The Computer Information Science Department has two majors: Computer Science (CS) and Information Systems (IS).
Both majors deal with the manipulation of information by programmable computers. Living in the Information Age, information has become a key component of our current economy. Both the staggering growth in the volume of information and the speed at which that information must be manipulated necessitate the use of programmable computers.
The following is a brief description of each of our two majors.
Computer Science (CS): (see course information here)
C.S. might best be described as preparing the students to become experts in solving problems through the creation of computer software. Often the software is part of a large system.
Though the demand is high for talented software developers, the supply is low, mainly because building software is difficult. The successful CS student is bright, persistent, meticulous and disciplined.
Information Systems (IS): (see course information here)
I.S. might best be described as preparing the student to become experts in the use of the computer as a key component used in complex systems that solve problems in the business world.
Courses include Programming, Applications of Microcomputers, Data Communications, Systems Analysis, Networking and Database Systems. The primary programming languages are C# and Java.
I.S. is a business-oriented computing curriculum. Students study the use and programming of computers in a business environment so some of the required courses will be taken in the business school including Accounting, Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics.
There is a great deal of overlap in the jobs that students from our two majors take with the common thread that both majors prepare the student for a challenging and rewarding career.