Computer Information Systems

Computer and information systems managers, often with a title of information technology (IT) manager or IT project manager, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine information technology goals and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Cal Lutheran CIS majors receive an education with:

  • An emphasis on computer application and system developments in database, software, and network
  • A strong business and liberal arts foundation.

Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from now to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer and information systems managers will increase as firms continue to expand their use of wireless and mobile networks. In 2012, the median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $120,950*.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook,

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Program Requirements

Required credits: 48 credits minimum; 36 upper division credits. 2.0 minimum GPA.

Required Courses

BUS 367 (4) Behavior in Organizations
BUS 381 (4) Information, Systems, and Organizational Design

Computer Science

CSC 210 (4) Intro to Computer Programming
CSC 331 (4) Systems Analysis
CSC 350 (4) Data Communications & Networks
CSC 410 (4) Database Management Systems
CSC 499 (4) Capstone

Elective Courses in Major

16 additional upper division Computer Science credits in which up to 8 credits can be substituted by recommended Business Administration courses.


MATH 241 (4) Discrete Mathematics

Minor in Computer Information Systems

20 credits minimum, 12 credits upper division

12 credits of Computer Science (at least 4 credits must be upper division)
BUS 367 & 381