College of Business

Computer Information Systems

Careers in technology are booming. Employers are seeking candidates who have computer skills and technology-related degrees. Technical skills alone, however, are not enough to secure a job. Employers also want individuals who have interpersonal, teamwork, analytical and communication skills. Graduating with a major in Computer Information Systems provides you with these diverse skills.

Skills needed for a career in Information and Operations Management

Businesses are looking for individuals who can utilize technology to improve operations. An understanding of accounting, finance, marketing and management combined with an aptitude for computer programming and systems analysis and design provide the background to create computer-aided solutions to business problems.

The CIS Curriculum at ISU

The computer information systems program is designed specifically to prepare students to design, implement, and manage computer-based information systems. Combining concepts of computer science, software engineering, and management, the program provides an in-depth understanding of the analysis, design, and implementation of computer-based systems and the management of the information resource. The program acquaints the students with information systems ranging from desktop systems to multi-user Web-based systems.

Career Opportunities

Programmers meet with clients or end-users to determine their business needs. Then, they translate the required business functions into a programming language that can be understood by the computer. Programmers are also responsible for testing the program and fixing any bugs. Finally, these individuals develop a user's manual including detailed documentation about the program.

Database Administrator
With the incredible increase in computer technology, businesses are in need of database administrators to manage the storage and retrieval of data. They determine the most efficient manner to store, organize, maintain and retrieve records of information. They also analyze how to maintain security of the database.

Systems Analyst
Systems analysts act as liaisons between the user and the programmer. They assess the users' needs and develop a detailed design that represents the best solution for the existing problems.

Technology has allowed for new ways to communicate and to share information that is stored within different computer systems. A networking specialist develops the tools necessary to create and maintain this communication, with responsibility for hardware and software design to create tools such as a Local Area Network (LAN), a Wide Area Network (WAN), or Intranet.

Consulting firms typically provide systems or information technology services to their clients. Consultants will advise clients on the design of new systems and will assist in the installation of such programs.

Web Development
Web sites are used for marketing, sales, communications, public relations, and training, just to name a few. Careers in Web development involve the design and maintenance of such sites. Web developers typically work with a client to determine the needs of the organization. The developer will then design a prototype, usually using multiple applications and interfaces. The design will be tested and technical documentation is written for the program. Positions in Web development require creativity. The range of organizations seeking Web developers is extremely diverse.

Contact an Advisor

The best way to learn about matching your interests with the requirements for the CIS major is to schedule a visit with an academic adviser. Contact Susan Hooks: Office: BA 203 - Main Floor; Phone: (208)282-3448; Email:

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