Monte Ahuja College of Business

Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science (BSCIS)

Computer and Information Science Track (BSCIS)
At-a-Glance

Admission to major: 2.00 grade-point average, plus a grade of C or better in MTH 181 or an average grade of C+ (2.3) or better in MTH 148, plus a grade of C+ or better in CIS 260.

Concentration areas: Many specialization areas are possible through the selection of a concentration area (see below).

Advising: A student should consult with a department faculty member on a regular basis for course selection.Each student can also be assigned an adviser by the department after declaring the major; phone 216-687-4760. Students should consult with the Advising Center of the Monte Ahuja College (BU 219) for most advising , curriculum, or program issues.

Student organizations: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Additional information: Each student is required to choose a concentration area in any field related to computer and information science and take at least 16 semester hours in this area. Some typical choices are:

  • Business: accounting, finance, marketing, management and labor relations, or operations and supply chain management, or information systems
  • Engineering: most commonly electrical engineering and electronic engineering technology
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science: biology, chemistry, or physics

A concentration within the CIS Department may be selected with written permission of the student’s CIS adviser.

By choosing a concentration area, the student may prepare for a career using computers in that area.

Note: The CIS Department also offers an Information Systems major in the B.B.A. degree.

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Major-Field Requirements

The following list provides a relatively complete guide to the academic requirements for a program of study in the Computer and Information Science (CIS) track of the Computer and Information Science major. Each student's specific program requires the approval of the department adviser.

  1. General Education Requirements. Students should see an adviser in the Business College Office (BU 219) before choosing electives to satisfy General Education Requirements in the following areas: Mathematics or Logic, Arts/Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, Social Diversity and Writing Across the Curriculum.
  2. Eighteen semester hours of mathematics chosen from one of two sequences as follows:
    1. (Recommended for all students) MTH 181-182 (Analytical Geometry and Calculus), MTH 220 (Introduction to Discrete Mathematics), MTH 284 (Matrices for Engineers), and MTH 323 (Statistics with Probability)
    2. (Not available for engineering, science, or quantitative business. concentrations) MTH 148 - MTH 149 (Mathematicss for Business Majors I and II), MTH 220 (Introduction to Discrete Mathematics), OSM 201 and OSM 202 (Business Statistics).
  3. A ten-semester-hour approved sequence in a Natural Science with Laboratory. Recommended sequences are PHY 243 and PHY 244 for students with calculus, and PHY 221 and 222 for others.
  4. Twenty-six semester hours of a Computer and Information Science core program: CIS 260 (Introduction to Programming), CIS 265 (Data Structures and Algorithms), CIS 335 (Language Processors), CIS 340 (C/C++ For Systems Programming), CIS 345 (Operating System Principles), and CIS 368 (Object Oriented Design and Programming), CIS 485 (Senior Project)
  5. A minimum of 20 semester hours of Computer and Information Science electives.
  6. Four hours of Project Management, IST 420 (Project Management).
  7. Introduces CIS 151 (Invitation to Computing) for students interested in gaining an overview of the computing discipline. This course should be taken before taking CIS 260. This course can be substituted if a student has CS AP credit or has completed a college level programming course.
  8. Each student must select an area of specialization in any field related to Computer and Information Science. At least 16 semester hours must be in this area, with at least 9 semester hours at the 300 level or higher. The area of specialization must be carefully related to the student's program and approved by the student's adviser. Sample programs of study showing a concentration in the various areas of business, engineering, technology, science, or mathematics are available from the department. Other programs, including concentrations within the CIS Department, that are tailored to the individual student's needs must be individually approved.
  9. At least 46 semester hours must be earned in courses at the 300 level or above.
  10. A minimum total of 128 credit hours.

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Suggested Program:

Notes:

[Note: Students should consult with a college adviser before choosing General Education electives. This is particularly important for CIS majors completing the CSC track.]

[Note: Courses marked with a W satisfy the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum requirement. Please consult with a college adviser for the courses that satisfy the Writing-Across-Curriculum requirement.]

[Note: Students should consult with a CIS Department faculty adviser before choosing concentration or CIS electives.]

Suggested Program of Study for the CIS Major using the CIS track

First Semester

Credits

ENG 101 English I

3

MTH 181 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I1

4

CIS 151 Invitation to Computing 3

3

Social Diversity 2

3

BUS 101 Intro to College Life

1

Total

14

 

 

Second Semester

Credits

Arts and Humanities1

3

ENG 102 English II

3

MTH 182 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II1

4

CIS 260 Intro to Programming

4

Social Science Elective2

3

Total

17

 

 

Third Semester

Credits

PHY 243 University Physics I (W)4

5

Arts and Humanities elective 2

3

MTH 284 Matrices for Engineers 5

2

CIS 265 Data Structures and Algorithms

4

Social Science Elective

3

Total

17

 

 

Fourth Semester

Credits

PHY 244 University Physics II 4

5

Social Diversity2

3

CIS 340 C/C++ for System Prog.

2

CIS 335 Language Proc.

4

Concentration Elective3

3

Total

17

 

 

Fifth Semester

Credits

MTH 200 Discrete Math

4

CIS 368 OO Design & Prog.

4

CIS 345 Oper. System

4

Concentration Elective

3

Total

15

 

 

Sixth Semester

Credits

MTH 323 Statistical Methods 5

4

IST 420 Project Management

4

CIS Elective

4

CIS Elective

4

Total

16

 

 

Seventh Semester

Credits

CIS Elective

4

CIS Elective

4

Concentration Elective

3

Concentration Elective

3

Open Elective

3

Total       

17

 

 

Eighth Semester

Credits

CIS 485 Senior Project

4

CIS Elective

4

Concentration Elective

4

Open Elective(s)

3

Total

15

1 The Analytical Geometry and Calculus sequence (MTH 181-182) may be substituted for Mathematics for Business Majors (MTH 148-149)

2 Students should consult with a college adviser before choosing General Education electives.

3 CIS 151 can be substituted for any student with either AP (CS) credit, or by completing any college level programming language course such as CIS 260 or IST 211.

4 PHY 243 and 244 can be substituted by PHY 221 and PHY 222 for those not taking the calculus sequence.

5 MTH 284 and MTH 323 can be substituted by OSM 201 and OSM 202.

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Additional Major-Field Requirements

  1. In order to declare CIS as the major, the student must have completed one semester of Calculus (MTH 181) with a grade of C (2.00) or better, or one semester of Mathematical Concepts (MTH 148) with a grade of C+ (2.30) or better; and CIS 260 (Introduction to Programming) with a grade of C+ (2.30) or better. The student must also have an overall grade-point average of 2.00 or better.
  2. All computer and information science courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better.
  3. Any computer and information science course taken without prior satisfactory completion of all catalog prerequisite courses will not be counted toward fulfillment of graduation requirements.
Students who intend to major in CIS should see an adviser in the CIS Department as soon as possible (no later than the end of the freshman year), even if they have not yet completed MTH 181 and CIS 260.

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