Accounting Information Systems

Are you itching to set up a corporate computer system that manages both the financial and personnel side of things? Information systems is a popular major for someone like you at Central College.

Information Systems Statement of Philosophy

Students desiring a technical specialty within either business management or accounting or an applied area of computer science will find the interdisciplinary information systems major of interest. The major offers a common core of courses, devised to meet student needs as the disciplines continue to change, and three emphases: accounting information systems (AIS), computer information systems (CIS), or management information systems (MIS).

Accounting information systems gives students exposure to computing and the other fields within business, focusing on the various aspects of accounting. A similar situation occurs with management information systems, surveying the different fields within the business management area. The student in the computer information systems track receives the core economics, accounting, business management background and has the applied courses of computer science such as COSC 255P Programming: Cobol, COSC 360 Database Systems and COSC 272 Computer Networks.

Internships are strongly recommended. They may be obtained through locally or regionally located businesses and organizations, through one of Central’s international program sites or through the Chicago Metropolitan Center. This experience provides the student with rich learning opportunities and puts course work into practice.

Typical sequence of MAJOR courses for the information systems major:

(51 study hour minimum)

Complete ALL of the following:

  • ACCT241 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT242 Introduction to Management Accounting
  • BMGT251 Principles of Management
  • COSC110 Introduction to Computer Science
  • COSC130 Data Structures
  • COSC220 Software Design
  • COSC255 Programming: COBOL
  • COSC360 Database Systems
  • COSC372 Computer Networks
  • ECON112 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON113 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH105 Introduction to Statistics

Complete ONE of the following:

  • PHIL120 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL121 Ethics
  • PHIL127 Meaning of Life
  • PHIL221 Classical thought
  • PHIL225 Modern Continental Philosophy
  • PHIL228 Asian Philosophy
  • PHIL244 Business Ethics
  • PHIL262 Philosophy of the Sciences
  • PHIL286 Values and Vocations (Chicago program)
  • REL255 Christian Ethics

Choose one of the following emphases:

Accounting Information Systems (AIS) emphasis:

  • ACCT341 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT342 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • ACCT343 Cost and Management Accounting II
  • ACCT347 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT442 Auditing

Computer Information Systems (CIS) emphasis:

  • COSC235 Discrete Structures
  • COSC320 Advanced Software Design
  • COSC330 Algorithms
  • COSC375 Introduction to Operating Systems

Management Information Systems (MIS) emphasis:

  • BMGT351 Organizational Behavior
  • BMGT361 Corporate Finance
  • BMGT371 Principles of Marketing
  • BMGT381 Operations Management
  • ECON281 Research Methods in Economics

All majors must complete the department’s communication skills endorsement.