Program Information

CIS majors take required core courses and then specialize by selecting elective courses in their area(s) of interest. The CIS major can be tailored to emphasize a business or math option. Additionally, most CIS students pursue at least one minor in addition to their CIS major.  

CIS Curriculum Card

CIS Recommended Course Sequence

CIS Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • CIS 190 - Web Design  
  • CIS 232 - Microcomputer Applications for Business  
  • CIS 265 - Visual Programming  I
  • CIS 270 - Computer Hardware
  • CIS 320 - Networking and Communication Systems
  • CIS 350 - Introduction to Systems Analysis
  • CIS 365 - Visual Programming  II
  • CIS 380 - Data Management
  • CIS 480 - Management of Computer Information Systems (Capstone)
  • CIS 485 - Information Security  
  • Minimum of two CIS electives at the 250 level or above.

Elective Courses

  • CIS 198 – Introduction to Computers and Programming for Teachers (also EDU 198)
  • CIS 160 – Structured Business Programming I
  • CIS 260 – Structured Business Programming II
  • CIS 255 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (also listed as GIS 100)
  • CIS 290 – Web Programming
  • CIS 285 – Computer Forensics I
  • CIS 385 – Computer Forensics II
  • CIS 258 – Mobile Applications I
  • CIS 358 – Mobile Applications II
  • CIS 301 – Object Oriented Programming I
  • CIS 302 – Object Oriented Programming II
  • CIS 332 – Microcomputer Applications for Business II
  • CIS 340 – Fraud Examination and Economic Crime (also listed as ACC 340, CRJ 340)
  • CIS 425 – Ethical Hacking
  • CIS 468 – Information Technology: Tool for Health Care Communication
  • CIS 490 – Topic: Mobile Gaming I (soon to be CIS 256)
  • CIS 490 – Topic: Mobile Gaming II (soon to be CIS 356)
  • CIS 490 – Topic: iOS App Development I
  • CIS 490 – Topic: Android Wearable Development
  • CIS 490 – Topic: SmartThings/SmartApps Development
  • CIS 495 – Independent Study

Supportive Courses

  • Statistics I (MAT 102, 201, or 435)
  • Calculus I (MAT 107 or 111)
  • Accounting I (ACC 111)
  • Management  Principles (MGT 271)
  • Management Information Systems (MGT 390)
  • The courses in either the "Business Option" column or the "Math Option" column below:

Business Option

  • Accounting II (ACC 112)
  • Economics (ECO 101 or ECO 102)

Math Option

  • Calculus II (MAT 112)
  • Statistics II (MAT 202 or MAT 436)

CIS Minor Programs

Computer Crime Minor

This is an interdisciplinary program administered by the departments of Computer and Information Sciences and Criminal Justice. It is concerned with the study and prevention of crimes committed using computers, covering topics including consumer fraud, money laundering and attacks on computer networks.

The program formally requires six courses; however, some of these have prerequisites, so a student may need to complete more than six courses to satisfy the minor requirements. The required courses are:

  • CRJ 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 210 - Criminology
  • CRJ 350 - Criminal Law
  • CIS 270 - Computer Hardware
  • CIS 285 - Computer Forensics I
  • CIS 385 - Computer Forensics II (prerequisites: CIS 285 or permission of instructor) or CIS 485 Information Security

Web Design  Minor

The minor in web design is an interdisciplinary program that will require study in writing, communication media and computer and information sciences. It requires the completion of six courses. Students wishing to pursue the minor in web design should contact the coordinator, Dr. Mark Barner, in the department of communication studies, or Dr. Erin Karper in the English department, or Dr. Suzanne Wagner in the department of computer and information sciences

  • CIS 190 Web Design
  • CIS 290 Web Programming
  • CMS  222 Writing for the Web
  • CMS 245 Intro to Digital Media Production
  • ENG/WRT 342 Special Topics in Web Writing (CMS 222 recommended prior to 342)
  • ENG/WRT 346 Visual Rhetoric

Forensic Science Minor

The minor in forensic science is an interdisciplinary program that will require study in chemistry, physics and computer and information sciences. It requires the completion of five courses. Students wishing to pursue the minor in forensic science should contact the coordinator, Dr. Mary McCourt, in the department of chemistry, or Dr. Suzanne Wagner in the department of computer and information sciences.

  • CIS 270 Computer Hardware
  • CIS 285 Computer Forensics I
  • CIS 385 Computer Forensics II
  • PHY 108 CIS NU:Physical Forensics
  • CHE 108 Forensics Science
  • Additional Non-CIS course as recommended

Information Systems Minor

The information systems minor is particularly recommended for students in business, hospitality and the social sciences (not for CIS majors). It consists of the following courses (others may be substituted with the advice and consent of CIS faculty):

  • CIS 232 - Microcomputer Applications for Business
  • CIS 350 - Introduction to Systems Analysis
  • CIS 380 - Data Management
  • CIS 265 - Visual Programming I
  • CIS 365 - Visual Programming II

Applications and Analysis Minor

This program is particularly recommended for social science majors (not CIS majors). Choose five from the following courses:

  • CIS 232 - Microcomputer Applications for Business
  • CIS 332 - Microcomputer Applications for Business II
  • CIS 233 - Using the Computer as a Research Tool
  • CIS 255 - Geographic Information Systems
  • CIS 190 - Web Design
  • CIS 290 - Web Programming
  • CIS 380 - Data Management
  • CIS 480 - Management of Computer Information System