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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 a recommended program sequence.

Foundations of Excellence 34-35 cr.
ACES100 Achieving Career and Education Success 3 cr.
COMM120 Presentation Techniques 3 cr.
ENGL109 Composition 3 cr.
ENGL110 Advanced Composition 3 cr.
ENGL311 Professional Writing 3 cr.
MATH125 Intermediate Algebra 3 cr.
MATH140 or MATH215 Finite Mathematics or Calculus I 3-4 cr.
MATH150 Pre-Calculus 4 cr.
SOSC201 Diversity in Society 3 cr.
SOSC301 Globalization and World Diversity 3 cr.
STAT220 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr.
Foundations of Business 9-10 cr.
ACCT200 or ACCT201 Accounting Basics for Managers or Accounting Foundations I 3-4 cr.
BUSN210 Professional Ethics 3 cr.
MGMT211 Management Foundations 3 cr.
Foundations of Technology 18 cr.
CISP111 Requirements Planning and Developing 3 cr.
CISP247 Database Design 3 cr.
CISP250/MATH250 Discrete Structures 3 cr.
CSCI231 Introduction to Programming 3 cr.
GPMT287 Principles of Project Management 3 cr.
Choose one of the following: (3) cr.
CSCI232 Object Oriented Programming with C++ 3 cr.
CSCI234 Object-Oriented Programming with C# 3 cr.
CSCI239 Object-Oriented Programming with Java 3 cr.
Major 45-48 cr.
CISP211 E-Business Foundations 3 cr.
CISP220 Web Page Applications 3 cr.
CISP238 Server Side Scripting I 3 cr.
CISP309 Database Systems 3 cr.
CISP340 Mobile Application Development I 3 cr.
CISP405 B2B Processes 3 cr.
CSCI312 Data Structures and Algorithms 3 cr.
CSCI342 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming 3 cr.
CISP490 or TECH489 Computer Information Systems Internship or Field Experience in Technology 3 cr.
Choose one or more of the following specialty areas: (15-18) cr.
Programming Specialty (18) cr.
CISP401 Systems Analysis and Design 3 cr.
CISP410 Systems Integration 3 cr.
CSCI420 Distributed Architectures 3 cr.
CSCI430 Operating Systems 3 cr.
Choose two of the following not completed in the Foundations: (6) cr.
CSCI232 Object Oriented Programming with C++ 3 cr.
CSCI234 Object-Oriented Programming with C# 3 cr.
CSCI239 Object-Oriented Programming with Java 3 cr.
Web and Mobile Development Specialty (15) cr.
BITS301 Image Editing Applications 3 cr.
BITS303 Web Authoring Applications 3 cr.
CISP310 Server Side Scripting II 3 cr.
CISP316 Web Design 3 cr.
CISP341 Mobile Application Development II 3 cr.
Open Electives 9-14 cr.