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CATALOG • 2010-2011

Computer Information Systems – Major/Minor/Certificate

For information, contact Norman Lippincott.

The computer information systems curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the theoretical and practical foundations to pursue a rewarding career in computing and information systems with a basis for continued career growth and/or graduate study in computer science, information systems or information technology.  The program strives to develop in students a theoretical understanding of computer science as well as expertise in applying software engineering, system and network skills, and analysis and design techniques to use computer resources for the betterment of humanity.
 
Program Objectives:
To help students to acquire those communication skills vital to success in the computer and information systems field
• To explore the synergy of hardware and software components, examining how they work together to serve the needs of individuals and organizations
• To involve the student in the analysis and synthesis required to develop algorithms and evolve them into computer solutions
• To develop problem-solving skills, investigate the broad range of complex real-world problems which can be resolved using the computer, and create programs to implement these solutions
• To enhance the student’s knowledge of the areas of specialization within the computer and information systems discipline and enable the student to determine her place in the field
• To provide the student with the skills necessary to pursue the future self-directed learning which is essential to maintaining currency in this rapidly changing field and a theoretical framework in which he/she can easily assimilate new computer technologies
• To guide the student in the examination of the professional and ethical issues which confront the computer and information systems field and in the development of a foundation from which to make good decisions
• To help the student to develop an understanding of the social, business, technical, and human context in which her CIS contributions will be utilized

Program Requirements for the
Computer Information Systems Major

A student must achieve a grade of C or better in all computer information systems courses and cognate courses to be qualified for the degree in Computer Information Systems.  At least 21 credits of CIS courses must be taken at Cedar Crest.

Course Requirements for the Computer Information Systems Major (42 credits)

BUA 110 Principles of Management 3 credits
CIS 117 Foundations of Computing and Information Systems 3 credits
CIS 135 Introduction to Computer Programming   3 credits
CIS 136 Advanced Computer Programming    3 credits
CIS 220 User Interface Programming 3 credits
CIS 243 Computer and Communications Networks 3 credits
CIS 302 Relational Database Systems 3 credits
CIS 328 System Software and Hardware 3 credits
CIS 351 Systems Analysis and Design (capstone) 3 credits
MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits

Plus choose 4 courses from the following:  
ACC 101 Financial Accounting 3 credits
CIS 215 Advanced Business Computing 3 credits
CIS 224 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science 3 credits
CIS 255 Programming the World Wide Web 3 credits
CIS 260 Special Topics 1-3 credits
CIS 319 Decision Support Technology 3 credits
CIS 340 Algorithms and Applications 3 credits
MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
BUA 300 Writing for Management 3 credits

Requirements for optional concentration in Computer Science:

CIS 224 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science 3 credits
CIS 255 Programming the World Wide Web 3 credits
CIS 260 Special Topics 1-3 credits
CIS 340 Algorithms and Applications 3 credits
MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits


Requirements for optional concentration in Information Systems:

ACC 101 Financial Accounting 3 credits
BUA 300 Writing for Management 3 credits
CIS 215 Advanced Business Computing 3 credits
CIS 260 Special Topics 1-3 credits
CIS 319 Decision Support Technology 3 credits


Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirements fulfilled within the Major

Students must fulfill the Oral Presentation requirement with the satisfactory completion (C or better) of CST 110 or THS 105.

Students fulfill the Information Literacy requirement through satisfactory completion  of CIS 351.

Students fulfill the Technology requirement through the satisfactory completion of CIS 117, CIS 135 and CIS 136.

Program Requirements for the Computer Information Systems Minor (18 credits)

CIS 117 Foundations of Computing and Information Systems and any five additional courses above CIS 117 (not including CIS 190).

Program Requirements for the Computer Information Systems Certificate (18 credits)

Any six courses at or above CIS 117 (not including CIS 190).
Last Updated: 7/8/10