Are you a problem-solver with an affinity for technology? Do you have an analytical mind and a knack for understanding complex systems? If so, a computers and information systems (CIS) degree from King's College in Wikes-Barre, Pa., might be the perfect fit for you.
At King's College, we offer a comprehensive computer information systems degree program that teaches you how to apply technology, problem-solving, and information management skills to help organizations operate efficiently. This degree often combines coursework in computer programming, systems development, project management, systems analysis, and network design and administration to prepare students for real-world challenges in various industries.
- Our Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Systems (B.S. CIS) is perfect if you enjoy working with new technologies, designing programs and applications, managing networks, or analyzing data to discover trends.
- Students can also choose the business-focused Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems - Business (B.S. CIS-BUS) or add a compatible minor in data analytics, business administration, marketing, finance, computer science, or mathematics.
What Makes the King's CIS Program Different?
King's provides students with the strong technical and cognitive tools necessary to solve the dynamic problems facing business and industry today. Here's what makes our computer information systems major program stand out:
- Learn cutting-edge, in-demand information system technologies like database management, cloud systems, programming languages (Python, JAVA, C#, PowerShell) and emerging technologies.
- Work directly with actual enterprise software, like Microsoft Power BI, to gain hands-on experience with database dashboards and solve actual enterprise problems.
- Earn certifications through practical and project-based assessments of your skills and knowledge.
- Gain valuable real-world experience and job readiness through our strong network of corporate connections. Whether it's through an internship or working for King's IITS department, you'll get the chance to apply classroom knowledge in real technology settings.
- Get industry insights and connect with influential business leaders across several high-profile guest speaking events.
- Our job shadowing program allows you to observe and engage with various IT professionals in the field.
- Benefit from small class sizes that foster close relationships with your professors and fellow students. Our student/faculty ratio is 12:1.
Overall, we empower our students to take control of their career path, achieve their goals, and equip themselves for a successful future.
"The CIS program at King's College gave me a wealth of knowledge and skills in both professional and personal aspects. With courses modeled around real-world concepts, they prepared me for real-world expectations in the workforce rather than solely relying on a textbook."
- Will Eppley '23, Signal Officer, US Army
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"The CIS program at King's College gave me a wealth of knowledge and skills in both professional and personal aspects. With courses modeled around real-world concepts, they prepared me for real-world expectations in the workforce rather than solely relying on a textbook. Through networking and forming professional relationships, I had the opportunity to complete three internships to jump start my career while still in school. I learned to apply the skills I've gained at King's in the workforce and had the opportunity to refine my skills by asking questions.
The professional relationships I've formed with professors have gone a long way. Their knowledge and leadership of students is unlike any other program, making it an outstanding choice for individuals interested in CIS."
"The courses seamlessly blend theoretical knowledge with practical applications, providing students with a well-rounded understanding of the field."
- Matthew Soy '25
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"The instruction I receive at King's College is an exceptional educational experience to have as a computer information systems major. Pursuing this program has been an enriching journey that has not only equipped me with valuable skills but has also shaped my perspective on the dynamic field of technology. One of the standout aspects of the computer information systems major at King's College is the comprehensive curriculum designed to cover a broad spectrum of topics within the realm of information systems. The courses seamlessly blend theoretical knowledge with practical applications, providing students with a well-rounded understanding of the field. From database management to software development and cybersecurity, the program ensures that graduates are not only proficient in their chosen specialization but also capable of adapting to the ever-evolving landscape of technology.
I have the unique experience of working with the IITS team who treated me as a peer, rather than a student. I learned side-by-side with the professional staff as we repaired equipment, managed, and completed background projects that some students may not know what goes on in the business background of servicing a college setting. The faculty members at King's College are undoubtedly a driving force behind the success of this major. Their expertise, industry experience, and unwavering commitment to student success create an inspiring learning environment."
"I have had the privilege of learning from passionate educators who not only impart knowledge but also encourage critical thinking and creativity. The accessibility of professors for guidance and mentorship has been invaluable in navigating the complexities of the computer information systems field."
"Their CIS curriculum is a perfect balance between direct instruction, independent work, and collaborative work, while also providing opportunities for real world experiences. The professors are quite dedicated towards ensuring students meet their goals, not only academically, but professionally as well."
- Collin Dlugosh '23, Technical Support Specialist, Information Technology, Dynamic Campus Solutions (Marywood University)
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"The King's College curriculum is a perfect balance between direct instruction, independent work, and collaborative work, while also providing opportunities for real world experiences. The professors are quite dedicated towards ensuring students meet their goals, not only academically, but professionally as well. A key component of my experience at King's was achieved through my work with IITS. This work was invaluable in preparing me for my career in IT. I worked alongside both students and professionals in my area to handle all technical aspects of King's College.
My biggest piece of advice would be to get to know all your professors. They will be a tremendous asset. "
What's the Difference Between a CIS and CS major?
While both a CIS major and computer science (CS) major focus on computers and technology, the primary difference lies in the design of system solutions versus software development.
A CIS major typically focuses on the application of technology in business settings, with an emphasis on how to effectively manage information systems to support organizational goals. This includes studying areas such as database management, systems analysis, network administration, and business applications development.
On the other hand, a CS major focuses more on the theoretical and technical aspects of computing, including algorithms, data structures, software engineering, and programming languages. CS majors often delve deeply into mathematical foundations and computer architecture, preparing them for roles in software development, artificial intelligence, and other technical fields.
In essence, CIS majors tend to have a stronger focus on the practical application of technology within business contexts, while CS majors focus more on the foundational principles and technical aspects of computing.
What Can You Do with a Computers and Information Systems Degree?
With 15% job growth anticipated through 2032 and an overall median annual wage of over $100,530, there are thousands of career opportunities for those who can secure a networked system, design an improved workflow, or think critically to solve technology problems.
Computer information systems careers range from computer systems analysts, web developers, programmers, and network administrators ($80,730-$97,800) to database administrators, information security analysts, network architects, and computer and information research scientists ($102,000-$130,000).
Top CIS Employers
- Financial companies, banks
- Healthcare providers
- Government and defense agencies
- Technology companies
- Telecommunications companies
- Consulting firms
- Insurance agencies
- E-commerce and retail companies
Student Placement Highlights
- Benco Dental
- Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies
- Dynamic Campus Solutions
- Fast Enterprises
- IAB Solutions LLC
- King's College
- Leader Data Processing
- Merrill Lynch
- Northrop Grumman
- Penn State University
- PNC Bank
- Proctor & Gamble
- Prudential Financial
- The Vanguard Group
- Tobyhanna Army Depot
- TOPP Business Solutions/TOPP IT Services
- UGI Utilities
Top CIS Major Career Paths
- Systems Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Cybersecurity Specialist
- Network Administrator
- Information Security Analyst
- Business Analyst
- IT Consultant
- Computer Support Specialist
- Software Developer
- IT Project Manager
- IT Auditor
- Computer Forensic Investigator
- Geospatial Professional Data Modeler
- Application Developer Web Developer
- Technical Support Specialist
- Computer Programmer
- Data Analyst System Administrator
- Information Security Analyst
- Software Engineer
CIS Degree Program Description
Our CIS curriculum is primarily concerned with applying the systems development life cycle to business-oriented, computer-based information systems. As such, its subject matter involves the study of systems analysis, systems design, database management, and computer programming, along with other technical and business study areas pertinent to the development and implementation of information systems in a variety of operational and administrative settings.
Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in four years. To earn a CIS degree, a student must meet the minimum requirements of the core curriculum and computer information systems curriculum.
Computer Information Systems Curriculum
The computer information systems degree curriculum promotes a comprehensive skill set blending technical expertise with business acumen to analyze, design, implement, and manage information systems effectively in diverse organizational settings.
The major sequence requirements are listed below. Each semester's schedule, to be selected with the advice of a departmental adviser, will consist of five courses, the major sequence, selected minor/elective sequence courses, and core selections. CIS majors also participate in an approved CIS internship for credit.
A CIS major or minor must attain a minimum C grade in all required courses.
Computer Information Systems Degree Requirements
View a comprehensive list of all computer information systems education requirements here.
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (20 COURSES - 60 CREDITS)
- CIS 106 IT Methods & Procedures (3)
- CIS 116 Programming I (3)
- CIS 117 Programming II (3)
- CIS 119 Spreadsheet Analysis (3)
- CIS 244 Structured Programming (3)
- CIS 251 WEB-based Information Systems (3)
- CIS 255 Geographic Information Systems (3)
- CIS 351 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation I (3)
- CIS 352 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation II (3)
- CIS 356 Database Management Systems (3)
- CIS 385 Data Communications I (3)
- CIS 386 Data Communications II (3)
- CIS 471 Global Information Systems (3)
- CIS 472 IT Project Management (3)
- CIS 487 Network Security (3)
- CIS 499 CIS Internship (3)
- MATH 123 Finite Math (3)
Math placement to be determined by student's preparedness.
- MSB 110 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
- MSB 120 Introduction to Management Accounting and Planning (3)
One of the following:
- ECON 221 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics I (3)
- MATH 126 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MINOR SEQUENCE REQUIREMENTS
- CIS 110 Introduction to Business Information Systems (3)
- CIS 119 Spreadsheet Analysis (3)
- CIS 351 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation I (3)
- CIS 472 IT Project Management (3)
Two of the following: Any 200 or higher CIS or CS level course
CIS Course Descriptions
View a comprehensive list of all computer information systems course descriptions here.
CIS 106 - IT Methods and Procedures (3)
An introduction to computers and information systems concepts through a hands-on approach. Students will be given an opportunity to work with IT professional staff and learn first-hand the different avenues available in the IT field. Key areas include help desk, networking, web development, and network security, among other tasks.
CIS 110 - Introduction to Business Information Systems (3)
This course is designed to familiarize students with the terminology, computer applications, and concepts related to technologies used in business information systems. Students will gain a better understanding of how technology empowers business and can create transactions through strategic competitive advantages and efficiencies. Students will be introduced to business applications (Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access) and learn how these applications support the business mission. This curriculum addresses the six general knowledge and skills areas detailed in the AACSB standards.
CIS 116 - Programming I (3)
This is a first course in software development, with a special focus in the design and implementation of short computer programs. It also touches on other parts of the software development process such as requirement analysis, documentation, and testing. Cross listed as CS 112.
CIS 117 - Programming II (3)
Students will be introduced to essential tasks in software development, encompassing problem-solving, algorithmic, and object-oriented design, documentation, programming, and testing. This course specifically focuses on software development, emphasizing the object-oriented paradigm and the creation of high-quality code. The goal is to equip students with a robust foundation in skills and techniques essential for addressing problems within the realm of computers and computing, ultimately preparing them for meaningful careers in software development. The curriculum also delves into various aspects of the software development process, including requirements analysis, documentation, and testing. Cross listed as CS 120.
CIS 119 -Spreadsheet Analysis (3)
This course offers students the opportunity to master the advanced functionality of Microsoft Excel and spreadsheet concepts to design and create professional worksheets for use in business and industry. Students will be able to demonstrate competencies in creating and managing worksheets and workbooks, creating cells and ranges, creating tables, applying formulas and functions, and creating charts and objects. Students will focus on advanced financial functions and analytical tools to ensure critical thinking to determine what data to present and how to present it. This is especially useful to the financial, accounting, and CIS professionals.
CIS 244 - Structured Programming (3)
This course is designed to help students become skilled at solving problems using a structured programming methodology. The tools and techniques used in this course should help the student feel confident in their ability to tackle problems in a business environment. Problem solving methodologies will be presented in order to develop the student's analytical ability in program design, development, and implementation situations. The opportunity for hands-on experience will be given that will emphasize program design, coding, debugging, testing, and documentation of business-related problems.
CIS 251 - WEB-based Information Systems (3)
This course provides an overview of WEB-based technologies and the applications it supports. Emphasis will be on exploring the history and infrastructure of the internet and client-server considerations, as well as development platforms, programming options and languages.
CIS 255 - Geographic Information Systems (3)
This course serves as an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), an essential tool in modern geography, environmental science, urban planning, and various other fields. Students will explore the fundamental principles, techniques, and applications of GIS technology, focusing on its role in spatial data analysis, visualization, and decision-making processes.
CIS 351 - Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation I (3)
This course covers the five phases in the systems development life cycle (SDLC): systems planning, systems analysis, system design, system implementation, and systems support and security. This course explains the development of information systems through understanding and specifying in detail what a system should do and how the components of the system should be implemented and work together by gathering detailed information, defining requirements, prioritizing requirements, developing user-interface dialogs, and evaluating requirements with users. This course is designed to use problem solving techniques that improve the system and ensure that all the components of the system work efficiently to accomplish their purpose. Students are expected to work on a team during the entire semester.
CIS 352 - Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation II (3)
This course is a continuation of CIS 351 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation I. Throughout this course, students will explore the intricacies of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), encompassing five key phases: systems planning, systems analysis, system design, system implementation, and systems support and security. This course delves into the development of information systems, emphasizing a comprehensive understanding and specification of system functionality. By gathering detailed information, defining requirements, prioritizing them, developing user-interface dialogs, and evaluating requirements with users, students will gain practical insights into system development.
The course is structured to employ problem-solving techniques aimed at enhancing system efficiency and ensuring seamless collaboration among system components to achieve their intended purpose. Throughout the semester, students are expected to collaborate within a team, fostering a collaborative learning environment. Prerequisite: CIS 351.
CIS 356 - Database Management Systems (3) or (4)
A study of the design, maintenance, and use of databases. Topics include relational modeling, normalization, query languages, and programming APIs for database access. Students will design their own database and write a database-driven application that uses it. The database design and administration is part of the lecture and the database-driven application is done in the lab. Cross listed as CS 256. 3 lecture and 2 laboratory hours.
CIS 385 - Data Communications I (3)
An introduction to data communications in local and wide-area networks. Topics include thorough coverage of the OSI model, protocols, standards, transmission media, analog and digital signaling, LAN topologies, VLANs, and hardware/software considerations. This course will provide formal methodology for problem solving, enhance a student's ability to identify problems, and design solutions.
CIS 386 - Data Communications II (3)
A hands-on continuation of the concepts learned in CIS 385 Data Communications I. Using Microsoft Active Directory and local area networking domain structure as framework for a more detailed investigation into data communications in local and wide-area networks. Topics include thorough coverage of design, implementation, configuration and management of Windows server, domains, Ad organizations, roles, services, file systems, and security. Also covered LAN topologies, VLANS, subnets, DHCP, NAT, DNS, and routing. This course will provide formal methodology for problem solving, enhance a student's ability to identify problems, and design solutions. Prerequisite: CIS 385.
CIS 471 - Global Information Systems(3)
This course will introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of cybersecurity in the digital age. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the cyber threat landscape, including various attack vector, vulnerabilities, and emerging threats. This course will cover essential cybersecurity practices, including network security, cryptography, system administrations, and incident response. Students will also explore legal and ethical considerations in cybersecurity/AI as well as gain insight into various career paths in the field.
CIS 472 - IT Project Management (3)
An introduction to the management of information systems in the modern business environment. The course focuses on the definition, development, and use of appropriate information systems for contemporary business needs. Systems components, organizational concepts, and management control issues are examined as they apply to operational, tactical, and strategic decisions within the firm.
CIS 487 - Network Security (3)
This course covers theory and practice of computer security, focusing in particular on the security aspects of the desktop and Internet. It surveys tools used to provide security, such as security software, intrusion detection and prevention, public key encryption, and disaster recovery. System security issues, such as viruses, intrusion, firewalls, and others will also be covered.
CIS 490 - Special Topics (3)
This course is a forum for a variety of current topics within the information systems discipline. Topics, selected by the CIS department, reflect changing contemporary methodologies, technologies, and research techniques that are not currently covered in other courses. Permission of the Department Chairperson is required.
CIS 499 - CIS Internship (3)
Independent work-related experiential learning activity based on procedures established by the Center for Experiential Learning.
CIS Faculty and Contacts
- Shirley Yanovich, B.S., MBA
- Program Director
- Technical Professor of Computer and Information Systems (CIS)
CIS Major Resources
CIS Degree Student Organizations
- Mathematics & Computer Sciences Club