Computer Information Systems

Major/Minor

The Computer Information Systems curriculum provides a foundation in the core activities of computer information systems: analyzing, planning, programming, developing, implementing and evaluating new uses of computer technology. A systems approach emphasizes object-oriented programming and visual software for the conversion of data to information.

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Program Locations

Available Majors

Computer Information Systems

Available Minors

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science

Additional Study Options

Some courses are offered in the evenings and online.

Both available minors can be paired with any major. The computer information systems minor is particularly useful with a major in business. The computer science minor is frequently taken in combination with a mathematics, engineering, or physics major.

Faculty

Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the full-time computer information systems major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

See course descriptions for a list of required courses and description of course and program options.

Fall Spring
First Year
CST-141 Fundamentals of Information Systems 3

CST-171 Programming Concepts

3
NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education 3

ECO-211 Macroeconomics or
ECO-212 Microeconomics

3
ENG-101 College Writing 3

Literature

3
Foreign Language 3

General Education/Electives

6
General Education/Electives 3

Physical Education

1

[15 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 
Second Year
CST-295 C++ 3

CST Elective

3
MAT-215 Basic Statistics 3

COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3
History 3

Natural Science

4
BUS-302 Management or
BUS-303 Marketing
3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

 

3
General Education/Electives 3

CST-321 Java Programming

3

[15 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 
Third Year
CST-261 Web Page Design 3

CST-385 System Analysis

3
Philosophy (200-level) 3

CST Elective

3
General Education/Electives 9

Religious Studies (300/400-level)

3

[15 credits]

 

General Education/Electives

6
    [15 credits]

 

Fourth Year
CST-421 Database Concepts 3

CST-489 Computer Studies Seminar

3
Philosophy (300/400-level) 3

CST Elective

3
Fine Arts 3

General Education/Electives

9
General Education/Electives 6

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

     

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small classes, lectures and seminars explore current trends and provide a climate for individualized learning.

Program Goals

Based on recommendation of the Association of Computing Machinery, the goals of the CIS program are:

  1. Foster a broad business and real world perspective in technology; 
  2. Develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills; 
  3. Enhance interpersonal communication and team skills, and encourage ethical principles; 
  4. Model creative information technology solutions that enhance organizational performance.

Research & Internship Opportunities

Examples of internship or employment opportunities include:

Computer Information Systems Careers

  • Software Engineer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Application Developer