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Playing a video game or scrolling on your phone depend on software. Students in the computer information systems program design, analyze and develop software for the computer systems and networks that power today's world. Computer Information Systems is an exciting, challenging, and growing field that impacts the world and everyday life in countless ways and allows you to make a difference in the world.

What You’ll Do

As a computer information systems major, you’ll learn both software and hardware problem-solving as well as teamwork and technical skills.

  • Gain real-world experience through our department facilities such as the Cyber Range or Internet of Things Laboratory, through internships at any number of renowned corporations, or by working with an actual client as part of your coursework.
  • Work closely with faculty who are industry experts.
  • Select from three advising tracks: Artificial Intelligence, Business Administration, or Cybersecurity.

Computer Science Opportunities

  • 9X

    Statewide Missouri Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Champions

    Southeast Missouri State University is the 9x defending champions of the Missouri Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.This statewide competition focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure in addition to examining the abilities of students to design, configure, and protect a network over the course of an entire semester.

  • 2

    State-of-the-Art Research Facilities

    One of the many research facilities on campus is the Cyber Range, an interactive, remote-accessible computational platform of virtualized digital resources which can be weaved together to aid and solve experimental, research, educational, and operational challenges of cyber-enabled systems offering educational content delivery and collaboration. The Department of Computer Science also maintains a separate OpenStack deployment dedicated for faculty and graduate student research called the Research Cluster, offering 200 cores with a total of 300GB of RAM, and 12TB of storage. 

  • 100%

    Students Graduate with Internships

    Students earn experiential learning through hands-on work in their field of study while connecting classroom concepts to real-world situations. This professional experience does more than add to your resume, it helps you build connections in your industry.

What You'll Study

In the computer information systems program, you’ll have choices for applying computing in different applications or for specializing in different disciplines. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Computer Information Systems - 78 Hours - No Minor Required

Core Courses:

  • CS101 Introduction to Computer Programming (3)
  • CS155 Computer Science I (4)
  • CS265 Computer Science II (4)
  • CS300 Computer Science III (3)
  • CS440 Database (3)
  • CS445 Software Engineering (3)
  • CS495 Senior Seminar (1)
  • CS499 Capstone Experience (3)
  • IS145 Introduction to Web Development (3)
  • IS175 Information Systems I (3)
  • IS245 Web Development & Security (3)
  • IS275 Computer Information Systems II (3)
  • IS299 Security in Data Protocols (3)
  • IS340 Information Technology (3)
  • IS360 Mobile Application Development (3)
  • IS420 Human Computer Interaction (3)
  • IS440 Web Design for Electronic Commerce (3)
  • IS448 IS/IT Project Management (3)
  • IS465 Management Support Systems (3)
  • IS575 IS/IT Strategy and Management (3)
  • IU315 Ethics in the Cyber World (3)
  • MA223 Elementary Probability & Statistics (3)

A grade of C or better is required in each core course.

Choose One Track:

Artificial Intelligence - Choose 12 Hours:
  • CS433 Data Analytics (3)
  • CS453 Machine Learning (3)
  • CS505 Data Mining (3)
  • CS506 Cloud Computing (3)
  • CS533 Mobile Computing (3)
  • CS575 Advanced Web Development (3)
  • CS591 Advanced Artificial Intelligence (3)
Business Administration - Choose 12 Hours:
  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • EC225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • ER361 Principles of Entrepreneurship (3)
  • MG301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MG362 Management Skills (3)
  • MI375 Management Information Systems. (3)
  • MK301 Principles of Marketing (3)
Cybersecurity - Choose 12 Hours:
  • CY201 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3)
  • CY320 Information Security in System Administration (3)
  • CY410 Web Application Security (3)
  • CY530 Computer Network Security & Defense (3)
  • TN275 Introduction to Networks (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshmen Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • IS175 (3) 
  • CS101 (3) 
  • MA116* (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (16 Hours) 

  • CS155 (4) 
  • IS145 (3) 
  • IS275 (3) 
  • IU315 (3) 
  • General Education** (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • CS265 (4) 
  • IS245 (3) 
  • IS340 (3) 
  • MA223(3) 
  • Track Course (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • CS300 (3) 
  • IS299 (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • CS440 (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • IS360 (3) 
  • IS420 (3) 
  • IS440 (3) 
  • IS465 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • CS445 (3) 
  • IS448 (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (13 Hours) 

  • CS495 (3) 
  • CS499 (3) 
  • IS575 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA 

 

*MA116 is a prerequisite to MA223 
**If Business Administration track is chosen, take EC215 as prerequisite to EC225. 

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Computer Science report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $101k

    Information Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a computer and information analyst is $100,680.

  • $108k

    Information Security Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an information security analyst is $107,580.

  • $162k

    Computer & Information Systems Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for computer and information systems manager is $161,730.

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Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

Accreditations and Designations

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET): Computing Accreditation Commission logo
  • National Security Agency logo
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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