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College of Engineering and Computing

Computer Science and Engineering

B.S. - Computer Information Systems

CIS is an integrative field. CIS professionals are the "communication bridge" between business needs and technology. This means that you will have to understand how to figure out how things work, solve problems, find things out, communicate what you found, and learn a lot of new things on a regular basis. It's a dynamic field, and it takes dynamic people to do well in it. People who can think fast, work hard, and balance a lot of things should really think about CIS.

How does CIS differ from Computer Science (CS) and Computer Engineering (CE)?

All computing majors in the CSE Department learn the programming skills necessary to become effective software developers. However, the CIS major is unique in that it:

  • Requires a Business Information Management minor that includes required courses is accounting, economics, management, and management science and additional business electives in entrepreneurship, international business, finance, and marketing.
  • Includes computing courses in cybersecurity, information assurance, networks, and data management.
  • Focuses on practical business mathematics (MATH 122/174) and Statistics (STAT 515/516) rather than the science-focused calculus courses.
  • Requires only two laboratory science courses from the Carolina Core.

What types of courses does a CIS major take?

CIS Classes

  • Computing (47 credits): Software, Hardware, Databases, Networks, and Security
  • Business (24 credits)
  • Math (6 credits)
  • Statistics (6 credits)
  • Science (8 credits)
  • Other General Requirements (30 credits)

What kinds of people pursue CIS?

Successful CIS professionals tend to share certain traits. Do these describe you? If so, then our CIS major is for you!

  • Are good problem solvers
  • Like to work with people
  • Can think strategically about technology
  • Like responsibility for developing and then implementing their ideas
  • Can bridge both technology and business
  • Can see both details and the big picture
  • Are excellent communicators
  • Can manage time and resources well

What jobs do CIS graduates get into?

CIS professionals work in a wide variety of industries, including: banking, broadcasting, education, health-care, high tech, insurance, music, media, gaming, government, retail, surveillance – just about every industry depends on CIS. Some common job titles include:

  • Systems/Business Analyst
  • Database Administrator/Manager
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Network Manager
  • Application Developer / Web Developer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Business Intelligence and Data Analyst
  • Social Media Analyst
  • IT consultant
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Systems Architect

Why are CIS jobs among the best jobs?

Computing jobs make up nine (9) of the U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2014 (including the top 2 jobs). The rankings illustrate that CIS careers offer the right mix of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance, and job security. The CIS-related jobs (with ranking and 2012 median salary) ranked in the U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2014 are:

1. Software Developer ($90,060) 2. Computer Systems Analyst ($79,680) 9. Web Developer ($62,500) 11. Information Security Analyst ($86,170) 12. Database Administrator ($77,080) 24. IT Manager ($120,950) 30. Computer Programmer ($74,280) 52. Computer Systems Administrator ($72,560) 78. Computer Support Specialist ($59,090)

How long will CIS jobs be around?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), employment of computer and information occupations are projected to grow by 18 percent, adding 651,300 new jobs (to the already existing 3.68 million computing jobs) from 2012 to 2022. Over this same period there will be more than 1.24 million job openings in computing occupations due to growth and replacements.

Demand for workers in these occupations will be driven by the continuing need for businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to adopt and utilize the latest technologies. Workers in these occupations will be needed to develop software, increase cybersecurity, and update existing network infrastructure.


The Computer Information Systems Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Top 5 reasons to major in CIS:

  1. Plentiful and well-paid jobs: Demand for IT workers is high while the supply is low.
  2. Rewarding: Help people solve difficult business problems.
  3. Versatile and mobile: Work anywhere, in any industry.
  4. Creative and innovative: Do cool things! Create new stuff!
  5. Fun: Dynamic, fast, never boring

How can I enhance my degree?

Capstone Design Initiative

As an undergraduate student, you'll test your knowledge in real-world applications. The Capstone Design course is a required course for seniors that pairs a student team with an industry partner on a project to design an engineering or computing solution to a business problem.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.