Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Today’s demand for computing specialists far outweighs the number of trained professionals in the field – and graduates of Clarke University are taking advantage of the demand!

The TimeSaver CIS major combines classes from both the Computer Science and Business Departments and prepares students for careers in business computing. Differing from the traditional computer science and business degrees, the CIS major emphasizes a hands-on, practical approach to using computers in diverse business environments. A CIS major also provides the necessary background for graduate study in computer information systems.

TimeSaver CIS students gain insight and direction from professors with diverse computing experiences and advanced computer science degrees. Small classes and faculty commitment allow students to interact frequently and at length with this helpful and knowledgeable team of educators.

The Computer Science Department is guided by a Computer Advisory Board consisting of computing professionals who guide the department in reviewing trends in computing, suggesting enhancements to the curriculum, and advising students about careers, job skills and placement. Students frequently accept high-paying positions months before graduation.


Career opportunities for CIS majors are increasing as technological developments result in new demand for computing personnel. A CIS degree is essential for applications involving networking, programming, analysis and design, database systems, computing support, and general knowledge of information technology. Graduates are employed by a wide variety of businesses, including public and private industries, banks, insurance companies, software developers, government agencies, and hospitals.

Core Requirements

For a bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in computer information systems, a student must complete 52 semester hours including:

24 hours of computer information systems core courses:

CIS 101 Computer Applications in Business
CIS 103 Introduction to Computer Information Systems
CIS 211 Introduction to Programming
CIS 220 Systems Development Methodologies
CIS 230 Business Application Programming I
CIS 336 Database Design and Implementation
CIS 341 Windows Programming
CIS 441 Systems Development Project

9 hours of business support courses:

BUMG 112 Principles of Management
BUAC 225 Principles of Financial Accounting
BUAC 226 Principles of Managerial Accounting

Electives (12 hours at Clarke):

One of the following classes:
CIS 231 Business Applications Programming
CIS 350 Web Programming
300-level Accounting class

AND three CIS classes, at least one of which is numbered 300 or above:

CIS 201 Advanced Computer Applications in Business
CIS 264 Multimedia Design and Production
CIS 327 Distributed Systems and Communications
CIS 330 Computer Organization
CIS 445 Operating Systems
CIS xxx ___________________________

6 hours of mathematics:

MATH 113 Intermediate Algebra or
MATH 223 Discrete Mathematics

MATH 220 Statistics

1 hour of senior performance:

CIS 485 Senior Seminar

Other recommended courses:

Speech, Business Communications, Business Ethics

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