Carroll College, Helena Montana

Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems



If you have checked the news lately, you may know that computers are changing rapidly. At Carroll, we have a school small enough to change rapidly, too. Based on student interest, we have recently offered a class using robots, computer animation with Alice, programming to rework sounds and pictures, Geographic Information Systems (making computer generated maps), entered our first regional computer programming contest, and have a student-lead class “Student Topics  in Computer Science” that takes a peak at the emerging technologies. Plus our students take part in the International Math Modeling Contest (where Carroll has had 3 top finishers in the last several years.

CISCarroll College now has a new major in Computer Information Systems (CIS). This degree is recommended for students who are interested primarily in a career in the application of technology in the business environment. It combines current Carroll business classes with applied Computer Science classes to develop skills that are immediately applicable to the job world.

With the the CIS degree, the math and theory are replaced with business classes selected to develop the student's ability to manage successful implementations and understand and design accountability into the technology processes. This program combines Carroll's strong applied CS classes (networks, database, security and software and web development) with management, project management and other business classes.


.A degree in Computer Information Systems serves as preparation for some of the fastest growing jobs as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Computer Systems Software Engineer
  • Computer Applications Software Engineer
  • Computer Systems Analyst, Database Administrator
  • Network Systems and Data Communication Analyst
  • Business/Information Analyst

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10 reasons

to choose carroll college for this program

  1. Internships/part time jobs – plenty to go around between state government, business and non-profits needing help
  2. “Recession proof jobs” -- in the last survey, 4 of the top 10 recession-proof jobs dealt with computers
  3. Small department = personal attention
  4. Professor Phil Rose gives you more words per minute at no extra charge
  5. Hands on, lab centered
  6. CS profs meet every week to revise school plans to try to keep up with the exploding future
  7. Pizza with presentations. Need I say more?
  8. Parents will welcome you home at break – to fix their computer/phone/shoe/etc
  9. Small classes with friendly students and faculty
  10. Create your own video class (like students did this year – Real Time Interactive Simulations Gaming class)

"With skills acquired solely from Carroll’s CS department, I was able to land an internship, and make a career out of it before graduation."

-James Arasim (Microsoft software testing engineer for Windows