Computer Science / Computer Information Systems

Computer Science/Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems at St. Scholastica is an innovative alternative to the computer science programs offered at many colleges and universities. Students in the program learn current and emerging computer technologies and the means to apply these system technologies in solving organizational problems. In addition to the core computer concepts, students select a specific application concentration in business management, healthcare, Web development, math, or software engineering. Students also may seek departmental approval for a custom-designed concentration.

Graduates find work in a variety of large and small organizations as Web developers, software engineers, application programmers, database specialists, and business/system analysts. Some graduates are working for computer consulting firms or working as entrepreneurs, while others are managing the information systems of large and small organizations.

Department Chair: Brandon Olson, Ph.D.,PMP

Computer Science/Computer Information Systems B.A. or B.S. major:

CIS majors must complete the following required courses and at least one of the concentrations below. The concentration choice determines whether the student receives a B.A. or B.S. degree.

Required courses: CIS 1004, CIS 1007, CIS 2011, CIS 2085, CIS 2087, CIS 3105 or CIS 3089, CIS 3107, CIS 3108, CIS 4109, CIS 4555, and 10 additional CIS elective credits in courses numbered 3000 or higher; one of the following analytical courses: MTH 2211 Short Calculus, MTH 2221 Calculus I, MTH 2401 Discrete Mathematics I, PHL 1105 Logic, PSY 3331 Statistics.

Concentrations for CS/CIS major:

Economics Concentration (B.A.)

ECN 2230 Microeconomics, ECN 2280  Macroeconomics, 12 credits of upper-level ECN courses including either ECN 3330 Managerial Economics or ECN 3380 Money and Banking.

Healthcare Concentration (B.S.)

HIM 2112 Fundamentals of HIM, HIM 3132 Medicolegal Issues, HIM 4231 Clinical Quality Management (2 cr.), HSC 2203 U.S. Health Care Systems, HSC 2209 Medical Terminology (2 cr.), HSC/TRS 3311 Religious Perspectives on Health Care Ethics.

Management Concentration (B.A.)

Four of the following courses plus four additional upper level credits in MGT/ACC/ECN. ACC 2210: Financial Accounting I, ACC 2220: Managerial Accounting, MGT 2120: Prin. of Management, MKT 2320: Intro. to Marketing, MGT 3130: Quantitative Methods, MGT 3240: Human Resources, MKT 3320: Mkt. on the Internet, MKT 3340: Market Promotions, ECN 2230:  Microeconomics, ECN 2280: Macroeconomics.

Mathematics Concentration (B.S.)

MTH 2221 Calculus I, MTH 2222 Calculus II, MTH 3322 Linear Algebra, MTH 4411 Probability and Statistics I or PSY 3331 Statistics, and 4 additional credits of upper-level MTH coursework. Courses in this concentration do not count toward the analytical requirement for the CS/CIS major. CIS 3089 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis is recommended for this concentration over CIS 3105 MIS.

Software Engineering Concentration (B.S.)

CIS 3044/45 Visual Basic Programming or CIS 3048/49 C# .Net Programming, CIS 3285 Software Design, CIS 3287: Software Quality, CIS 4032: Telecommunications and Networking (2 cr.), CIS 4034: Server-Side Web Development, CIS 4042: Computer Security (2 cr.). CIS courses in this concentration do not count toward the required 10 CIS elective credits for the major. CIS 3089 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis is recommended for this concentration over CIS 3105 MIS.

Web Development Concentration (B.A.)

ART/CIS/CTA 2041 Computer Visual Design, CIS 3034 Client-Side Web Development (2 cr.), CIS 4034 Server-Side Web Development, MGT 3140 E-Commerce or MKT 3320 Marketing on the Internet, CIS/CTA 4041 Web Design. One of the following two-credit courses: CIS 3044 Visual Basic Programming, CIS 3046 C# .NET  Programming, CIS 4032 Telecommunications and Networking, CIS 4042 Computer Security. CIS courses in this concentration do not count toward the required 10 CIS elective credits for the major.

Custom-designed concentration

A 20-credit concentration in other departments approved by the CIS department chairman.

CS/CIS Program outcomes

The student completing the CS/CIS major will be able to:

  1. Analyze, design, and construct solutions to simple and complex problems.
  2. Evaluate, select and apply methods and software tools to meet organizational needs.
  3. Communicate ideas through oral presentations, written documents, and software documentation.
  4. Effectively work as a member of a team to complete a project under project management direction.
  5. Articulate and apply her/his own personal and organizational values within the context of professional codes of ethics.
  6. Research and demonstrate an ability to learn and apply new technologies and/or methodologies.

CIS minor

A minor in CS/CIS requires 20 credits: Four credits from CIS 1004, CIS 1007, CIS 1008, and CIS 2105; CIS 2085, CIS 3107, and 8 additional credits of CIS courses numbered 2000 or above.