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 people in organizations. Information systems professionals must 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, including an understanding of the role information systems play in organizations. Graduates are able to 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, you can work as a project manager, computer programmer, systems analyst, security specialist or database manager. You’ll study the role of information systems in organizations, including the use of information technology for strategic decision making and competitive advantage, effective and efficient electronic business and electronic commerce strategies. You’ll manage projects and develop applications.

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 301Enterprise Systems3
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

Learning Objectives

Students who major in Computer Information Systems are provided with specific skills, including:

  • Understanding the role of information systems in organizations, including the use of information technology for strategic decision making and competitive advantage, effective and efficient electronic business and electronic commerce strategies, enterprise resource planning to support their business strategy, and supply chain management.
  • Analysis and design of information systems that meet enterprise needs, including both a comprehensive understanding and experience using the system development life cycle and alternative design methodologies.
  • Alternative information technology architectures, including both hardware and software alternatives, that satisfy current and future business needs.
  • A thorough understanding of data management, including the development of databases, the effective use of data warehouses, and data security considerations.
  • The role of networking, data communications and wireless computing in supporting organizational effectiveness, including hands-on experience in developing and configuring network environments.

To achieve these learning goals, the program is built upon a carefully structured sequence of required core courses, a distribution of elective courses within the program, and a required internship. 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.

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 freshmen 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.