Dual Major

Dual major is an attractive option for students majoring in another field of Business in the College of Business and Economics. By choosing the Information Systems option in the BSIS program and by taking an additional 8 courses in CIS, a student can obtain a dual major. An example would be to major in both Accounting and Information Systems. It is the equivalent of having two undergraduate degrees in two different disciplines. It is achieved by just taking an additional 32 units (8 courses) of coursework. 

Program Details
  • Declare the intention to pursue a dual major by completing the dual-major form 
  • Get the above form signed by the chairs of both majors of the dual major program being pursued
  • Choose the Information Systems option in the BSIS program and not the Information Technology option
  • Complete 8 CIS courses, 6 of them required courses and 2 elective courses 
  • Ensure that the requirements for both degree programs are completed in the same final quarter meaning that at least one course from each degree program must be left to be completed in the last quarter. In other words, the requirements for one of the degree programs in the dual major cannot be completed ahead of the other degree program.   
Lower Division Required Course (4 Units)
  • CIS 283 - Introduction to Application Programming with Java (4)
Upper Division Required Courses (20 Units)
  • CIS 405 - Database Design and Development (4)
  • CIS 406 - Systems Analysis and Design (4)
  • CIS 410 - Hardware and Software Architecture (4)
  • CIS 484 - Communications Systems (4)
  • CIS 490 - Capstone: Information Systems (4)
Additional Units Total for Dual Major (4+20+8) = 32 Units or 8 Courses
CIS Electives (8 Units - Select two courses from the following list:)
  • CIS 320 - Data Processing and Analytics (4)
  • CIS 361 - Web Design and Development (4)
  • CIS 383 - Multimedia and Game Application Programming (4)
  • CIS 437 - Security Risk Management and Internal Controls (4)
  • CIS 438 - Computer Forensics and Investigations (4)
  • CIS 445 - Network Application Development
  • CIS 451 - Fundamentals of ERP Technology (4)
  • CIS 454 - Special Topics in Computer Information Systems (4) **
  • (when applicable)
  • CIS 457 - Advanced Java Programming (4)
  • CIS 458 - E-business Application Development with Oracle (4)
  • CIS 459 - Advanced Information Systems Development (4)
  • CIS 472 - Wireless Communications and Networks (4)
  • CIS 473 - Network Security Essentials and Practice (4)
  • CIS 485 - Local Area Networks (4)
  • CIS 486 - Managing Information Systems Projects (4)
  • CIS 487 - Decision Support Systems (4)
  • CIS 488 - Information Security (4)
  • CIS 498 - Cooperative Education in Information Systems (1–4) *
Notes on electives: 
(other courses that are not in the elective lists may be chosen with the advisor's approval)
*Total of CIS 398 and CIS 498 units may not exceed 8 units and must be approved by the advisor.
**Total of CIS 454 units may not exceed 8 units. CIS 454 can be taken twice, but with different course topics.

Declaring to Become a Dual Major
Download the dual-major declaration form, fill the form, get the form signed by the two department chairs representing the two different majors and submit the form at Admin 146.

Accounting Department Chair: 
Dr. Kathryn Hansen 
Email: khansen3@calstatela.edu
Office: ST F517
Phone: (323) 343-2830

Information Systems Department Chair:
Dr. Nanda Ganesan 
Email: nganesa@calstatela.edu
Office: ST F603
Phone: (323)343-2983

Economics and Statistics Department Chair:
Dr. Dang Tran 
Email: dtran@calstatela.edu
Office: ST F917
Phone: (323)343-2930

Management Department Chair:
Dr. Angela Young 
Email: ayoung3@calstatela.edu
Office: ST F717
Phone: (323)343-2890

Finance Department Chair:
Dr. James Refalo
Email: jrefalo@calstatela.edu
Office: ST F717
Phone: (323)343-2870

Marketing Department Chair:
Dr. Tyrone Jackson 
Email: tjackso4@calstatela.edu
Office: ST F917
Phone: (323)343-2960


Suggested Course Sequence Chart
Note; Enroll in CIS 100 before taking any other CIS courses and preferably in CIS 301 before taking any other upper division CIS courses. For a list of all CIS elective courses, refer to the University Catalog displayed below on this page. Also, the Information Systems option requires three courses from one of the disciplines in the College of Business and Economics such as in Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing. This requirement is automatically satisfied by the elective courses taken in the other non-CIS major of the dual major. Again, please browse the University catalog shown below for the list of elective courses in the other disciplines.