Business Process Integration Management

Composite Major

Department Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Moser,, (701) 845-7523
Faculty Contact: Brenda Tyre,, (701) 845-7515
Department Office: 125 Vangstad, (701) 845-7521
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


Students who successfully complete the BPIM major demonstrate communication, problem-solving, business, collaboration and technical skills. Students will focus on business processes and advanced enterprise systems to be well-prepared to enter the growing business and IT workforce. The BPIM prepares students for business analyst, functional analyst, information systems analyst and process improvement analyst positions. This occupation in particular requires the ability to understand business requirements and apply the knowledge learned to implement and manage information systems in an organization.


Collegiate DECA: The mission of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA provides opportunities for students to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and to become experienced leaders. DECA helps promote networking, innovation, integrity, and teamwork for all members. Students have the opportunity to participate in leadership conferences, state and international competition and professional development which will help aid students in their mastery toward employability skills.

Practical Experience

Students are encouraged to earn credits by extending their learning beyond the classroom. For example, several prominent firms in the region offer internship programs that provide supervised business training. Firms such as Bank Forward, John Deere Seeding Group, Gander Mountain, Coca-Cola, WDAY, Farm Services Agency, Chamber of Commerce, KOVC and Best Buy have had VCSU students in their internship programs. Shadowing allows students to observe managers in daily work routines.  Students will have the opportunity to also participate in economic development activities such as tours, workshops, fairs and conferences. An internship can be a part of a student's academic program and can take place any semester after sophomore year for 3 to 12 credits. Student interns gain hands-on workplace experience to build resumes, become well prepared to enter a specific career field, network with professionals in the career field of interest, and may gain a full-time position through that experience.

“I completed the BPIM degree after a year and a half, and I gained a lot more than an education during that time. The professors and staff prepared me for the real world, which I am very grateful for. Shortly after graduating I landed an amazing job as a Land Contract Analyst for Legacy Reserves Operating LP. This position allows me to use the knowledge I gained at VCSU. After being there for four months I have gained knowledge with land contracts, completely revised our filing system and also inputted data in our software program. Without the education and knowledge I learned from NWC and VCSU, I would not of been able to land this job or be able to be successful at it.” —Hanah Cunningham ’14, Bridgeport, Neb.

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems 2
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 2
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Business Core
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
BUSI 336Business Data Solutions3
BUSI 350Operations Management3
BUSI 485Entrepreneurship3
FIN 375Managerial Finance3
MATH 210Elementary Statistics3
MGMT 330Principles of Management3
MGMT 381Project Management3
MGMT 460International Business3
MRKT 305Principles of Marketing3
Computer Information Systems
CIS 329Information Systems Management3
CIS 369Enterprise Systems3
CIS 371Enterprise Systems II3
CIS 470Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Business Intelligence (BI)4
SE 380Systems Analysis and Design3
COMM 304Corporate Communication3
COMM 360Group Dynamics3
COMM 483Organizational Communication3
ENGL 420Writing for the Web3
Directed Electives
Select twelve hours from the following:12
Strategic Planning
Senior Seminar
Integration of Business Processes in SAP ERP
Digital Communication
Business Ethics
Foundations of Leadership
Professional Sales
Marketing Research
Total Credits73

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 73 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs


For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study

Fall start - even years

First Year
BUSI 2491Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4MATH 104 or 107 (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 14 15
Second Year
ACCT 2003ACCT 2013
CIS 3693Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
COMM 3043BUSI 3363
ECON 201 (Gen Ed)3ECON 202 (Gen Ed)3
Literacies (Gen Ed)3MATH 2103
SE 3803 
 18 15
Third Year
COMM 3603CIS 3713
CIS 4704Directed Elective3
FIN 3753Elective3
MRKT 3053Elective3
MGMT 4603MGMT 3303
 16 15
Fourth Year
BUSI 3503BUSI 4911
BUSI 4853COMM 4833
Directed Elective3Directed Elective3
Elective3Directed Elective3
ENGL 4203Directed Elective2
 15 12
Total Credits 120

Fall start - odd years

First Year
BUSI 2491Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4MATH 103 (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 14 15
Second Year
ACCT 2003ACCT 2013
Directed Elective3Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
ECON 201 (Gen Ed)3BUSI 3363
Literacies (Gen Ed)3ECON 202 (Gen Ed)3
MRKT 3053MATH 2103
MGMT 4603 
 18 15
Third Year
CIS 3693CIS 3713
COMM 3043Elective3
COMM 3603COMM 4833
ENGL 4203Elective3
SE 3803MGMT 3303
 15 15
Fourth Year
BUSI 3503BUSI 4911
BUSI 4853COMM 4833
CIS 4704Directed Elective3
Directed Elective3Directed Elective3
FIN 3753Elective2
 16 12
Total Credits 120

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of core business functional areas.
  2. Students will integrate the core areas of business to inform decision making. 
  3. Students will demonstrate professional business communication.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse colleagues.
  5. Students will apply legal and ethical principles in business to organizational decision making.
  6. Students will demonstrate leadership skills.
  7. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology on business processes.