Computer Information Systems

What will I learn?

Network and computer systems administrators install, configure and support an organization’s network systems.

Our comprehensive curriculum emphasizes:

  • network analysis,
  • design,
  • installation,
  • management,
  • security, and
  • troubleshooting

We offer three options within the degree:

CIS – Cybersecurity option

Cybersecurity professionals help organizations protect their data, computers and networks from an array of threats. Learn more.

CIS – Networking option

Demand for computer networking experts is high for those with the right skills and experience. We offer the strong technical, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills you will need to rise in this fast-growing field. Networking professionals help organizations design, maintain and secure internal and external networks. The networks connect computers, software, smart devices and more. In our program, you will gain hands-on and real-world experience as you design, administer and troubleshoot local and wide-area networks. There are multiple career opportunities to students with this degree, from network administrator, security analyst, consultant, trainer and network architect.

CIS – Programming option

Graduates with this degree serve as programmer/analysts, software developers, database administrators and web developers in government, business, information technology and other industries. See recommended course sequence for the major. Sequence for the minor.

More Information

See an overview of all computer-related degrees offered by UA.

Akron Advantage

Real-world Experience

You will gain hand-on-experience in our modern computer and network technology labs. The varied hardware and software allows you to experience different systems platforms and applications.

Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.

Recent placements include:

  • Cisco Systems
  • J.M. Smucker Co.
  • FirstEnergy Corp.
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.
  • Lubrizol
  • GOJO Industries
  • Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Diebold Nixdorf

Sample Curriculum

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For More Information:

Department of Computer Science

Contact: Janet S. Kropff

Career Opportunities

A degree in computer information systems paves the way to careers as:

  • programmer trainees
  • programmer/analysts
  • software developers
  • computer operators
  • network specialists in business, industry and government organizations
  • cybersecurity expert, helping businesses protect data, computers and networks from an array of threats

Career outlook

See the job outlook for computer and information systems managers, from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, provides career coaching and programming at no cost, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.