Computer Information Systems B.S.

Computer Information Systems (CIS) is the intersection of people, technology,and organizations. The CIS major produces leaders who initiate, design, and apply technology in organizations to transform business functions, produce innovative products and services, and help manufacture, sell, service, and promote those products and services. Because every business needs CIS and information technology (IT) experts, our students graduate with multiple job offers, earn high starting salaries, and advance fast in their careers. The CIS major combines computing courses (software, databases, networks, and hardware) from the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department with a minor in Business Information Management from the Darla Moore School of Business. This integration of technical skills with business knowledge uniquely qualifies CIS majors to help organizations leverage technology to solve business problems and gain strategic advantage.

CIS is an integrative field. CIS professionals are the "communication bridge" between business needs and technology. This means that you will have to understand how to figure out how things work, solve problems, find things out, communicate what you found, and learn a lot of new things on a regular basis. It's a dynamic field, and it takes dynamic people to do well in it. People who can think fast, work hard, and balance a lot of things should really think about CIS.

How does CIS differ from Computer Science (CS) and Computer Engineering (CE)?

All computing majors in the CSE Department learn the programming skills necessary to become effective software developers. However, the CIS major is unique in that it:
  • Requires a Business Information Management minor from the Darla Moore School of Business that includes required courses is accounting, economics, management, and management science and additional business electives in entrepreneurship, international business, finance, and marketing.
  • Includes computing courses in cybersecurity, information assurance, networks, and data management.
  • Focuses on practical business mathematics (MATH 122/174) and Statistics (STAT 515/516) rather than the science-focused calculus courses.
  • Requires only two laboratory science courses from the Carolina Core.

What types of courses does a CIS major take?

What kinds of people pursue CIS?

Successful CIS professionals tend to share certain traits. Do these describe you? If so, then our CIS major is for you!
  • Are good problem solvers
  • Like to work with people
  • Can think strategically about technology
  • Like responsibility for developing and then implementing their ideas
  • Can bridge both technology and business
  • Can see both details and the big picture
  • Are excellent communicators
  • Can manage time and resources well

What jobs do CIS graduates get into?

CIS professionals work in a wide variety of industries, including: banking, broadcasting, education, health-care, high tech, insurance, music, media, gaming, government, retail, surveillance – just about every industry depends on CIS. Some common job titles include:
  • Systems/Business Analyst
  • Database Administrator/Manager
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Network Manager
  • Application Developer / Web Developer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Business Intelligence and Data Analyst
  • Social Media Analyst
  • IT consultant
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Systems Architect

Why are CIS jobs among the best jobs?

Computing jobs make up nine (9) of the U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2014 (including the top 2 jobs!). The rankings illustrate that CIS careers offer the right mix of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance, and job security. The CIS-related jobs (with ranking and 2012 median salary) ranked in the U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2014 are:

1. Software Developer ($90,060) 2. Computer Systems Analyst ($79,680) 9. Web Developer ($62,500) 11. Information Security Analyst ($86,170) 12. Database Administrator ($77,080) 24. IT Manager ($120,950) 30. Computer Programmer ($74,280) 52. Computer Systems Administrator ($72,560) 78. Computer Support Specialist ($59,090)

How long will CIS jobs be around?

According to employment projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), employment of computer and information occupations are projected to grow by 18 percent, adding 651,300 new jobs (to the already existing 3.68 million computing jobs) from 2012 to 2022. Over this same period there will be more than 1.24 million job openings in computing occupations due to growth and replacements.

Demand for workers in these occupations will be driven by the continuing need for businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to adopt and utilize the latest technologies. Workers in these occupations will be needed to develop software, increase cybersecurity, and update existing network infrastructure.

Top 5 reasons to major in CIS!

  1. Plentiful and well-paid jobs: Demand for IT workers is high while the supply is low.
  2. Rewarding: Help people solve difficult business problems.
  3. Versatile and mobile: Work anywhere, in any industry.
  4. Creative and innovative: Do cool things! Create new stuff!
  5. Fun: Dynamic, fast, never boring

Curriculum sheets

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Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the Computer Information Systems degree program is to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for successful practice in the field of computer information systems and for post-baccalaureate education. The Program Educational Objectives are that five years after graduation Computer Information Systems graduates will be:.
  • Contributing to economic development and society through the development and management of computer information systems.
  • Advancing in their careers through knowledge of computer information systems, communications skills and understanding of business and contemporary technological issues.
  • Continuing their professional development through professional study and research.

Student Outcomes

The Computer information Systems program has the following student outcomes which are abilities that we measure at the time of graduation or before that will enable our graduates to achieve the program educational objectives. The program must enable students to attain, by the time of graduation:
  • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution 
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs 
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society 
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment. [IS]


The Computer Information Systems Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,