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2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems (BSIS)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The B.S. in Computer Information Systems links the worlds of business and computer science. It is the study of business organizations and the programming, databases and networks that support them. Functioning at the intersection of business and technology, it offers an interdisciplinary education that neither discipline alone can provide. Courses span computer science, business management, math, science, humanities and social sciences. Three open electives give students the option to choose a focus from either business management, such as project management or finance; or computer science, such as databases or software development; or they can design an area of study from electives that fits their desired goals.

This program offers a solid background in the analysis, design, development, deployment and administration of computer-based information systems within a business management context. Students will complement business skills with strong technical skills in databases, systems analysis and design, business processes, organizational behavior, networking and telecommunications, and project management, along with problem solving skills. Graduates will be well prepared for the growing number of opportunities in CIS and information technology.

By the time of graduation, students will be able to:

  • Support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.
  • ·Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Demonstrate effective professional communication skills.
  • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Analyze the global impact of technology on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on quantitative analysis.
  • Apply ethical principles to professional activities and duties.

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 130 - 132

This is a four-year program starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Management or Computer Electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Computer Information Systems (BSIS)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • COMP1100, Introduction to Networking
  • MGMT1000, Introduction to Management
  • MATH1000, College Mathematics I
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • COMP1000, Computer Science I
  • MGMT2000, Management Information Systems
  • MATH2800, Finite Math
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • COMP1050, Computer Science II
  • MGMT1500/MATH1030, Decision Analysis for Business or Statistics and Applications
  • MGMT2100, Management Communications
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • COMP2499, Systems Analysis and Business Applications
  • COMP2670, Database Management Systems
  • MGMT2750, Integrative Financial Accounting
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19-20)

  • MGMT3060, Technology Acquisition
  • COMP2500, Security Principles
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • COMP3999, Information Systems Project Management
  • MGMT ELECTIVE, Management Elective

Junior Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

  • COMP ELECTIVE, Computer Science Elective
  • COMP3670, Web Development
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 15-16)

  • COMP3100, Systems Administration
  • COMP/MGMT ELECTIVE, Management or Computer Elective
  • MGMT3000, Managing and Leading Organizations
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

  • MGMT5500, Senior Project
  • MATH1900, Introduction to Operations Research
  • MGMT2600, Project Risk Management
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *


Day program students are required to complete at least: 

  • One course in Humanities 
  • One course in the Social Sciences 
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category

Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.  For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog.

Of the six listed humanities and social science electives, BSIS students must include the following HSS Directed Electives:

  • Principles of Economics, ECON4102
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology, PSYC4552
  • An Ethics elective