Computer Information Systems (BCIS) Bachelor's Degree

A bachelor's degree in computer information systems can teach you about implementing, programming and maintaining those systems. These types of programs are available both on campus and online, with a number of hands-on opportunities like internships. Schools offering Information Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Why Should I Earn a Computer Information Systems (BCIS) Degree?

Entering the computer field can be one of the most lucrative and interesting career moves you can make. You can find a large number of schools offering bachelor's degree programs related to computer information systems by using the database maintained by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). However, the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has an online directory of schools offering ABET-accredited computer information programs. Graduation from an ABET-accredited program may enhance your employment or advancement possibilities and may be beneficial if you decide to pursue a graduate degree.

While employers may prefer to hire information systems managers who hold a master's degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a bachelor's degree may qualify you for a position in the field. In a large organization, you may find yourself as head of a technical department such as programming, analysis or software engineering, in which you report to a management information systems or information technology director. In a smaller firm, you may have expanded, overall management responsibilities.

Common Courses Information systems design and analysis, programming, computer security, operating systems, database management, networking and troubleshooting.
Other Program InformationInternships, co-op at partnered schools, capstone projects
Online Opportunities100% online programs available
Job Outlook15% increase from 2014 to 2024*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Are Some Program Details?

Consisting of 120-130 credits, a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems usually takes four years to complete. Typical courses you might encounter include information systems design and analysis, programming, computer security, operating systems, database management, networking and troubleshooting.

You may have the opportunity to participate in an internship or co-op at a school-partnered, independent organization. Schools may require you to complete a capstone project, incorporating theory and practice, to demonstrate your grasp of information system technology.

What Sort of Online Opportunities Exist?

A school may offer you the chance to complete your requirements 100% online. While there are no internship or in-person requirements, you may be asked to complete a capstone or independent research paper, after consultation with your faculty adviser.

Courses are usually delivered within a specified time asynchronously, in order for you to access them at your convenience. You can participate and communicate through discussion boards or e-mails. However, you may also have the opportunity to participate in live discussions or lectures via chat rooms or online lectures. Lectures are filmed so that you can download them for viewing at a later time.

What About Employment Projections?

The BLS projected that employment opportunities for all computer and information systems managers would increase 15% from 2014-2024. This increase may be due to the advances being made in computer systems technology. This calls for more computer support workers and specialists, which in turn calls for more systems managers.

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