Department of Business Computer Information Systems
Business Administration Building, 336
P.O. Box 305249
Denton, TX 76203-5249
Fax: (940) 565-4935
Web site: www.unt.edu/bcis
John C. Windsor, Chair
Professors Guynes, CDP; Kappelman; Pavur; Pohl; Prybutok; T.C. Richards, CQE;
J.W. Spence; Vanecek, CDP, CISA, PE, Texas; Vedder; Windsor, CSP.
Associate Professors Becker; Jayakumar; Jones; Kvanli, CQE;
Peak; Spalding. Assistant Professors Cline; Getty; Golladay, CDP; Koh; Kulkarni; Ryan.
Lecturers Capan; Napier; M.J. Spence.
The Department of Business Computer Information Systems educates business computer
information systems designers and systems analysts for careers in industry and government. Two strong
undergraduate programs are available for students who intend to pursue careers in the growing business computing field.
Programs of Study
The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:
- Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in decision sciences;
- Bachelor of Science with a major in business computer information systems;
- Master of Science with majors in decision technologies and information technologies; and
- Doctor of Philosophy with majors in business computer information systems and operations
Bachelor of Business Administration
General requirements for the BBA are listed in the "General University Requirements
" and the "University Core Curriculum Requirements
" in the Academics section of this catalog and under "Bachelor of
Business Administration" in the College of Business Administration section.
Professional Field in Decision Sciences
The professional field in decision sciences requires 18 hours of the following courses.
- BCIS 4660, Decision Software Design
- MGMT 3830, Operations Management
- MSCI 3870, Management Science
- MSCI 4510, Model-based Decision Support Systems
- MSCI 4520, Data-based Decision Support Systems
- MSCI 4700, Problem Solving and Decision Making Process
Approved Supporting Courses, 12 Hours
BUSI 4660 (or MKTG 4280 or FINA 4500, if approved in advance by the departmental
undergraduate coordinator). The remaining hours are selected from 3000- or 4000-level business courses. The
following are suggested elective sequences:
BCIS 4800 cannot be used as a supporting course. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved
in writing in advance by the departmental undergraduate coordinator.
- BCIS 3620, 3690, 4620
- MGMT 4810, 4820, 4880
- MKTG 3700, 3710, 4620
A candidate for the degree must complete 33 hours of business administration courses in residence,
of which 15 hours must be in the professional field of study. A 3-hour course in C programming must
be completed (with a grade of C or better) by each student in this program. Students are encouraged to use
free electives to meet professional goals.
Students interested in the theoretical and mathematical science of computing should see the
Department of Computer Sciences.
1. It is recommended that students selecting decision sciences as a professional field for the BBA
degree meet at least one of the following standards:
a. be in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class; or
b. attain a minimum score of 920 recentered on the SAT I or 20 on the ACT.
2. It is required that students selecting decision sciences as a professional field have a 2.5 GPA in
all courses completed at UNT and have a transfer GPA of at least 2.5.
3. A grade of C or better is required in each previously taken BCIS/MSCI or CSCI course for enrollment
in any senior-level BCIS/MSCI course.
4. Academic requirements for graduation with a professional field in decision sciences include:
a. a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all course work at UNT;
b. a minimum GPA of 2.5 in advanced hours (3000- and 4000-level courses) attempted in the
professional field and supporting courses; and
c. a grade of C or better in each BCIS/MSCI course taken in the professional field, supporting
decision sciences courses or career track.
Bachelor of Science
Major in Business Computer Information Systems
The faculty of the Department of Business Computer Information Systems believes that there is a need
in industry and government for systems analysts who have a thorough understanding of both a functional
area of business and computer-based information systems. This degree offers an opportunity for an
in-depth study in one of six career tracks.
The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Science with a major in
business computer information systems.
1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 127 semesters hours, of which
42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified
in the "General University Requirements" in the Academics section of
this catalog and the college of Business Administration requirements.
2. Business Foundation Requirements: See "Professional Program Requirements" in this section of
3. Professional Program Requirements: See "Professional Program Requirements" in this section of
4. Minor: See "Professional Program Requirements" in this section of the catalog.
5. Electives: See individual degree plan.
6. Other Requirements:
Graduation with this BS degree requires a minimum GPA of 2.7 on each of the following:
- all course work attempted at UNT;
- all course work attempted in the program; and
- all advanced business computer information systems course work.
- University Core Curriculum Requirements: (See "University Core
Curriculum Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog)
- Economics, 6 hours: ECON 1100 and 1110
- Mathematics: MATH 1190 or 1400 or 1710 with a grade of C or higher
- Communication, 3 hours: COMM 1010
- Business Computer Information Systems, 3 hours: BCIS 2610 with a grade of C or higher
- Accounting, 6 hours: ACCT 2020 and 2030 with a grade of C or higher
- Data Description and Analysis, 3 hours: MSCI 2710
- Electives: hours required for electives may vary based on course placement or University Core
Requirement course selection. Some professional field programs may designate specific courses in place
of elective hours. Students are responsible for completing the total minimum hours required for the degree.
The following courses are required for the professional program Bachelor of Science with a major
in business computer information systems:
The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Science with majors in
information technologies and decision technologies, and the Doctor of Philosophy with majors in business
computer information systems and operations management science. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.
All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.
- Programming, 3 hours: CSCI 1110 or 2320 recommended (C programming language)
- Communication, 3 hours: BCIS 3615
- Statistics, 3 hours: MSCI 3710 or 3870
- Business Law, 3 hours: BLAW 3430
- Management, 3 hours: MGMT 3720
- Marketing, 3 hours: MKTG 3650
- Finance, 3 hours: FINA 3770
- Operations Management, 3 hours: MGMT 3830; or Business Policy, 3 hours: BUSI 4940.
- International course, 3 hours: FINA 4500 or MKTG 4280 or BUSI 4660 or MGMT 4660
- Business Computer Information Systems, 33 hours: BCIS 3610, 3620, 3690, 4610, 4620, 4640,
4680, 4690, 4720 and two BCIS elective courses
The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as
a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.