Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems (CIS)



What is Computer Information Systems (CIS)

The Computer Information Systems program at UIW offers Bachelor of Science degrees in both Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Cyber Security Systems (CSEC), providing students with the theoretical and experiential knowledge and skills required for a diversity of in-demand and challenging career opportunities across the spectrum of these technical fields. The CIS and CSEC majors share foundation and advanced courses in computer hardware, networks, telecommunications, operating systems, programming, website development, database systems, systems analysis, and management of technology and IT personnel. Students choosing to major in CIS further specialize in one of five areas: emerging technologies, programming, networking, website development, or cyber security. Students choosing the CSEC major study digital forensics, intrusion detection and response, cryptography, legal issues in cyber security, information assurance, and risk management. All students in this program are also required to conduct internships in the field and demonstrate expertise in a capstone/practicum project.


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.

What Will I Study in CIS@UIW?

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

What Will I Be Able To Do With This Degree?

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.