College of Business

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(opens in new window). 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 skillset provided by the OSCM minor is applicable to all industries.


The department also administers a minor in Enterprise Information Systems(opens in new window) option in the MBA program. 


Tala Esau ('19)

Tala Oseau"Coming into school, I knew I liked technology, business, and math. I wanted to choose majors that allowed me to deepen my understanding of these topics so I chose to become a double major in Finance & Management Information Systems (MIS). I was able to explore different topics such as data analytics, database application development, and business system analysis.

During my junior year, I was fortunate to attend the Business Information Systems Society dinner where I met my future employer! I was able to connect with the recruiter from Ernst & Young and ended up landing an internship, which then lead to a full-time offer. As a Technology Risk Consultant at EY, I consistently work with tools such as Visio, SQL, and Java. I was fortunate enough to gain this set of skills from the BIS program at Chico State."

Shady Makar

Shady Makar ('19)

"I switched from finance to management information systems after my first year because I was intrigued by the hands-on experience and the successful job placement rate the BSIS program offered. Three years later I know I couldn’t have made a better decision because as a second-year undergrad I had secured an internship at Workday, Inc. that turned into my full-time job now, all because of the practical and the transferable skills gained through the BIS program.

I was fortunate enough to work with professor Jaebong Son on my honors research project during my senior year, and that was an eye-opening experience. Getting to work so closely with faculty analyzing complex data for a whole year is an opportunity not every student can have, but the BSIS department can make that happen for its students."

Tim Merrifield

Tim Merrifield ('89)

"It's been a true pleasure to contribute to the evolution of the BIS program at CSU, Chico. As a graduate of the earlier named MIS option, I've just crossed the 30-year career mark with tenures at Apple, Cisco, Twitter, and now Coupa. All 30 years were based on the amazing skills I learned at Chico State which is why I feel passionate about the ongoing evolution of the BIS program to fit today's technology and analytical landscape. A passionate professional staff, real and applicable business partnerships coupled with a genuine desire to see students succeed make it the perfect option!"