Feb 27, 2024
The goal of the undergraduate IT program is to prepare students to use and support the appropriate use of computer technology to meet diverse needs of business, government, education and other organizations. IT graduates will possess the skills and knowledge to assume appropriate entry-level professional positions, and to grow into leadership positions or pursue graduate study.
Computer Science, Computer Information Systems and Information Technology are demanding programs that require academic preparation, personal discipline and academic progression while demonstrating a high level of technical proficiency. All CIS studentsare subject to a uniform set of academic and proficiency requirements established to ensure that CIS graduates receive aquality education.
Course Prerequisites Policy
It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the prerequisites of a CIS course prior to enrollment in that course. A student may contact his or her advisor or the department chair for additional information concerning course prerequisites and this policy. Failure to fulfill course prerequisites may result in the administrative cancellation of enrollment in the course at any time during the semester with no refund of tuition or fees.
- General Elective (Internship recommended) (2)
Information Technology Core Concentrations
Each concentration is composed of three to four courses. IT majors must take two concentrations, at least one of which must be within the CIS Department. These IT courses equip students from all disciplines. Students must select three courses within the same concentration core. The following concentrations are currently recognized:
Information Assurance and Security (IAS):
Students will learn fundamental topics of Information Assurance and Security.
Data Mining (DM):
Students will learn fundamental concepts and skills of database and data mining.
Mobile Computing (MC):
Students will learn concepts and challenges of mobile computing, handheld, and embedded computing will be introduced.
Web Design (WD):
Students will learn the fundamental topics of designing and implementing web applications on the Internet.
Health Informatics (HI):
Allied Health Sciences concentration for IT students.
Inter-disciplinary concentration (Additional inter-disciplinary concentrations forthcoming)
A major elective must be an upper division CIS Department course that is not required by the degree program and does not have the CGS prefix. Consult with the CIS academic advisor or department chair for additional information concerning major electives.
Internships and Cooperative Education
Internships and cooperative education assignments provide valuable “real world” work experiences. Professional Development courses (CIS 1920 and CIS 4920) help prepare students for thesework experiences. Students gain credit for internships by enrolling in CIS 2942 or CIS 4942 and cooperative education by enrolling in CIS 2949 or CIS 4949.
Work experiences in the field of computing greatly enhance a student’s employment prospects. Therefore, the department encourages internships and cooperative education work experiences for its majors. Major corporations, federal agencies, and state agenciesactively recruit CIS majors for paid summer internships (8-12 weeks), and for semester-long co-ops. Student work experiences, however, must be planned in advance, recognizing that internships or co-ops that occur during the school year may delay completion of the CIS degree.