CIS Degree Requirements

CIS Major Requirements

Major in Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems (CIS) is a combination of computer science courses and business- and industry-based courses that prepares a student to enter the workforce in any number of technical management and IT positions or to continue on to an MBA program or industry certification. It combines business or project management classes with applied, hands- on computing classes to develop skills that are immediately applicable to the job world.

I. Computer Information Systems Program Requirements (thirty- three credits)

  • CS 110 Introduction to Programming with Java
  • CS 120 Data Structures and Program Design 
  • CS 202 Web Development 
  • CS 220 Programming with Excel
  • CS 251 Introduction to Linux/Unix
  • CS 310 Database Design
  • CS 425 Internship (1 credit)

Plus at least twelve credits from the following:

  • CS 230 Software Engineering (fall, Writing Intensive (WI) – if CS 230 is NOT taken, ENWR 305 Workplace Writing is required)
  • CS 311 Database Project 
  • CS 330 Network Technologies 
  • CS 410 Operating Systems 
  • CS 421 Cyber Security 

Plus choose one option from section A and one option from section B (both the Technical emphasis and the Business emphasis are required):

A. Technical Emphasis (twelve credits)
Either the GIS or Social Media Certificate (plus CS 289 Mobile and Advanced Web Development).

Note: The Social Media Certi cate required courses are CO/CS 130 Viral Video, CO 250 Social Media, CO 108 Digital Publishing, and CS 202 Web Development. This option also requires CS 289 Mobile and Advanced Web Development.)

B. Business Emphasis (twelve credits)
Either the Project Management Certificate or the following:

  • BA 203 Accounting I
  • EC 203 Project Finance (spring, also meets Social Science Core requirement)

and any six credits from the Business courses at level 200 or greater

II. Other Program Requirements

  • CO 206 Small Group Communications or PSY Emotional Intelligence or CO 275 Conflict Management
  • MA 207 Probability and Statistics
  • PHYS 155 Robots and Experimental Physics

III. Core Requirements 

We recommend the following:

Fine Arts Core (3 credits)

  • ART 113 Digital Photography (3 credits)

Philosophy Core (6 credits)

  • PHIL 107 Ethics (3 credits)
  • or PHIL 207 Business Ethics (3 credits)
  • or PHIL 113 Formal Logic (3 credits)

Social Science Core (6 credits)

  • EC 203 Project Management Economics 
  • PSY 200 Emotional Intelligence 
  • PSY 240 Social Psychology: Social Affect and Cognition or PSY 241 Social Psychology: Social Behavior (ND) (3 credits)
  • and/or PO 328 The Developing World (3 credits)
  • and/or PO 330 Green Political Thought (3 credits)

(These courses include a look at the impact of many factors, including technology, on the current world)

Science Core

Met by required PHYS 155 Robots and Experimental Physics

Math Core

Met by required MA 207 Elementary Statistics

Students also need to take: LAS 101, TH 101, CO 101, and ENWR 102, plus History, Literature, and Theology courses. Global Diversity (GD) and National Diversity (ND) courses may be taken separately or combined with the above class requirements. One additional Writing Intensive course (WI), out of the major, must be taken. ENWR 305 Workplace Writing is recommended as being applicable to technology careers if it is not used as the “in major” WI requirement.

IV. General Electives (twenty-two credits to fulfill 122 total credit requirement)

We recommend: CS 287 Student Topics (1 credit)

Minor in Computer Information Systems

Twenty-two credits in Computer Information Systems including:

  • CS 110 Introduction to Programming with Java
  • CS 202 Web Development
  • CS 310 Database Design
  • CS 330 Network Technologies

Plus additional classes from the CIS major section I above.