Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Sciences

The Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) program has an overall emphasis on information networking. An interplay of knowledge from areas such as distributed computing, software engineering, expert systems, information retrieval and multimedia display technology define the information networking concept.

Information networks are becoming an integral and strategic component of such industries as:

  • petrochemical and transportation
  • space technology
  • education
  • banking and finance
  • medical and applications
  • manufacturing and retailing

Graduates of Lamar’s CIS program will possess an integrated set of skills from the fields of engineering, computer science and business.

The CIS program requires:

  • 37 hours in computer science and computer and information sciences
  • 15 hours in psychology, sociology and speech
  • 13 hours in mathematics
  • 21 hours in business
  • 8 hours in laboratory science 
  • 12 hours of electives, as well as the general bachelor's degree requirements

Graduates of this program will be prepared to respond to the varied and changing needs of an information society.

CIS/MBA Degree Program

The B.S. in Computer Information Sciences program can prepare a student to complete the first of the two years required to achieve an MBA program in the College of Business. Thus, a student can receive a B.S. in Computer Information Sciences and an MBA within five years after beginning of his/her study at Lamar. Seven courses from the College of Business are required for the B.S. in Computer Information Sciences. By utilizing four electives for the B.S. in Computer Information Sciences Program, the equivalent of the classes taken in the first year of the MBA can be completed during the bachelor's degree.

More information on the CIS/MBA degree

CIS Degree Required Courses

The following six courses are required by the Computer Information Sciences degree: 
  • Economics 1301 (ECON 1301)
  • BUAL 3310 (Business Analysis)
  • Management 3310 (MGMT 3310)
  • Management 3320 (MGMT 3320)
  • Accounting 2301 (ACCT 2301)
  • Accounting 2302 (ACCT 2302)
  • Finance 3310 (FINC 3310)

If in addition the student uses the COSC/CPSC elective to take COSC 3325 (Computer Ethics and Law), and uses his/her other electives to take Business Analysis II 3320 (BUAL 3320), Marketing 3310(MKTG 3310) and Business Communication 3350 (BCOM 3350), then the equivalent of the first-year MBA courses will have been completed.

Students with a B.S. in Computer Information Sciences who pursue this program can begin their second year of the MBA program immediately after graduation and admission to the MBA program. Admission to the Lamar University MBA program requires the Graduate Management Admission Test(GMAT).