CIS Degree Programs 2020-01-13T09:49:10+00:00

CIS Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

Curriculum Effective Fall 2019:

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements: : (80 semester hours) Students seeking a major in Computer Information Systems must complete 80 semester hours, within the 120 semester hour Computer Information Systems curriculum consisting of a CIS core, composed of: CIS 1015, 1030, 2980, 3020, 3900, and 4600 and one of the four available 24 hour concentrations described below. Additionally, the following CIS support courses are required: ACCT 2000 and 2010; BUAD 1800,2120, 2200, 3270, 3280, 4900; CIS 2000; FIN 3090; MGT 3220, 3580; and MKTG 3230.

Available CIS Concentrations:

Application Development (102A): (24 semester hours) CIS 2050, 3300, 3970, 4000, 4020, 4030, 2040 or 4060, and 1 CIS elective (3 semester hours) from any CIS class except CIS 1010, CIS 1060, CIS 3050, CIS 3100, and CIS 4050.

Networking & System Management (102D): CIS 2050, 3400, 3700, 3800, 3980, 4080, 4220, and 4230.

Web Development (102E): (24 semester hours) CIS 2050; 3300; 3970; 4030; 4100; 6 hours from ART 2560, 3410, 3560, 3810, 3960, 4560, 4610, 4960, CIS 4000, 4060; and 1 CIS elective (3 semester hours) from any CIS class except CIS 1010, CIS 1060, CIS 3050, CIS 3100, and CIS 4050.

Cyber Security (102G): CIS 2050, 3400, 3410, 3700, 3800, 3980, 4040, and 1 CIS elective (3 semester hours) from any CIS class except CIS 1010, CIS 1060, CIS 3050, CIS 3100, and CIS 4050.

Available Forms:
CIS Fall 2019 Curriculum
CIS Fall 2019 Minor Requirements

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements: : (80 semester hours) Students seeking a major in Computer Information Systems must complete 80 semester hours, within the 120 semester hour Computer Information Systems curriculum consisting of a CIS core, composed of: CIS 1015, 1030, 2980, 3020, 3900, and 4600 and one of the four available 24 hour concentrations described below. Additionally, the following CIS support courses are required: ACCT 2000 and 2010; BUAD 1800,2120, 2200, 3270, 3280, 4900; CIS 2000; FIN 3090; MGT 3220, 3580; and MKTG 3230.

Available CIS Concentrations:

Application Development (102A): (24 semester hours) CIS 2050, 3300, 3970, 4000, 4020, 4030, 4060 and 1 CIS elective (3 semester hours) from any CIS class except CIS 1010, CIS 1060, CIS 3050, CIS 3100, and CIS 4050.

Core Programming: (102F): (24 semester hours) CIS 2020, 2050, 2100, 3000, 3300, 3970, 4020, and 4030.

Networking & System Management (102D): CIS 2050, 3400, 3700, 3800, 3980, 4080, 4220, and 4230.

Web Development (102E): (24 semester hours) CIS 2050, 3300, 3970, 4000, 4030, 4060, 4100 and 1 CIS elective (3 semester hours) from any CIS class except CIS 1010, CIS 1060, CIS 3050, CIS 3100, and CIS 4050.

Cyber Security (102G): CIS 2050, 3400, 3410, 3700, 3800, 3970, 3980, and 4040

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CIS Fall 2018 Curriculum
CIS Fall 2018 Minor Requirements

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements: : (80 semester hours) Students seeking a major in Computer Information Systems must complete 80 semester hours, within the 120 semester hour Computer Information Systems curriculum consisting of a CIS core, composed of: CIS 1015, 1030, 2980, 3020, 3900, and 4600 and one of the four available 24 hour concentrations described below. Additionally, the following CIS support courses are required: ACCT 2000 and 2010; BUAD 1800,2120, 2200, 3270, 3280, 4900; CIS 2000; FIN 3090; MGT 3220, 3580; and MKTG 3230.

Available CIS Concentrations:

Application Development (102A): (24 semester hours) CIS 2050, 3300, 3970, 4000, 4020, 4030, 4060, 1 CIS electives (3 semester hours) from CIS 2020, 2100, 3000, 3400, 3410, 3700, 3980, 4040, 4070, 4080, 4100, 4200, 4220, 4300, 4400, or 4700.

Core Programming: (102F): (24 semester hours) CIS 2020, 2050, 2100, 3000, 3300, 3970, 4020, and 4030.

Networking & System Management (102D): (24 semester hours) CIS 2050, 3400, 3410, 3700, 3980, 4080, 4220, 1 CIS electives (3 semester hours) from CIS 2020, 2100, 3000, 3300, 3970, 4000, 4020, 4030, 4040, 4060, 4070, 4100, 4200, 4300, 4400, or 4700.

Web Development (102E): (24 semester hours) CIS 2050, 3300, 3970, 4000, 4030, 4060, 4100, 1 CIS electives (3 semester hours) from CIS 2020, 2100, 3000, 3400, 3410, 3700, 3980, 4020, 4040, 4070, 4080, 4200, 4220, 4300, 4400, or 4700.

Available Forms:
CIS Fall 2017 Curriculum
CIS Fall 2017 Minor Requirements

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements: (80 semester hours) Students seeking a major in Computer Information Systems must complete 80 semester hours within the 120 semester hour Computer Information Systems curriculum consisting of a CIS core, composed of CIS 1015, 1030, 2980, 3020, 3900, and 4600 and one of the four available 24 hour concentrations described below. Additionally, the following CIS support courses are required: ACCT2000 and 2010; BUAD1800, 2120, 2200, 3270, 3280, 4900; CIS 2000; FIN 3090; MGT 3220, 3580; and MKTG3230.

Available CIS Concentrations:

Application Development (102A): (24 semester hours) CIS 2050, 3300, 3970, 4000, 4020, 4100, 2 CIS electives (6 SCH) from CIS 2020, 2100, 3000, 3400, 3410, 3980, 4030, 4040, 4060, 4070, 4080, 4200, 4220, 4300, 4400, or 4700.

Networking and System Management (102D): (24 semester hours) CIS 2050, 3400, 3410, 3980, 4080, 4220, 2 CIS electives (6 SCH) from CIS 2020, 2100, 3000, 3300, 3970, 4000, 4020, 4030, 4040, 4060, 4070, 4100, 4200, 4300, 4400, or 4700.

Web Development (102E): (24 semester hours) CIS 2050, 3300, 3970, 4000, 4030, 4100, 2 CIS electives (6 SCH) from CIS 2020, 2100, 3000, 3400, 3410, 3980, 4020, 4040, 4060, 4070, 4080, 4200, 4220, 4300, 4400, or 4700.

Core Programming (102F): (24 semester hours): CIS 2020, 2050, 2100, 3000, 3300, 3970, 4020, and 4100.

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CIS Fall 2016 Curriculum
CIS Fall 2016 Minor Requirements

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements: (69 semester hours) Students seeking a major in Computer Information Systems must complete 69 semester hours, within the 120 semester hour Computer Information Systems curriculum consisting of a CIS core, composed of: CIS 1015, 1030, 2050, 2980, 3900, and 3980 and one of the three available 21 hour concentrations described below. Additionally, the following CIS support courses are required: ACCT 2000 and 2010; BUAD 2120, 2200, 3270, 3280; FIN 3090; MGT 3220, 3580; and MKTG 3230.

Available CIS Concentrations:

Application Development (102A): (21 hours) CIS 3020, 3300, 4000, 4020, 4100, 4600, One CIS advanced elective (3 SCH) from CIS 2020, 3400, 4040, 4060, 4070, 4080, 4200, 4300, 4400, 4700.

Networking & Systems Management (102D): (21 hours) CIS 3020, 3300, 3400, 4220, 4080, 4600, One CIS elective (3 SCH) from CIS 2020, 4000, 4020, 4040, 4060, 4100, 4200, 4300, 4400, 4700.

Web Development (102E): (21 hours) CIS 3020, 3300, 4000, 4030, 4100, 4600, One CIS advanced elective (3 SCH) from CIS 2020, 3400, 4020, 4040, 4060, 4070, 4080, 4200, 4300, 4400, 4700.

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CIS Fall 2015 Curriculum

CIS Fall 2015 Minor Requirements

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements: (69 semester hours) Students seeking a major in Computer Information Systems must complete 69 semester hours, within the 120 semester hour Computer Information Systems curriculum consisting of a CIS core, composed of: CIS 1015, 1030, 2050, 2980, 3900, and 3980 and one of the two available 21 hour concentrations described below. Additionally, the following CIS support courses are required: ACCT 2000 and 2010; BUAD 2120, 2200, 3270, 3280; FIN 3090; MGT 3220, 3580; and MKTG 3230.

Available CIS Concentrations:

Application Development: (21 hours) CIS 3020, 3300, 4000, 4020, 4100, 4600, One CIS advanced elective (3 SCH) from CIS 2020, 3400, 4040, 4060, 4070, 4080, 4200, 4300, 4400, 4700.

Networking & Systems Management: (21 hours) CIS 3020, 3300, 3400, 4220, 4080, 4600, One CIS elective (3 SCH) from CIS 2020, 4000, 4020, 4040, 4060, 4100, 4200, 4300, 4400, 4700.

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CIS Fall 2014 Curriculum

CIS Fall 2014 Minor Requirements

Curriculum Effective Fall 2012:

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements:

(80 semester hours). Students seeking a major in Computer Information Systems must complete 80 semester hours, within the 120 semester hour Computer Information Systems curriculum consisting of a CIS core composed of : CIS 1030, 2020, 2050, 2100, 2980, 3000, 3300, 3400, 3900, 4000, 4020, 4030, 4600 and 2 CIS courses from CIS 3980, 4040, 4050, 4100, 4200, 4220, 4300, 4400, 4700. Additionally, (1) the following CIS support courses are required: CIS 1090, CIS 2000, ECON 2010, an academic elective worth at least 2 semester hours; (2) the following Business courses are required: ACCT 2000, ACCT 2010, BUAD 2120, BUAD 3280, FIN 3090, MGT 3220, MGT 3580, and MKT 3230.

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Curriculum Effective Fall 2011:

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements:

(80 semester hours). Students seeking a major in Computer Information Systems must complete 80 semester hours, within the 120 semester hour Computer Information Systems curriculum consisting of a CIS core composed of : CIS 1030, 2020, 2050, 2100, 2980, 3000, 3300, 3400, 3900, 4000, 4020, 4030, 4600 and 2 CIS courses from CIS 3980, 4040, 4050, 4100, 4200, 4220, 4300, 4400, 4700. Additionally, (1) the following CIS support courses are required: CIS 1090, CIS 2000, ECON 2010, an academic elective worth at least 2 semester hours; (2) the following Business courses are required: ACCT 2000, ACCT 2010, BUAD 2120, BUAD 3280, FIN 3090, MGT 3220, MGT 4300, and MKT 3230.

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Curriculum Effective Fall 2010: 

Computer Information Systems Major Requirements:

(72 semester hours). Students seeking a major in Computer Information Systems must complete 72 semester hours, within the 122 semester hour Computer Information Systems curriculum consisting of a CIS core, composed of : CIS 1030, 2050, 2100, 2980, and 3900, and one of the two available 21 hour concentrations described below. Additionally, the following CIS support courses are required: ACCT 2000 and 2010; BUAD 2120, 3250, 3270; CIS 3100; FIN 3090; MGT 3220, 3580, 4300; MKTG 3230; and one advanced Business elective (3 semester credit hours).

Available Concentrations:
  • Application Development (102A):
    • (21 hours) CIS 2020, 3000, 4000, 4020, 4100, 4600, 1 CIS advanced elective (3 hours) from CIS 3400, 3980, 4030, 4300, and 4700.
  • Network Security Analysis (102C): 
    • (21 hours) CIS 3400, 3980, 4020, 4220, 3 CIS electives (9 hours) from 4000, 4030, 4040, 4100, and 4600.

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Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Business Analytics

The PBC in Business Analytics was approved in Spring 2016 by the Board of Regents. While designed to be an online certificate program, certain classes are also offered in the face-to-face environment.

The purpose of this program is to provide training on basic business analytics to help bridge the gap between the skills of the current workforce and the needs of industry. Conversations with industry partners have reinforced the point that one of the key skillsets employees need is the ability to problem solve and think analytically. This 18-hour certificate will help to increase the knowledge of completers in the area of problem-solving and analysis. Rather than have a student complete another baccalaureate degree or pursue a master’s degree, this certificate seeks to let the student who is already in the workforce (or the student who is not in the workforce and needs to gain additional skills) to take a very focused curriculum of classes.

As a post-baccalaureate certificate, students will need to have already a completed a baccalaureate degree. This certificate will seek to either build on knowledge the student has already gained through their baccalaureate degree or provide the student new knowledge which can help them in their career. The student will take six undergraduate courses to complete the post-baccalaureate certificate. While a baccalaureate degree will be the only admission standard, students will need certain knowledge (prerequisites) to take some of the courses. Thus, the student may need to take some foundational courses before he or she can take the courses contained in the 18-hour degree program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Requirements: (18 semester hours): CIS 4000, CIS 4070, MGT 3580, MGT 4460, MKTG 4440, Either BUAD3120 or MGT 3500.

The proposed schedule would be as follows:

Summer: BUAD3120 – Intermediate Business Statistics OR MGT 3500 – Management Science, MGT 4460 – Supply Chain Management
Fall: CIS 4070 – Data Analytics, MGT 3580 – Operations Management
Spring: CIS 4000 – Advanced Database Systems, MKTG4440 – Marketing Research

MS in Computer Information Systems Requirements:

The MS in Computer Information Systems will provide students the opportunity to understand and apply different topics within the computer information systems field. The goal is for students to gain an in-depth knowledge of concepts within different computer information systems areas, learn how these topics relate to the success of organizations, and learn how to implement an organization’s mission. Students will choose elective courses allowing them to focus on areas most pertinent to their career goals. Finally, students will show mastery of information technology concepts through a research project or thesis.

MS in Computer Information Systems Requirements:

Foundations: (18 semester hours) Computer Information Systems 5100 – Advanced Cyber Security, 5200 – Strategic Data Management and Analysis, 5450 – Strategic Information Systems Project Management, 5550 – Applied Project Management, 5600 – Strategic Application of Enterprise Software, and one of 5300 – Advanced Data Communication Systems or 5400 – Algorithm Analysis and Design

Electives: (9 semester hours) Three of Computer Information Systems 5300 – Advanced Data Communication Systems (if not taken for Foundations), 5400 – Algorithm Analysis and Design (if not taken for Foundations), 5810 – Emerging Technologies and Human Computer Interaction Design, 5820 – Advanced Mobile Development, 5830 – Information Assurance, or 5840 – Decision Support Systems

Application Area: (6 semester hours) Computer Information Systems 5900 – Research Methods in Computer Information Systems, 5950 – Research Project and/or Thesis

Admission Requirements for MS in Computer Information Systems:

Admission to the program requires the following items:

1) Bachelor’s Degree from Regionally Accredited College/University (please see note below)

2) Official Transcripts from All Colleges/Universities Attended

3) Two Letters of Recommendation

4) Either a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 OR a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 and one of the following:
– GRE score of 280 (verbal plus quantitative) or equivalent GMAT score
– Two to three-page essay on experience in information systems field and why the student is an appropriate fit for the Northwestern State Computer Information Systems program. Format should be Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, and APA style.
While any bachelor’s degree will help a student gain admission to the program, the MS in Computer Information Systems does require specific content knowledge. This content knowledge can be met through prior undergraduate courses or work experience. To determine whether you have the required prerequisite classes or content knowledge, please contact the CIS area at cis@nsula.edu for a review of your information and a determination of whether you have to take any prerequisite classes.

Content knowledge would include basic programming knowledge (as covered in CIS 1030), basic hardware/networking/security knowledge (as covered in CIS 2050), relational database knowledge (as covered in CIS 2980), and statistical knowledge (as covered in BUAD2120). Depending on the choice of course, a students may also need intermediate object-oriented programming knowledge (as covered in CIS 3300), advanced object-oriented programming knowledge (as covered in CIS 4020), and/or networking and telecommunications knowledge (as covered in CIS 3400).