Computer Information Systems Major

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Computer Information Systems is the study of the use of computers for systematic organization of data that supports efficient and accurate collection, processing, analysis, and retrieval of information. An information system specialist applies existing technology to solve real world problems. At The College at Brockport, the Computer Information Systems (CIS) major trains students in state-of-the-art computing technology, applications, and business practices, with appropriate exposure to underlying fundamentals. The emphasis is on the use of computers in an organization to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

The Computer Information Systems major is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, This major is recommended for students with a strong interest in business applications of computing.

Useful information for students, such as career guidance, advisement, sample plans of study, student awards, and scholarships can be found at the department website.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major. The first courses in the program are CSC 203 (Fundamentals of Computer Science I) and CIS 202 (Fundamentals of Information Systems). The prerequisites for these courses are CSC 120 (Introduction to Computer Science), CIS 106 (End-user Computing), and MTH 122 (Pre-calculus), or equivalents by permission of the instructor.

Students completing the Business Administration option of the IS Environment must take BUS 325. The pre-requisites for that course include a course in Economics. CIS majors may complete that pre-requisite by taking any one of the courses: ECN 100 (Contemporary Economic Problems), or ECN 201 (Principles of Microeconomics), or ECN 202 (Principles of Macroeconomics).

  • Students not having these prerequisite courses should plan on one or two preparatory semesters in which to take them.
  • Students demonstrating appropriate preparation may be waived off one or more of these prerequisite courses, allowing them to enroll directly in the courses in the program.
  • Students who complete the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in Computer Science (A) with a score of 3 will receive credit for CSC 120. Students who complete the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in Computer Science (A) with a score of 4 or 5 will receive credit for CSC 203.

Program Requirements

Students in the computer information systems major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

In addition to the course requirements below, students must meet the following:

  1. Earn an average grade of "C" or higher in core and elective courses.
  2. The grade earned in each of CSC 203, 205, 209, and CIS 202, 206 and 303 must be "C" or higher.
  3. At least 18 of the credits used to satisfy the core or elective requirements in the major must be earned at Brockport.
  4. Credits (1-4) for, at most, one course can be earned as "departmental credit by examination."

A. Core Courses (35 credits)

  • CSC203 Fundamentals of Computer Science I (4 credits)
  • CSC205 Fundamentals of Computer Science II (4 credits)
  • CSC209 UNIX Tools (1 credit)
  • CSC486 Junior/Senior Seminar (3 credits)
  • CIS202 Fundamentals of Information Systems (3 credits)
  • CIS206 IT Tools (1 credit)
  • CIS303 Information Technology Hardware and Software (3 credits)
  • CIS317 Analysis and Logical Design of Information Systems (4 credits)
  • CIS419 Computer Networks and Internet Applications (3 credits)
  • CIS422 Physical Design and Implementation with DBMS (3 credits)
  • CIS427 Project Management and Practice (3 credits)
  • CIS442 E-commerce Systems (3 credits)

B. Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • TWO CIS courses numbered 400-489, selected through advisement.

C. Mathematics Corequisites (9 credits)

  • MTH243 Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
  • MTH281 Discrete Mathematics I (3 credits)

D. IS-Environment Corequisites (15 credits)

Students choose either the Business Administration or the Healthcare Administration environment

Business Administration Environment:

  • BUS325 Principles of Finance (3 credits)
  • BUS335 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
  • BUS365 Principles of Management (3 credits)

Healthcare Administration Environment:

  • BUS365 Principles of Management (3 credits)
  • HLS410 Introduction to Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  • HLS412 Health Care Administration Planning (3 credits)
  • HLS413 Risk Management (3 credits)

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Capable of productive employment in computing technology application fields, with job designations such as Database Administrator, IT Specialist, Network Administrator, Project Manager, Systems Analyst, Web Designer, and Web Programmer (e-commerce).
  2. Equipped to adapt and grow as work conditions and responsibilities change with technology and globalization.
  3. Prepared to pursue advanced graduate studies in computing or related disciplines. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply fundamental principles of computing, mathematics, and organizational theory as appropriate to the discipline of information systems.
  2. An ability to analyze a problem and model it as an information system using appropriate methodologies, and to identify the computing requirements necessary to meet the desired needs.
  3. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate an information system, and to compare alternative solutions.
  4. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools appropriate for immediate employment in computing technology application fields.
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  6. An ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using accepted standards of the profession.
  7. An ability to analyze the social and human context of computing as it impacts individuals, organizations, and society, including ethical, legal, security, and global policy issues.
  8. An ability to work and learn independently and an appreciation of the importance of continuing education and professional growth over the course of a lifetime.