Four-Year Degree Plan
A Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) is a highly desirable degree, especially when considering the way in which we created this degree at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW).
Let's compare the CIS at UIW with other types of computer degrees. On one end of the spectrum, Computer Science (CS) focuses on the theory of what is happening inside computer components and on how we communicate with the machine via programming languages and human-computer interfaces. Computer Engineers take the physical side of what computer scientists dream up and turn them into reality. Computer programmers create the software side.
Those learning about or practicing on the other end of the spectrum are not so much interested in what goes on inside the computer as they are in how to use these powerful machines to fulfill their mission. Information Technology (IT) focuses on using computer technology to acquire and manage information while Information Systems (IS) or Business / Management Information Systems (BIS/MIS) focuses on how to control and manage processes and information and how to reach people within and outside their organizations.
Computer Information Systems (CIS), particularly at UIW, covers the entire middle of the spectrum from the chip side of computer science to the economics and information side of management information systems.
If you are fascinated about how computers of all sizes and computer networks operate, how they were, are, and may be used, how components are integrated into a system and how they are developed and implemented, and the impact of computers on our world, then this is the degree for you.
The CIS program at UIW was created to provide a broad base of theoretical and experiential knowledge and skills. We do not focus on any one area, although students will be required to select a specialization.
The CIS curriculum is based on guidance from accrediting agencies, professional organizations, and regional businesses to reflect the current and near future knowledge and skills they want to see from graduates. We invited representatives from local organizations to speak with us and we listened. Then, we created this program and continually provide upgrades and updates to include new technologies and implementations reflecting the ubiquitous nature of computing.
|NETWORK SECURITY||COMPUTER PROGRAMMING|
|SPECIALIZE||Intro to CIS||LEARN MORE!|
|Windows OS||Web I|
|EMERGING TECHNOLOGY||WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT|
What organizations do not use computers today? Who is not affected by computer technology? What business or organization does not need someone who is comfortable with computer hardware, software, and networking and who has learned the valuable soft skills of team work, written and oral communications, and project management in a variety of environments, As a general rule, graduates of the CIS program at UIW have no problem obtaining interesting and frequently lucrative jobs with a future in the San Antonio and surrounding area.
CIS program graduates will be able to plan, design, build, and explain the operations
of computer systems and networks to members of a wide range of organizations. They
can install, configure, program, protect, administer, and apply systems and applications
thereby aiding decision making and the fulfillment of an organization's mission plan.
In addition to learning about computer information systems and how they are used,
graduates will have learned the soft skills that organizations require for success
today, such as team work, decision making, visual modeling, project management, non-technical
communications, and understanding business processes.
Contacts:Phil Youngblood Program Coordinator Office: JB 103 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LinkedIn / Facebook / Google+ SL: Vic Michalak
John Champion CIS Faculty Member-Networks & Security Expert Office: JB 107 Email: email@example.com
Linda Brown-Curriculum Development/Systems Analysis
Orenthio Goodwin-Programming/DB Management/Systems Analysis
Richard Ongkiko-Database Admin/Programming/Business IS
Deb Youngblood-Web Development/Management of Technology