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Your Future in Tech: A Degree in 
Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Whether you have a passion for gaming, or an affinity for web programming, Davenport University’s multiple degree options in Computer Information Systems (CIS) can help you develop the skills you need for your future. CIS professionals require a variety of technology-based skills, including:

  • Engineering
  • Programming
  • Web development
  • Software design
  • Database management
  • Game development 

DU offers two degree options within this program:

Bachelor of Science, CIS

This degree will ready you to analyze your employers’ information needs and to determine how computer systems can be used to remedy those needs. In this program, you will gain knowledge of data flow within organizations, as well as have a strong educational foundation in business. We've designed the CIS curriculum to prepare you with essential skills for success:

  • Technical skills in computers and computer systems
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills

When you pursue Davenport’s Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems degree, you will choose a focus in one of the following majors:

  • Computer Gaming and Simulation
  • Database Management
  • Programming
  • Web Design and Development

Associate of Applied Science, CIS

You will gain a broad introductory knowledge of computer information systems in this degree program. Studies include:

  • Microcomputer Applications Programming
  • Database Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Programming

In-Demand Careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 data reported Computer Systems Analysts median annual wages of $77,740.  As technology is constantly advancing, computer specialists are in more demand than ever before. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the computer information system profession will grow at a faster than average rate through 2020, by 22 percent. In the computer systems programs field, you will work with corporate management to determine how computer systems will be best used within your company.

Computer information systems professionals work in a variety of settings all around the world, in positions including:

  • Application Designer/Developer/Programmer/Analyst
  • Computer Information Specialist/Analyst
  • Computer System Consultant
  • Computer Technician
  • Database Administrator
  • Game Designer/Developer/Tester
  • Software Engineer
  • Website Designer 

Why Davenport?

  • The national reputation of Davenport’s curriculum and instructors is proven.
  • Your education is enhanced through interaction with field experts. 
  • Organizations across Michigan and the nation regularly hire DU graduates.

The DU Advantage

  • Courses available online and in classroom
  • State-of-the-art online technology and support
  • High quality coursework
  • 11 campuses statewide
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
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Full Curriculum

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE  •  120 CREDITS  MINIMUM •  COMPTINFO BS

The Computer Information Systems Bachelor of Science degree is designed to provide students a broad range of computer programming skills.  Students will learn to work with corporate management and subject matter experts to analyze information needs and determine ways in which computer systems can be used to meet those needs.  Students will choose between four majors: Business Simulation and Computer Gaming, Database Management, Programming, and Web Design and Development. It is highly recommended that all students use open electives to complete more than one major or an additional specialty.

Foundations of Excellence 21 cr.
COMM120 Presentation Techniques 3 cr.
ENGL109 Composition 3 cr.
ENGL110 Advanced Composition 3 cr.
ENGL311 Professional Writing 3 cr.
FRSM100 Career and Education Seminar 3 cr.
HUMN310-315 Global Cultures: Choice of country or culture 3 cr.
SOSC201 Diversity in Society 3 cr.
Foundations of Mathematics and Science 15-17 cr.
MATH125 Intermediate Algebra 3 cr.
MATH135 or MATH150 College Algebra or Pre-Calculus 3-4 cr.
PHYS100 and PHYS100L Applied Physics with Lab 3 cr.
STAT220 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr.
Choose one of the following: (3-4) cr.
ENVS125 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3 cr.
MATH140 Finite Mathematics 3 cr.
MATH216 Calculus II 4 cr.
STAT322 Inferential Statistics 3 cr.
Foundations of Business 9-10 cr.
ACCT200 or ACCT201 Accounting Basics for Managers or Accounting Foundations I 3-4 cr.
BUSN210 Professional Ethics 3 cr.
MGMT211 Management Foundations 3 cr.
Foundations of Technology 18 cr.
CISP111 Systems Foundations 3 cr.
CISP220 Web Page Applications 3 cr.
CISP231/233/237 Programming Language I - Choose between C++, C# or Java I 3 cr.
CISP232/234/239 Programming Language II - Sequential to language chosen in Programming Language I 3 cr.
CISP250 Discrete Structures 3 cr.
GPMT350 Principles of Project Management 3 cr.
Choose one or more of the following majors: 46-58 cr.
Major - Business Simulation and Computer Gaming [BSCG] (55) cr.
BITS301 Image Editing Applications 3 cr.
BITS302 Graphic Illustration Software 3 cr.
BITS345 Digital Video Editing 3 cr.
CISP244 Introduction to Game Theory 3 cr.
CISP246 3D Modeling 3 cr.
CISP247 Database Design 3 cr.
CISP280 Artificial Intelligence 3 cr.
CISP312 Data Structures 3 cr.
CISP335 Game Development 3 cr.
CISP370 3D Game Development 3 cr.
CISP415 3D Animation 3 cr.
CISP448 Collaborative Game Development 3 cr.
MATH205 Applied Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH215 Calculus I 4 cr.
NETW217 UNIX Operating System 3 cr.
TECH497 College of Technology Capstone 3 cr.
Choose one of the following sequenced programming languages not completed as part of the Foundations (6) cr.
CISP231 and CISP232 C++ Programming I and C++ Programming II 6 cr.
CISP233 and CISP234 C# Programming I and C# Programming II 6 cr.
CISP237 and CISP239 Java Programming I & Java Programming II 6 cr.
Recommended Open Electives for BSCG 0-2 cr.
CISP241 Visual BASIC Programming I 3 cr.
CISP242 Visual BASIC Programming II 3 cr.
CISP340 Mobile Application Development 3 cr.
CISP490 Computer Information Systems Internship 3 cr.
Major - Database Management [DBM] (58) cr.
BITS212 Microcomputer Applications: Database 3 cr.
CISP247 Database Design 3 cr.
CISP275 Database Administration 3 cr.
CISP280 Artificial Intelligence 3 cr.
CISP311 Database Systems 4 cr.
CISP312 Data Structures 3 cr.
CISP325 Data Mining 3 cr.
CISP328 Database Programming 3 cr.
CISP410 Systems Integration 3 cr.
CISP420 Distributed Architectures 3 cr.
CISP446 Data Warehousing 3 cr.
IAAS221 Security Foundations 3 cr.
IAAS331 Database and Distributed Systems 3 cr.
NETW101 PC Operating Systems 3 cr.
NETW141 MS Client and Server OS 3 cr.
NETW217 UNIX Operating System 3 cr.
NETW243 MS Administer SQL Server 3 cr.
STAT322 Inferential Statistics 3 cr.
TECH497 College of Technology Capstone 3 cr.
Major - Programming [PRG] (52) cr.
BITS212 Microcomputer Applications: Database 3 cr.
CISP238 Server Side Scripting I 3 cr.
CISP247 Database Design 3 cr.
CISP312 Data Structures 3 cr.
CISP330 Software as a Business 3 cr.
CISP401 Systems Analysis and Design 3 cr.
CISP410 Systems Integration 3 cr.
CISP430 Operating Systems 3 cr.
MATH215 Calculus I 4 cr.
NETW101 PC Operating Systems 3 cr.
NETW217 UNIX Operating System 3 cr.
NETW220 Data Communications and Networks 3 cr.
TECH497 College of Technology Capstone 3 cr.
Choose two of the following sequenced programming languages not completed as part of the Foundations (12) cr.
CISP231 and CISP232 C++ Programming I and C++ Programming II 6 cr.
CISP233 and CISP234 C# Programming I and C# Programming II 6 cr.
CISP237 and CISP239 Java Programming I and Java Programming II 6 cr.
Recommended Open Electives for PRG 2-5 cr.
BITS345 Digital Video Editing 3 cr.
CISP241 Visual BASIC Programming I 3 cr.
CISP242 Visual BASIC Programming II 3 cr.
CISP253 Perl/Python Scripting 3 cr.
CISP415 3D Animation 3 cr.
CISP490 Computer Information Systems Internship 3 cr.
Major - Web Design and Development [WDD] (46) cr.
BITS212 Microcomputer Applications: Database 3 cr.
BITS301 Image Editing Applications 3 cr.
BITS302 Graphic Illustration Software 3 cr.
BITS303 Web Authoring Applications 3 cr.
CISP211 E-Business Foundations 3 cr.
CISP237 Java Programming I 3 cr.
CISP238 Server Side Scripting I 3 cr.
CISP247 Database Design 3 cr.
CISP310 Server Side Scripting II 3 cr.
CISP311 Database Systems 4 cr.
CISP316 Web Design 3 cr.
CISP340 Mobile Application Development 3 cr.
CISP405 B2B E-Commerce 3 cr.
NETW217 UNIX Operating System 3 cr.
TECH497 College of Technology Capstone 3 cr.
Recommended Open Electives for WDD 8-11 cr.
BITS345 Digital Video Editing 3 cr.
CISP415 3D Animation 3 cr.
CISP490 Computer Information Systems Internship 3 cr.
Choose from the following sequenced programming languages not completed as part of the Foundations: (6) cr.
CISP231 and CISP232 C++ Programming I and C++ Programming II 6 cr.
CISP233 and CISP234 C# Programming I and C# Programming II 6 cr.
CISP237 and CISP239 Java Programming I and Java Programming II 6 cr.
CISP241 and CISP242 Visual BASIC Programming I and Visual BASIC Programming II 6 cr.