Faculty: Cho, Huang, Huff, Long, Martinez, Mejias
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) prepares graduates for successful careers in the information technology (IT) fields such as cyber security, data analytics, and software development. Students complete a comprehensive, relevant, computer information systems curriculum that delivers high-demand knowledge, skills, and abilities in: software and web application development, system analysis and design, network design and administration, database design and development, operating systems, and IT security.
- Students majoring in computer information systems must maintain grades of C or higher in all CIS courses. In addition, all required CIS prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Students must complete at least 120 semester hours in an approved program of study, including 52 hours in the major.
- Students must complete a minimum of 21 credits of CIS upper-division course work. At least 16 of these upper-division CIS credits must be taken in residence.
- Students must complete a course planning worksheet and participate in the advisement process with a CIS faculty adviser.
CIS majors complete a total of 120 credits. These credits include 36 credit hours of general education, 52 credits in CIS major courses, 10 credits of quantitative analysis, 9 credits of required related non CIS courses and 13 credits of electives. CIS majors are encouraged to complete a minor in Business Administration or another Business-related minor. The minor may be completed within the 13 elective credits. The general elective courses must include the specific courses listed below.
|See General Education below for specific requirements||36|
|Quantitative Analysis Requirement|
|MATH 220||Quantitative Analysis for Business||4|
|BUSAD 265||Inferential Statistics and Problem Solving||3|
|BUSAD 360||Advanced Business Statistics||3|
|Required Related Courses|
|BUSAD 270||Business Communications||3|
|MGMT 201||Principles of Management||3|
|MGMT 368||Project Management||3|
|Open Electives 1||13|
|CIS Major Courses|
|CIS 100||Introduction to Word||1|
|CIS 103||Introduction to PowerPoint||1|
|CIS 104||Introduction to Excel Spreadsheets||1|
|CIS 105||Introduction to Access DBMS||1|
|CIS 150||Computer, Ethics, and Society||3|
|CIS 171||Introduction to Java Programming||4|
|CIS 185||PC Architecture||3|
|CIS 240||Systems Analysis and Design||3|
|CIS 271||Advanced Program Design with Java||4|
|CIS 289||Network Concepts||3|
|CIS 311||Introduction to Web Development||3|
|CIS 315||Linux Fundamentals||3|
|CIS 350||Database Management||3|
|CIS 432||Senior Professional Project||6|
|CIS 493||Senior Seminar||1|
|CIS 3/400||Emphasis Area Electives||12|
CIS majors may select one of the following emphasis areas and complete the indicated required courses (12 credits of 3/400 upper division electives) within the chosen emphasis.
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Undergraduate Programs section of this catalog. In meeting CSU-Pueblo’s general education requirement, CIS majors must include the following:
|COMR 103||Speaking and Listening (or equivalent)||3|
& ECON 202
|Principles of Macroeconomics|
and Principles of Microeconomics
|MATH 121||College Algebra||4|
Special Projects and Internships will not be substituted for required CIS Major courses. They may count only as electives. CIS majors who do not claim any emphasis area need to choose 12 credits from the following upper division electives.
(must total 12 credits)
|CIS 356||iOS Application Development||3|
|CIS 359||Advanced Programming with C#||3|
|CIS 365||Management Information Systems||3|
|CIS 386||Android Application Development||3|
|CIS 401||Network Systems Administration||3|
|CIS 410||Data Analytics with Python||3|
|CIS 411||Internet Server-Side Programming||3|
|CIS 450||Advanced Data Analytics||3|
|CIS 460||Cyber Security & Defense||3|
|CIS 461||IT Security Risk Management||3|
|CIS 462||Computer Forensics||3|
|CIS 490||Special Projects||1-5|
|CIS 491||Special Topics||1-5|
In addition to the requirement to complete (BUSAD 265 Inferential Statistics and Problem Solving (3 c.h.), BUSAD 270 Business Communications (3 c.h.), BUSAD 360 Advanced Business Statistics (3 c.h.), ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 c.h.), ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 c.h.), MGMT 201 Principles of Management (3 c.h.), MGMT 368 Project Management (3 c.h.), MATH 121 College Algebra (4 c.h.) and MATH 220 Quantitative Analysis for Business (4 c.h.)), CIS majors are strongly encouraged to complete a minor in Business Administration.
Summary of Graduation Requirements (CIS)
General Education: 361
Quantitative Analysis Requirement: 10
Required Related: 9
Open Electives: 13
TOTAL (minimum credits): 120
Must include COMR 103 Speaking and Listening (3 c.h.) or equivalent; ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 c.h.) and ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 c.h.), and MATH 121 College Algebra (4 c.h.).
Non-CIS majors who wish to minor in CIS have several options. They may build their own minor based on the completion of seven core courses and a minimum of nine credits of 3/400 upper-division CIS courses.
The program seeks to develop a deeper understanding of the role of information systems within organizations and the processes that support technology-enabled business development.
At the conclusion of the CIS program, students will demonstrate the ability to:
- Analyze, design, implement, and maintain an information system.
- Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and speaking.
- Work effectively as a team member for a common purpose.
- Identify ethical issues and provide alternatives or solutions.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
The CIS program primarily uses a direct-assessment approach. Artifacts of student work pertinent to a particular learning outcome are collected. These artifacts are then evaluated by faculty external to the course in which the artifact was collected to determine students’ level of mastery. Each learning outcome has been separated into sub-skills, or “measurable objectives”, that are components of the overall learning objectives. Students’ level of mastery is assessed using rubrics which have been developed for this purpose. To ensure inter-rater reliability, we implement processes whereby raters meet before and after artifacts are assessed. In addition, for follow-up (loop-closing) activities on subsequent artifact evaluation, the same raters are utilized when possible, for consistency and reliability.
The CIS program includes a senior capstone project course required of all majors. This course requires students to apply the communication, problem solving, and technical skills they have learned during the completion of the CIS program. Each team of students is assigned a live project in the Pueblo community (or sometimes surrounding areas). The team is evaluated on not only the final IT product they develop, but the process they follow in completing the project.
Finally, the CIS program meets annually with the CIS Industrial Advisory Committee to get feedback on the effectiveness of the CIS curriculum in meeting the needs of the IT industry along the Colorado Front Range. The CIS program also requires CIS graduates to complete a survey to determine the effectiveness of the program and curriculum in preparing them for jobs in IT.