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BS in Computer Information Systems

Quinnipiac's computer information systems program enables students to manage and work with information systems that meet business or organization requirements effectively; this means that students must understand the need for fault tolerant systems that are within the requirements of budgetary constraints, incorporate ethical and legal considerations, and meet specific enterprise goals, including quality requirements for customer service.

Our computer information systems program is one of only a few information systems programs accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, Inc.

Students who major in computer information systems are provided with specific skills, including:

  • Understanding the role of information systems in organizations, including the use of information technology for strategic decision making and competitive advantage, effective and efficient electronic business and electronic commerce strategies, enterprise resource planning to support their business strategy, and supply chain management.
  • Analysis and design of information systems that meet enterprise needs, including both a comprehensive understanding and experience using the system development life cycle and alternative design methodologies.
  • Alternative information technology architectures, including both hardware and software alternatives, that satisfy current and future business needs.
  • A thorough understanding of data management, including the development of databases, the effective use of data warehouses, and data security considerations.
  • The role of networking, data communications and wireless computing in supporting organizational effectiveness, including hands-on  experience in developing and configuring network environments.

Curriculum + Requirements

The computer information systems program is built upon a core of required courses, a distribution of elective courses within the program, and a required internship. As with all programs within the School of Business, students must meet the requirements of both the University Curriculum and the School of Business core curriculum, as well as the specific requirements of the major for a total of 125 credits.

Business Core

University Curriculum

Computer Information Systems Core (21 credits):

Course Title Credits
CIS 125 Systems Analysis & Design 3
CIS 245 Object-Oriented Programming 3
CIS 301 Enterprise Systems 3
CIS 351 Database Programming & Design 3
CIS 440 IT Project Management 3
CIS 484 Information Systems Internship 3
CIS 490 Computer Information Systems Capstone 3

CIS Electives (9 credits)

Open Electives (12 credits)

Program Educational Objectives

Within three to five years of graduation, alumni of the BS in computer information systems program are expected to have :
  1. Helped an organization achieve its goals by applying knowledge and skills in the application of information systems.
  2. Used information systems for decision making to help organizations achieve a strategic competitive advantage in both the local and the global society.
  3. Served as liaisons between end-users and computing specialists by communicating effectively in both oral and written form.
  4. Worked effectively in teams to manage both themselves and their colleagues.
  5. Demonstrated lifelong learning skills by attendance at continuing professional education courses/workshops, attainment/pursuit of professional certification, and/or higher-level academic education.

Enrollment + Number of Graduates

Number of current CIS majors: 116
Number of CIS program graduates:

  • 2015-16: 40
  • 2014-15: 23
  • 2013-14: 19
  • 2012-13: 16
  • 2011-12: 14

Current student:faculty ratio of the major: 14:1

Media Starting Salary for CIS Program Graduates: $58,000

School of Business Freshman Retention Rate: 83%
School of Business 6-year Graduation Rate: 69%
School of Business Graduate Placement Rate: 98%

Minor in Computer Information Systems

The minor in computer information systems complements a wide variety of majors. It provides the student with the skills to serve as effective users of information technology within their respective fields of study and allows them to become more savvy personal consumers of information technology. The minor is structured to provide each student with the opportunity to select courses that support his or her own interests.

The minor in computer information systems requires the completion of 18 credits as follows:

  • CIS 101 Introduction to Information Systems (3 credits)
  • CIS 125 Systems Analysis & Design (3 credits)
  • CIS electives (12 credits)

Minor in Computer Information Systems for Communications Students

The minor in computer information systems for students in the School of Communications allows communications students to become better equipped to work with information technology resources commonly used in the communications industry. In particular, the minor focuses on how to successfully utilize both information retrieval and information deployment resources in an electronic world.  

The minor in computer information systems for communications students requires the completion of 18 credits that must include:

  • CIS 101 Introduction to Information Systems (3 credits)
  • CIS 125 Systems Analysis & Design (3 credits)
  • CIS 301 Enterprise Systems
  • CIS electives (9 credits)