Computer Information Systems

Faculty: Dan Byrne, Greg Gagne, Helen Hu, Stephen Hurlbut

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 a minimum 2.3 GPA in all courses required for the Computer Information Systems major.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Computer Information Systems major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore requirements

Computer Information Systems Major

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Computer Information Systems majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.
II. Lower Division Courses 8
CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science (4) co-requisite: MATH 105
CMPT 202 Introduction to Data Structures (4) CMPT 201
III. Upper Division Courses 19
CMPT 307 Database Systems (4) CMPT 202
CMPT 322 Software Engineering (4) CMPT 202, CMPT 307
CMPT 375 E-Commerce (4) CMPT 307
CMPT 385 Senior Project Proposal Writing (1)—offered every fall
CMPT 390 Senior Capstone Project (2)—offered every spring
Student must complete 4 hours from 300/400-level CMPT coursework (excluding May term).
IV. Required Courses from Other Programs 34
ACCT 213 Financial Accounting (3) BUSI 101A, BUSI 101B
BUSI 101A Business Fundamentals I, Communicating (3)
BUSI 101B Business Fundamentals I, Calculating (3)  MATH 100A or MATH 105
BUSI 300 Information Technology (3)—offered fall, spring, and summer BUSI 200 or CMPT 201
BUSI 350 Business Fundamentals II, Core Capstone (2) All common business core classes
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4) MATH 105
ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics (3)—offered fall, spring, and summer MATH 100A or MATH 105
ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics (3)—offered fall, spring, and summer MATH 100A or MATH 105
FINC 300 Business Finance (3)—offered fall, spring, and summer BUSI 101A, BUSI 101B
MGMT 305 Principles of Management (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer BUSI 101A, BUSI 101B
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (3)—offered fall, spring, and summer BUSI 101A, BUSI 101B

Recommended Plan of Study for CIS

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year BUSI 101A
DATA 220
ACCT 213
Sophomore Year

CMPT 201
ECON 253
MGMT 305

CMPT 202
ECON 263
MKTG 300

Junior Year

CMPT 307
FINC 300

CMPT 322*
CMPT 375*
BUSI 300

Senior Year

CMPT 385
CMPT Elective**

CMPT 322*
CMPT 375*
CMPT 390
CMPT Elective**

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

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