Computer and Information Science

Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science | Minor
Bachelor of Arts – Evening College | Bachelor of Science – Evening College

Overview

The Division of Business, Mathematics and Science is committed to providing computer and information science majors with the coursework and experiences that will enable them to enter a computer-related career in business, industry, or government, or to pursue graduate studies in a computing field.

The B.A. degree in CIS includes courses in computer science and information technology as well as business and provides a strong preparation for students who plan a career in the business environment, such as system analysts, web master, data base administrator, support specialists, or plan graduate studies such as a master in Management Information Systems.

The B.S. degree has stronger components in computer science and its mathematical foundations and is preferred by students who plan a career in programming, software or web development, or plan to pursue graduate studies in a computer science related field.

A strong component of the CIS program is the senior internship where students apply in the real world what they’ve learned in the classroom.  Columbia College students have completed internships (followed by job offers) at notable companies such as Intuit in Silicon Valley, SCANA and TCube (now part of Cap Gemini) in Columbia, SC.

Why major in Computer and Information Science?

Job satisfaction, job opportunities and compensation in the IT professions rank among the highest across all fields.  The CIS programs at Columbia College prepare their graduates to meet the demands for technology skills that today’s industries and businesses require.

Who should consider a Major in Computer and Information Science?

Do you like to solve puzzles and have strong problem solving skills?  Are you creative? Would you like to make the world a better place through technology?  If you answer yes to those questions, a CIS major might just be what you are looking for.

 

B.A. in Computer and Information Science

Major Courses (21 semester hours):

  • CIS 211 Programming I (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 212 Programming II (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 225 Fundamentals of Hardware, software and networking (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 230 Introduction to Web development (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 310 Principles of Information Systems (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 340 System Analysis and Design (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 350 Database Management Systems (3 s.h.)

Elective Courses (9 semester hours) of CIS electives numbers 200 or higher and one 400 level course.

Capstone (3 semester hours):

CIS 470 Internship or CIS 498 Senior project (3 s.h.)

Specified Electives

(These courses may be used to satisfy general education requirements, or requirements for a minor or a second major.)

  • Math 107 Business Calculus (3 s.h.)
  • Math 140 Elementary Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • Math 150 Discrete Mathematics
  • BUS 261 Principle of Accounting I (3 s.h.)

6 s.h. from Business 202, 203, 262, 311*, 350 or Economics 201 or Global Business 205* or 301

* BUS 311 is recommended for Evening Students to satisfy the leadership general education requirement.

**GB 205 is recommended to satisfy the Multiculturalism intensive and the Communication intensive requirements.

 

B.S. in Computer and Information Science

Major Courses (24 sh):

  • CIS 211 Programming I (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 212 Programming II (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 225 Fundamentals of Hardware, software and networking (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 310 Principles of Information Systems (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 313 Software Development (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 314 Data Structures and Algorithms (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 340 System Analysis and Design (3 s.h.)
  • CIS 350 Database Management Systems (3 s.h.)

Elective Courses (9 semester hours) of CIS electives numbers 200 or higher and one 400 level course.

Math 305 Linear Algebra (3 s.h.) or Math 350 Numerical Analysis (3 s.h.) may count toward the CIS electives requirement.

Capstone (3 semester hours)

CIS 470 Internship or CIS 498 Senior project (3 s.h.)

Specified Electives

(These courses may be used to satisfy general education requirements, or requirements for a minor or a second major.)

  • Math 140 Elementary Statistics or Math 343- Probability and Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • Math 150 Discrete Mathematics (3 s.h.)
  • Math 160 Calculus I (3 s.h.)
  • Math 165 Calculus II (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 261 Principle of Accounting I (3 s.h.) 

 

Minors

Every student in today’s economy, regardless of chosen major or profession, must have at a minimum a basic understanding of computer technology to be competitive and maximize her potential. To develop an understanding of the Computer and Information Science field and develop highly in- demands IT skills, students from any major can choose one of two minors:

  • The Minor in Computer and Information Science (not open to CIS majors): 18 sh in CIS
  • The minor in Applied Computing: Two CIS foundational courses (CIS 109 and 230) and 12 s.h. in a chosen track (Business, Science, Writing in the Digital Media, Web Development)

Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science | Minor
Bachelor of Arts – Evening College | Bachelor of Science – Evening College