Computer Science and Information Systems
Computer Science? Information Systems?
Do you like working with computers? Help people be more productive? Discover new business ideas by mining data? Create web and mobile apps for games? Or just plain communication? Design electronic circuitry and microchips to improve machinery?
You are at the right place for all of the above except the last one - that would come under electronics and engineering. This is for those interested in the world of software - the ability to provide clear and unambiguous instructions to computers so they can accomplish the assigned task quickly and accurately.
Opportunities to tap into
- Computer Information Systems (AACSB accredited)
- Computer Science
- Computer Science/ Game development track
- Computer Science / Data science track (under development)
Graduate (all STEM programs)
- MSIS: Information Systems (AACSB accredited)
- Information Systems / Business analytics concentration (AACSB accredited)
- Information Systems / Information security concentration (AACSB accredited)
- MTSM.: Telecommunications Systems Management (undergoing major updates)
Our faculty are highly qualified and drawn from both academia and industry. They are also nationally recognized for their research in a wide variety of areas including style of learning, women in computer science, decision support, computer security, knowledge management and robotics. Almost all hold a doctorate in their discipline.
The learning environment and curricula are structured to give students the theoretical background and practical experience necessary to successfully pursue a variety of technical and professional careers in various computing fields. Students are attached to advisors who help plan their curriculum, recommend options for electives, guide them in making sound career choices and assist in procurement of internships or even jobs.
Students have access to modern well-equipped computer laboratories with an extensive collection of state-of-the-art software from Microsoft and SAP as well as the open source world. We partner with bigger institutions like the University Of Arkansas Walton College to access large datasets and powerful hardware and software from leaders like IBM (Z, DB/2), Microsoft (SQL Server, Data Tools), SAP (HANA), and Teradata (Enterprise Data Warehousing)
Besides corporate resources and labs, the department also has strong ties with industry leaders - many of whom are alumni - who come down from around the country for an annual meeting to review our academic offerings and suggest ways to improve our curriculum. In addition to this support, they also have funded several awards that are handed out each Spring.
Those who graduated from our programs have nothing but praise for what they received - small classes, great facilities, plenty of learning opportunities, new friends, and a well-rounded education. Our graduates have found great success in a wide range of career tracks with titles such as software engineer, systems analyst, information security engineer, database administrator, project manager, independent consultant, chief information officer, network architects, voice over IP (VOIP) architects, at small, medium, and large businesses as well as non-profit organizations.