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 – Business Insider provides the following median base salary for tech-related occupations in its article,  "The 10 highest-paying tech jobs in America in 2017":
Applications development manager: $112,045
Software engineering manager: $109,350
Information-technology architect: $105,303
Software architect: $104,754
Solutions architect: $102,678
Data architect: $102,091
Information-technology (IT) program manager: $98,883
User experience (UX) manager: $98,353
Systems architect: $97,873
Scrum master: $95,167

IS curriculum

  • CIS curriculum is current and guided by industry best practices.
  • 14 Business core courses + 3 CIS core courses + 2 required track core courses + 4 required track elective courses.

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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