Academics

Computer Information Systems

Students who major in computer information systems are needed in the public, private, government, not-for-profit and education sectors. You will learn more than writing code and will be able to design, build and implement software and hardware solutions in many different fields in the public, private, government, not-for-profit and education sectors.

Program Overview

The CIS program at Concordia-Chicago provides a theoretical and practical foundation that is hands-on and adaptable to rapid changes in the field. Your courses will focus on hardware and operating systems, analysis and design, database management, programming and troubleshooting, electronic business and management information systems.

General course information

A quality computer information systems program must include a professional component. Students also must have a theoretical foundation that provides flexibility in a rapidly changing field. CUC’s courses provide for both. The introductory classes emphasize hands-on exercises. In our advanced classes, students work in project teams to gain experience working cooperatively on a complex computer system.

Your coursework will include foundation courses, which will be built upon with supplementary courses as you progress through your degree track. Other courses will focus on hardware and operating systems, analysis and design, database management, programming and troubleshooting, electronic business and management information systems.

See the online catalog for more information about required courses and course descriptions.

Opportunities

Independent studies are available if students wish to work one-on-one with a faculty member to study a subject in greater depth. As a junior or senior, students may elect to take higher-level courses offered by the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area at Argonne National Laboratory.

Internships are available to give students the valuable experience so critical for success once the job search begins. Our students have interned at respected organizations such as Argonne National Laboratory, Baxter Health Care, Cyborg Systems, Perkins and Will, Sunstrand Advanced Technology Group and Hewitt Associates.

Many computer information majors gain experience in supporting computer users by working at CougarNet, Concordia’s help desk for technical problems. Under the mentorship of experienced computer information systems professionals, students often move in to positions responsible installing and upgrading software, troubleshooting and repairing computers, and working with databases throughout the University.

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Faculty

Career Possibilities

  • Network Consultant
  • Technology Officer
  • Information Officer
  • Management Information Systems
  • Director of Information Technology
  • Project Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Systems Designer
  • Facilities Manager
  • Software Publisher
  • Computer Scientists
  • Support Specialists
  • Systems Analyst
  • Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Web Developer