Computer Information Systems B.S.

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The B.S. in Computer Information Systems focuses on using technology as a tool to manage information in a business context. The program includes a core of courses focusing on business programming, systems analysis and design, operating systems concepts, database management systems, networks and data communications, and project management. Students choose a concentration area of information systems courses.

Graduates go on to work in aerospace, banking, computer systems design, financial, government, and insurance. Jobs include computer programmer, investment banker, network administrator, software designer, and systems analyst.


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

Contact Information

Peter Wu
Department Head
412-397-6458 phone
Wheatley Center 320

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • INFS1020 Fund of Information Technology
  • CSEN1010 Reading and Writing Strategies
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • FYSP1000 
  • Math (if did not test out of Math1010,1020, or 1050) or HUMA1010 Humanities: Art and Music

Freshman Year, Spring

Sophomore Year, Fall

Sophomore Year, Spring

Junior Year, Fall

  • INFS3235 Computer and Network Security
  • INFS3221 Advanced Systems Analysis
  • INFS3000-4000 Elective
  • MARK2000 Principles of Marketing
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology

Junior Year, Spring

  • INFS4240 Database  Mgmt System
  • INFS3000-4000 Elective
  • INFS3450 Quant Analysis for I/S
  • BLAW1050 Legal Environment of Business
  • SCI Elective

Senior Year, Fall

  • INFS4170 Glob, Econ, Soc., Eth Iss I/S
  • INFS3000-4000 Elective
  • Open Elective 1
  • Open Elective 2
  • Open Elective 3

Senior Year, Spring

  • INFS4810 Project Management
  • INFS3000-4000 Elective
  • Open Elective 4
  • Open Elective 5
  • Open Elective 6
  • INFS4860 Program Outcomes Assessment
Additional Program Details

Program Educational Objectives

Five years after graduation, the graduates should:

  • Contributing to the work force in their specialty such as but not limited to software development, networking data base administration or systems analysis
  • 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 development, maintenance and management of computer-based information systems for business, government, and other organizations

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, the graduate should have:

  • An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based information system, process, component, or program to meet desired business or organizational specifications
  • An ability to apply knowledge of information systems, programming and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • An ability to demonstrate sufficient background knowledge in Operating Systems, Networking, Data Communication, Database Technology, Information Systems Planning, and Project Management
  • An ability to analyze an information systems problem, define performance specifications to solve the problem and identify feasible solutions while recognizing the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
  • An ability to function effectively on teams and to be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for information systems practices by recognizing the need for, and the ability to engage in, continuing professional development
  • An ability to understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities

Enrollment and Graduation Data

  • 2020: 106 enrolled, 29 graduates
  • 2019: 111 enrolled, 19 graduates
  • 2018: 131 enrolled, 20 graduates
  • 2017: 127 enrolled, 33 graduates
  • 2016: 126 enrolled, 21 graduates
  • 2015: 128 enrolled, 39 graduates
  • 2014: 164 enrolled, 49 graduates
  • 2013: 190 enrolled, 38 graduates
  • 2012: 190 enrolled, 37 graduates
  • 2011: 197 enrolled, 43 graduates
  • 2010: 208 enrolled, 29 graduates

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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