legal Environment of Business
  • MIS 180: Principles of Information Systems
  • RWS 290: Business Communications (formerly BA 290)
  • MATH 120 or MATH 150: Calculus for Business Analysis
  • STAT 119 or ECON 201: Elementary Statistics for Business or Statistical Methods

You must have a 2.0 average or better in the courses listed below in order to graduate. Students must also complete 9 units of upper division General Education (Explorations) and a total of 120 units for the degree.

  • BA 300: Ethical Decision Making in Business (1-unit)
  • BA 310: Foundations of Business in a Global Environment (1-unit)
  • BA 323: Fundamentals of Finance
  • BA 350: Management & Organizational Behavior
  • BA 360: Introduction to Operations & Supply Chain
    Prereq. Credit STAT119 or ECON 201. Recommended MATH 120
  • BA 370: Marketing
  • MIS 301: Statistical Analysis for Business
    Prereq. MIS 180; MATH 120; STAT 119 or ECON 201
  • MIS 306: Information Systems Analysis
    Prereq. MIS 180
  • MIS 315: Business Application Programming
    Prereq. MIS 180
  • MIS 380: Data Management Systems
    Prereq. MIS 180
  • MIS 383: Networks and Data Communications
    Prereq. MIS 180
  • MIS 460: Project Management
    Prereq. Credit of concurrent registration in BA 360

12 units selected from:

  • MIS 305: Business Processes, ERP and Analytics
  • MIS 401: Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • MIS 420: Cloud Services, Architecture, and Security
  • MIS 455: Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MIS 481: E-Business/Web Development
    Prereq. MIS 306, 315, 380
  • MIS 492: Digital Transformation Leadership
  • MIS 515: Object-Oriented Programming for Business Applications
  • MIS 585: Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Management
Other elective courses
  • MIS 429: Contemporary Issues in Information Systems
  • MIS 495: Management Information Systems Internship (recommended) 
Admission to the minor in information systems requires the following:
  • Completion of at least 60 units
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.9
  • Completion of Management Information Systems 180 with a grade of C (2.0) or better

The minor in information systems consists of a minimum of 18 units, including:

  • MIS 180: Principles of Information Systems
  • 15 units from the following: MIS 301, 305, 306, 315, 375, 380, 383, 401, 406, 420, 429, 455, 460, 481, 482, 492, 495, 498 (with permission), 515, and 585
Courses in the minor may not be counted toward the major but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and general education requirements, if applicable. A minimum of six upper division units must be completed in residence at San Diego State University.

Current Students: Requirements may vary based upon catalog year. For year-specific information, please visit:

Requirements by Catalog Year

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