Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems Objectives

Program Educational Objectives:

Educational objectives of the computer information systems program are the knowledge, skills, and experiences that enable graduates to:

  1. investigate and analyze business problems, providing reliable and secure computerized solutions;
  2. grow professionally through activities such as graduate study, continuing education, professional certifications, and participation in professional organizations;
  3. think critically and creatively, communicate clearly, work effectively with others, and develop leadership skills;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of social and ethical issues in the computer profession;
  5. understand the organizational impact of computer-based information systems.

Program Outcomes:

Computer Information Systems students at the time of graduation are expected to:

  1. be prepared to contribute immediately as information systems professionals;
  2. be able to design and implement information systems that satisfy user requirements;
  3. possess a knowledge of computer security and computer security management;
  4. demonstrate effective written, visual, and oral communication skills;
  5. understand the global context in which computer information systems are practiced, including:
    1. contemporary issues related to business and technology;
    2. the impact of computers on society;
    3. the role of ethics in the practice of information systems profession;
  6. be able to contribute effectively as members of systems development teams;
  7. recognize the need to pursue continued learning throughout their professional careers.

Graduation Requirements

Upon a student's admission to the Computer Information Systems major, a faculty member will serve as the student's academic advisor to work with the student in planning a program to complete the degree requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor throughout the semester and are required to meet with their advisor prior to registering for the next semester.

Before enrolling in upper-division (junior and senior level) courses, students must have earned a grade of "C" or better in each of the following:

Programming Fundamentals

3 or 4 semester hours

Object-Oriented Programming

3 or 4 semester hours

Advanced Microsoft Office

3 semester hours

Introduction to Information Systems with Visual BASIC

3 semester hours

Computer Organization

3 semester hours

Finite Mathematics I and II

6 semester hours

Principles of Accounting I and II

6 to 8 semester hours

In addition, preparation should be started for upper-division work in supporting areas such as accounting, bioinformatics, criminal justice, management, and medical records database management.

To graduate with a degree in Computer Information Systems, the student must meet the following specific requirements in addition to the general baccalaureate degree requirements:

A. Twenty-seven semester hours of upper-division computer science, with at least 15 hours completed at UT Tyler

B. Grade of "C" or better in all COSC courses and courses listed in C.1, C.2, and C.3 below.

C. Forty-four hours of computer science courses:

1. Required courses are as follows:

COSC 1310: Advanced Information Systems Software

COSC 1336: Programming Fundamentals

COSC 1136: Programming Fundamentals Lab

COSC 1337: The Object-Oriented Paradigm

COSC 1137: The Object-Oriented Paradigm Lab

COSC 2325: Foundations of Computer Information Systems

COSC 2315: Computer Organization

COSC 3310: Internet and Web Applications

COSC 3365: Programming with Data, File and Object Structures

COSC 3385: Database Design

COSC 3375: Analysis and Logical Design

COSC 4309: Design of Modern Information Systems

COSC 4325: Data Communications and Computer Networks

COSC 4375: Information Systems Design Project

2. Six hours of approved upper-division COSC electives.

3. Three semester hours in an approved technical elective

D. Thirty hours of specified support courses:

1. ACCT 2301: Principles of Financial Accounting

ACCT 2302: Principles of Managerial Accounting

MANA 3370: Information and Communication Techniques

MANA 3311: Organization Theory and Behavior

MANA 3330: Management Information Systems

GENB 3301: Business Law and Social Responsibility (or COSC 3315: Social and Professional Issues in Computing)

2. MATH 1324: Mathematics for Business and Economics

MATH 1325: Mathematics for Business and Economics II

MATH 1342: Statistics

MATH 2330: Discrete Structures

E. Twelve hours of approved electives in supporting disciplines. Nine hours must be upper-division