CIS is at the center of a spectrum of computer degrees. Computer Science (CS) focuses on computational theory and communicating with machines. Computer & Software Engineers turn theory into physical components and instructions computers follow. Information Technologists study how computers acquire and manage information. Students in Information Systems and Management Information Systems study how to use computers to support business. In CIS, we study all these areas, how they work together, and how people apply them in responsible ways.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems at the University of the Incarnate Word does not have one focus. We believe you have far more chances to use your degree and be prepared for new and exciting jobs yet to come if you understand how everything connects rather than concentrate on one area of expertise. This is what professional organizations, accrediting agencies, and regional business representatives have told us they want from college graduates.
You will select at least one of five Specializations to study in depth – Web Development, Computer Programming, Emerging Technology, Computer Networks, or Cyber Security. You will also work as an intern at a company and plan and implement a semester-long project useful to a real company. To prepare for this, you first become acquainted with computer technology development, its impact on all of us, and basic practices of scientific inquiry. You gain foundational knowledge and skills in hardware, applications, operating systems, networking, programming, and web development in basic CIS courses. Then you learn about systems in advanced courses – telecommunications, systems analysis and design, management of technology personnel, and security. Most courses involve hands-on activities or labs and individual or team projects. We frequently include community in our courses and you must complete 45 hours of Community Service. See our Visual CIS Plan.
A Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems is a highly desirable technical degree that provides you with knowledge and skills to be a valuable member of any organization. What company does not need someone who is comfortable with computers, knows how to use them to help the organization, knows how to get things done, and works well with others? No wonder CIS graduates, as a rule, find work in a variety of satisfying and promising positions in San Antonio and beyond.
As a CIS@UIW graduate, you will be able to plan, design, construct, and explain the operations of computer systems and networks to both technical and non-technical audiences. You will be able to select, install, configure, program, protect, administer, and apply applications and computer systems to aid organization managers to make informed decisions and support their missions. A quality degree such as CIS@UIW will also give you the knowledge and skills to become a manager and leader within the organization you choose because, in addition to learning about the technical aspects of computer information systems, you will learn soft skills professionals need today, such as teamwork, problem solving, visual modeling, project management, and understanding business processes. This is why you will be prepared to work nearly anywhere and why graduates of CIS@UIW work in all manner of government positions, private businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Oh, and a significant number of CIS@UIW graduates go on to graduate school.