Computer Information Systems

Faculty: Greg Gagne, Helen Hu, Kathryn Lenth, Jingsai Liang, Hal Snarr

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 101
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 and CMPT 307
CMPT 375 Web Applications (4) CMPT 307
CMPT 385 Senior Project Proposal Writing (1)—offered fall
CMPT 390 Senior Capstone (2)—offered spring CMPT 385
Student must complete 4 hours from 300/400-level CMPT coursework (excluding May term).
IV. Required Courses from Other Programs 35
ACCT 213 Financial Accounting (3) BUSI 102 or BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B
BUSI 101A Business Fundamentals I: Communicating (3)
BUSI 101B Business Fundamentals I: Calculating (3) MATH 101 or above
BUSI 300 Information Technology (3) BUSI 200 or BUSI 101A, BUSI 101B, and CMPT 201
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4)
ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics (3) MATH 101 or above
ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics (3) MATH 101 or above
FINC 300 Business Finance (3) BUSI 200 and ACCT 213
MGMT 305 Principles of Management (4) BUSI 102 or BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B
MGMT 309 Operations Management (3) BUSI 200
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (3) BUSI 102 or BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B

Recommended Plan of Study for CIS

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year BUSI 101A
CMPT 201
CMPT 202
BUSI 300
Sophomore Year

CMPT 307
ECON 253
MGMT 305

CMPT 322
ECON 263
ACCT 213

Junior Year

CMPT 375*
FINC 300

CMPT Elective**
MGMT 309
MKTG 300

Senior Year

CMPT 375*
CMPT Elective**

CMPT 390
CMPT Elective**

* Depending on which year the course is offered.
** Must complete one elective.

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