As you’re considering colleges and majors and about to embark on an exciting new chapter in your life, we invite you to explore the department of Computing and Information Sciences (CIS). We offer a broad-based and innovative curriculum opening up to boundless possibilities. Information systems jobs are not just about programming, or sitting in a cubicle all day. Computing is part of everything we do, and you can use your talents and skills in many different ways, as new jobs are constantly generated by rapidly evolving technology.
As a CIS major, you’ll experience excellence in teaching and learning in computing science. Our curriculum includes classes providing opportunities for you to learn core concepts of computing, information systems development, programming, database development, networking, web development and IT project management. If you choose to pursue our combined Business/CIS degree, you’ll also learn how to apply your knowledge of information systems in a wide range of business environments.
We offer a dynamic learning environment, small class sizes, comprehensive instruction in the latest computing and IT trends, as well as connections to employers. In a Spring 2015 survey of our CIS alumni, more than 72.9% of responding graduates reported they already had full-time jobs before graduation, 87.5% found their first jobs within 6 months and 98% found employment within a year. More than 60% of respondents reported current annual salaries of more than $80,000, and more than 30% reported earning more than $100,000.
Our graduates also cherish the many advantages of earning their CIS degree at a liberal arts college. Software developer Adam Driscoll, B.S. CIS ’09, has earned Microsoft MVP (most valuable professional) status for the last several years for his contribution to the Microsoft PowerShell community.
“I found the liberal arts portion of my education opened my eyes to all kinds of topics that I would not have pursued on my own," Driscoll said. "It has allowed me to develop a thirst for knowledge outside of my work life. This type of balance helps to shape a person not only as an ideal employee, but also as a well-rounded individual.”
Please contact me at any time to explore how Computing and Information Sciences could be right for you.
Greg Alexandrian, Ph.D.
Chairperson and Associate Professor
Computing and Information Sciences Department