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  • Of all the technology degrees available the degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) is arguably the most broad and most diverse. It provides just about anyone with an interest in working with technology the opportunity to do just that.

    Typically CIS degrees are made up of half business courses and half technology courses. The reason for this is that CIS programs are designed to teach students how to solve business problems using technology.
     
    A degree in CIS prepares students  for a wide variety of technology careers, depending on where their  interests lie . A CIS degree provides one of the broadest technology foundations of all the technology degrees. The reason is due to the combination of business and technology courses required for the degree.
     
    Job opportunities are dependent on three things: GPA; experience; and the types of courses taken. By carefully selecting which elective courses to take a CIS student at Texas State can specialize in programming and development, database, or networking/security.  However, a CIS degree can prepare students for any number of other positions including but not limited to: systems analyst, programmer analyst, business analyst, business analytics, mobile developer, web developer, etc.
     
    For more information about CIS and what it is, read the white paper, “What is CIS”.
  • Computer Information Systems, or CIS, is often called Computer Science, or CS, light. CIS students take many of the same courses that CS students do. The primary difference between the two is that ½ of the CIS courses are business courses, where CS students don’t take any business courses, unless they choose to take a business minor. CS majors focus more on programming efficiency and algorithms and CIS students focus more on applying technology to solve business problems. In most organizations it takes both sets of skills to complete major projects. Often times it is the CIS students that work with the business clients to design the applications and programs. Once designed, the CIS majors work with the CS majors to develop and implement the ultimate software product. 

     
    You can find you more detail on what CIS is by reading the white paper, “Technology Degrees”.
  • CIS and MIS have a significant amount of overlap. The main difference between CIS and MIS is the amount of development or programming coursework that is required. MIS programs are more closely tied to the business aspects than CIS. CIS is more closely tied to the development or technology aspects of the degree. Depending on the specific electives taken, an MIS student could be classified as a CIS student, and a CIS student could be classified as an MIS student.

     
    You can find you more detail on what CIS is reading the white paper, “Technology Degrees”.
  • Math skills are necessary for any type of technology degree. However, the level of math skills necessary for CIS students is less than those required for most CS programs. At Texas State the math requirements are College Algebra and two statistics courses. The CIS&QMST Department has a dedicated tutor to help students with the statistics courses and the University offers additional tutoring for statistics and for College Algebra at the Student Learning Assistance Center or SLAC.

  • CIS graduates can make anywhere from $30,000 to $70,000 straight out of college. However, the actual salary you start at depends on the grades, skills, activities, and experience a student has. Good students that are active in internships and get involved with the student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, and participate in competitions typically find themselves at the higher end of the spectrum.

  •  Yes, there are several ways that students can obtain internships. Once each semester the university career center hosts an internship and job fair. Weekly newsletters from the career center identify employers on campus for internship and full time positions. The department chair receives numerous opportunities for internships throughout the semester that are passed on to students. Finally, students often find internships through on-line applications as well as personal connections.

     
    You can find out more about internships by visiting our Internships page.
     
  • At Texas State, yes. We offer a special topics course that rotates each semester it is offered. One semester it focuses on Apple-iOS, and the next semester, Android.

  • The gaming industry is a fast changing field. As console demand slips, and stand alone computing games give way to mobile and multiplayer cloud environments, the skills required are changing. 

     
    There are a variety of specializations that will allow a person to get involved with game development. It all depends on which specialization you are interested in. These specializations include programming, graphics, designer, and others. 
     
    From the CIS perspective the primary way ‘in’ would be through programming. This would include a focus on development skills as well as mobile development.
  • Meaningful Work
    IT professionals work on creative teams to develop cutting-edge products and solutions that save lives, solve health problems, improve the environment, and keep us connected.

    Security and High Salaries with a Bachelor’s Degree
    The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that IT jobs will be among the fastest-growing and highest-paying over the next decade. The jobs in greatest demand will require a computing degree. These jobs, critical to our
    nation’s economy and security, also earn the highest entry-level salary of any bachelor’s degree. Yet it takes less time to complete the required education than for other respected professions, such as doctors or lawyers.

    Flexibility and Variety
    Many IT careers offer flexible hours or telecommuting, making it easier to blend career and family. And IT professionals have skills that are useful in many different jobs.

  • The primary student organization that is associated with the CIS program at Texas State is the Student Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals or AITP. This organization is very active and members participate in regional and national student conferences and competitions. The Texas State Chapter of AITP sponsors the High School IT Symposium held annually in the fall at Texas State. The chapter also holds monthly chapter meetings in the CIS department conference room, and members participate in professional meetings in San Antonio and Austin. You can find out more about by visiting the AITP website.

If you have a question that is not answered on the web site or the frequently asked questions page, please contact the department at cisqm@txstate.edu.