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 a program that is continually upgraded and updated to include new technologies and implementations, reflecting the ubiquitous nature of computing today.
The CIS program at UIW provides a broad base of theoretical and experiential knowledge and skills. We do not focus on any one area, although students are required to select a specialization.
CIS courses are integrated so that the knowledge and skills gained in one are built upon in the next course. For example, in CIS 2328 students assemble a computer, then learn to install and administer operating systems on it in CIS 2340 and CIS 2350, and so forth.
Almost all courses include individual and group projects and may include community applications to connect students to their world.
The following courses are required for all CIS students:
Completion of at least one specialization is required. CIS specializations consist of 3 unique courses, plus 2 optional courses, and CIS 4390 Capstone in CIS, the culminating course for all CIS specializations.
The CIS Minor consists of 15 credit hours of CIS courses, 6 hours of which must be in upper level (3000+) courses.