Computer Information Systems Major B.S.

Computer Information Systems Major B.S.

computer information systems

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, database systems, software development, system administration and information security.

The computer information systems (CIS) or information technology (IT) field, in its broadest sense, encompasses all aspects of computing technology. During their program of study, students develop a strong skillset to effectively select, administer, apply, and integrate computing technologies to create IT solutions that meet the needs of users within an organizational context.

The bachelor of science degree in Computer Information Systems prepares graduates with knowledge, skills, and professional practices to work in the highly integrated field of computing technologies and to grow into leadership positions. The program also enables graduates to further their studies at the graduate level and pursue research in a computing-related discipline.

Career opportunities for students with an undergraduate CIS degree are varied, but may include such areas as software applications developer, data security specialist, database developer/administrator, e-commerce analyst/programmer, help desk manager, multimedia developer, network/system administrator, technical writer, technology trainer, user support specialist, testing and quality assurance specialist, or web developer. Career options exist in a wide range of organizations as all businesses, industries, and nonprofits continue to use, develop, and integrate information technology solutions.

Program Educational Objectives

Within five years of graduation a CIS student should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills in core and advanced information technologies to help an organization achieve its goals.
  • Advocate for users of information technologies, whether they are end users of information systems, managers of enterprise applications, developers of IT solutions, or customers of IT-reliant work systems.
  • Develop, manage, and evaluate computing and communication systems and services.
  • Live and work as contributing, well-rounded members of society.

Program Outcomes

The program enables students to achieve, by time of graduation, the following competencies:

  • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Be cognizant of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, continuing professional development.
  • Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • Use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies.
  • Identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation, and administration of computer-based systems.
  • Effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.
  • Be cognizant of best practices and standards and their application.
  • Assist in the creation of an effective project plan.

The CIS program outcomes are aligned with criteria for accrediting information technology programs as recommended by the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission and the ACM Computing Curricula – IT 2017 Information Technology guidelines.

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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.

Curriculum & Requirements

Students majoring in computer information systems must complete 128 credits to graduate, satisfy the University's Discovery Program, and complete 81 credits in the major with a minimum of C- in each course. Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

Transfer students who elect to major in computer information systems must earn 81 approved credits for completion of the their major, of which at least 24 credits must be completed at UNH Manchester.

Program Requirements

Required Mathematics Course 1
Select one of the following:4
Finite Mathematics
Calculus for Life Sciences
Calculus I
Discrete Structures
Introductory Core
COMP 405Introduction to Internet and Web Authoring4
COMP 425Introduction to Programming4
COMP 430Systems Fundamentals4
COMP 530Machine and Network Architecture4
Intermediate Core
COMP 520Database Design and Development4
COMP 525Data Structures Fundamentals4
COMP 550Networking Concepts4
COMP 560Ethics and the Law in the Digital Age4
Integrative and Professional Experience
COMP 715Information Security4
COMP 730Object-Oriented Software Development4
UMST 582Internship and Career Planning Seminar1
COMP 690Internship Experience4
COMP 790Capstone Project4
Computing Topics 2
Select three computing courses totalling twelve credits12
Concentration 3
Select four courses16
Total Credits81

For additional information about the computer information systems program, contact Michael Jonas, (603) 641-4352, or contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.

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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

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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

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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We've partnered with the New Hampshire community colleges below to develop curriculum guides that show you how your community college courses will transfer into UNH Manchester's computer information systems program.  Click on your community college to see transferable computer information systems requirements.

Questions? Contact an admission counselor for help.

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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