Computer information systems uses technology to help organizations solve complex business challenges smoothly and efficiently.

The Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) in the College of Business specializes in bringing people, processes, and technology together. We give undergraduate and graduate students the tools they need to not only jump into a career in CIS, but to keep up with the technology as it changes. Our graduates enjoy some of the highest starting salaries among all majors at Colorado State University and are assured of quick job placements. The field of computer information systems is always evolving, and our faculty members have active and diverse research that spots trends and builds knowledge in the industry.

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Leadership

As one of the first CIS programs in the country in 1964, it’s our goal to continue that pioneering tradition as we enhance the curriculum to serve today’s advances in technology. Our 16-member faculty are committed to providing a relevant systems education with a unique blend of technical and business-oriented topics and skills. Students benefit from close industry relationships with our departmental advisory council and internship opportunities and access to state-of-the-art facilities. We offer an undergraduate concentration and a master’s in CIS (MCIS) that is designed for those with or without an IT background. The MCIS degree currently serves around 200 students in over 30 states and eight countries. Our graduates take jobs including system administration, systems analysis, design, and development, consulting, and management for global companies across industries. In addition we offer graduate certificates in business intelligence and project management and an undergraduate certificate in information technology for business professionals.

– Dan Turk,
Department Chair and Associate Professor

Dan Turk

Advisory Board

Technology changes rapidly in computer information systems. The Department of Computer Information Systems advisory board, comprised of industry professionals, are a vital connection to real-world trends and topics. Board members help us serve the needs of our students and our community by advising us on our strategic direction and goals.

Research

Leading the way to solve complex business problems, our research extends beyond journals and publications. Our faculty include experienced scholars whose work impacts our field and society as well as being widely cited.

Areas we study:

  • Computer networking
  • Object-oriented modeling
  • Database research
  • Electronic marketing
  • Decision-making under stress
  • E-commerce
  • Ethical issues in information technology
  • Data privacy
  • Data analytics
  • IT service learning and gender studies
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Security
  • Email spam
  • Software development process

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Academic Programs


The fast-paced world of computer information systems welcomes professionals with the drive and skills to navigate change and technological advancements. This online or on-campus program prepares students – with or without a technology background – to thrive in IT function and IT project management roles. Graduates find success industry-wide and the program has a 99 percent job placement record.


This certificate teaches students how to enable, support, and create a data-driven culture in an organization. Students learn data mining processes and related methodologies; complex event processing; performance management; and predictive and prescriptive analytics.


This certificate is designed for those who work in information technology (IT), who have clients in technology fields, or who want a broad introduction to information systems. Students learn to strategically implement technology within organizations and get a managerial-level understanding of infrastructure, applications, and the industry’s latest data analysis tools.


Completing the business intelligence certificate positions students to bring value to companies across many sectors. Students learn how to harness vast data stores to solve problems, enhance decision-making, and discover new business opportunities.


This certificate is designed for both technical and non-technical students who want to gain the knowledge and skills relating to software development or IT project management. This certificate also prepares students to sit for the PMP® Certification or the CAP-M® Certification exams.


The computer information systems (CIS) concentration provides you with broad knowledge of computer information systems along with the skills you need for effective decision making in a business environment that is diverse, global, and highly competitive. The curriculum evolves continuously to ensure that your degree features the most useful and up-to-date material valued in the industry.


This certificate gives you an edge in the job market by complementing your concentration with knowledge and skills for evaluating, designing, and using software systems to solve business problems and improve decision making. Information technology (IT) pervades every aspect of business, and employers often seek out graduates who can effectively use IT in their area of concentration.

Student Involvement

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CIS Club – Students become a part of the information technology and computer management community by taking part in speaker events, workshops, community service, and company tours.

 
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CIS Class Help Center – This help center is an academic resource for graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in CIS courses. Students can get help with course material and assignments on campus or online.

 
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Curricular Practical Training – With this program, international (F-1) students get valuable work experience that builds on the skills they're learning in the classroom. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a temporary authorization for off-campus employment that is directly related to your field of study.

 
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Internships – Our internship program allows students to blend classroom learning with work experience. Interns develop a better understanding of the industry and create connections that benefit their career path.

 

Contact Us

Shirley Bennett
Program Assistant
shirley.bennett@colostate.edu
(970) 491-7929
150 Rockwell Hall
Dan Turk
Department Chair & Associate Professor
dan.turk@colostate.edu
(970) 491-0467
152 Rockwell Hall

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