College of Arts and Sciences


Computer Information Systems (CIS)
B.S. in Computer Information Systems (CIS)


  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. At least 36 of those credit hours must be at the 300-400 level.  At least 105 of those credits must be COAS courses.
  • Complete MATH-M 118 and PSY-K 300.
  • Complete distribution requirements (please see department for specific CIS requirements).
Group V Major—Computer Information Systems Core (45 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 106 (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 150 (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 106 (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 247 (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 285 (3 cr.)
Select one of the following programming options:
  • option A
    • CSCI-A 201 (4 cr.)
    • CSCI-A 302 (4 cr.)
  • option B
    • CSCI-C 201 (4 cr.)
    • CSCI-C 307 (3 cr.)
  • option C
    • CSCI-A 210 (4 cr.)
    • CSCI-A 346 (3 cr.)
All of the following:
  • CSCI-C 330 (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 430 (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 442 (4 cr.) or INFO-I 421 (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I  402 (3 cr.)
Select one of the following for the capstone requirement:
  • CSCI-Y 398 (1-6 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 390 (1-6 cr.)

CIS Electives to complete 45 credit hours.  (See Department for list of electives.)

Students must also complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Microcomputer Applications Proficiency Test
  • A microcomputer applications proficiency test allows students to test out of CSCI-A 106 Introduction to Computing (3 cr.). The test consists of online and written modules that measure the student's ability to perform various tasks upon actual computer files. Achieving a total minimum grade of 70 percent would allow a student to test out of CSCI-A 106. However, in order to receive credit hours for the course, a student must satisfactorily complete either CSCI-A 285 or CSCI-A 213 with a C (2.0) or higher. Such a student will be eligible for 3 credit hours of special credit with a grade of S. It is the responsibility of the student to request that CIS forward this information to his or her division.
  • Each module will be graded separately. Achieving a minimum grade of 70 percent for a module would allow a student to test out of that particular module. CIS provides a method for students to receive instruction only in the areas where placement scores indicate that they are deficient by teaching three 1 credit hour courses taught concurrently with CSCI-A 106: CSCI-A 103 (word processing), CSCI-A 104 (spreadsheets), and CSCI-A 105 (relational database).
  • Total (45 cr.)
Group VI: Minor
  • Students must select a minor in any area. (A business or SPEA minor is very marketable with the computer information systems degree.)
Electives and Internship
  • Each student will be required to gain sufficient elective or internship credit to meet the minimum 120 credit hour requirement.
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours may be awarded for successful completion of an internship. Credit not given for both COAS-W 398 and CSCI-Y 398 in excess of 6 credit hours. The CSCI-Y 398 Internship is considered a capstone course.  While internships are opportunities to learn new skills, CIS interns are often hired based on their cumulative knowledge and ability to provide employers with needed skills.  CIS Internship credit is normally awarded 1 credit hour a semester.
  • Consult the department chairperson for specific details concerning registration requirements, and check with Career Services for internship opportunities.

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