There is hardly an area of endeavor that has not in some way been affected by the computer. One can say we are living in the age of the computer. No other technical development or human concept has brought such rapid change nor had such profound and far-reaching effects on our everyday lives.
The computer has also had a significant effect on the manner in which businesses function. The computer is involved in literally all aspects of a business enterprise, ranging from accounting and marketing functions to controlling production processes and distribution of goods. Today’s businesses would not be able to function competitively without the information provided by the computer. The information function is a fundamental resource of a business organization. Information systems principles are as basic to the operation of current and future business organizations as economic and other business principles were in the past.
The Computers and Information Systems (CIS) curriculum is primarily concerned with the application of the systems development life cycle to business-oriented, computer-based information systems. As such, its subject matter involves the study of systems analysis, systems design, database management, and computer programming, along with other technical and business study areas pertinent to the development and implementation of information systems in a variety of operational and administrative settings. Graduates of the CIS program will be prepared for career opportunities in programming and systems analysis and design which often lead to careers in database administration, telecommunications, and managerial positions. Basically, the systems analyst works closely with users of the computer and formulates logical statements of business problems, decides what data is needed, designs a system to solve the problems, and selects packaged software when appropriate. The programmer is involved in the planning, writing, and testing of computer instructions, which will solve the processing problem.
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The CIS curriculum promotes the value of technical/business competency for entry-level success and for career growth and development. The major sequence requirements are listed below. Each semester’s schedule, to be selected with the advice of a departmental adviser, will consist of five courses; the major sequence, selected Minor/elective sequence courses, and Core selections. Junior and senior CIS majors may participate in an approved CIS internship for which credit will be granted.
A CIS major or minor must attain a minimum C grade in all required CIS courses.
Interdisciplinary major/minor opportunities
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
The specific technical courses as well as the liberal arts education provided by the department and King’s College allow for graduate school work at the M.B.A. level.
Major Requirements (20 Courses — 60 Credits)
CIS 106 IT Methods & Procedures (3)
CIS 116 Fundamentals of Programming I (3)
CIS 117 Fundamentals of Programming II (3)
CIS 148 Computers and Information Systems
CIS 119 Microcomputer Principles (3)
CIS 244 Structured Programming (3)
CIS 251 WEB-based Information Systems (3)
CIS 255 Geographic Information Systems (3)
CIS 351 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation I (3)
CIS 352 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation II (3)
CIS 356 Database Management Systems (3)
CIS 385 Data Communications I (3)
CIS 386 Data Communications II (3)
CIS 470 Object-Oriented Programming (3)
CIS 472 Project Management (3)
CIS 487 Network Security (3)
MATH 123 Finite Math (3)
Math placement to be determined by the student’s preparedness.
MSB 110 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
MSB 120 Introduction to Management Accounting and Planning (3)
One of the following:
CIS 471 Applied Software Development Project (3)
CIS 499 Internship (3)
One of the following:
ECON 221 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics I (3)
MATH 126 Introduction to Statistics (3)