Differences Between CS and CIS
Our total enrollment is about 300 students where approximately 65% are CS majors and 35% are CIS majors. All courses for both majors use the "CS" prefix and many of the required courses are the same as shown in the table below. The CIS degree has more electives and when those are factored in there is even more similarity in the required CS courses.
|CS 3xxx||1 req'd||4 req'd|
|CS 4xxx||1 req'd||2 req'd|
|Total||16 Courses||14 Courses|
CS - 6 required courses: pre-calculus, calculus 1, calculus 2, linear algebra, probability and statistics, and operations research or numerical analysis
CIS - 3 required courses: algebra, practical calculus, and statistics
CS - none
CIS - 6 required courses: microeconomic, accounting 1, accounting 2, management and organization behavior, production and operations management, courses, and marketing or finance
CS - 3 total: a sequence of 2 science courses for science majors (Area D.2.a) and 1 general science (Area D.1.a)
CIS - 2 total: both general science courses (Area D.1), sequence not required
Foreign Language Courses
Neither degree requires foreign language courses
Either degree prepares a student to be a software developer in most types of jobs. A CS graduate would have an edge over CIS for jobs in advanced engineering or scientific fields.
CS - Adequately prepares for graduate work in CS, SE, IS, IT
CIS - Adequately prepares for graduate work in SE, IS, IT