Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems at St. Scholastica is an innovative alternative to the computer science programs offered at many colleges and universities. Students in the program learn current and emerging computer technologies and the means to apply these system technologies in solving organizational problems. In addition to the core computer concepts, students select a specific application concentration in business analysis, health informatics, mathematics or software development. Students also may seek departmental approval for a custom-designed concentration.

Graduates find work in a variety of large and small organizations as web developers, software engineers, application programmers, database specialists and business/system analysts. Some graduates are working for computer consulting firms or working as entrepreneurs, while others are managing the information systems of large and small organizations.

Department Chair: Thomas Gibbons, Ph.D.

Computer Information Systems B.A. or B.S. major:

CIS majors must complete the following required courses and at least one of the concentrations below. The concentration choice determines whether the student receives a B.A. or B.S. degree.

Required courses: CIS 1001 CS Principles, CIS 2011 Computer Architecture, CIS 2085 Programming I with Java, CIS 2087 Programming II with Java, ENG 3364/MGT 3150 MGT Communications: Written, CIS 3107 Database Modeling, CIS 3108 Systems Analysis and Design, CIS 4108 Project Management (2cr), CIS 4109 Capstone Project, CIS 4555 Systems Development Internship.

Concentrations for CIS major:

Health Informatics Concentration (B.A.)

CIS 3205 Information Systems, HIM 2101 Medical Language (3 cr), HIM 2102 Intro Pharmacotherapeutics (1 cr), HIM 2110 Concepts/Princ of HIM (2 cr), HIM 2111 HIM Technologies Practice (2 cr), HIM 3132 Medicolegal Issues, HIM 4415 Health Data Analytics, PSY 3331 Statistics.

Business Analysis Concentration (B.A.)

CIS 3205 Information Systems, CIS 3287 Software Quality Assurance (2cr), CIS 4041 Web Design, CIS 4042 Computer Security (2 cr), ACC 2210 Princ of Fin Accounting, MGT 3350 Organizational Behavior, PSY 3331 or MTH 4411 Statistics.

Mathematics Concentration (B.S.) - Duluth Campus Only

CIS 3089 Data Structures, CIS 4115 Artifcial Intelligence, MTH 2221 Calculus I, MTH 2222 Calculus II, MTH 2401 Discrete Mathematics, MTH 3322 Linear Algebra, MTH 4411 Probability and Statistics I or PSY 3331 Statistics. 

Software Development Concentration (B.S.)

CIS 3034 Client-Side Development (2 cr), CIS 3089 Data Structures, CIS 3230 Game Design & 3D Modeling, CIS 3285 Software Design, CIS 3334 Mobile Device Programming, CIS 4034 Server-Side Web Dev, CIS 4042 Computer Security (2 cr), CIS 4115 Artificial Intelligence.

Cyber Security Concentration (B.S.) - Online Campus Only

CIS 1745 Network Administration: Unix (3 cr), CIS 1810 Network Administration: Security (3 cr), CIS 1946 CISCO Networking I (3 cr), CIS 1947 CISCO Networking II (3 cr), CIS 2811 Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems Fundamentals (3 cr), CIS 2812 Network Security Fundamentals (3 cr), CIS 2813 Network Forensics and Incident Response (3cr), CIS 2814 Ethical Hacking and Systems Defence (3cr), CIS 2976 Emerging Technologies and Information Systems (1 cr), CIS 2560 Web Server Administration (3 cr) or CIS 2973 Network Administration: Server Virtualization (3 cr).

Custom Concentration (B.A.)

A 24-credit concentration approved by the CIS department chairperson.

CIS Program outcomes

The student completing the CIS major will be able to:

  1. Analyze, design, and construct solutions to simple and complex problems.
  2. Research, evaluate, select and apply technologies and methodologies to meet organizational needs.
  3. Effectively communicate technical ideas with team members and stakeholders through oral presentations, written documents and software documentation.
  4. Articulate and apply personal and organizational values within the context of professional codes of ethics and the Benedictine values.

CIS minor

A minor in CIS requires 20 credits as follows: CIS 1001 CS Principles, CIS 2085 Programming I with Java, CIS 3107 Database Modeling, CIS 3108 Systems Analysis and Design, CIS 3205 Information Systems.