Computer Information Systems FAQ

What is the difference between Computer Science, Networking, and Computer Information Systems?

All are excellent choices for a technical career. The difference is: Computer Science is concerned with solutions within a computer; Networking is concerned with solutions within a network; and Computer Information Systems is concerned with solutions within organizations. The CIS degree is broader and has a more varied field of study. Students who choose this major apply the appropriate technical solution to problems affecting organizations.

What kinds of courses will I be taking?

In addition to the English, Science and General Education courses that all Wentworth students take, you will be taking business courses to ground yourself in business theory and understand how organizations operate; economics and accounting to understand how finances work; math courses to help you understand the foundations of how businesses and networks operate; and technical courses in systems analysis and design, databases and networks. You will also have four free electives within Management and Computer Science to either broaden or focus your area of interest.

What kinds of jobs will I be able to get?
The CIS major has a wide range of job openings available to those who hold it. Systems analysts, programmers, database developers, database administrators, network administrators, computer support specialists, web developers, project managers, e-commerce specialists, information systems managers, management analysts, information security specialists, data warehouse specialists, and bioinformatics. Businesses are growing increasingly reliant on technology to maintain their competitive edge, and new job categories, such as business analytics, are being created all the time.
What is the concentration for?
While no concentration is required, a concentration can be used to focus your interests and get additional education in a more specific area. We have concentrations in Project Management, Entrepreneurship (which is automatically a Minor in Business Management), and Finance. More are being designed. You can also create your own concentration if you wish with the permission of the department chair.

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