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Department of Computer & Information Sciences

Dr. John S. Eickemeyer, Chairperson

The goal of The Master’s University Department of Computer & Information Sciences (CIS) 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 University 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 and 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, and teaching.

Computer Science

The Computer Science emphasis 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 Information Systems emphasis approaches computers from a more 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), and/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.

CIS CORE COURSES

CS111

Intro. to Computer Programming & Lab.................4

CS122

Web Design & Programming.....................................3

CS211

Data Structures & Lab.................................................4

CS212

Computer Hardware...................................................3

CS301

Computer Application Development.......................3

CS302

Software Development...............................................3

CS321

Operating Systems.......................................................3

CS322

Networking Principles & Architecture.....................3

Total core courses.................................................................................26

Computer Science Emphasis Courses

CIS core courses.............................................................................26

CS311

Computer Organization & Architecture...................3

CS332

Programming Languages & Systems.........................3