Why Study Computer Information Systems?
- Computer information systems can dramatically change the way students perform certain tasks and even how people interact with others. As a CIS major, students will be able to understand essential elements and theoretical foundations of computers, networks, the Web, the Internet, and databases.
- CIS majors will obtain a strong foundation in programming languages, data structures, distributed data processing, multimedia database systems, database management, networks, and data communications, and information systems organization. These skills will prepare students for career opportunities that include software architect, software application developer, data and network security expert, information systems specialist, Web services architect, network administrator, multimedia designer, or systems developer and architect.
- Students will develop the necessary skills to make a lifelong learning journey and remain up-to-date on upcoming technologies, such as new programming languages, software development tools, software systems, database systems, multimedia systems, and commonplace computing platforms.
The rapidly expanding fields of information systems and computer science provide many opportunities for individuals with a degree in CIS/CS. Graduates can look forward to challenging careers in the following areas:
- Computer Scientists: generally design computers, conduct research to improve design or use, and develop and adapt principles for applying computers to new uses.
- Database Administrators: work with database management systems software in testing, coordinating changes to, and implementing computer databases.
- Computer Support Specialists: provide assistance and advice to users, interpret problems, and provide technical support for hardware, software, and systems.
- Network/Systems Administrators: install, configure, and support an organization's systems.
- Telecommunications Specialists: assist with the interfacing of computer and communication equipment.
- Computer Security Specialists: plan, coordinate, and implement an organization's information security measures.
- Computer Engineers: work with the hardware and software aspects of system design and development.
- Software Engineers: design and develop both packaged and system software.
- System Analysts: oversee the development process for new software and hardware, plan the design and structure of the new program, and create step-by-step instructions for it.
- Computer Programmers: write computer code with detailed program instructions that tell the computer what to do to perform a certain function.
CIS online courses have learning outcomes identical to those of classroom-based courses. To make CIS online classes as efficient, personal, relevant, and successful as those in the campus-based program, the online program utilizes electronic tools such as email, the World Wide Web, interactive multimedia tools, electronic discussion boards, and chat rooms. The CIS program was one of NSU's online degree programs selected for U.S. military personnel through a competitive process. The CIS program participates in several federal and military programs including the DANTES Distance Learning Program and the U.S. Army's eArmyU online initiative. The CIS program is also part of Southern Regional Electronic Campus (SREC).