Academics: Majors and Programs


Computer and Information Sciences Minor

The department offers two minors, each of which consists of 24 hours (six courses). A minor in computer science is also required to take first-year seminar (CIS 181 and/or 182) and senior seminar (CIS 481 and/or 482).

Computer Science Minor

The computer and information sciences minor is designed primarily for students with a science background.


  • CIS 111: Discovering Computer Science and CIS111L (Lab section)
  • CIS 121:Computer Science I and CIS121L (Lab section)
  • Either
    CIS 215: Data Structures and Theory Found CS/ and Lab Section
    CIS 216: Computer Organization and Design/ and Lab section
Of the remaining three elective courses, one must be chosen from CIS courses numbered 210 or above, and the other two must be chosen from CIS courses numbered 300 or above. All electives must be approved by the department chair.

For example, students may choose courses from the set CIS 313(Data Structures & Algorithms), CIS 401 (Computer Graphics), and CIS 465(Networks & Security), and CIS432 (Artificial Intelligence) or from the set CIS 302 (Design Management of Information Systems), CIS 328(Introduction Database Management System Design), CIS 428 (Advanced Database Management Systems Design), CIS456 (Human Computer Interaction). The suggested mathematical cognates for this option are MATH 470 (Special Topics: Codes & Cryptology) or MATH 234 (Discrete Mathematics).

Information Sciences Minor

The information sciences minor is designed for non-science majors and is oriented toward business and information science. CIS 111, 121, 215 and 302 are required. The two elective courses must be chosen from courses numbered 300 or above, or MGT 300, Principles of Management. Math 205(General Statistics) is suggested but not required.

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