Frequently Asked Questions about Computer Information Systems:
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What is Information Systems?
Computer Information Systems (CIS) is the
use of computers and information to enable
people and organizations to be more
creative and productive.
Studying Computer Information Systems
involves learning to:
- -- identify the needs of an individual or organization
- -- design and develop systems to meet those requirements, and
- -- deploy these systems to solve real-world problems
These solutions can involve applying the latest technology to improve the delivery
of products and services, while insuring that the systems are secure.
CIS students establish a robust foundation that prepares them to pursue either a
business career with a strong understanding of how technology (leading edge and
contemporary) facilitates achieving business objectives or a technology career
with a strong understanding of how business objectives drive information systems
toward achieving business goals.
Why study Computer Information Systems?
Here are just a few reasons why it is a wise decision to consider studying
Computer Information Systems:
- -- CIS majors will hold the 3 of the top 8 growth jobs over the next 8 years
(Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- -- CIS majors will enter careers with strong salaries.
- -- CIS majors are an integral part of an environment lead by an internationally recognized CIS department that maintains strong relationships with the business community
- -- CIS majors have leading edge tools and techniques in their grasp
(MSDNAA, Rational Suite Enterprise, IBM products, and Oracle).
- -- And the best reason of all: it is an exciting and challenging industry!
What if my major is not CIS?
Even if you are studying a different major, a background in Information Systems can
be very beneficial to your career:
- If you are a biology major, bioinformatics is a hot new area that combines
molecular biology with computer information systems. This is an exciting
area in which computer information technology is being used to develop new drugs
to treat, cure and prevent human disease.
- If you are a communications major, digital media and related technologies are
revolutionizing print, video, and web-based communications.
- If you are majoring in music or art & design, computer information
systems are opening up new avenues of expression and have become essential tools for
- If you are majoring in political science, information systems are important
tools for conducting public opinion polls, electronic voting, and providing access
to information and services (i.e., e-government).
- If you are an education major, a basic knowledge of information systems
is essential for teaching computer literacy in the classroom and for delivery
of instructional materials