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Computer and Information Sciences is a branch of the more general field of Computer Science. If you major in CIS you'll be learning about computers and computer technology, with an emphasis on the applications of such knowledge. This means you'll focus on how computer technology can be applied to all fields of business. You'll learn how to develop business applications and perform system analysis; you'll study the process of developing software, from designing to programming to testing. You'll be exposed to areas such as robotics, natural language recognition programs, artificial intelligence, programming languages, and numerical analysis.

Problem solving is a major part of CIS, and graduates pursue careers in fields including business, management, and computer support. The knowledge you gain from a CIS major is absolutely applicable to the real world.


  • Algorithms and Programming

  • Calculus

  • Circuits and Electronics

  • Computer Systems Engineering

  • File Processing

  • Information Ethics

  • Micro- and Macroeconomics

  • Operating Systems

  • Spreadsheet Applications

  • Statistics

  • Systems Analysis

  • Systems Design

  • Techniques in Artificial Intelligence

  • Virtual Basic Programming


Learn as much about computers as you can-take classes, read books, and explore subjects on your own. CIS also involves a great deal of math, so try to take higher-level courses like Calculus, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry. A Business class or two might also be useful, if your high school offers them.