University of Southern Indiana
Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems

How Technology Serves Business

When you study CIS at Romain College of Business, you learn how businesses use computer-based systems to solve problems and create opportunities. Careers in this field offer above-average employment potential; the U.S. Department of Labor expects computer and information technology occupations to grow by twice the national average for all careers (2016 to 2026).

With your degree in CIS, you have skills that are in demand—and a foundation for success in practically any industry you choose, anywhere in the world.

"USI graduates in CIS work at the epicenter of change. They don’t just watch things happen—they make things happen." 

- Dr. Jennifer Williams, Professor of Computer Information Systems

CIS or Computer Science (CS): Which is right for you?

The study of computer information systems (CIS) focuses on how computer-based technology makes businesses efficient, productive and profitable. Computer science (CS) involves the development of software across all kinds of applications, not necessarily for business. If you like solving business challenges, consider CIS. If your interest is writing code for software, look into CS.

Prepare for big things.

As a student in CIS, you cultivate a problem-solving perspective with critical thinking. You collaborate with peers and practice communicating ideas with clarity. And you have the opportunity to learn from IT professionals in business and industry.

Your study of CIS includes cybersecurity, data analytics, enterprise web development, application development and information systems management.

See USI’s degree offerings and courses in CIS.

Where are cybersecurity jobs? See the demand for talent, locally and nationwide.

Compared to many schools, class sizes at the Romain College of Business are typically smaller. You receive individualized attention in the classroom when you need it. Instructors here are dedicated to teaching—they keep an open-door policy and make time to listen and help.

Christopher McKinney

Christopher McKinney ’19

Hometown: Newburgh, Indiana
Computer Information Systems

I got interested in computer information systems when I took a class in web development in high school. I’m good at html, but I’m not really into programming. CIS is a good fit for me because it deals with how technology serves business. Writing code isn’t (continue reading)

Study at the forefront of today’s CIS challenges.

The digital age has intensified industry’s appetite for talent, especially in cybersecurity and data analytics for business; USI offers certificate programs in both. Learn from leading thinkers in these arenas and gain practical experience with tools used by the world’s top companies.

Cybersecurity: the 21st century’s name for defense.

Anything connected to the Internet represents a security risk. Learn what makes information systems vulnerable to attack and how organizations can prevent and mitigate the risks. From the Cybersecurity Operations Center (SOC), an around-the-clock learning lab, you monitor actual threats to the University’s network and become familiar with how IT professionals thwart attacks. Review curriculum requirements for the Cybersecurity Certificate.

Data analytics: Read the stories in the numbers.

Information presents untold opportunities for those who know how to use it. The Data Analytics for Business Certificate emphasizes "data analytics for all" to make concepts accessible for ready application to business. You start with learning to communicate insights through visualization and storytelling. You build on this with automated machine learning to predict the future. And you get into the essentials of collecting and prepping data for use.

Along the way you work with tools that are industry standards: Tableau, Datarobot and Alteryx. As a graduate, you are prepared to put your know-how to good use in any company eager for competitive insight.

Rachel Bury ’19

Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
Computer Information Systems

I graduated from North High in Evansville and had applied to five colleges before I decided on USI. I was already a little familiar with campus, having played sand volleyball here with friends. I really liked the school’s size. It’s big enough that you can always meet new people, but (continue reading)

Rachel Bury

Place the capstone on your studies.

As you approach the conclusion of your undergraduate studies in CIS, you and your team tackle an actual business problem. You consult with the company to understand the issue and collaborate on a solution. You present your ideas to the client and members of the IT Alliance for evaluation.

See a sample of student presentations.

AACSB AccreditedThe Romain College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation.

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