Computer Information Systems, B.S.

Prepare for a future with innovative, diverse, technology-based organizations in the ever-changing field of computer science and IT. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems offered through Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in today's market. By taking only two extra courses, you can add a certificate with an emphasis in data analytics or cybersecurity, providing you with expertise that is in demand in modern organizations. 

Curriculum Overview

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 120-credit degree program offers future and current leaders like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. With six accelerated, eight-week terms each year offered by SLU online, you can begin working toward your degree at any time, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals.

Careers

A computer information systems degree can prepare students for advanced studies or employment in the ever-changing field of computer science and information technology.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the computer science and database industry is expected to grow by 12 percent through the year 2024, adding 488,500 new jobs. Job opportunities within this field have a broad range of salaries.

Students in the data analytics concentration may pursue a career as a market research analyst, data analyst or in business intelligence. Students learn how to collect, analyze, interpret and present information obtained from data drawn from multiple, often disparate sources of organizational data.

Students in the cybersecurity concentration may pursue a career as a cybersecurity analyst, web developer, computer network architect or information assurance engineer. Students gain the skills needed to secure information assets of an organization and ensure that data can be created, accessed and modified by only those with the requisite privileges. Upon completion, students will be prepared for employment opportunities in a variety of businesses and organizations.

Admission Requirements

The School for Professional Studies welcomes adult learners whose educational journey has been interrupted by life's circumstances. This includes individuals with at least one of the following characteristics:

  • Delayed enrollment in post-secondary education
  • Attends part-time for at least part of the academic year
  • Works full-time (35 hours or more/week) while enrolled
  • Financial independence, has dependents other than a spouse, is a single parent, or has other demands that make traditional education less feasible

Application Requirements 

  • Work Experience: At least three years or the equivalent. Work experience may include a full-time/part-time job, internship, volunteer work, or comparable experiences.
  • Education: High school diploma or composite GED score of at least 2250.
  • Coaching session: Successful completion of a meeting with an academic coach (this can be done virtually or on campus).
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless qualified for conditional admittance).
  • Transcript: An official transcript from the most recent institution attended.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need. The School for Professional Studies offers numerous scholarships and awards specially for new students.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

To determine eligibility for financial assistance, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early for maximum consideration. FAFSA is available online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.

Active Military and Veterans and First Responders

Honorably discharged veterans, active-duty military members, reserve members and first responders qualify for a reduced tuition rate of $295 per credit hour for any undergraduate program offered through the School for Professional Studies.

  1. Graduates will be able to analyze a problem, and to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution. (ABET-1)
  2. Graduates will be able to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the discipline. (ABET-2)
  3. Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences about technical information. (ABET-3)
  4. Graduates will be able to make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles. (ABET-4)
  5. Graduates will be able to function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk, and produce deliverables. (ABET-5)
Core Requirements39
Major Requirements39
Information Systems and Technology
Introduction to Programming
Data-Driven Decision Making
Discrete Methods and Models
System Analysis and Design
Workplace Ethics
Cybersecurity Principles
Database Analysis and Design
Analytics and Visualizations
Technology Strategy and Decision Making
Advanced Database Systems
Computer Information Systems Capstone Experience
Certificate Options0-12
Cyber Security Certificate
The Fundamentals of Computer Forensics
Cyber Threats and Defense
Data Analytics Certificate
Survey of Machine Learning
Data Mining
General Electives33
Total Credits111-123

Additional Courses Needed for Data Analytics Concentration

Required Courses6
Survey of Machine Learning
Data Mining
Total Credits6

Additional Courses Needed for Cybersecurity Concentration

Required Courses6
The Fundamentals of Computer Forensics
Cyber Threats and Defense
Total Credits6

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA.

SPS Core Curriculum Requirements

Communication and Technology 9
Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner
Public Speaking in Org. Life
Business and Professional Writing
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 6
Discrete Methods and Models
Principles of Data Analysis
Intro to Phil: Self & Reality
Ethics, Values & Spirituality 9
Theological Foundations
Ethics
THEO/SPR
One additional THEO or SPR course
Engaging the Human Experience 15
Ethics of Writing
Engaging the Human Experience
One Humanities course
Special Topics
Twentieth Century Art
Intro to Literary Study
Introduction to Short Fiction
American Literary Traditions: Special Topics
Origins of the Modern World to 1500
Origins of the Modern World, 1500 to Present
U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1877
The Saint Louis Region
Intro to Phil: Self & Reality
Science and Religion
Spirituality: Work & Vocation
Spirituality, Peace & Justice
American Christianity
One Natural Science course
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
Biology of Health and Disease
One Social Science course
Introduction to American Politics
General Psychology
Survey of Economics
Introduction to Sociology
One Diversity course
Workplace Ethics
Professional Communication Between Cultures
Applied Personality
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits39

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Fall 1  
PST 1500 Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner 3
CIS 1300 Information Systems and Technology 3
Fall 2  
HUM 2000 Ethics of Writing 3
CIS 1600 Introduction to Programming 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
CMMK 1210 Public Speaking in Org. Life 3
CIS 2700 Discrete Methods and Models 3
Spring 2  
CIS 2300 Data-Driven Decision Making 3
PHIL 1055 Intro to Phil: Self & Reality 3
 Credits12
Summer
HUM 1500 Engaging the Human Experience 3
CIS 2850 Principles of Data Analysis 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Fall
Fall 1  
CIS 3000 System Analysis and Design 3
ENGL 4005 Business and Professional Writing 3
Fall 2  
CIS 3300 Database Analysis and Design 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
CIS 3250 Cybersecurity Principles 3
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 3
Spring 2  
Social Science elective or CIS Certificate (optional) 3
THEO/SPR 3
 Credits12
Summer
Humanities Elective 3
CIS 3150 Workplace Ethics 3
 Credits6
Year Three
Fall
Fall 1  
Humanities Elective 3
Natural Science elective or CIS Certificate (optional) 3
Fall 2  
CIS 4100 Technology Strategy and Decision Making 3
General Elective 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
General Elective or CIS Certificate (optional) 3
CIS 3850 Analytics and Visualizations 3
Spring 2  
CIS 4700 Advanced Database Systems 3
Social Science elective or CIS Certificate (optional) 3
 Credits12
Summer
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits6
Year Four
Fall
Fall 1  
General Elective or CIS Certificate (optional) 3
General Elective or CIS Certificate (optional) 3
Fall 2  
General Elective or CIS Certificate (optional) 3
General Elective or CIS Certificate (optional) 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
Natural Science Elective or CIS Certificate (optional) 3
General Elective 3
Spring 2  
CIS 4960 Computer Information Systems Capstone Experience 3
General Elective 3
 Credits12
Summer
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits120
 

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please call 314-526-2825 or email sps@slu.edu.

2+SLU programs are formal  transfer agreements for students seeking an associate degree at a partner institution.