Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program offers high-level education and training for future IT professionals. Taught in cutting-edge computer labs, the CIS curriculum gives students the opportunity for specialization.

Program Highlights

  • UA is home to a simulation lab that allows students to simulate cyber threats. It is modeled after the United States Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory.
  • Students in networking courses are prepared to earn marketable industry certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate, Cisco Certified Network Professional, and CompTIA.
  • Students learn through experience in our co-op and internship programs that get our students hired.

Degree Options

CYBERSECURITY OPTION: Our cybersecurity option — the first of its kind among public universities in Ohio — blends instruction in computer architecture, programming, networking, cryptography, and other key areas to prepare students to apply security principles and practices to evaluate and mitigate risks and threats.

COMPUTER NETWORKING OPTION: Our computer networking option provides students with the skills to help organizations design, maintain and secure internal and external networks.

COMPUTER SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT OPTION: Our computer software development option prepares students to attain the knowledge and applied skills necessary to utilize current technology and tools to meet a range of technology needs in business, government, healthcare, education, and other industries.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work as cybersecurity/security analysts, IT systems/network administrator, web developers, and database administrators. They work for companies such as Cisco Systems, Diebold Nixdorf, FirstEnergy Corp., Google, Hyland Software, Progressive Insurance Company, Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Student spotlight

Vanessa Howard

Vanessa Howard

“I chose UA because of their diverse curriculum offerings! UA was the first university to offer a bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity, which lined up with my interests in computers and homeland security perfectly. I've learned a lot in and out of the classroom, and I'm confident that I can put my skills to use in the workforce soon. Being able to continue my mom's UA legacy definitely helped as well!”

— Vanessa Howard
majoring in Cybersecurity

For more information

Direct questions to:

Dr. Joan Carletta
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Timothy O'Neil
Professor, Department Chair