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B.A./B.S. Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Fast Facts: Computer Information Systems (CIS) Major and Minor

  • Students learn about current and emerging computer technologies and how to apply these system technologies to solve organizational problems

  • Core curriculum includes courses in programming languages, computer architectures and database modeling

  • Systems development courses cover the analysis, design and development of new computer systems utilizing state-of-the-art software and methodologies used in the computer industry

  • Courses are constantly updated to keep pace with changes in the industry

  • Professors have extensive professional experience encompassing education, science and technology

  • Latest technologies include web development, mobile device programming and robotics

  • High percentage of female and international students bring diverse perspectives to the program

  • Students work with faculty on joint research projects in preparation for future graduate research

  • St. Scholastica was named on the list of Top 200 schools for Native Americans pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by Winds of Change magazine

  • Program offers a series of “concentrations” to choose from or allows students to create a custom concentration to match their interests. Areas of concentration include:

    • Business Analysis: Prepares students to identify business needs and determine technical solutions to meet these needs

    • Health Informatics: Prepares students to link information, technology, communications and healthcare to improve the quality and safety of patient care

    • Mathematics: Designed for students who plan to pursue graduate study or work in scientific or other career fields using complex programming applications. Computational theory, programming, and calculus-based mathematics are emphasized

    • Software Development: Prepares students to apply the principles of computer science and engineering to the design, development, testing, maintenance and evaluation of software systems. It will help make students productive members of teams in a variety of software engineering applications.

    • Custom Concentration: Pair the CIS discipline with a specialty outside the department. An example includes pairing CIS with psychology for a custom concentration that focuses on how people interact with technology.

Program Requirements

Major: 62 or 66 credits 
Minor: 20 credits

Internships

Students complete real-world projects for actual clients as part of this program. In addition, all Computer Information Systems (CIS) majors are required to complete an internship. The department has developed partnerships with many innovative companies in the Duluth and Twin Cities areas. St. Scholastica students have developed a reputation for high-quality performance in many area businesses.

Careers

The demand for computer professionals continues to expand. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job opportunities in computer-related fields to be better than any other field for at least the next decade. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, graduates with a computer science major earned the highest starting salaries in 2013. Scholastica graduates find work as software developers, database specialists and system analysts. An increasing number of graduates are working for computer consulting firms, while others are managing information systems of large and small organizations.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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  • "I chose computer information systems because I knew the skills that I would get from this major would be transferrable everywhere. No matter which language the country speaks, no matter what laws it has, the skills I gained here would always be applicable."

    – Elena Samota, ‘13