Computer-related disciplines have developed to include two broad areas of knowledge: Computer science and computer information systems. The programs and courses offered by this department reflect this situation. Concisely stated, computer science deals within a framework of mathematics, algorithms, and technology, whereas computer information systems is more organizational and applications oriented.
The computer science graduate will be more involved with algorithm formulation, software development and hardware design, while the computer information systems graduate will interact with organizational functions in designing and implementing computer applications.
Both computer science and computer information systems graduates typically obtain similar entry-level positions as computer programmers, systems analysts, or related jobs. The difference between computer science and computer information systems become more distinct as graduates progress on the job or as they prepare for graduate study.
Common Core Courses
All of the options in the Computer Science/Information Systems Major contain the following core courses:
The common core allows students to defer the decision as to which option to select.
Courses with the prefix CSIS are offered by the department.
Computer Science and Information Systems courses are also used in the Multimedia Major and as "Areas of Emphasis" within the Business Administration Comprehensive Major, the Organizational Communication Comprehensive Major, and the Telecommunications Management Comprehensive Major.
The department participates in the Masters of Science in Education Degree with a specialization in Instructional Technology which is offered by the College of Education and in the Master of Business Administration degree. (See Graduate Catalog for programs and courses.)