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B.S. in Computer Information Systems


Through a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, students will learn cutting-edge programming and networking technology. With faculty and staff members who put your education as their top priority, this degree will provide you with a variety of field-related skills to ensure your success after graduation. 

Our BS-CIS program is designated as a STEM program as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This designation has a direct impact on international students interested in these programs as it allows those with F-1 visas to remain in the United States after graduation for an additional 24 months under the optional practical training STEM extension. This extension makes it possible for students to undertake practical training for a total of 36 months. If this is of interest to you, reach out to the International Programs office for more detail and enroll today!

Designed With You in Mind

Given that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Computer and Information Systems Managers job outlook is poised to grow 15% (much faster than average) from 2014 to 2024, it is a great time to be looking at information systems as a major. Our program will provide you with the resources you need in order to be successful in this rapidly growing and high-demand industry.


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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

 The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems can lead to careers such as:

  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Software Engineers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Database Administrators
  • Computer Systems Analysts

And many more!

Check out our alumni!

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Program Advising

Our Academic Advising team is here to help you will all your advising needs. From helping you to determine the best sequence of courses to take to registering for classes and transferring credit. Reach out to us or stop by our office.

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Our Graduates

Graduates from the Computer Information Systems program have started with careers such as:

  • Wise Health Systems
  • Texas Health Resources
  • Fort Worth I.S.D.
  • Hill School
  • Foster's Home for Children
  • Coleman County Telephone Cooperative

Find out more and connect with our Alumni!

Career Service

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance
  • Job fairs
  • Career counseling

And much more!

Program Objectives

  • Expand students’ knowledge of computer information systems.
  • Prepare the students for real-world situations by utilizing hands-on activities in the classroom.
  • Provide an exciting, interactive, and demanding course of study.
  • Prepare students to communicate and give effective, persuasive presentations.
  • Prepare students to communicate through preparation of effective and thorough written documentation.
  • Prepare students to think critically when solving business problems.
  • Prepare students with knowledge specific to the discipline, which will enable them to be successful in an information systems career.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications
BCIS 1315 Principles of Web Design
BCIS 1317 Personal Computer Maintenance and Hardware
BCIS 3333 C# Programming
BCIS 3343 Advanced C# Programming
BCIS 3347 Data Communications
BCIS 3389 System Analysis and Design
BCIS 4301 Database Theory and Practice
BCIS 4350 Management Information Systems

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Certificate in Cybersecurity

The BAAS-IT, BBA-MIS, and BS-CIS all include the opportunity for students to pursue an additional certificate in the field of cybersecurity during their studies at Tarleton State University. Work with your COB Academic Adviser to take advantage of this opportunity.

Included coursework:

Class Number Class Name
BCIS 4320 Computer Forensics
BCIS 4342 Ethical Hacking & Network Defense
BCIS 5345 Network & Systems Security
CRIJ 3315 Rules of Criminal Evidence
CRIJ 4353 Global Cyber-Security

The CIS side will prepare individuals to secure both computer systems and networks, as well as develop business security strategies. The courses utilize hands-on labs and include the use of current security, forensic, and penetration testing software. The student will also be preparing to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. The CJ side will prepare the student to recognize, gather, and report electronic evidence for analysis of security breaches, criminal or civil investigations, and any other legal or company procedural purpose.

Accelerated Program

The MS-Information Systems includes an accelerated option, allowing undergraduate students to begin their graduate studies early and shortening their time to graduation. Interested students should identify their interest in pursuing this option early in their program and work with their Academic Adviser to select the appropriate degree plan options:

  • BS-CIS: Accelerated CIS/MS Information Systems
  • BAAS-IT: Accelerated IT/MS Information Technology
  • BBA-MIS: Accelerated MIS/MS Information Systems

Students in their final undergraduate semester, should work with the COB Graduate Manager to complete the Graduate Student Provisional Form, enabling them to register for their graduate classes. Students who choose the accelerated option will, in their final semester, take BCIS 5311 plus an additional BCIS graduate elective, to serve as undergraduate electives and also begin work towards their graduate studies. Students should also complete their application to the College of Graduate Studies during their final semester in preparation for admittance into the graduate program.

Facilities and Features

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Association of Information Technology Professionals

The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) prepares students for a career in the Information Technology field, as well as provide the opportunity to meet professionals and network within the industry. AITP also provide professional development through:

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Resume workshops
  • Fundraising opportunities
  • Job site visits
  • Regional and national competitions

And much more! 

Contact Mr. Art Dearing for more information about our AITP chapter.

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Internship Opportunities

Earn money and get course credit at the same time! Part-time positions with an emphasis in computer information systems provide not only course credit, but also valuable only on-the-job experience. Not only are many internships paid, such positions often turn into full-time employment after graduation. Learn more about our CIS Internships by contacting our CIS Internship Coordinator:

Dr. Jason Sharp


Office: COB, Room 153

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A Student Focused Program

The College of Business at Tarleton stands out among others because:

  • We are learner focused to support and challenge the personal and professional development of each individual.
  • We foster meaningful engagement with dynamic business communities.
  • We have an entrepreneurial mindset to develop innovative and creative decision makers.
  • We promote a global perspective developed to better understand the interconnected nature of the global business environment.
  • We believe ethical and socially responsible behavior are essential for success in personal, professional, and community relationships.