College of Engineering, Computer Science & Construction Management

BS in Computer Information Systems


The BS in Computer Information Systems allow students to prepare for careers in diverse areas of applications of computing and information technology.


The California State University, Chico Bachelor of Science program in Computer Information Systems provides a broad background to students with interests in computing and information technology. The program is designed to provide students majoring in computer information systems with excellent preparation for further study in graduate or professional schools in the computing discipline as well as for entry into computer-related careers.

Goals & Objectives

The program objectives of the Computer Information Systems program at CSU, Chico are to produce graduates who:

  • Those employed in industry, government, or entrepreneurial endeavors will demonstrate professional advancement through significant technical achievements, expanded leadership responsibility, or other recognition of their contributions;
  • Those who continue their formal education will achieve an advanced degree or certification in programs in computing, science, engineering, business, and other professionally related fields; and
  • All graduates will demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a team member and/or leader in an ever-changing professional environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

According to ABET’s current Criteria for Accrediting Computing Programs, "[s]tudent outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program."

Our CINS graduates are able to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Support the delivery, use, and management of information systems within an information systems environment.