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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems, B.S.

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The plan in Computer Information Systems (CIS) leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. This plan prepares students to hold technical, administrative and managerial positions in the analysis, design, implementation, maintenance, operation and management. The curriculum is based on a broad general education and upper-level studies in areas related to information systems such as management, accounting, information technology and computer science.

The mission of the Computer Information System B.S. degree program is to cultivate undergraduate students to become future Information Systems practitioners. We achieve this by preparing them with a solid understanding of computing and information management principles and strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills in collaboration with local businesses and communities. 

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program is to strike a balance between theory and practice of computer science and computer information systems. This balance satisfies both regional and national needs. Graduates of the CIS program are equipped with sound technical knowledge and skills, and an understanding of Information Systems in a business/organization setting. They are provided a broad education to attain productive employment, prepare them for success in further studies and continue lifelong learning. Specifically, we want students engaged in professional practice, professional growth and professional conduct.

Professional Practice

Graduates will be highly proficient in computer information systems in various capacities, including but not limited to software developer, systems analyst, business analyst, technology consultant and information systems manager.

Professional Growth

Graduates will demonstrate continuous career improvement, evidenced by increasing responsibility and leadership, participation in further studies or transition into other technical or professional careers. Associated skills include initiative, innovation, creativity, effective communication and teamwork.

Professional Conduct

Graduates will possess an awareness of the social and ethical implications of their work and their behavior. The CIS program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.


This degree requires 120 hours and includes 42 hours of University Core. However, some of the Major Requirements courses listed below also satisfy University Core. If other courses are taken to satisfy University Core, the major requirements below are still necessary for graduation, and substitutions are not accepted.

University Core Requirements (42 hours)

Communication (6 hours)

Mathematics (3 hours)

American History (6 hours)

Government/Political Science (6 hours)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)

Component Area Option (6 hours)

Two 1-hour Life and Physical Science Labs

Additional Major Requirements

Choose one

Elective Requirements (13 hours)

 6 hours of 3000 or 4000 level approved business electives, excluding ISAM. 3 hours of 3000 or 4000 level approved CINF/CSCI electives. 4 hours of 3000 or 4000 level approved CINF/CSCI/ITEC electives.

Computer Systems and Security Specialization

Students interested in Computer Systems and Security should consider the following as electives:

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