Must complete 90 credits in major before taking this course.
Explore Computer & Information Systems (B.S.)
Organizations are increasingly reliant on technology, and require highly trained professionals to help them manage their computer and information systems. Designed for working adults, and with an emphasis on hands-on learning, Champlain's bachelor's degree in computer information systems will give you an education in both the latest technologies and the interpersonal skills required in a CIS professional, preparing you for success in this in-demand field.
Build Your Career Future
Differentiate yourself with a computer and information systems degree that equips you with a foundation of both key technical skills (including knowledge of 12+ key applications, platforms, and programming languages, listed below) and important soft skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and communication that you can carry through your career. You'll also gain subject matter expertise through a certificate in a specialization of your choice. You'll emerge from the program with a well-rounded skillset that will allow you to tackle both current and emerging information system challenges.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction
Pursue Your Computer & Information Systems Career
Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all new occupations, as a result of an increased business focus on cloud computer, data collection and storage, and information security. The median annual salary for these occupations is over $86,000.*
Graduates of Champlain's online computer information and information systems degree program will be prepared to enter a variety of technical career paths across many fields and industries, including IT support, programming, application development, infrastructure architecture, and more.
*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; job titles: Payscale, 2019
Top Jobs for Bachelor's in Computer & Information Systems Graduates
- Application Developer
- Business Systems Analyst
- IT Systems Manager
- Network Administrator
- Programmer Analyst
- Software Developer
- Systems Analyst
- Systems Engineer
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online computer and information systems bachelor's degree, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online computer & information systems courses encompass the top skills needed by today's CIS professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.
Professional Courses (66 credits):
- Networking Fundamentals
- Introduction to Python
- Senior Seminar Project (15-week course)
- Enterprise Database Systems
- Information Systems Design (15-week course)
- Information Systems Development (15-week course)
- Introduction to Operating Systems
- Windows Server Administration I or Linux Systems Administration I
- Network Design
- Foundations of Cybersecurity
- Information Systems Analysis & Design
- Java Programming I (15-week course)
- Relational Database Design and SQL
- Web Page Development I - HTML
- Server-Side Scripting-PHP
- Usability in Website and Software Design
- Financial Systems for Management
- Project Management or Project Management Standards & Behaviors
- Technical Electives (Choose technology certificate from listing above, or any technology course at 200 level or above. 12 credits required.)
General Education Courses (15 credits):
- Interpersonal Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Microeconomics OR Macroeconomics
- Critical Reading & Expository Writing I
- Critical Reading & Expository Writing II
- Writing in the Workplace
- Intro to Statistics (15-week course)
- Ethics in the Professions
- Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology
- Technical Writing
- Hum/Sci/Math Elective (12 credits required)
- Natural Science with a Lab (4 credits required)
- General Electives (8 credits required)
Computer & Information Systems Course Descriptions:
This course provides students with an understanding of the many different devices and technologies, from historical to emerging, that are required to design and build networks. In a broad survey of concepts and terminology, students will learn about topology, communications, protocols, and security, and to diagram basic networks to specification.
From day one, students in this course are problem solving, first in terms of algorithmic design and then as early as week two via programming in the latest version of Python, using PyCharm. Students begin by writing a program to have a conversation, having strings and numbers as input, and advance, by week seven, to building a working password saver program, capable of looking up, adding (and encrypting), and storing passwords.
Students are presented with the opportunity to expand and showcase their knowledge and abilities in this 15-week course where they are expected to work independently and develop a project related to their major.
In this course, students must use previously acquired and new, advanced skills in SQL (Structured Query Language) to modify an existing database to the needs of a client. Students write stored procedures and common table expressions, and learn to debug, rollback and use system stored procedures.
In the first of two capstone courses for the Management Information Systems (MIS) degree, students explore the role, types, and planning and development of MIS. Individual and team assignments reinforce learning of key concepts related to strategic initiatives and global trends, supply chain management, and innovative organizations and e-business initiatives.
In the second of two capstone courses for the Management Information Systems (MIS) degree, students design, plan, and develop a project that addresses a contemporary computer information system industry challenge and management problem. Students must consider people, processes and technology, including ethics and security, and present their proposals and solutions to the class and instructor.
Use Windows? Want to know more about Linux and or Apple? In this course, students don't just read about other operating systems, they step out of their comfort zones and develop a working knowledge of their structure and functionality. As part of these activities, students also learn how to use VMware and, in the case of students without access to Apple hardware, resources offered in the cloud as a services. Students also survey/compare mobile device operating systems.
This hands-on course will cover the fundamentals, of current Windows server systems and network administration. Topics will include the basics of installing the operating system, adding and managing users and groups, installing and managing services, Windows security objects and permissions, disaster recovery, and migration from previous versions of the operating system.
A hands-on course covering key components of the Linux operating system. Through hands-on activities students will gain a working knowledge of the Linux operating system. Topics include installation and configuration of Linux, using common commands and graphical interfaces, installing common server applications, User and group account management, as well as performance monitoring and security systems.
Examines the basic principles and methodologies used in the design of both local and wide area networks. Topics include network options, analysis, component and protocol selection, performance considerations and RFP development.
NETW-250 or NETW-260
This course will introduce foundation subject matter and technologies that are critical to the multidisciplinary landscape of cybersecurity.
Complete CMIT-130 and CMIT-135.
This course covers the fundamentals of systems analysis while emphasizing the role of communication and other soft skills needed in IT and in business overall to be successful. The topics are useful for anyone who is involved in developing software system requirements and architectures (e.g., users, technical managers, product managers, technical leads, programmers, other software project team members, and clients).
This course is an introduction to programming using the Java programming language. Topics include programming logic, selection and repetition, array processing, classes, methods, and loops. The course introduces the student to the basic concepts of object oriented programming and exception handling. The focus is on developing high quality, working software that solves real problems.
Learn the basics and more in this course on Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and SQL (Structured Query Language). Students propose a final project in the first module and then work, week-by-week, to design, create, and populate the database. Then, students learn to create queries and stored procedures.
From storyboard to form creation, students walk through the steps to create a basic four to five-page website to specification in this course that introduces HTML5 and CSS. Hands-on assignments reinforce skills development and best practices in design: navigation, column layout, image editing and usage, fonts and tables.
Students who want to build database-driven or interactive web sites benefit from this course which covers PHP and MySQL along with how to build sites that incorporate authentication and security. Each week hands-on assignments are used to reinforce concepts. Students advance from an introduction to PHP and basic syntax, to handling user input and manipulating arrays in web forms to queries.
Websites have three functions - to facilitate, enable and persuade - and are only useful if they can connect people and achieve definite goals. In this course, students learn to understand the concept of usability, and the roles of interaction, users, communication and collaboration as well as how to evaluate usability, and observe and test users.
WEBD-215 OR SDEV-230
Students will learn about the financial operations and analysis tools of any business or organization and their role in the success of the enterprise. Students will learn how to read and interpret financial statements and how to apply cost accounting theories and methods. They will gain a general knowledge about operational and capital budgeting processes and how to apply financial goals to departments and units and monitor financial performance against those goals.
Organizations value project management skills for all employees because these skills make everyone more effective and efficient. You will be introduced to skills that define a project's scope, specifications and assumptions. You will also learn to develop a work breakdown structure and task plan, and to schedule and control the, project. These skills can be used immediately, in work and home life.
Project Management II introduces students to the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Standards and Behaviors. You will explore the body of knowledge that forms the foundation for the field of project management, and begin to develop the competencies required to be eligible for the PMP examination. You will also reinforce competencies learned in Project Management I and focus on processes used in professional projects, including skills needed to define a project's scope, create a project charter, develop a work breakdown structure, task plan, schedule, and controlling the work. Finally, the project you begin in MGMT-262 will be completed in MGMT-265, allowing enough time to develop a comprehensively managed project.
Students will study the basic concepts and theories of communication, and learn to apply this knowledge to improve their relationships with others through everyday communication. Specifically, students will learn how to interpret people's verbal and nonverbal behavior more accurately, and to be more aware of how others interpret communicative behavior. They will learn how to listen actively with empathy, and how to interact effectively and appropriately with others from different social and cultural backgrounds. Students will also explore how to use communication as a tool to develop their relationships and self-concepts, and how to manage conflict using specific communicative strategies.
This course builds on COM 130, but with an emphasis on how to develop skills for communicating competently in an increasingly diverse society. Students will explore how culture is communicated verbally and non-verbally, and how to interpret and understand culturally-specific communicative practices. They will also learn how to establish, develop and manage relationships with culturally different peoples, and how to recognize and overcome cultural stereotypes and prejudices.
Complete COMM-130 or COM-100.
Discusses the nature and method of economics with emphasis on microeconomic theory. Focus is on demand, supply, market equilibrium, elasticity, costs of production and resource pricing. Examines the market structures of pure competition, oligopoly and monopoly.
A general survey course that covers theories and applications of macroeconomics. Business firms, international economics, labor and government are included. Also examines monetary policy, taxes, public finances, economic output and growth, and international trade in the world economy.
Develops the ability to use writing for learning, thinking, and communicating. Includes an emphasis on critical reading of various texts for meaning, form, and voice. In order to discover their writing voices so they may communicate at a college level, students write several short formal and informal papers in response to their reading. They react to and summarize texts, develop and organize ideas, incorporate the ideas of others, revise and edit.
In addition to building on the skills learned in the first semester, this second-semester course develops the ability to write essays with an emphasis on research, critical reading and thinking. Students continue to learn strategies for writing texts that are clear, coherent, comprehensive, creative, concise and correct for a specific audience and purpose.
Specific application of common tools for writing in the working world. Students will be instructed in rhetorical strategies of professional writing including style, report formats, editing, document design, and integration of visual aids. Students will complete a semester-long writing project; oral and written reports associated with the process of problem-solving within the project will be included.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
How to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data in order to make decisions about the world. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete probability distributions, normal probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing with one sample, hypothesis testing with two samples, correlation, regression, chi square tests, and analysis of variance.
Students will become familiar with arguments originating from the following schools of ethics: virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism. Students will apply these ethical schools of thought to formulate arguments, practice deliberation and assess the implications of their decisions for various stakeholders in a professional context.
Must have 75 completed credits or permission of Program Director.
A survey of the science of psychology, including an overview of human behavior in various areas such as physiopsychology, development, learning social psychology, personality and abnormal behavior.
A study of human groups, culture, the self, and human interaction. The course focuses on contemporary American society and the influence of culture on our actions and beliefs, with the goal of fostering critical thinking about our social environment.
This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of technical writing (clear, concise, and targeted)that are common among seven forms of technical communication: email correspondence, editing,employment communication, proposals, long, formal reports,oral communication, and inventions. Through peer reviews and writing workshops, students develop the ability to write and edit text that precisely targets its audience. This course emphasizes deepening and broadening students' writing, speaking, and thinking abilities in a non-lecture-based, hands-on, discussion-centered classroom.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
Graduates of the computer & information systems bachelor's online program will acquire and demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Secure and administer network systems to ensure a stable enterprise information system environment.
- Use scripting languages and web services to transfer data and add interactive components to web pages.
- Identify and analyze user needs, and utilize them when selecting, creating, and evaluating computer-based information systems.
- Design or improve enterprise-level information systems to meet business objectives.
- Employ technical project management tools and techniques to complete tasks on time and budget.
- Create and use database management systems to organize, store, and retrieve data.
- Apply specialized knowledge to the development of a multi-functional information system.
- Acquire in-demand technical, analytical and soft skills employers want - such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration - in general education courses that are a part of this degree.
Earn a specialized certificate in a concentration of your choice as you pursue your degree, so you can build credentials as you go.
- Java Programming
- Linux Server
- Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS)
- SQL (Structured Query Language)
- Windows Server
Champlain College Online's computer and information systems faculty, led by Cybersecurity Program Chair Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s computer and information systems professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the world of information technology, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online bachelor's in computer and information systems program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- Dealertrack Technologies
- Federal Judiciary
- Global Foundries
- Heritage Automotive Group
- ICF Macro
- Keurig Dr. Pepper
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- Red Hat, Inc.
- State of Vermont
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Assistant IT Manager
- Case Management/Electronic Case Files Administrator
- Database Administrator
- Field Services Engineer
- IT Coordinator
- IT Specialist
- Lead IT Specialist
- Lead Systems Administrator
- Network Engineer
- Network & Information Systems Manager
- Principal Technical Support Engineer
- Staff Equipment Tech Engineer
- System Administrator
- Web Developer
Tuition & Costs
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Meet the Program Director
Kathleen HydeMCIS MBA
- Cybersecurity (Graduate Certificates)
- Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations (B.S., Certificates)
- Computer Information Systems (B.S.)
- Information Security Operations (M.S.)
- Management Information Systems (B.S.)
- Web Design & Development (A.S., B.S., Certificates)
Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, is the Chair of Cybersecurity Programs for Champlain College Online. She is responsible for the online cybersecurity and computer forensics and digital investigations undergraduate programs, as well as the M.S. in digital forensic science program.
As program director, Ms. Hyde maintains the cybersecurity and digital forensic programs' competitive and relevant edge, promotes the growth of the nation's cybersecurity workforce, and shares her passion for lifelong learning by teaching several online classes.
For more than 20 years, Ms. Hyde has provided consulting services in cybersecurity, data recovery, business continuity, and digital forensics to government, retail, finance, professional, and residential customers. She has also served as an instructor for Champlain's cybersecurity program and a subject-matter expert for course development for the past three years. Her areas of expertise and interest include insider threat detection, emerging threats and defenses, digital privacy and surveillance, and cybersecurity for educators.
Ms. Hyde holds both an MBA and an M.S. in Computer Information Studies from the University of Phoenix.
"I chose Champlain because it gave me the flexibility I needed. The accelerated format offers a great way to reach your goals faster, and makes earning your degree or certificate a realistic achievement that truly is obtainable."
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