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Computer Information Systems B.S.

Computer Science
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 60
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Professionals in the field of information systems work with information technology and must have sound technical knowledge of computers, software, and communications. Since they operate within an organizational framework, they must also understand business and business functions. The B.S. in computer information systems is a four-year program that includes formal courses in information technology (including system architecture, operating systems, interactive multimedia computing, and networking), management information systems, project organization and management, and business organizational functions. The program also includes supporting courses in communications, mathematics and statistics, and the economic, social, and ethical implications of computing. Goals of the learning process include the development of good software, communication skills, and the ability to work effectively in team environments. This program provides both the necessary foundational studies for students seeking entry-level positions in information systems and a strong basis for continued career growth. This program is appropriate for students seeking a professional career in the computer information systems field. It is a multidisciplinary program that emphasizes the study of systems development methodology and technology for our rapidly changing information society. Graduates are prepared for positions in the design and development of information systems as project managers, information systems center specialists, network administrators, and database administrators. This major is also appropriate preparation for information systems graduate programs or MBA professional programs. The computer science minor and computer science applied minor are not available to computer information systems technology majors.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Requirements for the B.S. in computer information systems include: * Minor in business administration. * Exit interview before graduation.
Core Courses (21 cr)
CS 1521 - Computer Science II (5.0 cr)
CS 2511 - Software Analysis and Design (4.0 cr)
CS 3011 - Information Technology Hardware and Software (4.0 cr)
FMIS 2201 - Information Technology in Business (3.0 cr)
CS 1511 - Computer Science I [LE CAT3, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or CS 1581 - Honors: Computer Science I [LE CAT3, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
Advanced Courses (24 cr)
CS 3111 - Computer Ethics [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
CS 3121 - Interactive Multimedia Technology (4.0 cr)
CS 3211 - Database System Concepts (4.0 cr)
CS 3221 - Operating Systems Practicum (4.0 cr)
CS 4411 - Data Communications and Network Technology (4.0 cr)
CS 4531 - Software Engineering (4.0 cr)
Additional Requirements (15 cr)
Additional requirements also include completing a business administration minor for non-LSBE students.
COMM 1112 - Public Speaking [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
STAT 3611 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4.0 cr)
Advanced Writing
WRIT 3121 - Advanced Writing: Business and Organizations (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3130 - Advanced Writing: Engineering (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3150 - Advanced Writing: Science (3.0 cr)
 
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CS 1521 - Computer Science II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Continuation of introduction to computer science. Methods for procedural and data abstraction. Focus on classical data structures, procedural and data abstraction, and the abstract data type. Introduction to software engineering technique. Algorithm analysis, principles of object-oriented programming issues in ethical use of computers. Requires implementation of significant programming projects. prereq: 1511 or 1581, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
CS 2511 - Software Analysis and Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Techniques for analyzing, designing, and creating medium-scale software through object-oriented design and implementation. Analysis and use of data structures. Introduction to design patterns. Emphasis on polymorphism and abstraction to increase software modularity, reusability, and flexibility. prereq: 1521 or instructor consent, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
CS 3011 - Information Technology Hardware and Software
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles and application of telecommunication and computer systems hardware and software focusing on coding of data and programs, system hardware organization, and operating systems. prereq: FMIS 3201 or FMIS 2201 or LSBE 1101, 1521 or instructor consent, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
FMIS 2201 - Information Technology in Business
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01392 - FMIS 2201/1201/3201/CS 1011
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to information technology (IT) concepts: computer hardware and software; use of personal productivity tools (spreadsheet, database, and presentation software); system development processes; Web technologies; applications of IT in business processes. prereq: LSBE student or Computer Information Systems majors or minors, minimum 15 credits or college consent
CS 1511 - Computer Science I (LE CAT3, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01383 - CS 1211/1511/1581
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the discipline of computer science. Emphasis on problem analysis, design, and development using event-driven programming in a graphical user interface environment. Programming concepts include control structures, arrays, recursion, pointers, classes and introduction to the object-oriented approach. prereq: 3 1/2 yrs high school math or instructor consent
CS 1581 - Honors: Computer Science I (LE CAT3, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01383 - CS 1211/1511/1581
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Similar to 1511, but in greater depth and with more challenging assignments. For high-ability students. prereq: Honors student, 3 1/2 yrs high school math
CS 3111 - Computer Ethics (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Ethical issues posed by computer use, including those related to networking, intellectual property, privacy, crime and security, risk and reliability, and effects on work and wealth. Includes significant writing and a class presentation prereq: WRIT 3100 or 3110 or 3121 or 3130 0r 3140 or 3150 or 3160 or Engr 4001, minimum 60 credits or instructor consent, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
CS 3121 - Interactive Multimedia Technology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of multimedia computing and interactive technologies; digitizing and manipulating images, audio, and video materials; perception, cognition, and communication issues; software engineering, design, and analysis; web-related languages (e.g., JavaScript, HTML, CSS); media formats and compression; copyright and ethics. Includes practical labs and authoring a large-scale project. prereq: FMIS 3201 or FMIS 2201 or LSBE 1101, 2511 or instructor consent, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
CS 3211 - Database System Concepts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Design and use of database management systems. Emphasis on the relational data model, SQL, integrity constraints, relational database design, file structures, indexing, query processing, and optimization. Oracle-based laboratory work. prereq: FMIS 3201 or FMIS 2201 or SBE 1101, 2511 or instructor consent, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
CS 3221 - Operating Systems Practicum
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Hands-on introduction to operating systems and tools. Systems administration experience with operating systems such as Linux, Unix, or Windows. Concepts of processor management and scheduling, memory management, file systems. prereq: 2511, 3011 or instructor consent, CIS majors only, minimum 60 credits, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
CS 4411 - Data Communications and Network Technology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
In-depth experience with telecommunications fundamentals, including voice-video-data transmission in LAN and Internet. Network protocol analysis and implementation. Network layered architecture and abstractions. Installation, configuration, systems integration, and management of the technologies. prereq: 2511, 3011 or instructor consent, CIS majors only, minimum 60 credits, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
CS 4531 - Software Engineering
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Recognition of conditions for production of high quality software. Use of current software development technology. Organization and management of software development projects. Includes a significant team project. prereq: 2511 or instructor consent, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
COMM 1112 - Public Speaking (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01378 - Comm 1112/1511
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of the theoretical bases of rhetoric to the public speaking situation.
MATH 1296 - Calculus I (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01420 - Math1290/1296/1596
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
First part of a standard introduction to calculus of functions of a single variable. Limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, and their applications. prereq: Math ACT 27 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1250 or department consent
STAT 3611 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic probability, including combinatorial methods, random variables, mathematical expectation. Binomial, normal, and other standard distributions. Moment-generating functions. Basic statistics, including descriptive statistics and sampling distributions. Estimation and statistical hypothesis testing. prereq: A grade of at least C- in Math 1290 or Math 1296
WRIT 3121 - Advanced Writing: Business and Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and practice of writing tasks in business and organizations, including oral presentations. Exploration of rhetorical situations in professional practice, including research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of professional documents, such as instructions, proposals, short and long reports, and career documents. prereq: 1120 or equivalent, min 60 cr; credit will not be granted if already received for Comp 3121
WRIT 3130 - Advanced Writing: Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and practice of writing tasks in engineering, including oral presentations. Exploration of rhetorical situations in professional practice, including research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of professional documents, such as instructions, lab reports, proposals, short and long reports, and career documents. prereq: 1120 or equivalent, min 60 cr; credit will not be granted if already received for Comp 3130
WRIT 3150 - Advanced Writing: Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study and practice of writing tasks in science, including oral presentations. Exploration of rhetorical situations in professional practice, including research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of professional documents, such as instructions, lab reports, proposals, short and long reports, and career documents. prereq: 1120 or equivalent, min 60 cr; credit will not be granted if already received for COMP 3150