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Meet a University of Texas at Tyler Graduate

From a Good Job to a Great Career

Cindy Ritledge

“I earned my associate degree in 1993, got married and started a family. I guess you could say that ‘life’ got in the way of continuing my education. After working eight years in the Texas Department of Human Services, I came to UT Tyler as an administrative assistant in the chemistry department. I loved working in the chemistry department and the family atmosphere and bonds formed there.

"Dr. Don McClaugherty, my boss, was the epitome of what UT Tyler is all about. He has a passion for teaching and he pushed me to continue my education. He was the driving force behind me working on my degree. After four great years, I transferred to the College of Arts and Sciences where I became administrative associate to the dean and held that position for 2 ½ years. All during the time I was employed at UT Tyler, I took two courses per semester to work toward my degree.

“It was always my personal goal to show my four children how important it is to obtain a college degree. There was no better way to show them than to earn a degree myself. With the support of my family and co-workers, I graduated magna cum laude in fall 2010 with a BS in computer information systems.

“Just a month after completing my bachelor’s degree, I was hired in UT Tyler’s IT department as a business intelligence specialist. Now I spend my days working with the Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise edition (OBIE) creating dashboards that allow users to work more easily with reports, graphs and charts. It is challenging, stimulating work that I enjoy very much.''

Cindy Rutledge, Canton, TX
BS Computer Information Systems, 2010

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For more information, check out the UT Tyler Department of Computer Science.

Computer Information Systems BS Degree

Be a Leader in CIS Design and Business Solutions

Over the past 20 years, advancements in information technology have exploded. A college degree in computer information systems from The University of Texas at Tyler will put you at the forefront of this dynamic field. You will gain both sound skills in business analysis and expert training that will yield solid solutions across the spectrum of technology.

  • Be prepared for such in-demand positions as computer information manager, software analyst or software technician.
  • Get hands-on experience with significant individual and team-oriented design projects in every course.
  • Earn CNSS 4011 and 4012 computer security certifications, which meet federal employment requirements. UT Tyler’s Department of Computer Science meets federal security standards and has been approved to award certifications by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Graduates of our computer information systems degree program hold positions in such organizations as: American Standard, Brookshire Grocery Co., city of Tyler, Trinity Mother Frances Health System, East Texas Medical Center, NASA, Carrier Corp. and Genesis World.

Bachelor’s in CIS: Results-Oriented.

  • Complete a 150-hour internship that can lead to post-graduation employment. CIS students have interned with such employers as: The Trane Corp., Carrier Corp., Genesis World, PersonalWeb, city of Tyler and Trinity Mother Frances Health System.
  • Specialize in vital areas such as e-commerce, advanced information systems, Internet applications or data communications and networks.
  • Complete a capstone CIS project that enables you to demonstrate your expertise in computing and its application.
  • Network with IT and computing professionals through student membership in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Learn more from the  Department of Computer Science

CIS Faculty: Front-Line. Student-Focused.

  • Study in small classes--typically 15 students--that promote student interaction and support one-on-one mentoring with professors.
  • Learn from professors who have had extensive industry experience in telecommunications, systems networking, security and other aspects of IT at such employers as Lucent Technologies, National Remote Sensing Agency, Brown and Root and Anritsu Co.
  • Work side-by-side with professors on exciting IT research projects to learn new skills and prepare for graduate studies in the field.

Learn more about UT Tyler's CIS faculty

IT Courses: Hands-on. Innovative.

Advanced Information Systems Software – Builds student skills as knowledge workers. The emphasis is on personal productivity concepts through the use of advanced features in computer software such as spreadsheets, databases and presentation graphics.

E-Commerce Programming – Explore the technical aspects of e-commerce. Students learn to design, build and maintain a complete e-commerce website. Topics include: e-commerce modeling, designing and implementing a website that meets user requirements, maintaining and setting web servers, multi-tiered web architecture, database servers, accessing remote databases, shopping cart fundamentals, commerce server, advertising on the web, e-cash and electronic payments, and Internet security and encryption.

Database Design – Delve into information systems design and implementation within a database management system environment. Students design and construct a system using database software to implement the logical design.

Computer Security Management – Examine the techniques used to secure and manage computers, computer networks and enterprise computer systems. Topics covered will include security policies, computer network management and disaster recovery. Special emphasis will be given to designing, deploying and managing complete security systems.

More about UT Tyler’s CIS program of study

Also see The University of Texas at Tyler master’s degree in computer science

Career Outlook for Computer Information Systems
New and continually changing applications of technology in business have created above average job growth for those employed in computer information systems. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates job growth to be around 15% through 2022.

A significant portion of growth will come in the computer security field. Highest growth is expected in computer systems design companies, health care organizations, software publishing firms, data processing and hosting companies, and scientific, technical and management consulting firms. For more, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Computer and Information Systems Managers.

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