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    The Computing and Information Science Program

    Computing and Information Science (CIS) is dedicated to all aspects of computers and information technology, which contributes meaningfully to almost all aspects of science and society. A successful CIS graduate will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Information Science with a concentration in Computer Science, Information Technology or Cybersecurity. The curriculum is based on the guidelines of prominent professional organizations and combines theory with current in-demand technical skills to prepare graduates for continual learning throughout their careers in this fast-paced field. A degree from this department gives you the background to directly impact our society's future, in how we automate the many tasks of life and work, provide useful services such as voice and data communications, and use technology to achieve things that were only dreams a few years ago.

    • “The only STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) area in which job openings are projected to exceed the number of college graduates is in Computing and Information Technology.” -CSTA Voice.
    • Thanks to a grant from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation, students acquire valuable hands-on networking experience from up-to-date equipment in the new IT projects lab.
    • Two students recently participated in summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU’s) at major universities and presented their results at local and national conferences.
    • Our graduates have acquired positions in the following organizations:   
     

    Upon graduation, computing and information science students will have attained:

    • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline; 
    • An ability to analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution;  
    • An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs;  
    • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;  
    • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities;  
    • An ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences;  
    • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society;  
    • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;  and
    • An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice. 
       

    Computing and Information Science Major Requirements

     All Computing and Information Science majors must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements as well as the requirements for one of the three concentrations: 1) Computer Science; 2) Information Technology; or 3) Cybersecurity. A minor in another discipline such as mathematics, business, communication, graphic arts or criminal justice is a useful complement to this major. A statistics course such as MA 208 or BA 350 is recommended, particularly for those considering graduate school. PL 120 is recommended as one of the courses chosen for the philosophy core curriculum requirement.

    College Core (48 credits)
    TH 119 First Theology (freshman year) - 3 credits
    Theology (200 Level) - 3 credits
    Theology (300 Level) - 3 credits
    History (100 Level) - 3 credits
    History (200 Level) - 3 credits
    PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits
    Philosophy Elective (PL 215 Ethics suggested) - 3 credits
    Natural Science 100 level with lab - 4 credits
    Natural Science 200 level with lab - 4 credits
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric (freshman year) - 3 credits
    English Elective (Literature Course) - 3 credits
    English Elective - 3 credits
    Fine Arts (100 Level) - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    First-Year Seminar (additional hour) - 1 credit 

     Computer Science Concentration (CS) Requirements (53 credits):

    CIS Core Courses
    (37  credits):
    CS 102 Fundamentals of IT and Computing - 3 credits
    CS 110 C++ Programming I - 3 credits
    CS 111 C++ Programming  II - 3 credits
    CS 170 Discrete Structures I - 3 credits
    CS 171 Discrete Structures II - 3 credits
    CS 221 Data Structures - 3 credits
    CS 310 Programming Languages - 3 credits
    CS 321 Data Communications and Computer Networks - 3 credits
    CS 330 Computer Architecture and Operating Systems - 3 credits
    CS 350 Database Concepts and Information Structures - 3 credits
    CS 355 Software Engineering - 3 credits
    CS 357 Computing Science Project I - 2 credits
    CS 358 Computing Science Project II - 2 credits
    (in a computer science area)

    CIS Electives (12  credits):
    Any CIS department courses numbered 200 or above may be included. One approved computer course from another department (such as BA 420, CA 235 and CA 285) may be included, subject to the approval of the CIS department chairperson.

    CIS Mathematics Requirement (8 credits):
    MA 111, 112 Calculus I and II* - 8 credits
    or
    MA 109, 110 Calculus I and II* - 8 credits

    *Either choice gives an 8-credit sequence, 4 credits of which can be used to fulfill the core curriculum mathematics requirement.

    Information Technology Concentration (IT) Requirements (49 credits):

    CIS Core Courses
    (37 credits):
    CS 102 Fundamentals of IT and Computing - 3 credits
    CS 109 Introduction to Visual Basic Programming - 3 credits
    CS 110 C++ Programming I - 3 credits
    CS 111 C++ Programming II - 3 credits
    CS 170 Discrete Structures I - 3 credits
    CS 265 Information Systems Management - 3 credits
    CS 321 Data Communications and Computer Networks - 3 credits
    CS 322 Advanced Networking - 3 credits
    CS 330 Computer Architecture and Operating Systems - 3 credits
    CS 350 Database Concepts and Information Structures - 3 credits
    CS 351 Information Systems Analysis and Design - 3 credits
    CS 357 Computing Science Project I - 2 credits
    CS 358 Computing Science Project II - 2 credits
    (in an information technology area)

    CIS Electives (12 credits):
    Any CIS department courses numbered 200 or above may be included. One approved computer course from another department (such as BA 420, CA 235 and CA 285) may be included, subject to the approval of the CIS department chairperson.

    CIS Mathematics Requirement (8 credits):
    MA 111 Calculus I* - 4  credits
    or
    MA 109 Calculus I* - 4  credits

    *Either choice gives an 4-credit sequence,  which can be used to fulfill the core curriculum mathematics requirement.

    Required Social Science Courses (6 credits):
    This concentration also requires 6 credits chosen from business and/or economics. These credits can be included under the core curriculum social science requirement.

    Cybersecurity Concentration (SEC) Requirements (49 credits):

    CIS Core Courses (43  credits):
    CS 102 Fundamentals of IT and Computing - 3 credits
    CS 110 C++ Programming I - 3 credits
    CS 111 C++ Programming II - 3 credits
    CS 170 Discrete Structures I - 3 credits
    CS 221 Data Structures - 3 credits
    CS 225 Cybersecurity - 3 credits
    CS 265 Information Systems Management - 3 credits
    CS 310 Programming Languages - 3 credits
    CS 321 Data Communications and Computer Networks - 3 credits
    CS 325 Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity - 3 credits
    CS 330 Computer Architecture and Operating Systems - 3 credits
    CS 350 Database Concepts and Information Structures - 3 credits
    CS 351 Information Systems Analysis and Design - 3 credits
         or CS 355 Software Engineering - 3 credits
    CS 357 Computing Science Project I - 2 credits
    CS 358 Computing Science Project II - 2 credits
    (in a computer security area)

    CIS Electives (6 credits):
    Any CIS department courses numbered 200 or above may be included. One approved computer course from another department (such as BA 420, CA 235 and CA 285) may be included, subject to the approval of the CIS department chairperson.

    CIS Mathematics Requirement
    (4  credits):
    MA 111 Calculus I* - 4  credits
    or
    MA 109 Calculus I*  - 4 credits

    *Either choice gives an 4-credit sequence,  which can be used to fulfill the core curriculum mathematics requirement. 

    Although there are no formal course prerequisites for this major, the following more general skills are important to student success: 

    • Good, logical thinking skills 
    • Ability to deal with both low-level detail and high-level abstraction 
    • Enthusiasm for producing solutions to problems utilizing computer technology 
    • Interest in learning valuable teamwork and communications skills  
    • Proficiency in mathematics and the sciences are generally good predictors of the ability to succeed in this field