2010 - 2011 Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Computer Science Course Descriptions

Faculty: Dan Byrne, Greg Gagne, Helen Hu, Alysse Morton

Program Goals

  • To understand the components of a contemporary computer system.
  • To provide a background in software development and project management.
  • To develop an understanding of a basic business environment.
  • To understand concepts and processes for achieving organizational goals with information technology.


Computer Information Systems is a study of the concepts, principles, and processes for two broad areas of activity within an organization: (1) acquisition, deployment, and management of information technology resources and services (the information systems function) and (2) development, operation, and evolution of infrastructure and systems for use in an organization.

Information Systems professionals must have sound technical knowledge of computers, communications, software, but they must also understand how organizations and how they function. Thus, the Computer Information Systems major provides a combination of technical computer science coursework as well as several business courses. Such coursework emphasizes information technology and implementation, organization functions, and concepts and processes of organizational management.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain an overall 2.5 GPA in courses required for the academic major.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Computer Information Systems major or are prerequisite to required coursework within the major.

ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics (4)
MATH 141 College Algebra (4)
PHIL 206 Introduction to Ethics (3)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
. Computer Information Systems majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 8
II. Lower Division Computer Science Courses 12
. CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science
CMPT 202 Introduction to Data Structures
CMPT 260 Computer System Fundamentals
III. Upper Division Computer Science Courses 18
. CMPT 307 Database Systems
CMPT 322 Software Engineering
CMPT 375 E-Commerce
CMPT 390 Senior Capstone Project

Student must complete 4 hours selected from:
CMPT 335 Computer Security (4)
CMPT 352 Computer Networks (4)
CMPT 440 Internship (4)

IV. Required Courses from Other Programs 28
. MATH 150 Elementary Statistics
ACCT 213 Accounting Principles
ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics
FINC 300 Business Finance
IRM 200 Principles of Information Resource Management
MGMT 305 Principles of Management
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing

Recommended Plan of Study for CIS

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ECON 253
MATH 141
ECON 263
MATH 150
Sophomore Year ACCT 213
CMPT 201
MKTG 300
PHIL 206
CMPT 202
FINC 300
IRM 200
MGMT 305
Junior Year CMPT 251/260
CMPT 322*
CMPT 307*
CMPT Elective**
CMPT 375*
CMPT Elective**
Senior Year CMPT 322*
CMPT 307*
CMPT Elective**
CMPT 390
CMPT Elective**

* Depending on which year the course is offered.
** Must complete one elective from CMPT 335, 352, or 440.