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The Computer Information Systems program offers curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in CIS. The program provides both theoretical and practical "hands-on" classes in Database, Networking, Cloud Computing, Programming, Cyber Forensics, Internet Web Design and Development, Information Security, Mobile Application (App) Development and Systems Analysis & Design among others. The CIS program offers two concentrations to its students - (1) Application Development and (2) Networking & Systems Management. As the CIS program is housed in the School of Business, the CIS graduate will also have gained a well-rounded knowledge of the business world.
Why should you choose CIS as a career field? CIS careers are routinely listed as the top (or near the top) career paths in America and are projected to continue their growth in the future. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics continues to list information technology and CIS careers at the top of the list in both career growth opportunities, career satisfaction and in entry-level salaries.
Why should you choose Northwestern State's CIS program? The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program at Northwestern State is nationally recognized for its excellence in systems analysis and design, database design and development, Internet web design and development, and object-oriented programming. The CIS program has been recognized as an Area of Excellence by the University of Louisiana system since 1999 winning more than 10 national titles in various competitions. The CIS program is implementing curricula enabling students to seek certification in Cisco, A+, Network +, and Microsoft Office components. Several major corporations list the CIS program at Northwestern State as an exceptional CIS program and highly recruit its graduates. The Northwestern State CIS program's prowess in these areas opens many career paths and creates special opportunities for you during your academic career and after graduation.
Computer Information Systems Major Requirements: (69 semester hours) Students seeking a major in Computer Information Systems must complete 69 semester hours, within the 120 semester hour Computer Information Systems curriculum consisting of a CIS core, composed of: CIS 1015, 1030, 2050, 2980, 3900, and 3980 and one of the two available 21 hour concentrations described below. Additionally, the following CIS support courses are required: ACCT 2000 and 2010; BUAD 2120, 2200, 3270, 3280; FIN 3090; MGT 3220, 3580; and MKTG 3230.
Available CIS Concentrations:
Application Development: (21 hours) CIS 3020, 3300, 4000, 4020, 4100, 4600, One CIS advanced elective (3 SCH) from CIS 2020, 3400, 4040, 4060, 4070, 4080, 4200, 4300, 4400, 4700.
Networking & Systems Management: (21 hours) CIS 3020, 3300, 3400, 4220, 4080, 4600, One CIS elective (3 SCH) from CIS 2020, 4000, 4020, 4040, 4060, 4100, 4200, 4300, 4400, 4700.
Course Rotation (will be updated in the future)
While the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) is an online degree, certain classes do require proctored exams. Suitable locations for proctored exams include universities, community/technical colleges, libraries, testing centers, etc. A few classes require certification exams to be taken at a Certiport testing center or other location approved to give those exams. More guidance will be given in those classes.