Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems Major

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Computer Information Systems Major—Bachelor of Science Degree

See also Computer Science and Software Engineering

Keep Companies Connected Through Computer Programming

Most of today’s companies and businesses have a web presence, with programming, networking, and database needs. Because nearly all companies rely on computerized information systems, there is consistent demand for skilled employees to develop and maintain them.

In PCC’s computer information systems major, students prepare for a variety of industry positions by learning to plan, program, and manage computer information systems, networks, databases, and websites. Students receive hands-on experience in a broad range of technologies and programming languages, gaining the logical thinking and disciplined documentation skills necessary to work with computer information systems.

Because the emphasis is on programming, students learn computer languages such as Java, HTML, JavaScript, and SQL, with optional electives providing experience in PHP and other languages. Students also receive database, networking, and computer hardware experience. In the capstone course, Systems Design, students collaborate to develop a small business computer application from the initial design stage to final implementation.

With excellent training and valuable experience, graduates can enter the field or further their studies in graduate programs.

The purpose of the computer information systems major is to prepare students to produce reliable, well-structured, and efficient programs and applications using sound software development techniques. Students are also trained to expand their knowledge on their own to help them continually adapt to an ever-changing technological world.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the computer information systems major will be able to

  • apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
  • analyze problems to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to their solutions;
  • design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to support the delivery, use, and management of information and computing systems;
  • participate effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
  • make ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview;
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • be prepared to pursue advanced study in their chosen field; and
  • use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
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High School Preparation

Recommended high school preparation for a computer information systems major is two units of algebra. Opportunities are available to make up this deficiency. In this case, time required to complete a computer information systems degree could be expected to increase.

Career Possibilities

  • Computer programmer
  • Database administrator
  • Network administrator
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer consultant
  • Computer technician
  • IT support specialist
  • Systems engineer
  • E-business
  • Web developer

PCC’s programming classes taught me the discipline, documentation, and the ‘best practices’ approach required to successfully write code that lasts. I use those skills every working day. Another important element that the program provided is the ability to work against a hard deadline. In my field, my projects are generally bound by a calendar. To effectively accomplish what must be done, I have to manage my time effectively, anticipate challenges, and overcome unexpected roadblocks.

Some of my PCC projects were done in a team setting. This is an accurate reflection of the workplace because I’m as often working in a team as I am working solo. To get a project done when there’s a team dynamic to consider is an interpersonal challenge that the best IT professionals excel at.

Ethan B. ’93
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert #20655;
Global Network Engineer, SkillSoft Corporation
(Nashua, NH)