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Current CIS Students

CIS faculty serve as advisors to CIS majors and are assigned according to the student’s last name.

Mr. Curtis Penrod
114E Russell Hall

Student’s Last Name Starts With:

Dr. Jason Powell
314 Russell Hall
Dr. Lily Pharris
226 Russell Hall
Ms. Qwontice McDowell
315A Russell Hall

Dr. Sarah Wright
114F Russell Hall
Mr. Don Rider
120 Russell Hall
Dr. Begona Perez-Mira
211 Russell Hall

For advising during the summer, or if your advisor is unavailable, please contact Mr. Curtis Penrod at

Computer Information Systems Minor (Minor code: MI22)

This is an interdisciplinary minor that strives for computer fluency; it consists of 6 courses (18 hours). It can be completed online. The variety of courses offered is designed to augment any major available at the university.

Minor Requirements (as of Fall 2014)

Initial Course: CIS 1015
Select 1 from CIS 1010 (encouraged), CIS 1030, or CSC 1060
Database Course: CIS 2980
Select 3 courses from: BUAD1800, BUAD4800, CIS 2000, 2020, 2050, 3020, 3100, 3300, 3400, 3980, 4040, 4060, 4220, ART 1010 or ART 2560 (Students may select according to their interests and/or objectives. Be aware that some courses have prerequisites from within this list, eg., CIS 3400 is a prerequisite for CIS 4220.)

Course titles:

BUAD 1800 (Intro to Information Technology)
BUAD 4800 (Microcomputer Applications II), Requires BUAD 1800
CIS 1010 (Introduction to Programming Concepts)
CIS 1015 (Introduction to Computer Information Systems)
CIS 1030 (Introduction to Software Development)
CIS 2000 (Spreadsheet Applications)
CIS 2020 (Introduction to Programming), Requires CIS 1030
CIS 2050 (Essentials of Network Design and Hardware)
CIS 2980 (Database Systems)
CIS 3020 (Web Page Development), Requires CIS 1015
CIS 3100 (Info. Sys. & Tech. in Business), Requires BUAD1800
CIS 3300 (Intermediate Object-Oriented Programming), Requires CIS 1030
CIS 3400 (Telecom. & Networks), Requires CIS 2050
CIS 3980 (Intro. to Information Security), Requires CIS 2050
CIS 4040 (Cyber Forensics), Requires CIS 2050
CIS 4060 (Mobile Applications Development), Requires CIS 3300
CIS 4220 (Network Implementation & Admininstration), Requires CIS 3400
CSC 1060 (Program Design I)
ART 1010 (Design I)
ART 2560 (Graphic Comm. I)

Computer Information Systems Courses
PDF File – Computer Information Systems Courses – Fall 2017

Business Acumen Courses
PDF File – Business Courses

Many of the School of Business classes require certification testing. Other School of Business classes prepare you for certain certifications without requiring you to take them. Regardless of whether they are required, the School of Business wants to make these tests available to you. Please see below for types of certification testing.

1) IC3 Living Online and Microsoft Office Specialist: The School of Business offers these examinations through Certiport. At the Natchitoches campus, several faculty (Ms. Sue Champion, Mr. Eddie Horton, Dr. Julie McDonald, Mr. Curtis Penrod, Ms. Mary Beth Tarver, and Ms. Sarah Wright) are authorized to give the certification exams. If you are taking one of their classes, they will normally schedule a time for you to come. For certification testing at the Leesville/Fort Polk campus, please contact Ms. Catherine Merchant or 337-392-3102. For certification testing at the Alexandria campus, please contact Ms. Peggy Lodridge at or 318-484-2184. If these locations do not work for you, please see

2) CompTIA: Mr. Eddie Horton has now set up a partnership with CompTIA which will allow students to take the certification exams at a discount. Please see the following file for more information: CompTIA Certification Student Exam Registration Instructions. If you have questions about CompTIA certifications, please contact Mr. Horton at or 318-357-5057.

3) CISCO: Mr. Eddie Horton has also set up an agreement for Northwestern State to be a CISCO Academy. If you have questions about the CISCO Academy, please contact Mr. Horton at or 318-357-5057.

To contact the Coordinator of Computer Information Systems, please e-mail, call 318-357-5033, or visit Russell Hall 114E.


Sponsor:  Dr. Begona Perez-Mira

Phone:  318-357-6650


The Association of Information Professionals (AITP) is a worldwide society of professionals in information technology.  The NSU AITP chapter is open to all students interested in information technology and CIS.

Vision: AITP is the leading worldwide society of information technology business professionals and the community of knowledge for the current and next generation of leaders. Adopted December 2008.

Mission: AITP’s mission is to provide its members with the opportunities and resources necessary to develop and advance their IT careers. Adopted April 2014.

Core Values


We value professionalism and uphold the AITP Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct.


We build an inclusive environment through mentoring, delivering on commitments, working together with trust, and enjoying the camaraderie of each other.


We learn, share insights, and encourage our members to make a difference today and for the future.


We keep current in technology, business, and academia. We contribute to the Association, IT profession, and society utilizing leadership, appropriate solutions, and sound processes.

Guiding Principles

“Character, I learned, is far more important than technical knowledge. You want people who fit in with the culture of the company.” -Margot Fraser, founder, Birkenstock

Our Guiding Principles reflect AITP’s beliefs about your role as a member and the impact we want AITP to have in the IT profession.

– We aspire to be better leaders, better people.
– We excel through honesty.
– We treat others with respect.
– We demand ethical behavior of ourselves.
– We encourage out of the box thinking.
– We lead with confidence and inspire team members to achieve success.
– We don’t let fear of change paralyze us in reaching our goals.
– We are fiscally responsible.
– We take ownership in everything we do.
– We have fun.

CIS Course Rotation

CIS courses are offered according to a set rotation, i.e., some courses are only offered in the Fall semester, some only in the Spring semester, and some are offered both semesters.  Click the link below to see a document showing the current rotation schedule.  Students need to plan their semesters carefully to be sure that the proper prerequisite courses are taken in the correct semesters.

Click here for Degree Checkout Plans – Rotations – Advising Aids