Computer Information Systems Major or Minor

The Program

Computer Information Systems (CIS) is the application of technology in managing the needs of businesses. This major requires significantly less math when compared to Computer Science degrees. Computer Information Systems still covers basic programming yet gives insight into other facets of information technology (IT). Students can specialize in many applied technology areas such as networking, security, or database management. CIS degrees tend to be broad and cover the “big picture”. Carroll College’s Computer Information Systems program is similar to programs such as Information Systems (IS), Business Information Systems (BIS), and Management Information Systems (MIS).

The Computer Information Systems Minor is designed to provide basic proficiency in information systems. The benefit of declaring a minor in CIS gives students the opportunity to study topics that are personally interesting as well as add value to their Major by enabling a student to take the technology classes that would be beneficial to their future career.

What stands out about Carroll’s Computer Information Systems Program?

Carroll’s CIS program not only offers a very personalized learning experience. It also offers a very authentic real-world learning experience. Students learn by doing projects that are based on real-life applications. In addition, the required CIS Internship gives students that on-the-job experience that reinforces and applies what they have learned in the classroom and gives them a competitive advantage in the job market.

The CIS program at Carroll also allows students to emphasize their learning in several ways. Students can focus on Business Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies which integrates the liberal arts into technology or prepare for graduate school.

Student Learning Objectives

At the completion of the Computer Information Systems program, students will:

  • Analyze and design information systems and database solutions using state-of-the-art programming techniques and applications software to achieve business/organizational goals.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the enabling information technologies (IT) that organizations worldwide are using to provide a service to customers as well as develop and sustain a strategic and competitive position in the marketplace.
  • Demonstrate an ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Demonstrate an ability to conduct industry-related research, synthesize research, and apply solutions based on research. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders (i.e. coders, end-users, data entry, management, vendors, etc).
  • Gain an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
  • Be prepared for productive careers or further education in graduate school.
  • Have the ability to manage a career of lifelong learning in technology.

Degree Requirements

Computer Information Systems, B.A.

Computer Information Systems Minor

Careers in Computer Information Systems

2019 data for the following careers are listed on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

  • Description: Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks.
  • 2019 Median Pay: $83,510 per year / $40.15 per hour
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job Outlook: 2018-28: 5% (As fast as average)

Computer and Information Systems Manager

  • Description: Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization.
  • 2019 Median Pay: $146,360 per year / $70.37 per hour
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job Outlook: 2018-28: 11% (Much faster than average)

Computer Systems Analysts

  • Description: Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and find a solution that is more efficient and effective.
  • 2019 Median Pay: $90,920 per year / $43.71 per hour
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job Outlook: 2018-28: 9% (Faster than average)

Database Administrator (CS and CIS degrees will both lead to careers as a Database Administrator)

  • Description: Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data.
  • 2019 Median Pay: $93,750 per year / $45.07 per hour
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job Outlook: 2018-28: 9% (Faster than average)

Computer Support Specialists (CS and CIS degrees will both lead to careers as a Computer Support Specialist)

  • Description: Computer support specialists provide help and advice to computer users and organizations.
  • 2019 Median Pay: $54,760 per year / $26.33 per hour
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Various degrees and experience.
  • Job Outlook: 2018-28: 10% (Faster than average)

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