Mar 05, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog (August 2020 - July 2021) 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog (August 2020 - July 2021)

Computer Information Systems (BS CIS)


Students majoring in Computer Information Systems complete a foundational core of coursework in computer science, and mathematics, and in-depth coursework from one of five elective concentrations: (1) Accounting and Control, (2) Geospatial Science, (3) Information Technology, (4) Management, or (5) Web.

The major pairs well with most minors. The Accounting and Control, and Management concentrations pair well with a double major or minor in Business Administration. Geospatial Science is ideal for those majoring or minoring in Geography. The Web concentration is good for those majoring or minoring in Advertising / Graphic Design, and Studio Art.

Program Description


Information systems specialists use their technology knowledge and skills to help businesses and other organizations achieve their goals. Students in this major will learn how to organize, analyze, and apply data to implement effective, efficient, and secure technology solutions.

Concord’s curriculum is designed to give students a strong background in computing that they can then apply to an area of interest. The curriculum’s design is guided by recommendations from the Association of Computing Machinery and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The core prepares students for a wide variety of careers and graduate school, but students can also choose one of five concentrations in which to specialize.

The degree requires the successful completion of 120 semester hours including: (1) the General Education Program (29-30 credit hours); (2) the multidisciplinary Core Requirements in computer science, and mathematics (50-56 credit hours); and (3) in-depth coursework from one of the five elective concentrations below (18-20 credit hours). Each of the elective concentrations is designed for different career interests.

Accounting and Control- Designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in accounting information systems. Students in this concentration will learn to recommend and create software tools to support accounting and finance applications. This concentration is suitable for double majors in Business Administration.

Geospatial Science - Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in geographic information systems. Students in this concentration will learn how to utilize computational tools to solve environmental and social challenges.

Information Technology - Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in data analytics or computer security. Students in this concentration will learn a broad array of skills that will be beneficial to any organization.

Management - Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in information technology management or management information systems. Students in this concentration will learn how to utilize technology to drive business decisions. This concentration is suitable for double majors in Business Administration.

Web - Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in web development or interactive media. Students in this concentration will learn and apply design principles to create web pages and visualize information. This concentration is suitable for double majors in Advertising / Graphic Design and Studio Art.