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  • About Computer Science & Information Systems

Computer Science & Information Systems

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  • About Computer Science & Information Systems

    A Bachelor of Science degree may be earned in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, or Computer Information Technology. The curriculum for each major is broad-based, rigorous, and designed to prepare students for a future in challenging and dynamic professions. In addition to courses in the major, students complete studies in related areas such as accounting, management, mathematics, speech, and technical report writing.

    Computer Science is a body of knowledge generally about computer hardware, software, computation and its theory.  Computer Information Systems is application-oriented focusing on the analysis and design of information systems found in businesses.  Computer Information Technology focuses on the computing infrastructure of an organization including network and system administration.  Please review the curriculum for the Computer Science major, for the Computer Information Systems major, and the Computer Information Technology major. Also go to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for more information.

    Each major was the first of its kind to be offered in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU). The curricula is continually updated to stay current with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) curriculum guidelines. Both Computer Science, being ranked as fourth, and Computer Information Systems, being ranked as seventh, are listed in the top ten degrees in demand at the bachelor's degree level in Research Job Outlook 2008 by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).  The Computer Information Technology major is relatively new and very few universities offer this degree.  We are proud to be on the forefront of this emerging discipline.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-2009 edition), the latest employment projections show that employment in professional, scientific, and technical services will grow by 28.8 percent by 2016.  Employment in computer systems design add nearly one-fourth of all new jobs in professional, scientific, and technical services.

    Program Benefits

    • Excellent internship opportunities exist in the Fargo-Moorhead area, including Microsoft Business Solutions. More than 25 percent of our graduates do an internship in their junior or senior year to prepare for the job market.
    • Class sizes range from 10 to 20 students in upper-division courses and no more than 30 in lower-division courses.
    • MSUM offers excellent computing facilities including the CSIS Department's two computer labs, a Windows-based lab and a Linux lab. An advanced technologies research facility lab for special projects is also available.
    • The department employs a full-time network administrator to keep the labs up-to-date.
    • A four-year graduation guarantee for eligible CS/CIS majors.
    • Job opportunities within the department include career-related work in the computer labs.
    • Diverse faculty specializing in many areas within the two majors.
    • Department scholarships are awarded to qualifying CS/CIS majors. The application is available in March.