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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Estimated Completion

120 credit hours (4 years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Undergraduate Studies


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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

ClassNumberClass Name
BCIS1305Business Computer Applications
BCIS1315Principles of Web Design
BCIS1317Personal Computer Maintenance and Hardware
BCIS3333C# Programming
BCIS3343Advanced C# Programming
BCIS3347Data Communications
BCIS3389System Analysis and Design
BCIS4301Database Theory and Practice
BCIS4350Management 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:

ClassNumberClass Name
BCIS4320Computer Forensics
BCIS4342Ethical Hacking & Network Defense
BCIS5345Network & Systems Security
CRIJ3315Rules of Criminal Evidence
CRIJ4353Global 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.