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Computer Information Systems (CIS)

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program offers high-level education and training for IT professionals, programmers and microcomputer application specialists. Taught in cutting-edge computer labs, CIS courses help students to learn and practice skills.

We offer associate and baccalaureate programs that introduce you to in-demand computing concepts while allowing you to develop the skills and reasoning required to succeed in the profession. Our program is designed to start you on the path to earn professional certifications.

What sets Akron apart: Our courses are taught in computer labs, so you can learn and practice skills.


A student works with a professor in a computer networking labThe CIS program offers high level training for computer programmers and microcomputer application specialists. Schedules offer a range of day, evening and weekend classes.

Graduates of the AAB/BS CIS program are expected to qualify for such positions as programmer trainees, programmer/analysts, software developers, computer operators, or network specialists in business, industry, and government organizations.

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

Degree options

Bachelor's degrees

CIS - Cybersecurity option
Course, degree and career information | Recommended course sequence

CIS - Networking option, ACBSP accredited
Recommended course sequence

CIS - Programming option, ACBSP accredited
Recommended course sequence

Associate Degree

Minor Degree

A minor degree will be awarded only at the time a student receives a baccalaureate degree and only if the overall GPA for the minor courses is at least 2.0.

Certificate

STUDENT PROFILE

Cracking the code of college: Cybersecurity student rewrites and unlocks himself at UA

A computer networking student in a classroom

“Hackers” — those who delight in solving technological problems — spend a lot of time looking at computer code, often long repeating strings of 1s and 0s.

“Another number” is what Spencer Csaky, a self-described “hacker” (not to be confused with a cyber criminal), feared he would be if he enrolled at The University of Akron: one anonymous face among more than 20,000 students, streaming through campus like lines of impersonal code.

But there was a bug in the system — a surprise. Read more.


Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco logoThe Cisco Networking Academy Program centers on teaching students to design, build, and maintain computer networks.

Students receive hands-on experience with state-of-the-art networking equipment to prepare them for the 21st century workplace.

The program also prepares students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam.

ACCREDITATION

Accredited by the ACBSPSome programs (labeled as ACBSP accredited) in the Department of Business and Information Technology are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, which means the Computer Information Systems Networking and Programming degree programs have passed a rigorous accreditation process modeled after the Baldridge National Quality Program. Standards include quality student learning, continuous improvement, innovation, and scholarship.


Program directors

Dr. John Nicholas
Computer Information Systems - Cybersecurity
330-972-2563

Dr. Scott Randby
Computer Information Systems - Cybersecurity
330-972-6094

Janet Kropff
Computer Information Systems - Networking
330-972-2075

Zarreen Farooqi, Ph.D.
Computer Information Systems - Programming
330-972-8858


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