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Computer Information Systems: Curriculum

We offer students a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems as well a minor. Our curriculum offers you with a strong blend of theoretical and practical concepts in business and computing topics. You will have the technical knowledge to be able to integrate information technology solutions and business processes to meet the information needs of any organization. You'll learn how to determine the requirements, analysis, design, and implementation for an organization's information systems. For instance, you'll be able to provide a web-based sales order entry system, define ways to store information in a database and develop decision support systems for executive decision-making.

Get a description of each of Cal U's computer information systems courses from our Course Catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems - 120 Credits

Approved UCC 3.2011

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems program at California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET), www.abet.org. With a Bachelor of Science in CIS, you'll be equipped with the tools necessary for continued study at the graduate level or for employment in business, industry or government. This program combines knowledge of leading-edge information technologies and systems methodologies with an understanding of the ever-changing needs of today's dynamic business environment.

It is the goal of the computer information systems program to produce graduates who:

  • meet their professional goals;
  • continue to be lifelong learners; and
  • meet their employer or continuing education expectations.

The CIS program of study enables students to achieve, by the time of graduation:

  • 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 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;
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practices and 
  • An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

First Semester – 18 Credits
Course                 Credits

UNI 100 First-Year Seminar

                   3 crs.

ENG  101 English Composition I

                   3 crs.

MAT 281 Calculus I

                   3 crs.

CIS  110 Introduction to Information Systems

                  3 crs.

CIS 120 Application Programming I

                  3 crs.

PSY 100 General Psychology

                  3 crs.

Second Semester – 15 Credits
Course                 Credits

ENG 217 Scientific and Technical Writing

                    3 crs.

MAT 195 Discrete Structures

                    3 crs.

BUS 100 Introduction to Business

                    3 crs.

CIS  220 Application Programming II

                    3 crs.

General Education Course

                    3 crs.

Third Semester – 16 Credits
CourseCredits

CIS    341  CISCO CCNA 1

 4 crs.

MAT  215   Statistics OR
MAT  225   Business Statistics

3 crs.

ACC 200 Financial Accounting

3 crs.

Public Speaking Course

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 Credits
CourseCredits

ECO 201  Introductory Microeconomics

3 crs.

CIS 299  System Analysis I

3 crs.

CIS 302  Visual Programming

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Free Elective

3 crs.

Fifth Semester – 15 Credits
CourseCredits

CIS 354 Systems Project Management                              

3 crs.

CIS 321 Database Management Systems and Design

3 crs.

CSC 330 Web Programming I

3 crs.

 MGT 300 Principles of Management                

3 crs.

CIS Elective

3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 15 Credits
Course  Credits

CIS 322 Database Application Development              

   3 crs.

CIS 352  Global, Economic and Social Ethical Issues in Computing

   3 crs.

MKT 300 Principles of Marketing

   3 crs.

CIS Elective 

   3 crs.

Related Elective

  3 crs.

Seventh Semester – 15 Credits
Course                                Credits

CIS 490  Systems Analysis  II                         

                                  3 crs.

CIS Elective Course

                                  3 crs.

General Education Course    

                                  3 crs.

Related Elective Course

                                  3 crs.

Free Elective Course

                                 3 crs.

Eighth Semester – 13 Credits
Course                       Credits

CIS 492 Systems Development and Implementation


3 crs.

CIS Elective3 crs.

Two Free Electives

7 crs.

In order to graduate, the student must complete a minimum of 48 credits of upper-level course work (300 level or higher).