FAQ

What is CIS?
The Computer Information Systems program is an interdisciplinary program designed to give you the skills in information technologies to prepare you for careers in such fields as information management, systems analysis, information brokerage, competitive intelligence and database development. The program emphasizes the human context of current and future technology.

 

What is the average time of completion?
The average time of completion is 4 years for a full time student, depending on your scheduling needs. For a non full time student it may take longer.

What types of jobs can a CIS graduate get?
An CIS graduate can look forward to employment in such fields as Organization and Management of Information; Internet and Network Services; Systems Analysis; Information Retrieval; Information Brokerage. You can hold positions like Web site designer, Database Administrator, Information Researcher or Intelligence Analyst. People who can fill these positions are in high demand, and CIS graduates are doing well in the job market.

 

What is the difference in job opportunities for Computer Sciences and CIS Majors?
Both majors have excellent career opportunities. Most students who work with their respective placement centers have job offers before they graduate. CIS majors have the highest average salary offers of any business majors (over $50,000) and the Computer Science average is even higher. CIS majors are most likely to go into positions in information services for companies or consulting, while Computer Science majors are most likely to go into manufacturing support systems and product development for computer companies. Over 60% of the CIS majors each year accept offers with consulting firms, a much rarer starting position for Computer Science majors. Retailers, insurance, and communications firms also hire CIS majors through the Career Services office.

 

What is the course work in CIS majors?
CIS majors must take 30 hours of business courses in addition to the minimum of 36 hours of CIS courses. The college requires 54 hours of general education, totaling to 120 hours. Almost all CIS classes require significant group projects. Project management and people issues are emphasized in the CIS courses.

 

Do I need to be good in math?
No, but you need to handle complex issues and ambiguity well. Information systems are frequently complex solutions to messy organizational problems, so your effectiveness with other people is critical.

 

What are the best electives for CIS majors?
Some recruiters want to see many Computer Science and CIS hours on your resume, but others want to see extracurricular activities that show leadership and personal skills.  See Suggested Electives, CIS Electives and Communication Skills.

 

What is the outlook for the Information Science field?
Information is fast becoming a central resource in many enterprises. There is a real need for professionals who can create, organize and effectively manage information that people want. According to government projections, five of the twenty fastest-growing professions are information- intensive and depend heavily upon information technologies.

 

I am a transfer student and I have taken courses at another university equivalent to those offered by the CIS Department, do I still have to take these courses?
If you have taken courses at another university and believe that they are equivalent to those in your new program you can complete a CIS substitution Form. You have to discuss this with your new advisor.

 

How do I register for or change my classes?
Each CIS student is assigned an advisor based on their last names. Each semester, you’ll get friendly and knowledgeable advice on choosing your major, course selection, and graduation requirements.

 

What do I do if a course I need is closed?
Sometimes courses become full and as a result are closed prohibiting any more students to register.  If this happens, the CIS Department offers a Waiting List.  In the event that a spot opens you will be notified.

 

Is financial aid available?
Financial aid in the form of scholarships, awards, and Pell Grant are available.