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Computer Information Science

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The Computer Information Science (CIS) department provides opportunities for a broad undergraduate education in the many aspects of computer hardware and software. The program offers courses of instruction that develop a thorough understanding of current methods used in the design and implementation of computer based solutions.

Why Computer Information Science?

Do you enjoy working with technology? Do you have a talent for solving problems? If so, Computer Information Science (CIS) could be the right degree choice for you. A degree in CIS can prepare you for graduate school or for entry-level positions such as systems programmer, systems analyst, applications programmer, database administrator, bioinformatics specialist, computer forensics analyst, user support specialist, network administrator or website administrator.

About C.I.S.

High salaries & job placement rates

Missouri Southern CIS graduates boast one of the highest averages in starting salaries when compared to other majors. Job placement rates are also high. Many Missouri Southern CIS graduates hold positions as middle and upper-level managers in various organizations and several have earned graduate degrees.

Fundamental Values:

Pursuant to the department's educational mission, the faculty:

  • Maintains the currency of the curriculum through ongoing research and consultation with industry representatives.
  • Engages in professional development that allows its members to remain current in their fields and to provide technological leadership to the university community.
  • Is committed to the success of its students, both during and after college.

Program Goals:

The Computer Information Science program will produce graduates who:

  • Programming Languages: The student must be able to create object-oriented programs of moderate complexity in a currently prominent application programming language.
  • Infrastructure: The student must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the following: system concepts, operating systems, and networking.
  • Information Management: The student must be able to design and implement a normalized multi-table database that models a given organization’s information requirements.
  • Work Effectively as Team Members: As a team leader, the student must be able to set team goals, allocate work, and evaluate the team performance. As a team member, the student must be able to execute tasks and produce deliverables.
  • Employment Preparation: The student must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment in the IT field.
  • Writing Effectively: The student must be able to express him/herself with clarity, conciseness, and effectiveness.