Computer Information Systems Major

Pictured is Dr. Carrie Song in a computer lab.

The computer and software industry is rapidly growing, and a computer information systems degree from Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business will provide you with a strong foundation in business principles, as well as extensive training in information technology—a winning combination that employers seek.

To succeed in this ever-evolving world, our undergraduate information systems program will instill practical skills to give you the broad and thorough business and technology knowledge you need for a successful career in the IT profession. Some of the many career opportunities include web and mobile application development, IT security, business analytics, database administration, customer relationship management and more.

Explore our program and see why the computer information systems major is right for you!

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beyond the classroom

As a computer information systems student at WMU, you will be eligible to apply for merit-based program scholarships. To qualify, you will submit an online application that outlines your qualities as a student.

If you're interested in hearing about the latest trends in technology straight from industry leaders, you'll want to attend the Western Michigan IT Forum. This on-campus event has featured high-profile speakers from companies such as Google, Kellogg, Pfizer, LinkedIn, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Stryker, GM, Quicken Loans and Thompson Reuters.

computer information systems coursework

Core courses

  • Please note, sequencing for the required courses must be as follows: (1) CIS 2600 or CIS 2610 or CIS 2800, (2) CIS 3600, (3) CIS 4600, (4) CIS 4640, (5) CIS 4990
  • Prerequisite for CIS 4640 is CIS 2700 and (MGMT 2500 or MKTG 2500) or instructor approval.
  • CIS 2600—Business Application Programming 

    OR
  • CIS 2610—Business Mobile Programming 

    OR
  • CIS 2800—Internet Programming 

    THEN
  • CIS 3600—Systems Analysis and Design 
  • CIS 4600—Business Database Applications 
  • CIS 4640—Business Data Mining 
  • CIS 4990—Enterprise Project

Elective courses

Elective courses vary based on the student's selected career pathway.

Read more about prerequisites, core courses, career pathways and electives in the WMU Catalog.

career placement

The U.S. Department of Labor reports, "Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $86,320 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640.”

Possible job titles include:

  • Database administrator
  • Business analyst
  • Web/Mobile application developer
  • Software developer
  • Customer relationship management analyst

Organizations that employ our students include:

Questions

For questions about the computer information systems major (coursework, advising, etc.), contact the program's major coordinator:

Dr. Muhammad Razi
Office: 3289 Schneider
(269) 387-5524
Email Muhammad Razi