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Your Future in Tech: A Degree in 
Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Whether you have a passion for gaming, or an affinity for web programming, Davenport University’s multiple degree options in Computer Information Systems (CIS) can help you develop the skills you need for your future. CIS professionals require a variety of technology-based skills, including:

  • Engineering
  • Programming
  • Web development
  • Software design
  • Database management
  • Game development 

DU offers two degree options within this program:

Bachelor of Science, CIS

This degree will ready you to analyze your employers’ information needs and to determine how computer systems can be used to remedy those needs. In this program, you will gain knowledge of data flow within organizations, as well as have a strong educational foundation in business. We've designed the CIS curriculum to prepare you with essential skills for success:

  • Technical skills in computers and computer systems
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills

When you pursue Davenport’s Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems degree, you will choose a focus in one of the following majors:

  • Computer Gaming and Simulation
  • Database Management
  • Programming
  • Web Design and Development

Associate of Applied Science, CIS

You will gain a broad introductory knowledge of computer information systems in this degree program. Studies include:

  • Microcomputer Applications Programming
  • Database Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Programming

In-Demand Careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 data reported Computer Systems Analysts median annual wages of $77,740.  As technology is constantly advancing, computer specialists are in more demand than ever before. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the computer information system profession will grow at a faster than average rate through 2020, by 22 percent. In the computer systems programs field, you will work with corporate management to determine how computer systems will be best used within your company.

Computer information systems professionals work in a variety of settings all around the world, in positions including:

  • Application Designer/Developer/Programmer/Analyst
  • Computer Information Specialist/Analyst
  • Computer System Consultant
  • Computer Technician
  • Database Administrator
  • Game Designer/Developer/Tester
  • Software Engineer
  • Website Designer 

Why Davenport?

  • The national reputation of Davenport’s curriculum and instructors is proven.
  • Your education is enhanced through interaction with field experts. 
  • Organizations across Michigan and the nation regularly hire DU graduates.

The DU Advantage

  • Courses available online and in classroom
  • State-of-the-art online technology and support
  • High quality coursework
  • 11 campuses statewide
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
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Full Curriculum


The Computer Information Systems Bachelor of Science Degree is designed to provide students a broad range of computer programming skills. Students will learn to work with Corporate Management subject matter experts (SME) to analyze information needs and determine ways in which computer systems can be used to meet those needs. Students will chose between two solid specialties of Programming or Web and Mobile Development specialty. It is highly recommended that all students use open electives to complete more than one major or an additional specialty.

***Which class should I take? When should I take it?

Please click here for the program sequence for Computer Information Systems, BS - Specialty: Programming. (pdf download)

Please click here for the program sequence for Computer Information Systems, BS - Specialty: Web and Mobile Development. (pdf download)

Foundations of Excellence34-35 cr.
ACES100 or OPENAchieving Career and Education Success or (if exempt) Open Elective3 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
ENGL311Professional Writing3 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
MATH140 or MATH215Finite Mathematics or Calculus I3-4 cr.
MATH150Pre-Calculus4 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
SOSC301Globalization and World Diversity3 cr.
STAT220Introduction to Statistics3 cr.
Foundations of Business9-10 cr.
ACCT200 or ACCT201Accounting Basics for Managers or Accounting Foundations I3-4 cr.
BUSN210Professional Ethics3 cr.
MGMT211Management Foundations3 cr.
Foundations of Technology18 cr.
CISP111Requirements Planning and Developing3 cr.
CISP247Database Design3 cr.
CSCI231Introduction to Programming3 cr.
GPMT287Principles of Project Management3 cr.
MATH250Discrete Structures3 cr.
Choose one of the following:(3) cr.
CSCI232Object Oriented Programming with C++3 cr.
CSCI234Object-Oriented Programming with C#3 cr.
CSCI239Object-Oriented Programming with Java3 cr.
Major45-48 cr.
CISP211E-Business Foundations3 cr.
CISP220Web Page Applications3 cr.
CISP238Server Side Scripting I3 cr.
CISP309Database Systems3 cr.
CISP340Mobile Application Development I3 cr.
CISP405B2B Processes3 cr.
CSCI312Data Structures and Algorithms3 cr.
CSCI342Advanced Object-Oriented Programming3 cr.
CISP490* or TECH489*Computer Information Systems Internship or Field Experience in Technology3 cr.
TECH497College of Technology Capstone3 cr.
Choose one of the following specialty areas:(15-18) cr.
Programming Specialty(18) cr.
CISP401Systems Analysis and Design3 cr.
CISP410Systems Integration3 cr.
CSCI420Distributed Architectures3 cr.
CSCI430Operating Systems3 cr.
Choose two of the following not completed in the Foundations:(6) cr.
CSCI232Object Oriented Programming with C++3 cr.
CSCI234Object-Oriented Programming with C#3 cr.
CSCI239Object-Oriented Programming with Java3 cr.
Web and Mobile Development Specialty(15) cr.
BITS301Image Editing Applications3 cr.
BITS303Web Authoring Applications3 cr.
CISP310Server Side Scripting II3 cr.
CISP316Web Design3 cr.
CISP341Mobile Application Development II3 cr.
Open Electives 9-14 cr.