Computer Information Systems, B.S.

CIS students in Professor Jin's class

Inspiring future innovators through technology and real-world experience

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, software development, system administration and information security.

Guided by faculty experts, you’ll explore the latest technologies in our advanced labs and state-of-the-art server room. Through work on teams and independently, you will be prepared to effectively select, administer, apply, and integrate computing technologies to create IT solutions that meet the needs of users within an organizational context.

Real-world projects and internships with business partners will 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.

Accelerated Master's in Information Technology
The Accelerated Master's Program is designed to give diligent students the ability to complete a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an M.S. in Information Technology in as little as five years. You're eligible to apply if you have a  GPA of 3.2 or higher in your junior year or first semester of senior year. Learn more

Program Coordinator

Michael Jonas

Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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    Required Computing Core

    • COMP 405 – Introduction to Internet and Web
    • COMP 425 – Introduction to Programming
    • COMP 430 – Systems Fundamentals
    • COMP 530 – Machine and Network Architecture
    • COMP 520 – Database Design and Development
    • COMP 525 – Data Structures Fundamentals
    • COMP 550 – Networking Concepts
    • COMP 560 – Ethics and the Law in the Digital Age
    • COMP 715 – Information Security
    • COMP 730 – Object-Oriented Software Development

    Mathematics

    Select one of the following:

    • MATH 420 – Finite Mathematics
    • MATH 424B – Calculus for Life Sciences
    • MATH 425 – Calculus I
    • COMP 500 – Discrete Structures

    Required Integrative and Professional Experience

    • UMST 582 – Internship and Career Planning Seminar (1 cr)
    • COMP 690 – Internship Experience
    • COMP 790 – Capstone Project

    Optional Self-Designed Area of Focus

    You may design a focus area of four courses from other subjects.

    Computing Topics

    You must select three COMP elective courses to broaden and advance your learning.

    To get your B.S. in Computer Information Systems, you’ll complete 128 credits between courses for the UNH Discovery Program and your major. Below is an example of what your four-year course sequence might look like. Courses are subject to change, so visit courses.unh.edu and select "Courses at Manchester" to see the most up-to-date course schedules and descriptions.

     

    FIRST YEAR

    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    COMP 405 – Introduction to Web Authoring COMP 430 – Systems Fundamentals
    COMP 425 – Introduction to Programming ENGL 401 – First Year Writing
    MATH 420 – Finite Mathematics (or Math 425 or COMP 500) Discovery Course
    UMST 401 – First Year Experience Seminar Discovery Course

    SECOND YEAR

    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    COMP 520 – Database Design & Development COMP 550 – Networking Concepts
    COMP 525 – Data Structures Fundamentals Elective Course
    COMP 530 - Machine and Network Architecture Discovery Course
    Discovery Course Discovery Course

    THIRD YEAR

    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    COMP 560 – Ethics and the Law in the in Digital Age COMP 730 – Object Oriented Software Dev
    UMST 582 – Internship & Career Planning Seminar COMP 690 – Internship Experience
    COMP Elective COMP Elective
    Discovery Course Discovery Course

    FOURTH YEAR

    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    COMP 715 – Information Security COMP 790 – Capstone Project
    COMP Elective Elective Course
    Elective Course Elective Course
    Elective Course Elective Course

    If you have an interest in a particular area, your faculty advisor will help you select courses that tailor your degree to the future you want. Students in our Computer Information Systems program can focus their studies in the following areas:

    • Database Systems
    • Networking
    • Software Development
    • System Administration

    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:

    • Dell Latitude E6420 and Dell Latitude E4500 computers with dual-booting configuration to run Windows 7 and Fedora 17
    • Additional external monitors and tools to improve collaboration on team projects
    • 60 dedicated Ethernet data ports to allow for network design experiments
    • Wireless access

    A spacious server room equipped with:

    • Dell PowerEdge server computers, Ethernet data ports, and networking gear to provide instructional support for the Computing Technology courses
    • A stack of Dell PowerEdge server computers running a Linux server operating system to run experiments in the Capstone Project course
    • Monitoring consoles to optimize system and network administrative operations

    Two server clusters:

    • Speech Server Cluster consisting of a stack of 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 

    IT Services
    • A private cloud of  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
    • 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

    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 2016 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% $131,600
    Computer Network Architect 9% $100,240
    Computer Science Teacher, Postsecondary 13% $72,470
    Computer Support Specialist 12% $51,470
    Computer Systems Analyst 21% $85,800
    Database Administrator 11% $81,710
    Information Security Analyst 18% $90,120
    Network and Computer Systems Administrator 8% $77,810
    Software Developer 17% $100,690
    Web Developer 27% $64,970

    Internships

    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
    • Dyn
    • International Institute of New England
    • Manchester School District
    • SilverTech

    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.

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    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, B.A.; and 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.
    CT-IAB Members
    • Gunjan Choudhary, Software Development Manager, Autodesk; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
    • Dan Couture, Fitbit, Senior Data Integration Engineering
    • Jeff DeLangie, Director, Technology Resource Center, Manchester School District
    • Eric Esposito, Director of Technology, SilverTech, Inc.
    • David Hubbs, Professor, Nashua Community College
    • Earl LaBatt, Principal Engineer, OPNET Technologies; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
    • Ed Nelson, Production Architecture Engineer, Vantiv; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
    • Suzanne Poirier, Director Software Engineering, Skillsoft
    • Frank Polito, Professor and Program Chair, NHTI
    • Craig Smith, Reliability Engineer, Tapjoy
    • Jason Syversen, CEO & Computer Security Entrepreneur, Siege Technologies, LLC
    • Chris Zalegowski, IT/IS Manager, NH Public Defender

    NHTI Dual Admission Agreement

    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.

    Exceptions
    • 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.

     

    Pathways from New Hampshire Community Colleges

    In partnership with the New Hampshire Community Colleges below, we've developed curriculum guides to show you which courses at your community college will transfer into UNH Manchester's Computer Information Systems program. 

    Click on a community college below to see transferable computer information systems requirements.

    See the complete list of Pathways. 

    Questions? Contact an Admission Counselor for help.