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Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

The Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and computer information systems, management information systems as well as mathematics. The degrees provide a liberal arts education while emphasizing preparation for either graduate school or a rewarding career. Students are provided with a rigorous theoretical background coupled with practical and essential skills to begin either a rewarding career in the computer field or advanced studies in graduate school. The programs reflect important trends and developments in the computer field.

The computer degree programs are based on Computing Curricula 2001 prepared by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society. The computer science degree has a significant mathematics component while the computer information systems and management information systems degrees require several business courses. The degrees provide a wide variety of elective courses that allow the student to tailor a program of study to match their interests.

Students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems or Management Information Systems are required to purchase a laptop computer no later than the semester in which they enroll in CISS 245 Advanced Programming.


Degree Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs
Ethics Course Requirement: 3 hrs
MGMT 368View Syllabus Business Ethics or 3 hrs
PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics
B. Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs
(Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)
C. Core Requirements 41 sem. hrs
(All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
CISS 240View Syllabus Introduction to Programming 4 hrs
CISS 245View Syllabus Advanced Programming 4 hrs
CISS 285View Syllabus Structured Systems Analysis & Design 3 hrs
CISS 325View Syllabus Systems Analysis, Design & Implementation Projects 3 hrs
CISS 350View Syllabus Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures 3 hrs
CISS 360View Syllabus Computer Systems and Assembly Language 3 hrs
CISS 430View Syllabus Introduction to Database Systems 3 hrs
CISS 493View Syllabus Senior Seminar in Computer Information Systems 3 hrs
ACCT 280View Syllabus Accounting I 3 hrs
ACCT 281View Syllabus Accounting II 3 hrs
FINC 350View Syllabus Business Finance 3 hrs
MATH 250View Syllabus Statistics I 3 hrs
MGMT 330View Syllabus Principles of Management 3 hrs
D. Computer Information Systems Electives 18 sem. hrs
Eighteen hours selected from the following courses:
CISS 145View Syllabus Introduction to Python Programming or 3 hrs
CISS 234View Syllabus Visual Basic or
CISS 236View Syllabus COBOL Programming or
CISS 238View Syllabus Java Programming
CISS 355Syllabus Not Available Directed Study 3 hrs
CISS 370View Syllabus Operating Systems OR 3 hrs
CISS 301View Syllabus Operating Systems for Business Computing
CISS 375Download PDF Compiler Construction 3 hrs
CISS 380View Syllabus Computer Graphics 3 hrs
CISS 390View Syllabus Global Information Systems Management* 3 hrs
CISS 391View Syllabus Information Systems Security 3 hrs
CISS 410View Syllabus Computer Networks and Communications OR 3 hrs
CISS 302View Syllabus Business Data Communications and Networking
CISS 420View Syllabus Computer Architecture 3 hrs
CISS 433Syllabus Not Available Topics in Information Systems 1-3 hrs
CISS 438View Syllabus Object-Oriented Design and Analysis 3 hrs
CISS 445View Syllabus Programming Languages 3 hrs
CISS 450View Syllabus Artificial Intelligence 3 hrs
CISS 455Syllabus Not Available Directed Study 3 hrs
CISS 465View Syllabus Software Engineering 3 hrs
CISS 472View Syllabus Data Warehousing and Decision Support Systems 3 hrs
CISS 499View Syllabus Internship 1-6 hrs
NOTE: ECON 294 Microeconomics, MKTG 310 Principles of Marketing, MGMT 362 Organizational Behavior, and PSYC 101 General Psychology are highly recommended courses for this degree.
E. Electives 20-23 sem. hrs
120 sem. hrs
F. CISS 493 Senior Seminar in Computer Information Systems is the culminating evaluative course for the Computer Information Systems Program and includes the assessment of outcomes of the program. All students majoring in Computer Information Systems must pass this course.


The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree is available at the following locations:

Main Campus, Day Program
Main Campus, Evening Program
Online Campus
Denver, CO
Orlando, FL
NAS Jacksonville, FL
Patrick Air Force Base, FL
Jefferson City, MO
Hancock Field, NY