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Solve business problems with computers
The management information systems program at Columbia College combines the study of programming, databases, networking, and end-user supporting with foundational business skills. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of software development, data networking, web programming, data systems, software architecture and project management.
You’ll also study business finance, accounting, marketing, statistics and business communication to better translate your technical skills to the workplace.
Then, work with an advisor to select the elective courses that best match your interests, such as data science and/or cyber security.
Your degree will be grounded in liberal arts, giving you the critical thinking and communication skills employers seek.
Opportunities to study:
- Agile Software development with C# and MVC
- Web application
- Business communications
- Operating systems and networking
- Project management
- General business
Work with software applications and computer networks
Employers need skilled professionals who can coordinate and manage information systems such as networks and databases.
Students learn the skills through hands-on projects and the knowledge of business computing in small classes.
Computer and information systems managers analyze computer needs and upgrade and maintain equipment.
Columbia College graduates are prepared to enter the workforce and grow their careers in information technology management. Work for a computer support company or be part of an I.T. team at a variety of businesses.
Employment of computer-related occupations is expected to grow at a much faster-than-average rate through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some possible paths include:
- Software developer
- Database administration
- Network administration
- End-user support
- Systems administrator
- Business analytics
- Project manager
- Systems analytics
- AL - Redstone Arsenal
- MO - Kansas City
- CA - Lemoore
- CA - San Diego
- CO - Denver
- FL - Orlando
- FL - Jacksonville
- IL - Lake County/NS Great Lakes
- MO - Jefferson City
- MO - Fort Leonard Wood
- MO - St. Louis
- MO - Waynesville
- ND - Minot AFB
- MO - Lake of the Ozarks
- MO - Evening Campus
- OK - Fort Sill
- MO - Rolla
- SD - Ellsworth AFB
- TX - NASJRB Fort Worth
- UT - Salt Lake City
- WA - NS Everett / Marysville
Dr. Yihsiang Liow
"In some areas of study where you study the theory, in computer science, you actually implement the theory. You can understand the logic behind a computer game, and then you can write your own game."Read about Yihsiang
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 51 credit hours
- Electives 24-27 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
A continuation of CISS 240. Topics include object-oriented programming in C++ with classes, methods, inheritance, dynamic memory allocation, file streams, linked lists and stacks. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in CISS 240
Whether one is a practitioner of project management or a participant in projects, understanding and applying project management skills and techniques is a fundamental need in today's world. This course address both managerial concepts and hands on application of software tools. Emphasis is placed on the key knowledge areas that are recognized within the discipline: project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, stakeholder, risk and procurement management. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to apply project management techniques and use project management software to develop timelines, network diagrams and critical path analyses. Examinations, assignments and/or projects will be used to demonstrate understanding of course objectives. Prerequisites: MGMT 230 and Junior Standing.
Cybercrime is an interdisciplinary survey of high-technology crime from criminal justice and computer science perspectives from the characterization and theory of cybercrime to the acquisition and preservation of evidence. Cross-listed with CJAD 367. Prerequisites/Corequisites: CJAD 101, or CISS 201, or CISS 202
An interdisciplinary approach to learning about best practices in digital and networking evidence preservation and processing involving computers, storage media and mobile devices. Cross-listed with FRSC 400. Prerequisites: One of FRSC 210, CISS 301, CISS 302, CISS 370, or CISS 410.
The first in a two-course sequence (see CISS 320). Explores requirements, and methods for documenting and analyzing existing business information systems; includes investigation and development of alternative solutions. Prerequisite: CISS 234 or CISS 238 or CISS 241.
An introduction to programming using Visual Basic. Emphasis is on Visual Basic syntax and creating user interfaces in Visual Basic. Topics include application design, using variables and constants, the selection and repetition structures, sequential access files, menus, dialog boxes and error trapping, random access files, database access and arrays. Prerequisites: MATH 150; CISS 170 or CISS 171 or CISS 176.
September 1, 2020
"I just cannot evangelize the department that we have at Columbia College enough."
— Michael Fisher, senior computer science major
Value Colleges listed Columbia College as the No. 2 school in Missouri for online programs in 2020.
October 7, 2016
Networking event helps computer science students make connections
"[Upsilon Pi Epsilon] promotes the computing and information disciplines."