Back to Home
Apply Now

Contact a DU admissions representative and see your future, today.
Call us today at 1-800-686-1600.

Skip to Program Curriculum

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:

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

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

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 utilized 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
  • Web Site Designer

Why Davenport?

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

The DU Advantage

  • Courses available online or in classroom
  • State-of-the-art online technology and support
  • High quality coursework
  • 11 campuses statewide
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Specializing in careers of the future
  • Practical, in-field experiences
Back to Top

Full Curriculum


The Computer Information Systems curriculum is designed to introduce students to programming in microcomputer and minicomputer environments. Students will learn programming, databases and operating systems in a business environment.


**Which class should I take? When should I take it?  Please click here for a recommended program sequence.


Foundations of Excellence 15 cr.
COMM120 Presentation Techniques 3 cr.
ENGL109 Composition 3 cr.
ENGL110 Advanced Composition 3 cr.
FRSM100 Career and Education Seminar 3 cr.
SOSC201 Diversity in Society 3 cr.
Foundations of Mathematics and Science 6 cr.
MATH125 Intermediate Algebra 3 cr.
MATH135 College Algebra 3 cr.
Foundations of Business 6 cr.
BUSN210 Professional Ethics 3 cr.
MGMT211 Management Foundations 3 cr.
Foundations of Technology 15 cr.
CISP111 Systems Foundations 3 cr.
CISP220 Web Page Applications 3 cr.
CISP250 Discrete Structures 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.
Major [CISP] 18 cr.
BITS212 Microcomputer Applications: Database 3 cr.
CISP211 E-Business Foundations 3 cr.
CISP238 Server Side Scripting I 3 cr.
CISP247 Database Design 3 cr.
NETW101 PC Operating Systems 3 cr.
NETW217 UNIX Operating System 3 cr.