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Department of Business Information Systems

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CSU, Chico's College of Business was the first university program in California to establish a Business Information Systems (BSIS) degree. This degree option was created to provide students a career-relevant curriculum that prepares them for today’s technologically sophisticated global business environment, and designed to meet the growing job demands for professional consultants, business process analysts, project managers, IT infrastructure specialists, SAP functional analysts, logistics specialists, and production managers.

SAP UCC LogoOne of the strengths of the BIS program at CSU, Chico is that we are a leading ERP-based business program. In 1996, Chico State became SAP’s first university partner in North America in what would later become the SAP University Alliance Program. Leading universities and their business partners worldwide recognize the ERP-based pedagogy provided at CSU, Chico as a current best practice.

The College of Business and the BSIS Department operate one of six global SAP University Competence Centers. The Chico academic hosting operation serves the needs of more than 170 universities throughout North and South America and more than 100,000 students annually. The hosting operation is a major operation housed under the Center for Enterprise Systems and Informatics Research.

The Option in Management Information Systems

The Option in Management Information Systems (MINS) is an innovative, hands-on curriculum guided by input from our industry partners. MINS is the study of how technology can be used to solve business problems and create new business opportunities. The MINS program focuses on a mix of applied computer systems knowledge, communication and interpersonal skills, and a practical business orientation to produce graduates who have technical savvy as well as a deep understanding of business functions and processes. 

The Option in Operations and Supply Chain Management

The Option in Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) provides graduates with the skills and understanding to enable them to function as, for example, Supply Chain Managers, Production Planners, Operations Managers, Quality Managers, Project Managers, Procurement Managers, Business Analysts and Management Consultants. The OSCM profession continues to expand due to technological innovation, global competition and the need to increase productivity and reduce costs. Efficient, cost effective performance across the supply chain requires coordination of sourcing, logistics, production operations, inventory management, and information technology. OSCM professionals ensure that the desired product/service is available to the customer in the right condition and quantity and at the right time, place, and cost.

The Minor in Management Information Systems

The Minor in Management Information Systems (MINS) is an 18-19 unit program that provides students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge base and acquire an academic credential in the use and development of business computer systems. The minor provides the technological base for students to become valuable “power users” of essential software applications, such as spreadsheets, databases, and enterprise-wide applications such as SAP. Graduates with a MINS minor gain an opportunity to seek employment in the IS field and to become an ideal liaison between IS professionals and experts in other functional areas of an organization.

This minor is open to non-Business Information Systems (BIS) majors as well as students majoring in BIS options other than Management Information Systems.

The Minor in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Students completing the 20-21 unit Minor in Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) gain a basic understanding of production operations management and supply chain operations and strategies. The minor prepares students for career opportunities in manufacturing or service operations, including operations consulting, global marketing, international consulting, product development, supply chain management, and distribution and logistics. The skill set provided by the OSCM minor is applicable to all industries.


The department also administers a minor in Enterprise Information Systems option in the MBA program.