What is computer information systems (CIS) and how is it different from computer science?
Computer information systems (CIS) is a discipline that studies how organizations use information technology (IT) in their core business functions. CIS differs from computer science in that CIS is focused on the implications of IT for the value equation of the enterprise, whereas computer science focuses more on the theoretical study of computation.
Why should I major in CIS?
Currently, the CIS program at NCCU is involved with numerous high-end, high-visibility projects that will afford a graduate of our program a number of attractive career paths. These projects include working with the Technology Transfer Project–a consortium of historically black colleges and universities on technology-related projects. Our CIS program is also at the forefront of the Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) project along with our major partner North Carolina State University. VCL allows users to access any application they need anywhere in the world at any time, regardless of their local computing environment. We also are one of IBM’s prime partners in training the next “large systems” workforce, where almost unlimited possibilities exist for careers in business-focused information technology.
What career paths are available to CIS majors?
There is an extremely wide variety of options open to the successful CIS major.
Database administrators manage the data for the organization, including development and design.
Knowledge Managers design and maintain the knowledge infrastructure of the organization.
Network administrators manage the information infrastructure of local/wide area network(s).
Information technology project managers manage the development of IT projects.
Software engineers or application/Web designers design and create software for applications and the Web.
Large systems production controller or administrator manages and controls large mainframe computer systems. The CIS program provides special topic courses in this area.
Systems integrators adapt software packages to customer needs.
Helpdesk professionals provide troubleshooting or preventive maintenance.
Technology sales and trade show marketing agents sell/promote hardware or software products.
Supply chain managers conduct business-tobusiness electronic commerce.
System Analysts help organizations to implement and use technology effectively to solve business problems.