Control the process of managing and storing data.
A computer information systems science degree prepares you for work in one of today’s fastest-growing fields. As a computer information systems (CIS) major, you’ll take courses that focus on the processing of data for business or government use. You’ll learn file processing and database management, including replicating clerical functions, generating management reports, and providing decision support information. We even offer an End-User Computing Concentration within the computer information systems major. Our CIS program of study is based on the latest Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) curricular recommendations for information systems. We also provide both internal and external internships where you can gain valuable, hands-on work experience.
- On campus
- Instructors with industry experience
- Work in one or more real world projects
- Build an attractive portfolio as part of the program
A computer information systems degree sets you up for success.
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Get the hands-on experience and educational foundation you need to build your career in tech. You’ll benefit from professors with real-world experience and the teaching expertise to help you develop the knowledge and skill sets that organizations are looking for.
Accredited program prepares you for success
The CIS program at Westfield State is based on the latest ACM curricular recommendations for Information Systems. Within the CIS program, we consistently update and revise our curriculum to ensure that you get the latest technology to prepare you for a successful future.
Pursue your interests as you choose your electives
Our program offers a variety of elective courses that allow you to concentrate and specialize in an area that interests you most. Choose from web programming, cloud computing, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, game development, mobile programming, cybersecurity and other interesting fields.
Our mission is to provide our students with a high quality and comprehensive education in different areas of computer science and information technology, so that upon graduation they will:
- Be gainfully employed in a computer-related field, engaged in graduate study, or successfully involved in activities or careers that make use of the knowledge and abilities acquired in their computer science and computer information systems program of study.
- Contribute to their workplaces and society in a manner that is meaningful, professional, and ethically responsible.
- Have the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the workplace by acquiring, whether via graduate work, professional improvement opportunities, professional societies, or self-study, the knowledge and skills that will allow them to be successful.
- Communicate effectively, so as to enable them to perform both collaborative work within teams and effective interaction with a broad range of audiences.
The computer information systems (CIS) major has as its focus application-level information systems development for business or government use. Database management and file processing are central to this activity, which typically includes the transaction support function, generation of management reports, and provision of decision support information. Graduates of this program typically are recruited as business application programmers, or as end-user computing support personnel. The CIS program of study requires 66-70 credits in the major, to include 36-40 credits of direct CAIS study, 21 credits in business background courses, and 9 credits in supporting liberal arts course work (of which 9-10 credits simultaneously fulfill 3 core course requirements).
The goal of this is program is for our computer information systems students to be able to:
- Analyze complex computing problems and apply computing principles and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
- Design, implement, and evaluate computing-based solutions to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
- Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
- Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
- Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.
What can you do with a computer information systems degree?
Graduates of this program are typically recruited for the following positions:
- Application programmer
- Web designer
- Database developer
- Database administrators
- DevOps engineer
- Technical writers
- Network administrator
- End-user computing support
Requirements for the Computer Information Systems Major
The CIS program of study requires 66-70 credits in the major, to include 36-40 credits of direct CAIS study, 21 credits in business background courses, and 9 credits in supporting liberal arts course work (of which 9-10 credits simultaneously fulfill 3 core course requirements). The requirements are as follow:
Direct CAIS Study - 36-40 Credits:
- CAIS 0125 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems
- CAIS 0205 - Introduction to Cobol
- CAIS 0210 - Database Application Development Techniques
- CAIS 0308 - Advanced Cobol/File Processing
- CAIS 0310 - Database Management
- CAIS 0346 - Systems Analysis and Design
- CAIS 0353 - Applied Development Project
One of the following Algorithmic Language Electives - 3 or 4 Credits:
One of the following CAIS courses (Tier 2 electives) - 3 or 4 Credits:
- CAIS 0120 - Computer Science/Program Design I
- CAIS 0211 - RPG Programming Credits: 3
- CAIS 0212 - Visual Programming Concepts
- CAIS 0216 - Web-Based Application Development
- CAIS 0220 - Computer Science/Program Design II
- CAIS 0236 - Computer Organization and Architecture
Two of the following CAIS courses (Tier 3 electives) - 6 or 7 Credits:
- CAIS 0230 - Data Structures/Algorithm Analysis
- CAIS 0290 - Introduction to Computer Security
- CAIS 0305 - Elements of Systems Programming
- CAIS 0307 - Organization of Programming Languages
- CAIS 0312 - End-User Computing: An Overview
- CAIS 0315 - Multimedia Presentation Technology
- CAIS 0316 - Web Programming
- CAIS 0337 - Networking and Client/Server Computing
- CAIS 0341 - Computer Graphics
- CAIS 0347 - Introduction to Networking
- CAIS 0350 - Artificial Intelligence
One additional Tier 2 or Tier 3 elective from the lists above - 3-4 Credits
Business Background Study - 21 Credits:
- ACCT 0104 - Principles of Accounting I
- ACCT 0105 - Principles of Accounting II
- MGMT 0221 - Business Management: A Survey of Organizational Development and Management Principles
- MGMT 0250 - Quantitative Approaches to Business Decisions
- MGMT 0308 - Organizational Development & Behavior
Two of the following three courses - 6 Credits:
Designated CORE and/or Liberal Arts courses - 9 Credits:
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What can you expect for computer information systems salary?
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, The median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $159,010 in May 2021.
What is computer information systems?
The primary focus of computer information systems is centered around processing data for business or government use. File processing and database management are central to this activity, which typically includes replication of clerical functions, generation of management reports, and provision of decision support information.
What is a computer information major?
As a computer information systems major, you’ll learn the fundamentals of processing, managing, storing, reporting, and analyzing data flow in an organization.
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