May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computing Major, B.S. (Information Systems Concentration)

Department Information

Department of Computing
PO Box 70711
Phone: (423) 439-5328
Fax: (423) 439-7119
Web address:

The IS concentration supplements the CSCI core curriculum with courses in e-Business, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Enterprise System implementation and programming. Students select an emphasis in accounting or management and explore the application of information systems in business process definition and execution. This concentration is designed for students who wish to apply their knowledge in e-Business development, Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise System implementation, or within their emphasis area, and for those who plan graduate work in information science or business administration.

The Bachelor’s of Science in Computing with a Concentration in Information Systems is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Information Systems Program Criteria and Similarly Named Computing Programs Program Criteria.

Grade Requirement Policy

For satisfactory progression in the major or minor, the student must attain:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.5 or better; and
  2. A GPA of 2.5 or better in all computing courses; and
  3. A grade of B- or better in CSCI 1250  and CSCI 1260 .
  4. A grade of “C-” or better in all other major requirements. This includes both common core and concentration-specific courses and all courses from other departments that satisfy major requirements.
  5. A minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 1010  and ENGL 1020 .

All computing majors or minors may attempt CSCI courses a maximum of three times. An attempt is defined as registering for and remaining in a class until the last day to drop the course without a ‘W’ grade as specified in the Academic Calendar. (Earning a grade in the class, including W or WF, counts as an attempt.)

If a student, following a third attempt to take a given course, fails to earn a grade that meets the Department’s standard for minimal performance in that course as specified in the Catalog, the student will be barred from further opportunity to enroll in that class. If this class is integral to that student’s current program of study, the student will be required to change his/her program of study. Depending on the course, this may disqualify the student from continuing in a minor; in one or more concentrations; or in the major.

A student may file an appeal with the Chair of the Department of Computing requesting a fourth attempt to take a course. Such an appeal can only be made once by a student concerning any and all CSCI courses.

All concentrations must complete 124 credits, including the ETSU General Education Requirements, the common computing core, and the concentration-specific courses.

CISC majors must pass the proficiency exam or complete CSCI 1100 - Using Information Technology  prior to accumulating 30 credits.

Graduation Policy

Graduation Requirement:

Students must successfully complete the Computing Senior Exam (CSE) before graduation. Students are eligible to complete the CSE during the student’s last semester at East Tennessee State University. The CSE is administered in-person within the Testing Center on ETSU’s main campus, at approved off-campus instructional sites, or other department-approved locations. Students who do not successfully complete the CSE must retake the CSE at a time and location designated by the Department and continue to retake the CSE until completion. For more information about completing the CSE, please contact the Department’s Academic Advisor.

Degree Requirements: 124 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirements 82-83 credits
     Major Core    (36 credits)
     Concentration    (22-23 credits)
     Emphasis Area    (15 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (9 credits)
Free Electives 0-1 credits
TOTAL 124 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: CISC-BS (INFS)  

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

  • MATH 1530   
  • 8 credits of Natural Science excluding those for non-science majors

Total Requirements for Computing Major: 82-83 credits

Emphasis Areas: 15 credits

Student should select either Accountancy, Healthcare Management and Analytics, or Management Emphasis.

Advisor Approved Electives: 9 credits

Approved CSCI electives or Emphasis elective for a total of 9 credits. 6 credits must be CSCI electives and at least one major elective must be at the 3000-4000 level.

No Minor Required

Free Electives: 0-1 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

International Student Seminar Policy

International Students : Must complete 4 credits of International Student Seminar  as part of their undergraduate program.