Post Baccalaureate Certificate: Changing Paths

As amazing as it sounds, not everyone knows their true path in life when starting at university.  Not everyone stays on the same path throughout their professional lives.  Sometimes we even end up working in areas that we never imagined.  Businesses and organizations increasingly need professionals with advanced skills or  formal backgrounds in Information Technology (IT) related fields.

Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester (August 2013), individuals looking to change careers or enhance their current skill sets, and that already possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited 4-year college or university can enroll in the Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems (PBIS) program offered by Computer Information Systems (CIS) program in the College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  

The PBIS is an in residence certificate program designed to help individuals with baccalaureate degrees in non-IT  fields gain the formal education they need to transition into Information Systems development related career paths/positions in the North Louisiana region.

The PBIS certificate focuses on the core Information Systems skills related to business system development and is targeted at preparing students for high demand positions as Systems Analysts, Business Analysts, and Business Application Development.  The program is offered in such a way that students could complete all requirements in 24 months even if they are working.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited 4-year college or university
  2. University Admission to the University of Louisiana at Monroe
  3. Completion of 3 hours of introductory computer programming

Once Admitted, students are required to complete 18 semester hours (6 courses) in information systems related courses with a grade of “C” or better.  At least 15 hours of the required courses listed below must be in-residence at ULM:

    • CINS 3002 (Intermediate Business Programming – 3 cr. Hrs.)
    • CINS 3006 (Database Application Development – 3 cr. Hrs.)
    • CINS 3040 (Networks and Data Communications – 3 cr. Hrs.)
    • CINS 3041 (Advanced Networking – 3 cr. Hrs.)
    • CINS 4030 (Information Systems Analysis – 3 cr. Hrs)
    • CINS 4035 (Information Systems Design – 3 cr. Hrs)

While the PBIS is not a substitute for a formal baccalaureate degree in Information Systems or Computer Science, it does provide a direct path for entry into the IT field for those who already possess a 4-year degree and need to change career paths.  The program is also well suited for professionals that need to obtain an IT background as part of their current employment.

For more information contact the ULM College of Business Administration at (318)342-1100.

For more detail on financial aid options, visit or email



Summer and Fall 2013 Advising

In case you haven’t guessed by all the buzz in the hallways and sign-up sheets on the doors, IT’S ADVISING TIME AGAIN!!  OK, well maybe advising isn’t all that exciting, but if you plan on registering on time, you need to do it.

  • Summer 2013 registration begins 10 April 2013.  You’ll need to get advised and flags lifted before signing up for class.
  • Fall 2013 registration begins on 22 April 2013.  If you wan’t to get your first choices of class times…you need to register early.  

Getting advised now also ensures that you can talk to an adviser in the CIS field before signing up for class.  After final exams for Spring, all those wayward IT scholars age going to be in the wind till August.

If you haven’t done so already, sign up for an appointment as soon as possible.

Registration and Advising for Winter 2012/Spring 2013

Truthfully, it’s hard even for me to get my head around registering and book selections for the next semester…as I sit buried in grading for the current semester’s midterms.  However, that time is screaming up on us all again.  Advising starts next Thursday 18 October 2012.  Your advisers should be posting sign-up sheets to their doors this week.
I’m copying some important dates for registration from Director of Retention here at ULM.

2013 Wintersession/Spring Semester Registration Sequence

Special Groups – Thursday – Friday November 8 – 9
Graduates, Seniors, Professional Pharmacy – Monday November 12
Freshmen – Tuesday November 13
Junior – Wednesday November 14
Sophomore – Thursday, November 15
All eligible students – Friday, November 16 – Tuesday, January 8 at 3:30 pm

How students find classification for registration purposes:

  1. Go to Banner self-service under the “student” tab.
  2. Click on “registration.”
  3. Click on “registration status.”
  4. You will see “Your class for Registration purposes is….” with your classification.

NOTE: The following students must submit a new application for admission and pay an application fee:

  1. Students who have graduated and plan to re-enroll.
  2. Students who have missed six consecutive terms (attending or applying for one or both summer sessions is considered participation in a term).
  3. Any student attending another institution since their last ULM enrollment.

Changes to the University Core

At the end of the last school year, the University Core classes underwent some changes.  For CIS students in the 2012-2013 catalog, you may now be taking MATH1009 instead of MATH1011.  If you plan to take Calculus or Trigonometry, you should take MATH1011. 

Advising Question: New Math Course

I received this email question from one of the new freshman in the CIS program:

I am currently a Freshman and majoring in Computer Information Systems. I have a question regarding the math courses. I noticed in the fall semester they are offering a new Math 1009 course. I was advised and told that I need to take Math 1011, because it was in the CINS Catalog. My question is may I take the new Math 1009 course,instead of Math 1011, since I am not required to take Math 1031 for my degree, or do I  enroll in Math 1011?

No, MATH1011 College Algebra is the course you need to take.  College Algebra has several good features the make it a good course for a new technology student take.  The basic concepts from the course form a basis for many of the quantitative style course that you generally take as part of a business and/or technology degree.  Also, the algorithmic aspects of Algebra are very similar to the problem solving activities that you’ll be doing in your programming and software development courses.

Online Classes for Traditional Students

It’s time for advising and registration for Spring 2012.  Dr. McEacharn has put out a helpful guide that will be of interest to CIS@ULM students that want to take online classes as part of their traditional degree program.

Dr. McEacharn writes:

Most of the business classes offered in the spring are identified as “Gold” which means that only students who are coded as an online student can register for the class on their own.  For the wintersession, there are a few classes identified as “Gold” but the majority of the business classes are coded as “Web” which means that any student can register for the class if it is open.

Students enrolled in an online degree program can register during priority registration which is on Thursday and Friday of next week (11/10 and 11/11).

For those students who are not enrolled in an online degree program but needs/wants to take an online class, the student should write out a request and turn it in to our office as soon as possible.  The student should include in the request their reason(s) for needing/wanting the online class.  We will begin reviewing those requests and making decisions about those requests next week.  In making decisions about whether a student is granted his/her request, the following issues are considered:

  1. Online degree students are given first preference since this is the only means by which the student can take the class.
  2. Students who need the class for graduation purposes and there is no face-to-face option are given the next highest priority.
  3. Students who are in a degree program for which the class is required and their is no face-to-face option are next in line in priority.
  4. Students with class conflicts for which no other alternative is available are given next priority.

If a student has other options (e.g., the degree requirement is a marketing elective, not a specific marketing class) or if a student ‘wants’ the class to better fit a work or class schedule, consideration of those requests will be made after registration has settled down and we have a firm handle on the demand for the class.  As has been done in the past, a few days before regular registration for the semester ends (in January for the spring classes), any online classes that have availability will be opened to all students.

Information Security Concentration Approved

Did you know that the CIS program now has an Information Security Concentration?

Yes, the concentration in information security was approved at the beginning of October and you can choose it as an option beginning with the Fall 2011 semester. If you’re already in the program, you can change catalogs if you like.  Starting with Fall 2011 all CIS students will be required to take CINS 2020, 3002, 3006, 3040, 3044, 3050, and 4030. You’ll then have a choice of two tracks; CIS Main or InfoSec.

What classes do you take? Check out the table below:

All CIS Majors take:

  • CINS 2020 – Beginning Programming
  • CINS 3002 – Intermediate Programming
  • CINS 3006 – Database Application Development
  • CINS 3040 – Networking and Data Communication
  • CINS 3044 – Information Security Management
  • CINS 3050 – Management Information Systems
  • CINS 4030 – Information Systems Analysis

Then… Choose your Focus

CIS Main (no concentration) take:

  • CINS 4035 – Information Systems Design
  • BUSN 4012 – Business Communication
  • 6 hours of CIS Electives


Information Security Concentration take:

As your Business Elective you’ll take INSU 2005 – Risk and Insurance.

  • CINS 3045 – Info Security Practice
  • CINS 3041 – Advanced Networking
  • ACCT 4033 – Information Security Assurance
  • INSU 3008 – Business Risk Management

A point to remember! If you’re thinking of taking the InfoSec option, you need to take INSU 2005 as a Business Elective early on in your program of work. This is the prerequisite for INSU 3008. This is a good class for all CIS majors to take since we work with risk management issues in application development as well.

For more information see your CIS adviser or contact Dr. Barnett (