Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

Program Contact: Wendy Ceccucci  203-582-8269

Computer-based information systems have become a critical component to both the development of products and services as well as the management of organizations. Information systems are vital to problem identification, analysis and decision making at all levels of management. The major in computer information systems focuses on the development of computer systems that improve the performance of organizations. Information systems professionals analyze the evolving role of information and organizational processes. Their work includes the design, creation, implementation and maintenance of the information systems that form the backbone of today’s global economy.

Students who major in computer information systems are in high demand. They acquire advanced skills along with an understanding of the role information systems play in organizations. Graduates analyze and design information systems that meet their company's needs, use data management tools to develop databases, and effectively manage communications and security. With this degree, students work as a project manager, computer programmer, systems analyst, security specialist or database manager.

BS in Computer Information Systems Curriculum

As with all programs within the School of Business, students must meet the requirements of the University Curriculum, the School of Business Core Curriculum, and the specific requirements of the major for a total of 122 credits:

Business Core Curriculum
Complete the Business Core Curriculum43
University Curriculum
Complete the University Curriculum for School of Business34
Computer Information Systems Core
CIS 125Systems Analysis and Design3
CIS 245Object-Oriented Programming3
CIS 350Data Analysis with Excel (AC 350)3
CIS 351Database Programming and Design3
CIS 440IT Project Management3
CIS 484Information Systems Internship3
CIS 490Computer Information Systems Capstone3
CIS electives
Select 9 credits9
Open electives
Select 15 credits15
Total Credits122

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will achieve the following competencies:

  1. Business knowledge: Students apply basic business theories and concepts to understand and solve business problems.
  2. Business analytics: Students effectively gather, assess and utilize data to understand, improve and communicate business decisions using Excel and other analytical tools
  3. Communication: Students communicate business ideas effectively through written communications, oral communications and presentations, and digital media.
  4. Critical thinking: Students utilize information and research findings to analyze problems and determine appropriate solutions.
  5. Business ethics: Students apply ethical frameworks to evaluate situations and determine appropriate solutions.
  6. Cultural adaptability: Students recognize and apply knowledge of diversity within and across individual and groups.
  7. Professionalism:  Students exhibit professional behavior, including a strong work ethic in their classes, in their interactions with faculty, staff and colleagues, and in their team assignments.

Admission Requirements: School of Business

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Business programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.

Seamless Transfer Agreement with Gateway Community College (GCC), Housatonic Community College (HCC) and Norwalk Community College (NCC)

Under this Transfer Agreement, GCC, HCC and NCC graduates will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor’s degree program with third year (junior) status at Quinnipiac University on the condition that they: 

  • Graduate with an associate in arts, an associate in science in business, College of Technology engineering science, nursing or an allied health degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (this may be higher in specific programs). 
  • Satisfy all other Quinnipiac University transfer admission requirements and requirements for intended major.

Suggested Transfer Curriculum for BS in Computer Information Systems

A minimum of 60 credits is required for transfer into the BS in Computer Information Systems program. Below is a sample plan of study for the first two years prior to matriculation at Quinnipiac University.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
English I 3
Introduction to Business 3
Microeconomics 3
Business Statistics 3
History Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
English II 3
Macroeconomics 3
Financial Accounting 3
Information Systems 3
Marketing 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall Semester
Managerial Accounting 3
Finance 3
International Business 3
Management 3
Art Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
Operations Management 3
Business Law 3
Science Elective with Lab 4
Social Science Elective 3
Additional Elective (Business or other) 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits61