The Computer Information Systems major prepares students with a foundation in business and the problem solving skills required to design and implement technology solutions to support business needs. The courses use project-based curricula that first teach the concepts of the subject matter and then require the students to apply the concepts. Adobe, SAP, Microsoft, Oracle and other well known vendor applications and technologies are used to complete the hands-on projects. Students often work in teams to encourage the learning of group dynamics and soft-skills. Students who participate in internships have a strong foundation to build upon once entering the work environment. The curriculum meets AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) standards.
Students can earn credits by extending your learning beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to work for internship credits while completing their degree in Computer Information Systems. Companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Bobcat, Eagle Creek Software Services, Eide Bailly, Global Electric Motorcars, SEI, Bank Forward, John Deere Seeding Group, and Best Buy have welcomed VCSU students in their internship programs. VCSU students develop excellent technology and soft skills and many are hired into full-time positions with these companies after graduation. In addition to internships, cooperative research projects with faculty give students first-hand experience with advanced research techniques. Students also have the opportunity to also participate in activities such as company tours, workshops, fairs, and technology conferences.