Computer Information Systems

Immerse yourself in core courses that provide the basic technology skills that will prepare you for more advanced theory and technology training in programming, database administration, systems analysis, networking, and Web design and development.

Degrees Offered:  B.S. and A.S.
Offered in Augusta, Bangor, at sites statewide and online



About the Program

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program at the University of Maine at Augusta offers associate, bachelor, and post-baccalaureate degrees that focus on developing and maintaining effective computer/management information systems.  All core courses and the internship experience may be taken as distance courses.  Through a wide selection of technology offerings, the program blends theory and hands-on application to prepare students for careers in the exciting fields of software systems development, network and security administration, database management, systems analysis, and e-commerce.

In addition to the degree options, the program offers a minor that provides theory and hands-on technology skills required by non-CIS professionals who need to leverage IT technologies to manage the day-to-day operations of a business.  It complements almost any academic area by adding IT competency to the knowledge base acquired in a student's major field of study.

A recently launched Certificate of Health Informatics prepares students to apply information technologies to manage electronic medical data generated and stored in healthcare facilities.  Students may work toward the certificate while pursuing an undergraduate major in the healthcare or information technology field.

Skills You'll Acquire

The Computer Information Systems curriculum will provide you with  technical theory, applied skills, and workplace experience that will prepare you to launch an exciting career in information technology or pursue a higher academic credential.  After you have completed the core requirements, you will have an opportunity to select courses that meet your individual career goals.

The program offers hands-on training in both proprietary and open-source applications that are widely used in the professional field.  Many of our part-time faculty are employed full time in the area in which they instruct and bring to the class an unparalleled industry perspective.


Here are some other critical skills you’ll acquire:



Designing web pages
Maintaining databases
Using spreadsheet applications
Writing computer programs
Thinking logically
Performing calculations
Solving quantitative problems
Understanding complex problems
Evaluating software/systems





Writing instructions
Creating graphs/charts
Writing documentation
Creating reports
Using technical vocabulary
Assessing needs
Categorizing data
Managing databases
Defining a problem
Coordinating tasks
Setting priorities
Providing accuracy


Careers You Can Seek

Here’s just a partial list of the type of careers you will find in the field.

Network Systems

Interactive Media

Network Manager
Web Developer
GIS/Computer Mapper



Programming &
Software Development

Support & Services

Program Analyst
Project Manager
Web Designer
Database Manager
Data Communications Analyst
Systems Analyst
Database Administrator