Future Students

What is CIS?

Computer Information Systems (CIS) focuses on practical applications of computing in business. Courses include programming, database, web development, security, software design and telecommunications. A CIS degree also requires a student to have basic knowledge of several business disciplines. With these skills, a student is expertly suited to work at companies that need information systems.

CIS is also known as Information Systems, Information Technology and Management Information Systems. It is sometimes a separate B.S. degree and often an option for a degree in business administration.

Not Computer Science: Computer Science has a greater focus on scientific computing and computer logic design. Support courses related to CIS focus on business, while support courses for a CS degree focus on science and mathematics.

Sample careers in CIS:

Business Systems Analyst Multimedia Developer Software Quality Assurance
Consulting Network Administrator Software Tester
Computer Forensics Examiner Network Architect Systems Administrator
Database Administrator PeopleSoft Specialist Systems Trainer/Support
Database Modeler Programmer Teacher
Educational Software Developer SAP System Specialist Technical Writer
Information Auditor Security Specialist Telecommunications Analyst
Instructional Designer Software Developer Telecommunications Analyst
Mobile Application Developer Software Quality Assurance Usability Specialist
Web Developer

Why the CIS option in business?

  • Ubiquitous Computing – Everywhere you go, everything you do has a computing component to it.
  • Change is Exciting – With technology, there is something new every day. It is very exciting to be in an industry that creates new markets and massive changes to business and society.
  • Job Growth in IT – IT-related jobs (e.g., systems analysts, networking specialists, software engineers and database developers) are among the 30 occupations with the largest employment growth between 2006 and 2016 (U.S. Department of Labor Statistics as of December 2007).
  • Great Pay and Mobility – Robert Half International, a firm providing specialized staffing services, provides the following salary ranges for computer-related occupations in its 2007 Salary Guide:
Database Manager: $84,750 – $116,000 
Network Architect: $78,000 – $112,000
Database Developer: $73,500 – $103,000
Senior Web Developer: $71,000 – $102,000
Database Administrator: $70,250 – $102,000
Network Manager: $68,750 – $93,000
Computer Forensics Examiner: $60,000 – $150,000 
Web Developer: $54,750 – $81,500
LAN/WAN Administrator: $51,000 – $71,500
Web Administrator: $49,750 – $74,750
Web Designer: $47,500 – $71,500
Telecommunications Specialist: $47,500 – $69,500

IS curriculum

  • CIS curriculum is current and guided by industry best practices.
  • Business core courses + 30 units of CIS core courses + 18 units of specialized CIS courses.
  • The 18-unit specialization and the industry-based Senior Project prepare students with advanced knowledge and communication skills to stand out in industry.

CIS Department

  • The CIS Department is a Nationally Designated Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
  • CIS is one of the few programs in the U.S. offering courses in information forensics.
  • CIS faculty have achieved honors in teaching excellence, scholarly research, and university and community services.
  • The CIS Department hosts the annual Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
  • The CIS Department hosts the annual Wireless Telecommunications Symposium.
  • The CIS Department’s MISSA Club hosts the Information Technology Competition, where students from California universities compete to solve problems developed and judged by industry experts.

Student support

  • Tutors – Student tutors are available to help students in core classes.
  • Student Clubs – MISSA, SWIFT, FAST.

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