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Computer Information Systems at UMA

Computer Information Systems is at the forefront of economic growth in the United States.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 400,000 new jobs are projected to hit the market in this sector in the next decade.  As the economy becomes more and more dependent upon information and computation, a degree in Computer Information Systems places you ahead of the curve.  CIS professionals not only have the technical know-how, but they can apply that know-how to solve real-world problems.

A degree in Computer Information Systems leads to many high-paying jobs in the new economy, including geospatial analysis, web development, systems analysis, security analysis, software development, systems management, database administration, research and development, network architecture, hardware engineering, and programming.  While this list is not exhaustive, this set of careers is relevant across the economic spectrum, leaving you with the skills necessary to succeed in a growing technological society and workforce.  These careers offer something for every type of professional desire, ranging from people-centric to technology-centric, slow- to fast-pace, and independent environment to team setting.  At the heart of these opportunities are the skills that training in Computer Information Systems provides.

We offer B.S. degrees in Computer Information Systems and Cybersecurity (with concentrations in programming, data science, web development and networking) as well as an A.S. degree in Computer Information Systems and post-baccalaureate options in our degree offerings.  With all of our course offerings available through a variety of distance modalities, CIS focuses on bringing the education to you!

Apply your skills in individual and group projects and gain relevant work experience in a required internship opportunity. Build an impressive showcase portfolio in UMA’s exclusive e-portfolio template. Technology employers are recruiting highly-trained IT professionals and the right combination of technical ability, applied experience, and workplace skills, puts you in charge of your career. Let UMA’s CIS program prepare you to become productive on Day 1.

Nate LaClaireUMA’s Computer Information Systems program provided me with the flexibility to focus my learning on topics I needed to succeed in my career. Top-notch teaching and guidance by instructors combined with a wide selection of courses creates a beneficial learning experience.

– Nathaniel Laclaire, ’15

Concentrations

Data is everywhere in our world, and those who know how to use it are at a distinct advantage.  While that is typically seen as knowing how to analyze data, training in data science goes far beyond analysis.  We focus on learning how to structure data for ease of use and maintenance, only then focusing on the analysis and presentation of that data.  In our data science curriculum, you will study with leading researchers and practitioners in database design, database management, geographic information systems, and data visualization.  Along the way, you will also confront a breadth of education across computing and information sciences through our core curriculum of classes.

Applying the power of computers to solve problems is one of society’s most important skills. In our software development curriculum, we develop the student’s ability to reason and apply algorithmic thinking to developing those solutions.  Students are instructed in a variety of programming languages and begin to develop the practical techniques they need to become a professional software developer.

Combine creativity, coding, and communication skills to jumpstart your career in Web design and development. In this concentration, you will learn a set of fundamental skills: design principles; user interface; Web graphics; coding in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, and PHP; front-end frameworks; content management systems; database integration; e-commerce, and Web security.

Course-specific technical skills such as web application development and website design; database integration; graphic and design skills; and web server security are gained through hands-on lab activities as well as theoretical study. Through individual and group projects, you will also acquire a winning combination of transferrable workplace skills such as communication and presentation; project management; problem solving; teamwork, and time management.

There’s an optimistic job outlook for careers in Web design and development. From a white-collar designer to a blue-collar developer, you have an option of working with a Web development team, freelancing, or starting your own business.

Total employment in this field is projected to grow 27 percent through 2024, three times faster than average for all occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The need for networks is skyrocketing as more and more business get connected or update technology. The networking industry needs professionally-trained workers that understand networking concepts and how to apply them on the job.

In the networking concentration, you will take hands-on courses that range from basic networking concepts to network management.   With a combination of lectures and integrated labs, you will gain a solid background in network protocols, advanced networking skills, and security principles with 3-credit courses in Routing and Switching, Wireless Networks, Scaling Networks, TCP/IP, Virtual Systems, Connecting Networks, and Introduction to Network Security.

Combine these network-specific skillsets with a solid foundation in Computer Information Systems and you will be prepared to apply for a variety of positions in the networking field.

The concentration in Information Systems Security will prepare you for the challenging career of information security. IT systems are increasingly under attack from a broad range of threats, and the impact from attacks can be devastating. Every business from the local cleaners to high-level government agencies needs to have a security program to protect its most important asset – its data.

In the ISS concentration, you will acquire and apply innovative solutions to secure an organization’s data.

Students completing this concentration will be professionally trained to become Information Security Analysts. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is expected to grow 18% from 2014-2024.

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems will be prepared for careers as programmer/analysts, network administrators, information system developers, and information technology managers.

Graduates will have the following IS skills and related knowledge:

  • individual and team/interpersonal skills
    • personal and interpersonal communication
    • legal and ethical aspects of information systems
  • systems analysis and design
    • approaches to systems development
    • information and business systems analysis
    • systems development tools and techniques
  • software/web development
    • advanced programming languages
    • systems implementation
    • computer technology and science
  • business fundamentals
    • organizational theory
    • accounting principles
  • database
    • database theory and practice
  • project management
    • project management theory and practice
  • systems integration
    • IS management
    • telecommunications and networks
  • mathematics
    • analytical and critical thinking
    • problem solving/algorithms/proofs
  • security
    • information systems security