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Computer Information Systems


The computer information systems (CIS) program has a curriculum that embraces the major areas of structured programming, data structures, and algorithms. You may also enroll in the cybersecurity concentration or select a custom set of courses. 

The CIS program offers the opportunity for you to develop knowledge and skills in analysis and design of business information systems, database development, software development, and networking.

This program prepares you for professional careers in the rapidly changing field of computer information systems. You'll develop good communication skills and the ability for teamwork and leadership roles in your professional career.

All CIS majors are encouraged to seek a minor in business administration. The program also provides an excellent preparation for graduate school and the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam.

In this Program 

You will:

  • Expect to make the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations of $86,320 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  • See projected employment growth of 13 percent from 2016 to 2026 for computer and information technology occupations, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Maximize your options for employment as an application programmer, mobile app developer, web developer, video game developer, interface designer, systems analyst, database manager.
  • Possess the most sought-after skills for the 21st century with placement rates for graduates exceeding 95 percent over the last five years. 

Student Testimonial

“This program provides the opportunity to mix computer science and business together in a way that opened up a career to help my company manage its software tools.” KW – 2018   

Career Opportunities

If finding employment or being accepted to graduate school is the criterion of success, then graduates of our computer information systems program have been very successful indeed. Over the last five years, the job placement rate of our graduates has exceeded 95 percent. These students share one important trait: they possess among the most sought-after skills for the 21st century.

Experiential Opportunities

All students will complete capstone courses developing information systems applications as a team in a variety of application domains such as health care, marketing, finance, geography, biology etc.

You can also make use of paid internship opportunities that are available to the motivated.

Computer information systems majors can also study abroad in: short-term faculty-led programs, exchange/direct enroll programs, and outside provider-led programs. Imani Hunter, a Computer Science major, studied abroad through our exchange program at Reitaku University in Japan during the Fall of 2018. 


The Bachelor of Science in computer information systems is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Enrollment and degree productivity data is available in the Fitchburg State University Fact Book (PDF).

Requirements and Curriculum

Bachelor of Science


Computer Science

Computer Information Systems Student Outcomes

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solutions to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the computer science discipline
  • Support the delivery, use, and management of information systems within an information systems environment

Computer Information Systems Educational Objectives

Upon graduation, you will be able to: 

  • Apply the knowledge of basic components of computer information systems including hardware, software, databases, data communications, and networking.
  • Apply what they have learned about the relationships between computer information systems and the organizational functions they support.
  • Analyze, design, implement and document information systems solutions to practical problems.
  • Utilize basic computer skills to achieve and maintain professional careers in computer information systems and across related disciplines. 
  • Understand ethical, legal and professional implications and provide leadership in their professional careers. 
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills
  • Collaborate in group projects and open source community projects. 
  • Show evidence of lifelong learning skills.