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Computer Information Systems

Software Development Concentration, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree

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Employers throughout the United States turn to UCM's School of Accountancy and Computer Information Systems for graduates with computer and business skills in computer information systems needed in business, industry, education and government. Graduates of the computer information systems (CIS) program gain proficiency with various computer languages, database programming, systems administration, network management and security, and client server computing in a business environment using state-of-the-art equipment. The program is fully accredited by the AACSB-International, the hallmark of a quality program that employers recognize and value.

Today's modern information society is constantly changing. Students at UCM are trained to succeed by adapting to these changes. The CIS program provides educational and hands-on experience for entry-level positions in programming, networking, systems administration, database administration and systems design. UCM's program encompasses not only a working knowledge of information technology, but also an understanding of business processes and policies that dictate the existing dynamic business environment.

The CIS curriculum is based on the model curriculum developed by the Association for Information Technology Professionals. All students complete a common core of business courses. Students then concentrate on CIS core courses that include programming courses in C#, Java, database (Oracle, SQL), UNIX and networking Analysis and Design. Students have to select one of the two areas of concentration - 1) Software Development and 2) Networking / Systems Administration followed by a capstone System Architecture and Development course.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, many CIS related jobs will grow faster than the average in the near future. Pursuing a major in computer information systems at UCM is a sure step toward securing a seat among the many computer programmers, analysts, database administrators, network administrators and client server specialists across America. The CIS program at UCM is one of the finest in the region, and in recent years CIS students have a nearly 100 percent placement record within three months of their graduation. Because of the education they receive, graduates are placed nationwide in top corporations with high starting salaries.

Department Facilities

A wide variety of computing resources are available for students ranging from hundreds of PCs and server resources through campuswide distributed network systems. The Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies Computing Lab houses 100+ workstations connected to the campus-wide network backbone. In addition, the CIS department houses a Software Engineering Lab, a Networking Lab, a Web Development Lab and a Usability Lab with state-of-the-art hardware, software and multimedia facilities. All CIS classrooms are equipped with on-demand multimedia resources, desktop plug-in network hookup and instructor PC workstation running on the campus network.

Student Involvement

Various departmental organizations are available, including the student chapter of the Association for Information Technology Professionals and Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Participation allows students to compete in national competitions, visit businesses, meet executives and supervisors, interact with faculty members, and meet other students outside the classroom.

Departmental Scholarships

In addition to about $4 million in scholarships administered by the university, a number of corporate scholarships are available. These include: the Steward Scholars Program, Boeing Scholarships, Sprint Scholarships, Hallmark Cards Scholarships, Penzoil Scholarships and many more. Contact the School of Accountancy and Computer Information Systems for details.

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