Computer Information Systems Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

The purpose of the program is to prepare students for employment in the field of Information Systems. Students will have a broad-based business perspective, a solid foundation in critical thinking and analysis, the ability to design and create an information technology solution, and strong communication and team skills.

The required business courses help to prepare students to comprehend the concepts and language common to the business realm. This serves to enhance the student's understanding of the role that information systems play in the operations of all types of business organizations.

The programming component is designed to help students become proficient in computer programming in an Object-Oriented Programming environment. Students will be exposed to the key role that databases play in capturing, storage, processing, and reporting of information within an organization.

By the time of graduation, students completing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems/Business must be able to:

  1. Understand Computer Information Systems concepts.
  2. Develop problem solving and critical thinking.
  3. Communicate effectively with various individuals and groups.
  4. Collaborate in a team environment.
  5. Demonstrate characteristics of lifelong learning.

Complete the following Business Administration courses (18 cr):

Code Course Credits

ACC 2101

Accounting I

This course examines the role that accounting information plays in decision-making and the importance of income, cash flows, and financial position to organizations. Issues are considered from a variety of users’ viewpoints. Included in the course will be (1) a focus on analytic and problem-solving skills, (2) technological and communication skill development, and (3) an awareness of ethical and public policy issues.

Basic computer skills in Microsoft Excel and Word are required.

Fee Materials charge $20.

Fall

3

BUS 2020

Principles of Management

This course in an introduction to the philosophy, principles, and techniques of management. Students will examine classical, modern, and emerging concepts as they relate to today’s manager and the functional processes of planning, organizing, directing and controlling resources. Learning experiences may include case studies, team experiences and simulations.

Prerequisite: BUS 1270.

Every semester

3

BUS 2230

Principles of Marketing

This course introduces the role of marketing as it relates to manufacturing, wholesale, retail, and service businesses. Topics include product development, pricing decisions, promotional consideration, and distribution options of both goods and services. Students will also examine the emerging role of electronic marketing, and its impact on today’s businesses.

Prerequisite: BUS 1270.

Every semester

3

BUS 2370

Business Communications

The student practices the writing skills required for a successful career in business. Special attention is given to writing letters, memoranda, reports, and resumes. This course provides fundamental skills necessary for the student’s successful completion of future business courses.

Restrictions Restrictions: Business Administration majors and minors, Computer Information Systems majors, and Writing minors (English) only

Prerequisite: ENG 1061

3

BUS 3230

Financial Management

This course covers the principles of how business enterprises refinance; general methods and basic tools of financial management and control, utilization, disposition of funds.

Prerequisite: ACC 2101

Every semester

3

BUS 3250

Organizational Development and Behavior

Field and organization of personnel function; selecting and training employees; wages and wage administration; problems of morale; human relations in supervision.

Prerequisite: BUS 2020 or consent of instructor.

Fall

3

and the following Programming courses (18 cr):

Code Course Credits

CIS 2011

Visual Basic Programming

The course is an introduction to the Visual Basic programming language and the concepts involved in object oriented programming. The course will be a hands-on programming class that will expose students to the skills necessary to create and maintain visual programs.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee Materials charge $20.

Fall

3

CIS 2031

C/C++ Programming I

This course introduces students to the concepts of programming with abstract data types and object-oriented programming. It uses C++ to cover classes, inheritance, and polymorphism. The course also builds on the prerequisites to provide students with more advanced exposure to software design, implementation, debugging, and documentation.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee Materials charge $20.

Fall

3

CIS 2032

C/C++ Programming II

Topics to be covered include inheritance, object manipulation, windows programming, foundation classes, designing the visual interface and connecting to databases.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: CIS 2031

Fee Materials charge $20.

Spring, even years

3

CIS 3022

Advanced Visual Basic

The course is a continuation of CIS 2011 with an emphasis on advanced programming concepts to include arrays, functions, modules, file maintenance, security, graphics and databases.

Prerequisite: CIS 2011.

Fee Materials charge $20.

Spring, odd years

3

CIS 3040

Databases

An in-depth study of the Theory of Data Base Technology. Topics include: Data Models, Data Independence, Network, Hierarchal and Relational Models. Students will be required to create, modify, and maintain a Relational Data Base.

Prerequisite: BUS 1270 or Introductory Computer skills course.

Fee Materials charge $20.

Spring, even years

3

CIS 3045

Advanced Database Concepts

The course will cover encoding/decoding, startup options, user level security, system-level security, replication, code based security options and other techniques to protect valuable data.

Prerequisite: CIS 3040.

Fall, even years

3

and the following Information Technology courses (15 cr):

Code Course Credits

CIS 3410

Foundations of Information Systems

The focus of this course is on the key components of information systems—people, software, hardware, data, and communications technologies. Students study how these components are integrated and managed to create competitive advantage.

Prerequisite: BUS 1270

Fall, odd years

3

BUS 4220

Networking

This course will be an intensive hands-on network administration course using Windows Operating Systems, Novell Operating Systems and Linux.

Prerequisite: at least 9 credits of CIS coursework.

Fee Materials charge $20,

Spring, odd years

3

BUS 4530

Technical Project Management

Designed for the project manager who interacts with all levels of management while satisfying the customers’ needs, this course covers planning, scheduling and controlling projects. Emphasis will be placed on issues like leadership, motivation, team-building, and conflict resolution. CPM and PERT will be covered in detail. Real case studies will be used to illustrate theories and concepts covered in the lectures.

Prerequisite: BUS 2020.

Fall, even years

3

CIS 4120

Systems Analysis and Design

The course addresses the methodology used in gathering data, analyzing data, and determining user requirements for information processing using advanced systems analysis techniques and the associated techniques used in designing solutions that then can be programmed as application software for use on computer-based systems.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 9 credits of CIS coursework. Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor.

Fee Materials charge $20.

Spring, even years

3

CIS 4045

Information Security Management

This course addresses hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures with respect to organizational information security management.

Prerequisite: at least 9 credits of CIS coursework.

Fall, odd years

3

and complete an internship (3 cr):

  • CIS 4810 - Internship in Computer Information Systems

-OR-

  • BUS 4810 - Internship in Business

(Credits required for the major: 54 cr)

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

Click here for General Education Requirements.