Computer Information Systems
Computer technology is a vast field that integrates many specialty areas outside of programming. Design, implement and manage technology in this application-oriented Computer Information Systems Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program.
With a keen emphasis on networking and security, this degree will prepare students for a variety of professional positions in computing, like network specialists, database designers and administrators, website developers, cybersecurity professionals, systems analysts and user-support personnel.
What Will I Learn?
- Critical Thinking: Write programs requiring straightforward logic and decipher programs written by others.
- User Experience: Create websites using best practices in design, accessibility and flexibility and respond to the user perspective in the development of computer systems.
- Proactive and Reactive Problem Solving: Troubleshoot computer network errors and explain the need for security mechanisms in major spheres of computing, including databases, networks, and web applications.
- Global Perspective: Recognize the larger social and ethical context of computing.
Securing a Bright Career
Careers in Information Systems
The hiring outlook for students who graduate with a computing degree is excellent! As the need for cybersecurity and network safety continues to grow throughout every industry, companies everywhere are in need of computer technology specialists.
Cisco CCNA Certification
While taking courses within our program, you can simultaneously earn credits within the Cisco Academy program to prepare you for the CCNA exam toward certification. The CCNA certification improves you career skills and gives you an extra boost to help you secure the right position after graduation.
Get a bachelor's and master's degree in just five years!
The Computer Science Department is excited to announce this option for all computer science students.
Complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (Computer Information Systems) and in the third and fourth years take one graduate level course in computing each semester. These 12 credit hours do not fulfill major requirements, but they fulfill both the general electives toward the 120 credit hours necessary to obtain bachelor's degree and also program requirements towards your master's degree. In the fifth year, you will take 24 hours (eight courses) of graduate courses to complete the master's degree.
A student in this Accelerated Option must complete the MACS degree program within 18 months from the completion of the Bachelor's degree in order for the graduate courses to be applied toward the MACS degree.
You may also delay graduating with the bachelor's degree until the end of the fifth year, and then graduate with both the master's and bachelor's degrees at the same time. However, the federal government will only allow undergraduate financial aid for a certain amount of time. Since every student's situation is different, please consult with the Financial Aid Office before making this decision.
To apply, complete the Application for Five-Year Accelerated Option (PDF) and submit it to your academic advisor for approval.