Computer Information Systems B.S.

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Develop the technical skills and business acumen to manage various needs of information systems.

Computer information systems analyze an organization’s computer needs, finding ways to gather, set up, and transmit information efficiently and safely in the organization’s computer networks. The B.S. in Computer Information Systems focuses on using technology to manage information in a business context.

The program’s core courses focus on business programming, systems analysis and design, operating systems concepts, database management systems, networks and data communications, and project management. Additionally, students take at least five courses in business fields such as accounting, finance, marketing, or management.

  • Interdisciplinary Program: This innovative degree program equips students with skills needed to manage today’s information systems from networking, cloud computing and business skills to data management.
  • Hands-on Experience: Students learn in practice how to master techniques to design data communication networks, store and organize data, protect networks, and manage computer information systems.
  • Scholar and Practitioner Faculty: Students study with professors who are practicing professionals and recognized for their information systems expertise in the industry. Our faculty have strong professional and research backgrounds, and share their expertise in diverse professional settings. 
  • High Job Placement Rate: Graduates of the Computer Information Systems B.A. program have a 92% job or graduate school placement within a year of graduation. Graduates of this program work for both public and private sector organizations.

Demand for Computer Information Systems Professionals 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 11 percent growth in U.S. employment for computer information systems specialists from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average job growth in the United States.

Degree Requirements and Courses

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The B.S. in Computer Information Systems degree consists of 123 credit hours of coursework:

Program Requirements – 9 Credits Required 

Minimum grade of “C” must be earned for each course

  • INFS3450 - Quantitative Analysis for Information Systems Professionals; or STAT3120 - Statistics II
  • INFS4170 - Glob, Econ, Soc, Eth Iss Comp 
  • MATH2040 - Finite Math and Applied Calculus 

Major – 30 Credits required

Minimum grade of “C” must be earned for each course

  • INFS2120 - Visual Basic Programming - 3 ; or
    • INFS2130 – Cobol Programming; or
    • INFS2140 - M Programming; or
    • INFS2151 - Java Programming; or
    • INFS2160 - Visual C# Programming; or 
    • INFS2184 - C++ Programming; or
    • INFS2150 - Intro to Web Development - 3; or
    • INFS3211 - Microcomputing Technology (A+); or
    • INFS3212 - Enterprise Operating Systems
  • INFS3121 - Visual Basic Programming II - 3 ; or 
    • INFS3130 - Advanced Cobol Programming; or
    • INFS3141 - Adv M & Cache´ Obj Script Prog; or
    • INFS3152 - Adv Java: Application Program; or
    • INFS3185 - Advanced C++ Programming; or
    • INFS4150 - Web Applic Devel Using Asp.Net
  • INFS3210 - Operating Systems Concepts - 3
  • INFS3220 - Systems Analysis and Design - 3 
  • INFS3221 - Advanced Sys Analysis/Design - 3
  • INFS3230 - Networks/Data/Computer Comm - 3
  • INFS3235 - Computer & Network Security - 3
  • INFS4240 - Database Management System - 3
  • INFS4810 - Project Management - 3
  • INFS4860 - Program Outcomes Assessment - 0

General Concentration – 12 Credits Required 

3000/4000-level INFS courses in consultation with the student’s academic advisor; Minimum grade of “C” must be earned for each course

  • INFS____ 3000/4000-level Computer Information Systems Elective - 3
  • INFS____ 3000/4000-level Computer Information Systems Elective - 3
  • INFS____ 3000/4000-level Computer Information Systems Elective - 3
  • INFS____ 3000/4000-level Computer Information Systems Elective - 3

Business Area of Interest – 15 Credits Required

Minimum grade of “C” must be earned for each course

  • ACCT2030 - Intro to Financial Accounting - 3
  • MGMT2000 - Management Theory and Practice  - 3
  • ACCT2060 - Managerial Accounting
  • BLAW1050 - Legal Environ Of Business I - 3; or FINA3000 - Principles of Finance - 3
  • FINA3000 - Principles of Finance - 3; or MARK2000 - Principles of Marketing - 3

Open Electives – 18 Credits Minimum

RMU Core Courses – 39 Credits Required

  • CSEN1010 - Reading and Writing Strategies; or CSCM2050 Reading & Writing Strategies (Honors section: CSHR2050) - 3
  • CSEN1020 Argument & Research (Honors section: CSHR1020) - 3
  • CSCM1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion (Honors section: CSHR1030) - 3
  • CSCM2040 Professional Communication in Workplace (Honors section: CSHR2040) - 3
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics (Honors section: 1015) - 3
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art and Music (Honors section: 1015) - 3
  • INFS1020 Fundamentals of Information Technology (Honors section: 1025) - 3 Minimum grade of “C” required
  • STAT2110 – Statistics - 3
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology - (Honors section: 1025) – 3
  • SOCI1010; Principles of Sociology: or SOCI1020 - Contemporary Amer Social Problems (Honors section: 1025) – 3
  • HIST History Elective Choose from: HIST1100 (Honors section: HIST1105), HIST1200; 
  • HIST1500; HIST1600; HIST1700; or HIST1800; or Political Science Elective POLS1020 - American National Government (Honors section: POLS1025) – 3
  • ENGL Literature Elective; Choose from ENGL1040; ENGL1050; ENGL1060; ENGL2030; ENGL2040; ENGL2055 (Honors section HNRS2065); or ENGL2080 - 3
  • Natural Science Elective Choose from BIOL1040, BIOL1050, BIOL1060, BIOL1250, BIOL1320, CHEM1220, ENVS1140, ENVS1160, ENVS1170, GEOL1090 (HNRS: GEOL1095), GEOL1100, GEOL1130, PHYS1060, or SCIE1020 - 3
Career Preparation

Graduates of the RMU Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree program find viable employment in a variety of industries including aerospace, banking, computer systems design, finance, government, and insurance. Graduates can secure jobs such as a computer programmer, investment banker, network administrator, software designer, and systems analyst. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 11 percent growth in U.S. employment for computer and information systems/technology experts from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average job growth in the United States. CIS job demands will be in the areas of cloud computing, and big data management among others. 

Source:, visited June 28, 2021.

ABET Accreditation Information

The B.S. in Computer Information Systems program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Program Educational Objectives

Five years after graduation, the graduates should:

  • Contributing to the workforce in their specialty such as but not limited to computer forensics, mobile security, network security, software security, database security, or information security.
  • Advancing their careers via continuous learning and professional development through the attainment of professional certification, professional study and research or graduate education.
  • Assuming positions of leadership within their organization.
  • Contributing to economic development and society through the prevention and detection of cyber threats in the computer-based information systems for business, government, and other organizations.

Program Learning Outcomes 

At the time of graduation, Computer Information Systems graduates should be able to:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • Support the delivery, use, and management of information systems within an information systems environment.

Program Enrollment and Graduation Data

  • 2020: 106 enrolled, 29 graduates
  • 2019: 111 enrolled, 19 graduates
  • 2018: 131 enrolled, 29 graduates
  • 2017: 123 enrolled, 34 graduates
  • 2016: 126 enrolled, 21 graduates
Admissions Information
Scholarships, Professional Opportunities & Student Organizations

Scholarships, internships and professional opportunities are available throughout the program.

Our Graduates Work at

Our graduates have successful career in positions at companies such as:

  • Argo AI
  • BNY Mellon
  • Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (CMU SEI)
  • Dollar Bank
  • Highmark
  • Huntington Bank
  • IBM
  • PNC Bank
  • SAP Ariba
  • Schneider Downs
Meet the Faculty

The School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty is a team of dedicated teacher-scholars, award-winning artists, practitioners, and academics who are committed to your long-term success.

Meet the Faculty

Contact Us

WuPeter Wu, Ph.D.
Department Head, Computer and Information Systems
Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Phone: 412-397-6458 

CellanteDonna Cellante, Ed.D
Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Department of Computer and Information Systems
Phone: 412-397-6021

BromallNatalya Bromall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Department of Computer and Information Systems
Phone: 412-397-6435

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Data Mining Applications
Microcomputing Technology
Systems Analysis & Design
Major Credits
Information Science, Business Law, Finance
Core Credits
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits

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