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Online Business Information Systems Degree/Online Computer Information Systems Certificate

An online bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems and the certificate in Computer Information Systems from Linfield prepare you to meet the challenges and complexities of the information systems and business world. Information technology is a constantly changing environment. All of Linfield’s courses are taught by experienced IT professionals. Graduates from Linfield’s degree and certificate programs will earn the experience and knowledge to allow them to build their career or strengthen their opportunities within their current organizations.

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Online Business Information Systems Program Overview

Government research indicates that the employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2016. Job opportunities will be best for applicants with a strong understanding of business and good communication skills – both areas of expertise gained through the Linfield degree requirements. Salaries in this field exceed the average – the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that earnings for computer and information systems managers vary by specialty and level of responsibility, but are higher than many other occupations. The median annual wage of computer and information systems managers was $115,780 in May 2010.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

More information on the Computer Information Systems Certificate

The online major in Business Information Systems is an interdepartmental program combining studies in computer information systems from Linfield's Department of Computer Science with business courses from the Department of Business. The curriculum, based on the Association of Information Technology Professionals  model, places strong emphasis on business problem solving through systematic analysis and management of the system development process. You can complete all of the courses in the BIS degree through online classes. Students will need web conferencing capabilities (2 monitors, headphone, microphone). This allows you to achieve your educational goals via the technological innovations available to us.

Online Business Information Systems Course Overview

Computer Science required courses:   Economics and Business required courses:    
COMP 101 Fundamentals of Information Systems Technology ECON 210 Principles of Economics
COMP 152 Programming and Object Structures BNAC 260 Financial Accounting
COMP 250 Database Program Development BNAC 261 Managerial Accounting
COMP 302 Software Engineering I (MWI) BNAC 301 Management
COMP 310 Networks & Web Application Development BNAC 321 Marketing
COMP 382 Management Information Systems BNAC 341 Financial Management
COMP 400 Applied Software Development Project  
COMP 404 Operations Management COMP 484 Operations Research  more

Why Choose Linfield College?

husband and wifeLinfield is one of the first colleges in the West and was chartered in 1858. The college is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities as a non-profit, independent institution. Linfield has received praise in recent years by The Washington Post, Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”  Forbes named Linfield one of the nation’s “Top Colleges,” with special recognition for quality of teaching and student satisfaction.
 Linfield pioneered online education in the Pacific Northwest and now serves a virtual learning community of adult students logged in from around the globe.The advantages of Linfield's adult degree program are:

  • Desirable faculty to student ratio of 1 : 14
  • Convenient methods of class delivery
  • Affordable costs, comparable to state schools
  • Academic advising support and financial aid assistance
  • Online academic tutoring services
  • Superior research and library assistance 
  • Career planning assistance

Can I receive credit for previous college work?

Absolutely! Most academic college classes that you have taken from an accredited community college or four year college or university; for which you received a grade of “C” or higher, will count towards your bachelor’s degree. Our academic advisors will review all transcripts and will work with you to transfer as many credit as possible.

What about experience? I own my own business—shouldn’t that count for something?

We have a program that awards credit for knowledge gained on the job or through volunteer activities called credit for prior learning (CPL). You will work closely with an instructor to decide what courses you will challenge and assemble a portfolio to present prior learning demonstrated through experience. Your academic advisor can tell you more about this program.

What are the General Education requirements in a Linfield bachelor’s degree?

The general education is called the Linfield Curriculum and stresses wide exposure to the ways that educated individuals, be they scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, teachers, or ethicists, engage ideas, articulate choices and assert opinions. The Linfield Curriculum consists of an Inquiry Seminar (college writing), seven courses in the Modes of Inquiry, two courses in Diversity Studies, and a Writing-Intensive course in each major. Courses taken to satisfy the Linfield Curriculum also complete requirements in one or more areas of each student’s major.  

How many credits will it take to finish my degree?

The requirement for a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College is a cumulative total of 125 semester credits, which includes the Major, Linfield Curriculum, and electives. Credits that you completed at accredited community colleges and four-year colleges and universities count toward this total. A minimum of 30 credits in the degree must be completed at Linfield. Your advisor will work with you to maximize your previous college and work experiences, and provide a suggested academic plan to finish your program in the major you choose.

I’d like to find out more. What is the next step?

Please contact us and one of our knowledgeable admissions and enrollment specialists will be in touch with you shortly.

Congratulations on taking the first step to completing your bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems!