Computer Information Systems Major B.S.
Computer Information Systems Major B.S.
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.
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.