Computer Information Science

Undergraduate

B.S. Computer Science

In a world going through dramatic change, the field of computer information science stands at the center of change, designing, creating and maintaining the technology and the systems that are central to the way the world works. Whether it’s e-commerce, information retrieval via the World Wide Web, financial transactions at a local bank, or rockets blasting into space, computer scientists and information specialists are responsible for the hardware and software systems used for these endeavors. And although the changes in the world seem chaotic, there is calm at the center of the turmoil where the computer scientist and information specialist proceed methodically using the tools of industry, logic and mathematics and an evolving engineering discipline to shape this new world being built. At Clarion, we have faculty who have many years of real world experience and many years of teaching and sharing that experience with students. Students develop software for a variety of computing platforms including mainframe and personal computers and the networks linking them together. Software experience includes C#, Java and others. At Clarion, the CIS student gets the full attention of the faculty who are in the classroom and in the labs helping the students learn. There is a dramatic need for people to come join the ranks of the professionals that are quietly changing the world. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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B.S. Information Systems

A B.S. in information systems 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. Information systems 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. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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Minor in Computer Science

A minor in computer science provides students in other fields of study with a solid knowledge of computers and their applications. The minor is designed to assist students in gaining employment and coping with the rapid changes in technology that are affecting and will continue to affect both their personal and professional lives. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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Minor in Data Analytics

The minor in data analytics is designed to provide students with an understanding of the technologies and methodologies necessary for storing and accessing large amounts of structured and unstructured data to solve real problems. It is aimed at students who wish to become data scientists and analysts in finance, marketing and management, but could also be applied to medical or physical science research and other areas that consume large amounts of data. Students will gain the necessary technical and quantitative skills and experience with modern software tools for a career in data analytics. The curriculum emphasizes technical proficiency and practical experience, and provides students with skills in database processing, data warehousing, data mining, and data visualization to meet the challenge of solving Big Data problems. This program is offered at the Clarion campus and online.

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Minor in Information Systems

The minor in information systems provides students in other fields of study with a solid knowledge of computers and their applications. The minor is designed to assist students in gaining employment and coping with the rapid changes in technology that are affecting and will continue to affect both their personal and professional lives. This program is offered at the Clarion campus and online.

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Minor in Web Development

The minor in Web development provides students in other fields of study with a solid knowledge of computers and their applications. The minor is designed to assist students in gaining employment and coping with the rapid changes in technology that are affecting and will continue to affect both their personal and professional lives. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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Graduate

M.S. Applied Data Analytics

This online program is geared toward working professionals or busy adults with domain knowledge in any undergraduate field. Students will take one online course at a time in prerequisite structure to accumulate and apply the necessary skills to solve big data problems. Course lengths will vary from three to 15 weeks and will be sequenced. The program integrates computer and information science, statistics and data-based business management principles to contribute to data-driven business decisions. It is an applied, technology intensive program focused on hands-on learning of the tools and techniques of data analytics. The curriculum emphasizes technical proficiency and applied practical experience and provides students with critical skills in database processing, data warehousing, data mining, predictive analytics and data visualization to solve Big Data problems. Students will have hands-on experience with database systems and analytics tools. With a M.S. degree in Applied Data Analytics from Clarion University, you can play a critical role in deriving insights from large and complex datasets and contribute to intelligent business decisions. This program is offered only online.

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Last Updated 10/9/17