Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 81

Computer and Information Sciences
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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
Computer and Information Sciences
Dr. John S. Eickemeyer, Chairperson
The goal of The Master’s College Computer & In-
formation Sciences (CIS) Department is to prepare
students to excel in an increasingly complex technical
world while living lives that glorify God. CIS majors
study computers both in theory and in practice,
covering topics in software, hardware, networks,
databases, the Web and more. They also learn about
the impact computers are having on the world, and
ways they can be used to further God’s kingdom.
Emphases
The Master’s College Department of Computer
& Information Sciences offers degrees in two
emphases: Computer Science (CS) and Information
Systems (IS). Every CIS student completes the core
CIS courses, then takes additional courses in his or
her selected emphasis.
A CIS degree helps prepare students for any of a
number of careers, including computer programming,
web design, network administration, systems analysis,
data processing management or teaching.
Computer Science
The emphasis in Computer Science is designed to
give students a practical introduction to the world
of computers. It focuses on the technical side of
computing, presenting basic theoretical material while
maintaining a practical focus. Graduates may pursue
advanced degrees in Computer Science or seek work
in a variety of technical positions.
Information Systems
The emphasis in Information Systems approaches
computers fromamore business-oriented perspective.
It emphasizes business processes and how computers
can be used to improve them. Analysis and design
are stressed, along with an appropriate knowledge
of business principles. Graduates will be prepared to
pursue careers in the field of business information
systems, one of the largest and fastest growing
specialties in the world.
Credit by Examination
Students may receive credit by examination as
follows:
Credit may be granted for Calculus I (MA121),
Calculus II (MA122) or Introduction to
Computer Programming (CS111).
Credit may be granted if the student submits
proof of earned test scores of 3 or above on
the appropriate AB/BC Advanced Placement
tests of the College Board.
The department reserves the right to interview
and/or retest students before granting credit by
examination.
Comprehensive Exam
Students graduating with a degree in Computer
Science or Information Systems may be required to
take a comprehensive discipline-specific examination
during their senior year, prior to graduation.
Department Requirements
All CIS majors are required to earn a grade of C
or better in all courses in the CIS major. A student
earning a grade below C must repeat the course until
a grade of C or above is earned.
The following courses are required for all CIS majors:
Total core courses..................................................................... 26
Computer Science Emphasis Courses
Upper Division CS Electives............................................. 6
CS required units...................................................................29
Total units required for emphasis............................................55
CIS CORE COURSES
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