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Computer Information Systems

Our computer information systems program aims to prepare its students to obtain and enjoy successful careers in the dynamic information technology industry. The program strives to understand the needs of local, regional, and national employers, and deliver graduates that can adequately fill current information technology positions.

Program Outcomes

Mastery of Microsoft Office – Almost every high school graduate and many others have exposure to and rudimentary knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This program takes the student much further in the deployment of productivity software, by delivering a deep, robust knowledge of the vast capabilities of such software. The student is prepared to solve complex problems regularly encountered in real business situations.

Basic Computer Programming Skills – The student understands the fundamentals of producing custom computer programs written in an object-oriented language such as Visual Basic. Issues that are not possible to solve with standard productivity software are given solutions that are accomplished by programs created for specific problems. Website development is one of many examples of the need for computer programming. Students also know when it is appropriate to activate custom programming instead of existing software to fill various IT needs.

Knowledge of Database Management – The student understands database construction, design, relationships among data tables, data management, querying, and data retrieval methods for popular modern database software. Students know how to design a database instead of writing a custom program, when the situation is appropriate. Database security methods and storage procedures are implemented in a typical application.

Knowledge of Working Business Environment – A program has a greater chance of success when it requires a diverse mix of courses and faculty in its makeup. This program accomplishes that feat by calling on other departments to round out its graduates. Students have a good understanding of basic accounting principles by taking the first two entry level classes from our Accounting department. The same can be said of economics understanding from both micro- and macroeconomics classes. Students also understand basic statistics used in business from another outside course offered by the Business department.  Complementing an understanding of the core ingredients of the business world are additional courses in management and marketing.

Enhanced Personal Communication Skills – Basic communication skills, both written and oral, are assumed to exist due to proper environmental factors and general education requirements. This program is of a technical nature and students achieve the ability to comprehend and produce technical documents, including professional-grade operating manuals for software systems and problem resolution documents. In addition to oral and written communications, present society now demands electronic communication skills, which are enabled through student interaction with commercial and custom software.

Solving Business Information Technology Problems – Businesses of all sizes have developed strong dependencies on software for employee productivity and for solutions to all kinds of problems. Students have a variety of IT skills that allows an effective attack at any problem that avails itself to an electronic solution. Students are acquainted with problems in the financial and accounting areas as well as scientific, security, ethical and technical fields.

Knowledge of Networking and Communications – Students will know how data is transmitted and received in a variety of networking and communication protocols, including early efforts to the most current systems. Basic troubleshooting skills aid in design, construction and implementation of networks, including local and wide-area installations. Connectivity issues and throughput speed are well understood. Network security issues are understood for basic operations.

Health Information Technology – If a student pursues a minor with this emphasis or completes the courses currently offered in this field, then a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of electronic health records implementation, as mandated by the federal government, will be enjoyed by the student. Medical office management skills are introduced including proficiency of usage of electronic medical records software that simulates real-world activities of patients and practitioners.

Degree Requirements Open Close

Major/Minor: Computer Information Systems
Degree: Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.)
Dept: Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences
School: Arts and Sciences
Major Code: 061

GENERAL EDUCATION (44 semester hours)

Communications (9 hours)
1. English (ENG 1113* and ENG 1213**)
2. Speech Communication (COMM 1233 or 2213)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
1. Political Science (POSC 1513)
2. American History (HIST 1513 or 1523)
3. Social Science (ECON 2113, GEOG 2723, HIST 3513, or SOC 1113)
4. Mental and Physical Health (HPER 1113 or PSY 1113)

Science and Mathematics (14 hours)
1. Biological Sciences (BIOL 1114 or 1404)
2. Physical Sciences (CHEM 1004, 1114, 1315; PHYS 1114, 2015; PSCI 1114, 1214, or 1414)
3. Mathematics (MATH 1303, 1513, 1543, 1613, 2013, 2113, 2143, 2215, or 2283)
4. Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1513 or CIS 1003)

Humanities (9 hours)
1. Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113, 2223, 2313; or PHIL 2113, 2223)
2. Fine Arts (ART 1003, 1103, 2103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 1123, 3133; THTR 1143, 1183, 2183, or 3183)
3. Foreign Language (CHTW 1513; FREN 1113; GERM 1113; SPAN 1113, 1223; ASL 1113; NS 1213)


Core Curriculum (28 semester hours)
CIS 1613 * Computer Information Systems I
CIS 1623 ** Computer Information Systems II
CIS 2103 Intermediate Productivity Software
CIS 3103 Advanced Productivity Software
CIS 3123 Intermediate Database Analysis
CIS 3323 Advanced Database Analysis
CIS 3533 Advanced Business Solutions
CIS 4113 Data Communications Technology
CIS 4413 Systems Analysis
CIS 4980 Senior Seminar (one credit hour)
* CS 1613 may be substituted
** CS 1623 may be substituted

Major (12 semester hours)*
CIS semester hours (six upper-division) approved by the department to complete the 40 semester hour major.

*Optional Major/Minor Alternative (30 semester hours)
ACCT 2103 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
ACCT 2203 Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting
BUS 2633 ^ Business Statistics
ECON 2213 Principles of Microeconomics
ENG 3903^^ Technical and Professional Writing
MKT 3233 Principles of Marketing
MNGT 3113 Management and Organizational Behavior
Nine elective hours (upper-division) approved by the department to complete 58 hour major-minor

^ STAT 2153 may be substituted
^^ENG 4973 (Rhetoric) may be substituted

Specified General Education:
ECON 2113 Principles of Macroeconomics
MATH 1513 College Algebra (or higher level math)

Minor Requirements Open Close

Information Technology Minor (18 Hours)
CIS 1613* Computer Information Systems I
CIS 2103 Intermediate Productivity Software
CIS 4413 Systems Analysis
*CS 1613 may be substituted
Nine elective hours approved by the department, three of which must be upper division.
NOTE: Courses taken for the Major cannot be counted in the Minor.

Health Information Systems Minor (18 Hours)
CIS 3003 Using Computers in the Medical
CIS 3123 Intermediate Database Analysis
CIS 3543 Computer Security
CIS 4103 Computer Ethics
CIS 4613 Health Information Systems
CIS 4623 Electronic Health Records

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