Computer Information Systems

Find a Competitive Edge through 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 Digital Transformation and Innovation 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.

Stevenson Computer Information Systems

Connection to Career

Internship Placements

  • Baltimore Research
  • CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield of Maryland
  • Department of Defense
  • EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
  • State of Maryland

Top Employers

  • AT&T
  • PayPal
  • Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • US Army National Guard

Graduate Opportunities

  • Full Sail University
  • Stevenson University

Career Pathways

  • Database Administration
  • Information Security
  • Programming
  • Systems Development
  • Web Administration

Connection to Career

CIS Student Adam Glinowiecki talks about Stevenson’s program and the opportunities that came from it. Adam recently started working at Cienna as a Cybersecurity Analyst.

Meet Our Students & Alumni

Applied Functionality

Cassandra Morris

Computer Information Systems Major

For Cassandra, writing a few simple lines of code and watching them translate to a functional computer program is one of the thrills that comes with being a Computer Information Systems major.

Study Computer Information Systems at Stevenson


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 100First Year Seminar1 credit
IS 135MS Office Applications3 credits
IS 140Information Systems Architecture and Design3 credits
IS 150Relational Database Design & SQL with MS Access3 credits
IS 170Systems Development with UML3 credits
IS 201Management Information Systems3 credits
IS 231Network Technologies3 credits
IS 232TCP and IP Communication Protocols for Windows and UNIX3 credits
IS 235Advanced Windows Server Architecture & Administration3 credits
IS 240Programming Concepts3 credits
IS 260Presentation Theory and Application3 credits
IS 320Human-Computer Interaction3 credits
IS 345Java Programming3 credits
IS 350IS Internship3 credits
IS 365Writing for IS Applications3 credits
IS 431Exchange Server & Messaging Systems3 credits
IS 432Network Security-Firewalls, IDS, and Counter Measures3 credits
IS 444Wireless Application Development3 credits
IS 480Technology Law3 credits
MGT 210Business Writing3 credits

Take any two of the following business electives

ACC 140Financial Accounting3 credits
MGT 204Principles of Management3 credits
MKT 206Principles of Marketing3 credits
One 300-400 level INBUS, MGT or MKT course

Minors and Other Options

Minor in Information Systems

The minor in information systems requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an IS prefix. 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. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

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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