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Computer Information Systems (BS)

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Why study computer information systems?

USF’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) program will prepare you to answer a growing workforce need! Companies in nearly every industry are looking for skilled computer analysts — especially those with management knowledge and experience. Our program will give you both, plus hands-on experience and professional connections.

Our curriculum incorporates business management coursework with the study of large data systems and underlying infrastructures. Its hardware-focus approach will give you the skills and experience needed to work with large network systems. Highlights include:

  • 2 semesters of Networking
  • Computer Forensics
  • Security and Risk Assessment
  • Ethics and Data Privacy
  • Web Programming
  • Data Analytics, and more

Hands-on Learning through Internships

CIS students complete internships at a variety of local businesses, including

  • Do it Best Corporation
  • Parkview Health Systems
  • Aptera
  • Reusser Design

Study with Expert Faculty

You’ll learn from professionals who’ve worked in the field, giving you the added value of their experience and connections.

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Dedicated Computer Lab

Students in the Computer Information Systems program work in a dedicated computer lab, one that is not part of the USF network. This gives them the opportunity to learn real-life trouble-shooting skills as they work through simulated server failures and network crashes. Updated equipment and software includes Microsoft Visual Studio, Unity 3D Pro, HTC Vive Virtual Reality headset, and Windows and Linux operating systems.

I like that this program is hands-on and a lot of what we learn we learn by doing. During my internship at Do it Best, I was able to do the actual work of a systems administrator. It was a great opportunity and it also taught me about professionalism and what it takes to be successful in the business world.

Peter Mitchell ‘19
Computer Information Systems

Career Outlook & Success


Median pay for Systems Administrators & Network Administrators (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Median pay for Computer Systems Analysts (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Median pay for Information Security Analysts (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Graduates of our program work in a variety of careers, including:

  • Systems Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Programming Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Business Analysts

We have internships at Aptera and we’ve had students spend significant time with us. As soon as they walk out the door I think, ‘I hope they turn around and come back because we’d hire them.’

Aaron Crouch
Business Intelligence Practice Leader
Aptera Software

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