College of Business

The Option in Management Information Systems

BIS Society


The option in Management Information Systems (MINS) is an innovative, hands-on curriculum guided by input from our industry partners. It is an option created to position graduates for jobs in business by providing:

  • A strong technical foundation in distributed systems, databases, and application development.
  • Conceptual and practical immersion in the software development life cycle through participation in real-world projects.
  • Development of project management skills through coursework and integrated use of project management methods and tools. 

Representatives from a variety of industry-leading companies meet with BIS faculty twice a year to ensure that Chico MINS students are offered an education that is grounded in the tools and techniques used by industry. Our industry partners include:

Industry Partner List
SAPErnst & YoungChevron
Foster FarmsKPMGEXL Landa
Health Net, Inc.DeloitteSymantec
Johns ManvillePG&EWorkday
ABeam ConsultingIntelHitachi

Business Information Systems Resources

In addition to providing a MINS curriculum infused with market-leading technologies, we encourage students to participate in student organizations and activities such as:

Why Study Management Information Systems?

Management Information Systems (MINS) is the study of how technology can be used to solve business problems and create new business opportunities. The MINS program at Chico State 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.

With a global shortage of skilled people in information and communications technology, the salaries for MINS graduates are amongst the highest enjoyed by Chico State graduates.

MINS may be right for you if you have:

  • Excellent problem solving skills

  • Ability to think strategically about technology

  • Ability to manage time and resources

  • Understanding of “the big picture” as well as the “small details”

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Desire to work closely with co-workers

  • Eagerness to accept responsibility for development and implementation of new ideas

“The best way to predict the future is to implement it.”

  -   David Heinemeier Hansson