Computer Information Systems

BBA Program with a Major in Computer Information Systems

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Upon completion of this program you will have knowledge of business and computer information systems. The fusion of these two areas of study will allow you to understand the impact of information systems in enterprises. You can develop ideas and design effective communications on the functioning of information systems, both to administrators as to the technical staff of the organization.

Graduates of the concentration in computer information systems can analyze operations within an organization, identify problems and implement systems that solve them. You can also design a technological infrastructure consisting of equipment, operating systems and networks, which serves as the basis for the operation of the systems. This major provides students knowledge, skills, and values that enable you to start in jobs such as programmer, technology consultant, web designer and systems analyst, among others. It also enables you to pursue graduate studies.

This concentration provides an excellent preparation and experience in the analysis and implementation of systems, modelling of processes in the organizations, management of projects and infrastructure design. It provides also the opportunity to design and implement business applications using modern tools, emphasizing those that operate on the Internet. It is ideal for students with inclination towards the study of systems and information technology, with applications in enterprise and government environments.

Program Description

The Computer Information Systems major of the Bachelors degree in Business Administration emphasizes the implementation and use of technology and information systems in the environment of business enterprises and government organizations. It highlights the technical, functional and administrative aspects of the information systems components, as well as how these components are integrated into solutions to solve problems in these organizations.

Program Requirements

The program requires four years of study and 130 credits, offered in day and night schedules. The general education component requires 42 credits. Business Administration core courses total 52 credits and spans the eight areas of knowledge stipulated by the accrediting agency AACSB (“Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business”), the agency that accredits most prestigious business schools. This core is multidisciplinary and strengthens the integral formation of the student for the business environment. The students majoring in Computer Information Systems must also take 30 credits in the Computer Information Systems discipline.

Curricular sequence for the CIS primary major (pdf, jun 2015)
Curricular sequence for the CIS second major (jpg, feb 2014)

Course sequence


The Bachelors of Business Administration and the major in Computer Information Systems were recently revised and its implementation began in August 2008. The total amount of credits requirements is 130. The new curriculum offers a complete education, at the forefront of the technology and meeting the requirements of the accrediting agencies. The Program courses are listed below and you can access the courses descriptions and syllaby.    Course Descriptions and Syllabi.

The new concentration consists of 30 credits:

    • SICI 3211 Fundamentals of Information Systems
    • SICI 3245 Technological Infrastructure for Information Systems
    • SICI 3255 Applications Programming
    • SICI 4025 Systems Analysis and Logical Design
    • SICI 4286 Local Area Data Communication Networks
    • SICI 4266 Physical Design and Systems Implementation Using Emerging Tools
    • SICI 4015 Physical Design and Systems Implementation Using DBMS
    • SICI 4275 Control And Security of Information Systems (A zero ( 0) credit, 15 hour Ethics course is co-required)
    • SICI 4278 Project Management and Administrative Aspects of IS

Elective Courses – one elective course required:

    • SICI 4465 Seminar on Legal Aspects of Information Systems
    • SICI 4405 Design and Implementation of E-Business
    • SICI 4285 Wide Area Data Communication Networks
    • SICI 4215 Business Intelligence and Analytics
    • SICI 4998 Cooperative Educational Experience (a second Cooperative Education Experience can be taken as free elective: SICI 4999)
    • SICI 5250 Enterprise Systems
    • SICI 5015 Big Data Concepts and Applications

Program Educational Objectives:

  • To actively participate in any stage of the Systems Development Life Cycle.
  • To apply technological, analytical, and critical thinking skills in the solution of problems related to information systems in organizations.
  • To take into consideration the context in which information systems operate when implementing and managing these systems.
  • To maintain the professional expertise by updating her/his knowledge in technology and information systems.
  • To perform professional functions showing respect and appreciation for ethical values, interpersonal relationships, communication, and teamwork.

Student Outcomes:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgements in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • Support the delivery, use, and management of information systems within an information systems environment.

Enrollment and Graduates


Our Computer Information Systems Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, This accreditation is the result of an academic vision for the future and the implementation and assessment of a new program. Ours is the first information systems program accredited by ABET in Puerto Rico and is the only accredited where students graduate with the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration. In addition, the College of Business Administration to which the Program is ascribed is accredited by the prestigious international agency AACSB. It is the only College of a public institution in Latin America to achieve this accreditation.

The alignment between program, standards and assessment facilitated the achievement of the goals and objectives as well as its measurement and reporting. ABET recognizes as a strength of our program the integration of a project-based learning approach whose development, implementation and evaluation require a high level of commitment of our faculty. Through these, our students learn to apply their knowledge and skills to projects designed to closely model situations to be found as information systems professionals.

Apply to the the program

Our Computer Information Systems Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, and the College of Business Administration is accredited by the prestigious international agency AACSB.

If you are a high school student, you may apply by selecting code 0308 in your application form to the UPR.

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If you want to learn more about our program, please write to the email, for more information.

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