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Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

Dakota State University - Madison, South Dakota, USA

Are you looking for an affordable four-year information architecture degree? Do you want an opportunity to participate in research even as an undergraduate? Are you eager to take on internships and networking opportunities? The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems at Dakota State University could be perfect for you.




4 Years









About This Program

Computers are becoming ever more integrated into modern life, so students who study computer information systems and information architecture are in high demand. Graduates of the Dakota State University program are regularly hired as Application Developers, IT Engineers, Database Administrators, and Project Managers for organizations of all types and sizes that count on technology for their success.

The information architecture degree at Dakota State University includes 18 required courses. These include business classes such as the principles of microeconomics, principles of accounting, business statistics, managerial communications, legal environment of business, organization and management and marketing. The program also includes required computer classes such as business applications programming, management information systems, visual basic programming, structured systems analysis and design, project management, information systems planning and management, and database management systems. Students also complete an internship and undergraduate research as well as information security fundamentals, and hardware, virtualization, and data communication.

This broad range of courses will allow students to gain a broad background in both computing and business. Every student in this IA program gains an understanding of operating systems, and database programming, and will also obtain real-world information systems experience.

In addition to those requirements, students take 18 credits in a specialization of their choosing. There are three options for specialization in this IA degree. One possibility is data science, which includes classes in Business Statistics II, Production and Operations Management, Predictive Analytics, Programming for Analytics, Business Intelligence and Big Data, Database Programming. Students can also specialize in project management by taking Human Resource Management, Decision Support Systems, Software Development with Agile Methodologies, Advanced Project Management, Principles of Macroeconomics, Society and Technology/Management Technology and Innovation). To specialize in software and web development, students take Web Application Programming, Advanced Programming for Business Applications, Web Application Programming II, Software Development with Agile Methodologies, Database programming, and Introduction to Discrete Mathematics.

This information architecture program is offered in person or online. Students who take the online courses learn from the same professors who teach classes on campus. These classes are so high quality and convenient that often on-campus students choose to take them when it works better with their schedule.

Dakota State University is home to the Center of Excellence in Information Systems. This is an honors program that helps students prepare to be leaders in the development and application of information technology tools. Even undergraduate students have the opportunity to take part in research opportunities and network with businesses across the state.

Prospective students need to submit an online application, school transcripts, scores from ACT, SAT, and AP tests, and a $20 application fee. Annual costs for residents is $15,866, and for out-of-state students, the total annual cost is $18,796. 76% of students receive financial aid, at an average of $10,418 per student.

About This School

Dakota State University is located in Madison, South Dakota. It takes a technology-centered approach to education, and every student is required to take a computer programming course. The school was founded in 1881 and now enrolls approximately 3,300 students each year.

What I Will Learn

  • Software Engineering
  • Software Design
  • Information Management
  • Information Science
  • Information Technology
  • Database Design

Why We Recommend This IA School Program

This IA program offers the right blend of business education and computer science fundamentals at a reasonable price. Perfect for those looking to enter the IT world, students can learn the practical skills they need on campus or online. It may not be one of the top computer schools, but this small school still provides a great opportunity for those requiring undergraduate-level IT training.

Course Requirements / Prerequisites

High school graduates need an ACT score of 18, an SAT subscore of 870, a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or rank in the upper 60% of their high school class. Non- high school graduates need a GED with a minimum of at least 2250.