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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:

  • Are able to apply the principles of computing and mathematics to solve real world problems appropriate to the discipline;
  • Are able to apply current industry accepted computing practices and new and emerging technologies to analyze, design, implement, and verify high quality computer-based solutions to real world problems;
  • Exhibit teamwork and effective communication skills;
  • Are able to positively and appropriately apply knowledge of societal impacts of computing technologies in the course of career related activities; and
  • Can be successfully employed or accepted into a graduate program, and demonstrate a pursuit of lifelong learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

Program outcomes are defined as "statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation that enable them to meet the objectives." The Program Outcomes for the Computer Information Systems program are listed below:

Our CINS graduates must demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  2. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  3. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  6. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  7. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  9. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices.
  10. An understanding of and an ability to support the use, delivery, and management of information systems within an Information Systems [IS]