All organizations and businesses, whether they are government agencies or private businesses, large or small, utilize information systems and information technologies. These information systems are often large, expensive, and essential to both the daily operations and long-term strategy of the organizations that use them. These organizations require highly specialized technologists who understand not only technology, but also the environment into which it is being integrated. These socio-technologists must be equally proficient with the organizational functions of accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations as they are with the technologies of programming, software development, networking, operating systems, database and web technology implementation.
The focus of the Computer Information Systems degree is on the implementation, integration, application, management, and maintenance of information systems in all types of environments. As new technologies and information systems emerge, they must be appropriately applied across a broad range of organizations in support of specific operations. Computer Information Systems graduates combine their strong technology background with an equally strong understanding of organization, communication, and management skills to ensure the appropriate fit and application of technology within these organizations.
The Computer Information Systems degree provides a combination of coursework that prepares a student to meet this very complex and challenging role. The General Education coursework helps build the student’s people skills and problem-solving skills. The general business component coursework builds the student’s understanding of modern organizations and the specific types of problems these organizations must solve using information systems. The computer-related component provides the student with a deep understanding of computer technologies and skills, such as requirement analysis, programming, networking, database, and web development. Students are also required to take integrative coursework in management, business analysis, and data mining to produce a highly competent cross-trained graduate that can apply information systems in a wide variety of organizational settings. Additionally, our students are encouraged to participate in internships that provide experiential exposure to the practical application of these principles.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Computer Information Systems must complete a minimum of 125 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
Students majoring in Computer Information Systems must maintain a 2.0 average in the General Business Component courses, a 2.0 average in the Computer Information Systems Component courses, and successfully complete IFS 100 or IFS 105 within the first 30 credits at the College. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 or higher in each course that serves as prerequisite to a subsequent Business course. (Refer to the course description for specific prerequisites.) Failure to attain a 2.0 in a prerequisite course may lengthen the time to graduation. Students must also earn at least a 2.0 in their senior capstone courses, BUS 494 and BUS 495 . Students graduating with a declared major in Computer Information Systems may not simultaneously declare a minor in Information Systems.