In brief, by approximately your junior year, you should have completed 1 year of English, Math, Economics, and Accounting, taken 2 additional liberal studies courses, and some computing literacy course(s). During your sophomore year, you should fill-out and submit an application for college admission. See details for admission to the College of Business.
Application forms are available in the College of Business (near the elevator) or you can download a form You must complete the requirements, submit the form by the deadline, and be admitted to the College before you can take any 300 level business course (that includes CIS).
Transfer students, students in the 2 year program who continue on for a 4 year degree, and others who didn't take the admission requirements in year 1 and 2 may have a problem. It's crucial to speak with your advisor.
Here are some policies to keep in mind:
College of Business majors cannot enroll in NMU business courses 300 and above until they have been admitted to the College and have attained Junior status (56 hours).
Students must complete at least 32 credit hours (24 within the College of Business) after admission to the College
It is important that you apply for admission as soon as you fulfill the requirements so you are not prevented from taking 300 level courses or delay graduation while you take additional classes.
If I am conditionally acceptance to the College of Business, will those credits still count towards the 32 and 24 credit requirements needed after admission?
No. This is important to understand. Conditional admission means you are allowed to take 300+ courses in the College of Business, but it does not change the requirement that you must take 32 hours (24 within the college) after full admission. It is important to get your acceptance fully cleared.
All NMU students have a choice of graduating under the requirements in place when they entered NMU or when they exit. If there were multiple program changes while you are a student, you cannot choose a program in the middle of your student career - it's the first or the last. Minor changes may be handled by your advisor with course substitutions. Major changes require a serious advising session with your advisor to decide which is the best route for you.
This varies by career goal, but some courses outside the College of Business that are beneficial for CIS majors include:
If you've taken courses you enjoyed as a supplement to your major, let us know and we'll add your opinion.
Sure. Lots of students want to get a little more coursework in the computing field or aren't sure exactly of their career plans. Declare the area that most fits your plans, then declare a second concentration. You must take all classes listed in both concentrations. If one course is listed in both concentrations, you'll need a course substitution in order to meet the total credit requirements. For example, to get a concentration in both Systems Development and Networking, you'll need a total of 36 credits beyond the technology core.
Many students complete their Associate degree on their way to the Bachelor degree. If you are interested in doing this, be sure to check with your advisor.
Since you can only declare one degree at a time, when you complete the 2 year degree you must change your status before continuing on as a 4 year student.
The AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) has a student group.
There is also a student chapter of the ACM (Automated Computing Machine) with a website for more information. An annual event has been the programming contest.
The OIC (Organization for Interactive Computing) is a computer focused group.
You can ask your advisors or do some investigating. Here are a few sites to get you started:
Date last updated
04/20/2009 by S. Poindexter