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Earn a Degree that Leads to a Full Spectrum of Career Opportunities

Choose from a variety of concentrations available in business analysis, cyber security, data analytics, health informatics or software development. Or you can create a custom concentration that allows you to use transfer credits and/or credits for prior life experience.

Graduates of the program will be skilled in the following areas:

  • Analysis, design and construction of solutions to simple and complex problems
  • Evaluation, selection and application of methods and software tools to meet organizational needs
  • Communication of ideas through oral presentations, written documents and software documentation
  • Working effectively as a member of a team to complete a project under project management direction
  • Articulation and application of personal and organizational values within the context of professional codes of ethics
  • Researching, learning and applying new technologies and/or methodologies.

Computer Information Systems (CIS) graduates are prepared for a variety of IT-related careers, from app developer, to business analyst, to cybersecurity analyst. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for Software Developers with a bachelor’s degree is $107,000.

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This program gives you the opportunity to study many different areas in computer science, preparing you for a variety of jobs in the technology industry.

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Degree Details

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Curriculum

Program Requirements

Total degree requirements: 128 credits
Major: 62 or 66 credits
Minor: 20 credits

Any applicable transfer credits or credit for prior life experience will shorten this timeline.

Courses

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Coursework

CIS 4109 – Capstone Project

An in-depth systems development lifecycle practicum. Students work in teams to analyze, design, implement and document a complete information system. Most projects come from systems design requests from the local community.

CIS 4555 – Systems Development Internship

A capstone experience integrating knowledge and skills gained through other programming and systems development courses. Involves significant participation in software development projects in a real or simulated business setting. The experience must be equivalent to 150 hours of work experience for each block of 4 credits. Prerequisite: consent of department internship coordinator.

Concentrations

Business Analysis

ACC 2210 – Principles of Financial Accounting

Introduces the preparation and use of financial accounting information. Course includes preparation and analysis of financial statements and related disclosures.

CIS 3205 – Information Systems

Explores the ways computer-based information technologies and systems are used to address specific organizational needs. Students will become familiar with the terms, concepts, and issues in information technology management; become involved in the process of developing and modifying information systems which support crucial problem solving and decision-making in organizations; and conduct data analysis using common techniques.

CIS 3287 – Software Quality Assurance

As our society’s dependence on software grows, so does the importance of software quality. Software failures can have catastrophic effects on companies and people. In this course, students learn the principles of Software Quality Assurance, how to write test plans, and how software quality fits into a project’s development methodology.

CIS 4041 – Web Design

Explore the design principles that characterize successful Web sites and use modern tools for creating Web sites. Design issues will include the differences between print and electronic media, working within the limits of the technology, and how the user’s contexts and goals affect Web design. Web sites will be critiqued from both an aesthetic and functional standpoint and students will be required to design and build fully functional Web sites. No prerequisites; CTA/CIS 2041 recommended.

Health Informatics

CIS 3205 – Information Systems

Explores the ways computer-based information technologies and systems are used to address specific organizational needs. Students will become familiar with the terms, concepts, and issues in information technology management; become involved in the process of developing and modifying information systems which support crucial problem solving and decision-making in organizations; and conduct data analysis using common techniques.

HIM 2101 – Medical Language

Studies terminology common to medicine; utilizing word elements as a basis for building medical terms and analyzing meanings; defining, pronouncing, and spelling commonly used medical terms; conversion of layman’s terms to appropriate medical terminology. In addition, terminology of specific medical allied health specialties (surgery, dentistry, radiology, etc.) and abbreviations are reviewed.

HIM 2110 – Concepts and Principles of Health Information Management

Introduces the field of health information management. Content areas include an overview of the electronic patient record, professional roles within the field, professional organizations and the professional Code of Ethics; the content and structure of manual, computerized and hybrid health record and the standards that govern the development of the record within a health care facility; viewing medical documents and e-forms. Hands-on lab experience will be used by students to develop their confidence and competence with employing this type of clinical information technology in the practice of their profession.

HIM 2111 – HIM Technologies in Practice

Applies technology to HIM practice including electronic health records, clinical information systems, and management information systems in HIM. Hands on experience with electronic systems and technology applications for creating, managing, and storing and retrieving electronic health data will be used by students to develop their confidence and competence with employing this type of clinical information technology in the practice of their profession.

HIM 3132 – Medicolegal Issues

Studies of the U.S. judicial system; hospital, medical staff and other professional liability; health information as evidence; consent for treatment; retention and release of medical information; the health record as a legal document; risk management, prevention and potential; confidentiality of health information; and a patient’s right to know.

HIM 4415 – Health Data Analytics

Provides a foundation for designing databases and analyzing healthcare data to enhance clinical and administrative decision-making. Topics include database management, data analysis, data reporting, SQL, statistics, data mining, and data visualization. Students will have practical experience with software applications used in the healthcare industry.

Mathematics

CIS 3089 – Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis

Studies fundamental concepts of algorithm analysis and the specification and implementation of data structures and data types are introduced. Topics include linked lists, stacks, queues, binary search trees, sorting, searching and graphs. Requires a grade of C or better in CIS 2087.

CIS 4115 – Artificial Intelligence with Robotics

Gives students an in depth understanding of modern artificial intelligence methodologies, techniques, tools and results. Students learn the theoretical and conceptual components of this discipline. Topics covered: history of AI, search techniques, knowledge representation, reasoning, natural languages, machine learning, robotics, neural networks and expert systems. Students implement the above topics by means of computer programs written in laboratory. Interactions between artificial intelligence and other disciplines will be explored.

MTH 2221 – Calculus I

Limits, continuity and fundamental theory of differentiation, symbolic and numerical calculations of derivatives, applications of derivatives; definite integrals and Riemann sums. Prerequisite: Precalculus or ACT Math score of at least 29.

MTH 2222 – Calculus II

Study of numerical integration, applications of definite integrals, improper integrals, sequences and infinite series, basic ideas and methods for solving differential equations. Prerequisite: MTH 2221.

MTH 2401 – Discrete Mathematics I

Elementary graph theory including matrix representation; coding and sorting applications; combinations and permutations; voting and apportionment; introduction to logic; elementary algorithm analysis and design; mathematical induction. Prerequisites: MTH 1111, Java Programming language or instructor’s permission.

MTH 3322 – Linear Algebra

Further study of systems of linear equations, matrices and determinants, vector spaces and subspaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization. Prerequisite: MTH 2222 or instructor’s permission.

MTH 4411 – Probability and Statistics I

A survey course in mathematical probability and statistics. It includes probability distributions and densities, mathematical expectations, functions of random variables, introduction to estimation theory and hypothesis testing and applications. Prerequisite: MTH 2222.

Software Development

CIS 3034 – Client-Side Web Development

Provides an introduction to creating web applications with a rich client-side interface. The course focuses on the use of standards-compliant programming techniques and innovative approaches to user experience design. Gives students practical experience in working with current and emerging web technologies for the client-side of applications. Prerequisite: CIS 2085 or consent of instructor.

CIS 3089 – Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis

Studies fundamental concepts of algorithm analysis and the specification and implementation of data structures and data types are introduced. Topics include linked lists, stacks, queues, binary search trees, sorting, searching and graphs. Requires a grade of C or better in CIS 2087.

CIS 3230 – Game Design and 3-D Modeling

Introduces the diverse tasks required for 3-D game development. An overview of the game design industry and game development processes lead to development projects that use leading development tools. Sophisticated 3-D models are created using modeling software and incorporated into the development projects. Assessment is based on student’s understanding of the methodologies, use of the development tools, and aesthetics of the designs.

CIS 3285 – Software Design

Introduces software engineering and the processes for building software systems. The course examines the software lifecycle and the methods used to manage software projects. Students learn to create software designs from user requirements using UML, convert these design into software, and test and maintain this software. Since software design entails significant interactions between parties, people management and team management methods are explored including analysis of the ethical implications of the software design process.

CIS 3334 – Mobile Device Programming

Develop applications for a variety of resource constrained devices such as cellular phones, pagers and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Students will explore the creation of graphical user interfaces, data storage, network access and game development. Activities include creating applications for mobile devices using both high-level and low-level industry standard interfaces and developing a distributed application over a wireless network.

CIS 4034 – Server-Side Web Development

Provides an introduction to web site administration and the use of a web development IDE for the creation of database driven web applications. The course focuses on server-side programming and database access for web applications; giving students practical experience with current development environments. Pre- or co-requisite: CIS 2087 and CIS 3107 or consent of instructor.

CIS 4115 – Artificial Intelligence with Robotics

Gives students an in depth understanding of modern artificial intelligence methodologies, techniques, tools and results. Students learn the theoretical and conceptual components of this discipline. Topics covered: history of AI, search techniques, knowledge representation, reasoning, natural languages, machine learning, robotics, neural networks and expert systems. Students implement the above topics by means of computer programs written in laboratory. Interactions between artificial intelligence and other disciplines will be explored.

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.

Career Outlook

Computer Information Systems (CIS) graduates are prepared for a variety of computer-related careers which according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics are all expected to grow faster than average from 2019-2029.

  • Software Developers: 22% increase with an average salary of $107,000
  • Cybersecurity Analyst: 31% increase with an average salary of $99,000
  • Systems Analyst: 7% increase with an average salary of $90,000
  • Database Administrator: 10% increase with an average salary of $93,000

St. 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.

Admission Information

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Eligibility

New Student
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for entrance into the college

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

Application Deadlines

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Students applying for the fall semester have two application timelines to choose from – Early Action (Nov. 15) and Regular Decision (Feb. 1). Both options are completely free and deposits are fully refundable until May 1. We will accept applications for fall semester through the end of August.

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