The Information Systems Curriculum prepares students for careers working with information technology in business. The effective application of information technology can be used by organizations to gain a competitive advantage. The CIS curriculum stresses the application and use of information technology in the business environment. It provides learning experiences in systems analysis, design, and implementation; project management; e-commerce; telecommunications; networking; databases; programming; and interpersonal communication. As the increase in the use of technology in business continues, tremendous growth is predicted in the demand for people with these skills. Various job titles include systems analyst, database manager, project leader, telecommunications manager, network administrator, webmaster, technical support specialist, help desk operator, and programmer.
A series of information assurance courses have been created to give the undergraduate an emphasis in the area. Students will need to use their IS and business electives to take all four courses. The Information Assurance (IA) courses follow the National Security Agency guidelines and will meet 4011 and 4016 certification requirements. These IA courses will develop your skills for positions in systems and network security. Learn to detect, report, and resolve cyber threats. Course content also covers the use of code encryption to securely pass information between systems, building and using secure audio and video communications equipment, developing tamper protection products, and providing trusted information solutions. Students master the skills of assessing, auditing evaluation, testing network and systems security, and conducting forensic investigations. Students also learn how to perform information systems risk analysis and plan for disaster recovery and business continuity.
As an Information Systems major you may also focus on Application Development (Programming) by taking a sequence of three elective courses as part of your curriculum. This will give you three programming courses that cover all the current languages plus you will learn how to manage the application development process through the Project Management course and how it all fits together through the Enterprise Resource Planning course. With this focus you are more than just a programmer. In addition to your technical competence, you get the business background to know how to apply your skillset to the business environment.
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>>Anthony Helms of ExxonMobile: Technical Support Team
>>Dustin Sumrall of Cleco Corporation: IT Project Manager
>>Jamie Adams of Scorpion Design: Senior Vice President of Sales
>>Alex Bohl of CenturyLink: Senior Lead Technical Project Manager
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