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Solving challenges through information technology.


Today's employers are seeking highly skilled technology professionals who know how to use technology to improve the organization's competitive edge. Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems is designed for those seeking a technical career in support of organizations.

The Computer Information Systems major consists of core courses in applied programming, networking, and database design followed by an in-depth career-focused track. Many graduates of this program continue their education by pursuing a master's degree in business and technology management or forensic studies.

In 2014, our program became one of only six undergraduate programs, in the nation, to earn “The National Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence” accreditation by Defense Cyber Crime Center (CD3.)

Graduates of the Computer Information Systems program will:

  • Articulate technology skills learned and applied during academic career.
  • Perform those information technology tasks essential to chosen career path in application, network, or database design.
  • Communicate with confidence and clarity technology ideas in team meetings and public forums.
  • Demonstrate a professional competency in research, analysis, and business writing.
  • Converse in the languages of application, network, and database design.
  • Assess business problems using analytical and critical thought processes to identify the best technology solution.
  • Pursue an IT career as a well-rounded technology professional, able to leverage talents and interests.


Study Computer Information Systems at Stevenson

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Computer Information Systems Majors

Whether your career goal is in software development, cyber security, or network design and support, Stevenson's Computer Information Systems degree will prepare you to become a confident communicator in the corporate boardroom as well as an asset to the company's IT department.

Graduates of our Computer Information Systems program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

  • Business Analyst
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Network Administrator

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.



The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in computer information systems. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements

FYS 100 First Year Seminar
IS 135 MS Office Applications
IS 140 Information Systems Architecture and Design
IS 150 Relational Database Design and SQL with MS Access
IS 170 Systems Development with UML
IS 201 Management Information Systems
IS 231 Network Technologies
IS 240 Programming Concepts
IS 260 Presentation Theory and Application
IS 365 Writing for IS Applications
MGT 210 Business Writing

Take three of the following upper level courses:

IS 301 Principles of E-Commerce
IS 320 Human-Computer Interaction
IS 380 Information Security for the Organization
IS 475 Special Topics in Information Systems
IS 480 Technology Law
IS 481 Project and Knowledge Management

Take any two of the following Business electives:

ACC 140 Financial Accounting
MGT 204 Principles of Management
MKT 206 Principles of Marketing

One 300-400 level INBUS, MGT, or MKT course


Students must choose and complete the courses for one of the tracks listed below.

Computer Forensics Track

IS 232 TCP and IP Communication Protocols for Windows and UNIX
IS 235 Advanced Windows Server Architecture and Administration
IS 331 Cisco TCP and IP Routing
IS 391 Incident Response and Investigation Methods
IS 392 Information Systems Forensics Internals - Auditing
IS 393 Forensic Evidence Collection Tools and Techniques
IS 432 Network Security - Firewalls, IDS, and Counter Measures

 Network Design Track

IS 232 TCP and IP Communication Protocols for Windows and UNIX
IS 235 Advanced Windows Server Architecture and Administration
IS 331 Cisco TCP and IP Routing
IS 332 High Speed Broadband Networks
IS 335 Wireless LANs and Mobile Communication Systems
IS 431 Exchange Server and Messaging Systems
IS 432 Network Security - Firewalls, IDS, and Counter Measures

Software Design Track

IS 241 C# Object Oriented Programming
IS 252 Advanced SQL Query Design with Oracle and SQL Server
IS 343 Web Architecture and Design Technologies
IS 345 JAVA Programming
IS 348 Advanced Business Applications
IS 349 Service-Oriented Architecture and Dynamic Web Development
IS 444 Wireless Application Development
Tracks and Minors

Tracks and Minors


Computer Forensics Track

Upon completion of the computer forensics track, graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze and manipulate complex network infrastructures.
  • Design and implement a network security plan.
  • Construct an incident response team.
  • Evaluate an end-to-end computer forensics investigation.
  • Carry out evidence collection according to established protocols.
  • Assemble testimonial evidence to act as an expert witness at a trial.

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Network Design Track

Upon completion of the network design track, graduates will be able to:

  • Assess business problems and implement the best network solution.
  • Apply knowledge of operating systems to construct various networking environments.
  • Design messaging systems for problem reporting and resolution.
  • Formulate secure network infrastructures in efficient topologies.
  • Implement integrated voice and data services.

Software Design Track

Upon completion of the software design track, graduates will be able to:

  • Assess business problems and select and implement the best programming language environment.
  • Formulate software solutions for the desktop computing platform.
  • Design software solutions for the Internet.
  • Integrate database solutions with web and desktop applications.
  • Develop software solutions for wireless handheld devices.


A minor in Information Systems is available. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog

Minors at Stevenson


BS/MS Option

The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in Computer Information Systems who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework with work toward a master’s degree in one of Stevenson’s graduate programs. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into a BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. For more information on this program see the Stevenson University Online Catalog.

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