Inspiring future innovators through technology and real-world experience
About This Program
Computing drives innovation in all economic sectors, from business to science to entertainment. Our Computer Information Systems program is designed to develop your technical skills through hands-on projects in programming, networking, information security and more.
Guided by faculty experts, you’ll explore the latest technologies in our advanced labs and state-of-the-art server room. Real-world projects and internships with business partners open doors to network with local start-ups, nonprofits, government and more — all while giving you the experience you need for a lucrative career in the dynamic field of information technology.
Computer Information Systems
Computing drives innovation in all industries, so adding a Computer Information Systems minor to your degree builds both your resume and the foundation for highly desirable technical skills.
Labs & Studios
As a computing major, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art lab facilities equipped with the latest hardware equipment and software development tools.
Facilities and Equipment
Two large labs set up with peer programming and shared learning in mind, stocked with:
- 16 Dell Latitude E6420 and14 Dell Latitude E4500 with a dual-booting configuration to run Windows 7 and Fedora 17.
- Additional external USB monitor and keyboard and two mice for each Dell Latitude E6420 to improve collaboration on team projects.
- 60 dedicated Ethernet data ports to allow for network design experiments.
- Wireless access for all 30 client computers and any personal computing device that students bring in.
A spacious server room equipped with:
- Three Dell PowerEdge server computers, Ethernet data ports, and networking gear to provide instructional support for the Computing Technology courses.
- A stack of 10 Dell PowerEdge server computers running a Linux server operating system to run experiments in the Capstone Project course.
- Four monitoring consoles to optimize system and network administrative operations.
Two server clusters:
- Speech Server Cluster consisting of a stack of 12 Dell PowerEdge servers running Red Hat Linux server operating system to run Speech experiments in the Capstone Project course.
- GPU Computing Cluster is under construction, made possible with a recent grant from NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing. The state-of-the-art cluster will allow students to analyze medical imagery, explore models of speech and leverage GPU computing and CUDA C/C++ in their courses.
Our lab laptops are powerful development platforms configured to run a large variety of tools and utilities. Visit our Lab Laptops Software wiki page for a complete list of installed software products.
- A private cloud of four to eight virtual machines running Windows and Linux server operating systems, managed with VMware vSphere, is updated each semester to meet course instruction and student project needs.
- Server applications and run-time environments (BinNami and XAMPP) are configured to provide MediaWiki, Apache web, and MySQL database services.
- Shared network drives and staging server virtual machines support student project activities.
- OpenComputing public wiki, set up to share computing resources and document student projects.
- A Balsamiq academic license offers mockup building tools to design user experiences for course projects.
- A Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) membership gives students access to Microsoft developer and designer tools software.
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Meet Our Faculty
Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Computing majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:
- 2KR Systems
- International Institute of New England
- Manchester School District
Articulation Agreement with NHTI
Students who earn an associate degree in Information Technology at NHTI are automatically considered for admission to UNH Manchester’s Computer Information Systems bachelor's degree program, without having to complete a separate application. This articulation agreement allows for better collaboration between faculty and advisors at both institutions, and makes the transition from NHTI to UNH Manchester seamless for students.
Students will need to complete and file the Dual Admit/Intent to Release Information forms with the NHTI registrar’s office during the semester they intend to graduate, then the registrar’s office will forward the file to UNH Manchester to process admission.
- Former UNH Students: If you previously held degree status at UNH but did not complete your degree, you will need to complete a separate application for readmission. Please contact UNH Manchester's admissions office for more information, or download the application for readmission here.
- International Students: Please visit the international student admissions page for more information and to apply.
Scholars in Science and Technology Program
UNH Manchester's Scholars in Science and Technology (SST) program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.
The STEM scholarship is a renewable scholarship, with the amount of the award varying based on the student's academic grade level and number of years in the program. Qualified students must:
- Be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Computer Information Systems or Engineering Technology, or be admitted to a UNH Manchester associate degree program and demonstrate interest in STEM discipline.
- Be a full-time freshman, sophomore or junior with minimum of 12 credits each semester
- Maintain a minimum semester GPA average of 2.75 and earn at least a C in every course
- Submit FAFSA and demonstrate financial need
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- Freshmen, up to $3,000
- Sophomore, up to $4,000
- Junior, up to $5,000
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Computing Technology Industry Advisory Board
The Computing Technology Industry Advisory Board (CT-IAB) advises and supports the Computing Technology program in its effort to meet the economic development needs in New Hampshire and the region, and to educate computing majors at UNH Manchester in three degree programs:
- Computer Information Systems, B.S.
- Computer Science & Entrepreneurship, B.S.
- Information Technology, M.S.
The CT-IAB provides counsel and support in:
- Curriculum design and authentic project experiences
- Lab infrastructure and services
- Partnerships with business, industry, government, educational and nonprofit organizations
- Developing educational pathways to computing education and careers for all, in particular for underrepresented students
The board includes computing professionals, researchers and leaders who represent local industry, business, government, education and nonprofit organizations.
- Tim Chadwick, Database Alchemist, Dyn, Inc.
- Jeff DeLangie, Director of the Technology Resource Center, Manchester School District
- Eric Esposito, Director of Technology, SilverTech, Inc.
- David Hubbs, Professor, Nashua Community College
- Ryan Marcoux ('08, computer information systems), Senior Software Developer, Liberty Mutual
- Suzanne Poirier, Director Software Development, Skillsoft, Nashua
- Andrew Schwab ('09, computer information systems), IT Infrastructure Manager, Adventures in Mission
- Craig Smith, Principal Software Engineer, Newforma
- Jason Syversen, CEO, Siege Technologies, LLC
- Chris Zalegowski ('08, computer information systems), IT/IS Manager, NH Public Defender
Technology is advancing daily, and the need for tech-savvy graduates is growing alongside it.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates positive growth in many computing professions, projecting one million more computing jobs than students in 2020. In its spring 2015 Salary Survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) shows computer science majors earn the top average starting salary among computer and information sciences graduates at the bachelor’s degree level.
Your CIS degree will give you the practical technical skills for an impactful, lucrative career in industries from science to education to healthcare, and beyond.
Job Title Job Growth Average Salary Computer and Information Systems Manager 15% $120,950 Computer Network Architect 15% $91,000 Computer Programmer 8% $74,280 Computer Science Teacher, Postsecondary 19% $72,200 Computer Systems Analyst 25% $79,680 Database Administrator 15% $77,080 Information Security Analyst 37% $86,170 Network and Computer Systems Administrator 12% $72,560 Software Developer 22% $93,350 Web Developer 20% $62,500
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COMP 405 - Introduction to Internet and Web Authoring
COMP 411 - Introduction to Computer Applications
COMP 415 - Mobile Computing First and For Most
COMP 425 - Introduction to Programming
COMP 490 - (M1) - Statistics in Computing and Engineering
COMP 500 - (M1) - Discrete Structures
COMP 505 - Advanced Web Authoring
COMP 510 - Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems
COMP 515 - Multimedia: Introduction and Applications
COMP 520 - Database Design and Development
COMP 542 - Operating System Applications
COMP 550 - Networking Concepts
COMP 560 - Computer Law and Ethics
COMP 625 - Advanced Application Programming
COMP 640 - Human Computer Interaction
COMP 650 - Network Administration and Maintenance
COMP 685 - Professional Develop Seminar
COMP 690 - Internship Experience
COMP 698 - Special Topics
COMP 705 - Web Application Development
COMP 715 - Information Security
COMP 720 - Database Application Development
COMP 725 - Programming Languages
COMP 730 - Object Oriented Software Development
COMP 780 - Advanced Topics in Computing
COMP 790 - Capstone Project
COMP 795 - Independent Study