Program Information

Students completing the major program in CIS receive a bachelor of science (B.S.)  in Computer and Information Sciences. Students may emphasize one or more key component areas in the major, specifically web development, business systems programming, database administration, networking and communications or information security and forensics. CIS majors have a high percentage of internship/cooperative experiences and high graduate school and job placement rates. Additionally, the undergraduate curriculum is structured in a way that allows students to complete the prerequisite courses for the MBA program at Niagara allowing students to accelerate their completion of an MBA.    

CIS Major

Departmental 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  
  • (2) CIS electives at the 250 level or above.

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

Systems Minor

The information systems minor is particularly recommended for students in business, hospitality and the social sciences. 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
  • The courses in either the "Business Programming Column" or the "General Programming Column" below:

Business Programming

  • CIS 160 - Structured Business Programming I
  • CIS 260 - Structured Business Programming II

General Programming

  • CIS 265 - Visual Programming
  • CIS 365 - Visual Programming II

Applications and Analysis Minor

This program is particularly recommended for social science 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