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  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems

    Prepare for today's most in-demand profession
    With the ever-changing impact of technology on our lives and in business, there is a constant need for skilled and creative professionals.
    School of Liberal Arts
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx & Online

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Computer Information Systems B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements* 60 Credits

CISC/MATH 120, 131, 231, MATH 116, 122, 201 and ACCT 120 are prerequisites for the major and must be completed as part of the General Education requirements.

Major Concentration

Computer Information Systems & Related Courses 45 Credits
Open Electives 15 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Computer Information Systems must complete:

Foundation Courses

  • CISC 131 Foundations of Computing I*
  • CISC 231 Foundations of Computing II*
  • CISC 238 Graph User Intrfc App/Developm
  • MATH 122 Statistics*
  • MATH 244 Discrete Structures
  • ACCT 120 Intro to Financial Accounting*

Major Courses

  • CISC 301 Info Systems Within Organizat
  • CISC 311 Object/Structure/Algorithim I
  • CISC 335 Computer Network II
  • CISC 337 Database Mgmt Systems
  • CISC 339 Artificial Intelligence
  • CISC 359 Web Site Administration
  • CISC 370 Systems Analysis & Design
  • CISC 421 Operating Systems
  • CISC 470 Info Systmns Develp/Implement

And four courses (Major Electives) selected from the following:

  • CISC 341 Computer Architecture
  • CISC 352 Mathematical Methods in Data Science
  • CISC 380 Workplace Experience in CS/CIS I
  • CISC 381 Workplace Experience in CS/CIS II
  • CISC 385 Cryptography/Computer Security
  • CISC 395 Special Topics Comp Info Systm
  • CISC 397 Independent Study CIS
  • CISC 411 Object/Structure/Algorithim II
  • CISC 430 Healthcare Analytics and Apps
  • IASP 230 Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • IASP 321 Linux Administration
  • IASP 330 Dster Recvry/Business Continut
  • IASP 420 Network Security
  • IASP 430 Forensic/Electronic Discovery

Mercy College's 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentrations of mathematics, computer science or computer information systems must be satisfied by courses numbered 200 or above. Computer information systems majors who have not had their mathematics core requirement waived should complete MATH 116 and MATH 201 (rather than MATH 115) as part of their General Education requirement.

CISC 120 is a prerequisite for introductory courses in computer information systems, but may be waived with departmental waiver exam.Some courses are offered once a year. Please check with the department for the current course offering schedule.

Undergraduate majors may take a maximum of two graduate level courses to fulfill the major elective requirement.

* These courses fulfill part of the General Education requirement.

What is the difference between Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Computer Science (CS)?
A CIS major will devote time studying the way computers are used to solve business problems, whereas CS majors will analyze how computers work and how to design programs. So when it comes to jobs, a CIS major would probably be hired by a company that uses computers to keep track of their business, whereas a CS major would be of interest to a company whose products are computers, software or computer services.
Is this program offered online?
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Are the Computer Information Systems and Computer Science programs approved/accredited?
Yes, by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Do you offer night and weekend classes?
Yes, some evenings and weekends at the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses.
Marion Ben-Jacob Professor, Mathematics
Zhixiong Chen Professor, Cybersecurity
Narasimhaswamy Banavara Associate Professor, Computer Sciences

Computer Information Systems Overview

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Information Science will prepare you for some of today’s most in-demand professions: Mathematics, IT, Computer Information Systems, and Computer Science, Information Assurance and Security, as well as other evolving industries. There is a constant demand for innovative minds to create solutions and exceed challenges in these areas. Our degree options will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make your mark in the vast Mathematics and CIS arenas.

Computer Information Systems FAQS

Is this program offered online?
Are the Computer Information Systems and Computer Science programs approved/accredited?
Yes, by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Computer Information Systems Fast Facts

  • One of the lowest private tuition rates in the country
  • Main campus is only 30 minutes from Manhattan
  • Metro-North Train stop right on campus
  • Manhattan campus in Herald Square

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the CIS Bachelor's degree program are: Programmer, Helpdesk Specialist, Systems Analyst, Database Programmer, Database Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Administrator, and Web Administrator.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate proficiency in programming by writing programs that are functional, easy to use (user interface), and efficient
  • Demonstrate the ability to quickly and effectively recognize the requirements of different programming languages / IDEs / platforms and solve problems by writing programs on the different platforms /IDEs
  • Create an effective database and application to solve a business information problem
  • Analyze the business information needs of an organization or a business unit in the organization
  • Design, develop, and (describe the implementation of) a computerized information system solution to fulfill organizational needs using structured systems analysis and design methods
  • Develop sample project schedules to monitor project progress
  • Demonstrate the ability to orally communicate to laypeople about the usage of software applications
  • Function effectively in a team to complete a programming /computer information systems project spanning an entire semester
  • Present the findings of the project analysis to an audience
  • Prepare and present cost benefit analysis of the computer information systems project
  • Demonstrate the functionality of the developed prototype to an audience
  • Identify and explain the technological, managerial and organizational components of information systems
  • Analyze various aspects of information technology infrastructure design, including organization, security and business community
  • Evaluate strategic and managerial issues and challenges associated with successfully and unsuccessfully incorporating information systems into an organization