Livingstone College

Computer Informations Systems

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program combines the study of system analysis and design, computer architecture and operating systems, networks, telecommunications, global communications, computer programs and their application in business decision making. Students completing the program are prepared to pursue careers, graduate and professional studies, and life-long learning as needed for a changing social and technological world.

The main goals and objectives of the Computer Information Systems program are as follows:

  • To provide students with a greater range of skills and understanding in all areas of Computer Information Systems development.
  • To prepare students for graduate studies in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.
  • To prepare students for responsible positions in applied Computer Information Systems as well as in Computer Engineering.

All CIS students are required to maintain a 2.3 cumulative GPA for continuation of the program. CIS students are also required to join Black Data Processing Associates and pay the current student membership fees. See Computer Information Systems Curriculum below.

Black Data Processing Associates

BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) was founded in 1975 by Earl A. Pace, Jr. and the late David Wimberly after the two met in Philadelphia to discuss their concerns about minorities in the data processing field. There was a lack of minorities in middle and upper management, low recruitment and poor preparation of minorities for these positions, and an overall lack of career mobility.

Through ceaseless drive and personal networking, the founders built an organization of 35 members, hosted presentations to improve data processing skills and launched a job opportunities announcement service. This nucleus has grown to over 55 chapters throughout the United States and thousands of members.

Today, BDPA is a global member focused organization that serves the professional well-being of its stakeholders. BDPA remains committed to excellence and providing a wide spectrum of resources to members, corporate sponsors, businesses, educational institutions and the community. The organization is a catalyst for professional growth and technical development for those in the IT industry.

Why Join BDPA?

BDPA can help you advance your career in the IT profession. We give professionals, executives, entrepreneurs and students an IT career pathway from the “Classroom to the Boardroom”. Through education, mentoring, services and business networking, BDPA promotes innovation, technical skills, business savvy and personal growth.

Join the thousands of BDPA members who are making a difference for themselves and for others.

Visit The National BDPA Website
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Computer Information Systems Curriculum

Bachelor of Science: 122 Semester Hours
General Education Course Requirements: 56 Hours

Major Required Courses: 60 Hours
ACC 233Principles of Accounting I
CIS 230Computer Networks
CIS 239Introduction to Computer Programming
CIS 331Systems Analysis and Design
CIS 333Introduction to MIS
CIS 334Database Concepts and Design
CIS 335Cobol
CIS 336IT for Finance & Marketing
CIS 337Computer Programming Language C ++
CIS 338Java
CIS 339Principles of Project Management
CIS 330Principles of Security
CIS 431Object-Oriented Systems
CIS 432Business Analytics
CIS 433Decision Support Systems & Bus. Intelligence
CIS 434Current Topics in CIS
CIS 435IS Strategy Management & Acquisitions
CIS 436Ethical & Legal Conflicts in IT
CIS 437Computer Architecture & OS
CIS 430Internship/REU
Elective Tracks for CIS: 6 Hours

Security (CIS 330):
Fundamentals of Information Security
Incidence Response and Disaster Recovery

Project Management (CIS 339):
Project Execution and Control
Certified Associate Project Manager

Other (CIS 438):
Introduction to Electronic Business Applications

Minor in CIS: 21 Hours
CIS 239Introduction to Computer Programming
CIS 331Systems Analysis and Design
CIS 333Introduction to MIS
CIS 334Database Concepts and Design
CIS 337Computer Programming Language C++
CIS 431Object-Oriented Systems
CIS 434Current Topics in CIS