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BS in Computer Information Systems

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Introduction

Developing an electronic system for a hospital’s medical records, ensuring the information security of an international bank or creating a more effective company messaging system—these are just some of the interesting careers in the computer information systems field.

By The Numbers

$60K


Jump Start

The median starting salary of our computer information systems graduates six months after graduation (Survey of 2016 Quinnipiac graduates)

99.3%


Success Rate

Percentage of our computer information systems graduates who are either working or in a graduate program six months after graduation (Survey of 2017 Quinnipiac graduates)

546,100


In Demand

Number of new computer and information technology occupations projected to be created from 2016 to 2026. (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017)

Program Overview

Professor Kiku Jones teaching in the classroom.

Strong foundations

Professor Kiku Jones discusses concepts with students in her CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Information Systems class.

With this degree, you can work as an infrastructure architect, a quality assurance specialist, project manager, a programmer or a systems analyst. You’ll study 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. You’ll manage projects, taking into consideration budgetary constraints, as well as ethical and legal concerns.

Many of our faculty members are renowned leaders in their field, and our student-to-faculty ratio ensures you receive personalized mentoring. Our computer information systems program is one of only a few accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The internship requirement ensures you’ll gain relevant, hands-on experience. Recent internship sites include Aetna, BBC America, Cigna, Credit Suisse, The Hartford, Travelers, United Technologies and the Veterans Administration. 

Our Work: Travelers Competition

Our Work

Cracking the case

Each year, Quinnipiac computer information students participate in Travelers Insurance IT Case Competition, where teams of three students are presented a case in IT and are tasked with developing a fully feasible solution to solve it.

In October 2017, students Ashley Guattery, Maria Spano and Ryan McFarland took first place in the competition, besting five other teams from universities throughout Connecticut. Their solution showed their ability to clearly think through the case and develop an insightful and creative result grounded in research.

Students and a professor hold up the check they won for finishing 1st in the 2017 Travelers Insurance IT Case Competition.

High Achievers

Professor Kiku Jones (left) shown with winning students Ashley Guattery, Maria Spano & Ryan McFarland at the 2017 Travelers IT Case Competition.

Photograph

A student speaks with an elderly woman while they sit across from each other at a table

Teaching new tricks

Austin Kuppek, part of a trio of computer information systems students, works with a woman at the Wallingford Senior Center during a cyber security workshop they presented to senior citizens.

Our Work: Volunteering with the Elderly

Our Work

A student working with a senior citizen during a cyber security prevention workshop.

Passing along knowledge

Student Steven Koch ’19 works with a resident of the Wallingford Senior Center during a workshop on how to prevent cyber-attacks.

Arming the elderly against cyber-attacks

Advances in digital technology have made many processes faster and more convenient, but also have made it easier for criminals to exploit the population most vulnerable to cyber-attacks — the elderly. To address this issue, Computer Information Systems majors Austin Kuppek ’19, Steve Koch ’19 and Vincent Deriu ’19 taught patrons at the Wallingford Senior Center in Wallingford, Connecticut, how to avoid and recover from the most common types of cyber fraud.

The special course covered phishing scams, ransomware attacks and other predatory tactics meant to fool victims into giving up their Social Security number and other highly sensitive information. It taught attendees how to recognize suspicious emails and websites, as well as how to use verification services and update their anti-virus software.

In the course’s most important segment, Deriu provided step-by-step instructions of what to do if their identities became compromised, from alerting police to filing a statement with a credit bureau and setting up an account with a credit monitoring service.

The course was a huge success, and gave Deriu and his classmates the chance to represent Quinnipiac in raising awareness about and preventing cyber-crime.

Career Development

A student discussing her internship experience with a classmate.

Internships that work

Jacquelyn Moller, Computer Information Systems ’18, discussing her internship experience at Quinnipiac School of Business’s Internship Gallery.

Developing your future

As new technologies emerge during your career, you'll be tasked with mapping out systems and be responsible for building a seamless user experience. While you're a student at Quinnipiac, our career development team will do the same in helping you develop your career path. Our staff will help you find your passion with a one-on-one career development process and internships specific to your industry. We will help you leverage your resume and social networking to land your dream job. We are here every step of the way to help you define your path and find the opportunities that are right for you and your goals.

Visit our Career Development page to learn more about networking, recruitment and internship opportunities and more.

Career Development

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Computer Information Systems Curriculum

As with all programs within the School of Business, students must meet the requirements of the University Curriculum, the School of Business Core Curriculum, and the specific requirements of the major for a total of 122 credits:

Business Core Curriculum
Complete the Business Core Curriculum43
University Curriculum
Complete the University Curriculum for School of Business34
Computer Information Systems Core
CIS 125Systems Analysis and Design3
CIS 245Object-Oriented Programming3
CIS 301Enterprise Systems3
CIS 351Database Programming and Design3
CIS 440IT Project Management3
CIS 484Information Systems Internship3
CIS 490Computer Information Systems Capstone3
CIS electives
Select 9 credits9
Open electives
Select 15 credits15
Total Credits122

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