Computer Information Systems Major

Within the baccalaureate degree program in computer information systems (CIS) concentrations are available in computer game technology (CGT) and software, Web, and computer security (Security). 

The CIS programs require four computer programming courses, including data structures (CS102) and advanced data structures and algorithms (CS210 or CIS210). CS101 and CS102 are taught in Java and CS140 and CS 210/CIS 210 are taught in C++.

The CIS program focuses on information technology (IT) and its applications, i.e., on methods, technology, and tools to generate, process, modify, store, retrieve, and distribute information. CIS has a wide variety of applications, including security and gaming. The CIS program has less rigorous mathematics requirements than the CS major; the CIS major has course requirements in business communication, team organizations, and entrepreneurship.

Students in CIS may take a number of elective courses, and, therefore, specialize in various areas of computing including networking, intelligent systems, web development, databases, and software engineering.

Course Sequence

View our recommended four-year plan for the computer information systems major.

Requirements

The general requirements for the computer information systems major are:

  1. Computer Science and Computer Information Systems: 
    • 45 semester hours including CS 101, CS 102, CS 140, CIS 210, CS 220, CS 370, CS 390, CIS 393, CS 480, CIS 430, CIS 445, CIS 475, and CIS 491.
    • Choose one course from the following list: BMA 379 or equivalent, CIS 415, CIS 435, CIS 495.
    • Each computer information system major must take a track consisting of at least 9 semester hours approved by the Department. (A track is a coherent, structured indepth course of study that is comprised of interrelated courses with a focus on emerging technologies in computer information systems and related areas).
    • A grade of C or better is required in all computer information systems and computer science courses presented in fulfillment of the major requirements.
  2. Mathematics: MTH 120 and MTH 111; or equivalents. MTH 115 is recommended.
  3. Psychology: PSY 104 and PSY 320, or equivalents.
  4. Communication: COM 292 or equivalent.
  5. English: ENG 305 or ENG 306, or equivalents.
  6. Business Management and Administration: BMA 352 and BMA 385, or equivalents.

Concentrations

Computer Science and Computer Information Systems majors may also earn one or two concentrations from
the following list: 1) Computer Game Technology, 2) Mobile Computing, and 3) Software, Web, and Computer
Security.

Computer Game Technology Concentration - 12 hours

The Computer Game Technology concentration provides students with essential background, understanding, knowledge, and skills in the practice of computer game technology and software design and development. The concentration is comprised of 12 semester hours of study including 9 semester hours of required courses and 3 semester hours of elective courses as outlined below.

Required courses:

  • CIS 451 Computer Game Design - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 452 Computer Game Modification - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 459 Computer Game Capstone Project - 3 hrs.

Elective courses (choose one from the following):

  • CIS 453 Concepting and Storytelling - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 455 Computer Graphics - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 456 Game Engine Programming - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 457 Digital Animation - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 458 Sound Design - 3 hrs.

Mobile Computing Concentration - 12 hours

The Mobile Computing concentration provides students with essential background, understanding, knowledge, and analytical and technicals skills in advancel mobile technology and its applications in computer science, computer information systems, and the design and development of complex mobile software systems. The concentration is comprised of 9 semester hours of required courses and 3 semester hours of elective courses as outlined below.

Required courses:

  • CIS 433 Mobile and Wireless Networks - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 446 Advanced Mobile Programming - 3 hrs.
  • CS 493 Web and Mobile Software Systems - 3 hrs.

Elective courses (choose one from the following):

  • CIS 435 Computer Networks and System Security - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 495 Software and Web Applications Security - 3 hrs.

Due to the fast-changing learning content in Mobile Computing, see the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems for possible additional elective courses in this area.

Software, Web, and Computer Security Concentration - 12 hours

The Software, Web, and Computer Security concentration provides students with essential background, understanding, knowledge, and skills in the practice of software, Web, computer networks and computer systems security technology, and secure software and Web applications design and development. The concentration is comprised of 12 required semester hours of study as outlined below.

Required courses:

  • BMA 379 Information System Security, or equivalent - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 415 Applied Cryptography - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 435 Computer Networks and System Security - 3 hrs.
  • CIS 495 Software and Web Applications Security - 3 hrs.