Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences Program (CISC)

Skilled programmers and system analysts choosing to major in computer & information sciences helps the student to gain the core knowledge of information sciences that enables the ability to integrate business and real-world perspectives, interpersonal and team skills, and the specific skills that lead to a career in computer and information sciences. The ability to devise a solution and execute it is the heart of the practice of this program. The design of such solutions is what we call “creating a computation,” which involves the integration of few key design notions of data representation, algorithms, programming, knowledge in systems, data security, and software engineering in one unified framework. The ultimate goal is to enable the graduate to understand a problem and build a general-purpose computer system from the ground up through a very well thought out sequence of courses of a firm computer information system engineering design experience.

 Program Goals

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences program have to:

  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.

Computer and Information Science Requirements This program requires a total of 50 semester hours:  1) 27 semester hours from the core courses listed below and 2) 23 semester hours completed in one of the following concentrations:  Computer Science, Cyber Security, Software Engineering and Analysis, Computational Biology, and Machine Learning.  The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses( ).

Complete all of the following Core courses – 27 semester hours:

CISC 120
Fundamentals of Computing
(4 credits)
CISC 160
Data Structures
(4 credits)
CISC 211
Computer organization & Architecture
(4 credits)
CISC 225
Information System Design And Analysis
(4 credits)
CISC 233
Essential Algorithms
(4 credits)
CISC 301
Operating Systems
(4 credits)
MATH 310
Discrete Mathematics II
(3 credits)

The student must also complete at least 23 semester hours in one of the following concentrations.

Computer Science Concentration

CISC 340
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
(4 credits)
CISC 399
Formal Languages and Automata
(4 credits)
CISC 400
Computer Graphics
(4 credits)
CISC 433
Elements of Computing Systems  I
(4 credits)
CISC 444
Elements of Computing Systems  II
(4 credits)
CISC 499
Industry Software Ethics
(3 credits)

Cyber Security Concentration

CISC 320
Computer Forensics
(4 credits)
CISC 330
Computer Networks
(4 credits)
CISC 333
Defensive Programming
(4 credits)
CISC 370
Ethical Hacking
(4 credits)
CISC 440
Wireless Security Management
(4 credits)
CISC 499
Industry Software Ethics
(3 credits)

Software Engineering and System Analysis Concentration

CISC 340
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
(4 credits)
CISC 397
Principle of SW Eng & System Analysis
(4 credits)
CISC 400
Computer Graphics
(4 credits)
CISC 460
SQL Database Design & Implementation
(4 credits)
CISC 491
SW Development Processes and Quality
(4 credits)
CISC 499 
Industry Software Ethics
(3 credits)

Computational Biology Concentration

BIOL 102/3 
General Biology + Lab
(4 credits)
CHEM 151/2
General Chemistry I + Lab
(4 credits)
BIOL 281/2
Cell Biology + Lab
(4 credits)
CISC 311
Introduction to Computational Biology
(4 credits)
BIOL 370
Molecular Biology
(4 credits)
CISC 499
Industry Software Ethics
(3 credits)

Machine Learning Concentration

CISC 340
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
(4 credits)
CISC 349
Smartphones Programming
(4 credits)
CISC 400
Computer Graphics
(4 credits)
CISC 431
Natural Language Processing
(4 credits)
CISC 432
Statistical Pattern Recognition
(4 credits)
CISC 499
Industry Software Ethics
(3 credits)