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Redefining how the Whole World Works

… and Plays

Wow!  In only 60 years, the field of computing and information systems has redefined the traditional ways of business, education, government, and entertainment.  Virtually every organization and every field of study relies on computers and related technologies to succeed in the Information Age.  Even our everyday vocabulary embraces words like The Internet, email, Google, FaceBook, YouTube, MP3, ATM, and Wii.

The study of computing and information systems is central to our understanding of how the world processes, manages, and communicates information using digital technologies.  As a student, you learn to build and use computing and information systems.  You learn to see things from a broader systems perspective and to develop integrated solutions which meet the needs of your users.  And you learn to appreciate the far-reaching cultural, ethical, and legal impact of digital systems.

It is hard to imagine a world without computing and information systems.  It is even harder to imagine our world in another 60 years.  New software products and new technologies continue to change our landscape almost daily.  Even the products and technologies of other fields could not be developed without the support of computing and information systems.  It is arguably the most revolutionary field of our lifetime and we extend a warm welcome to be part of our adventure. 

These are exciting times!

The New Specialist

The new specialist in computing and information systems is a multi-talented individual.  No longer is he or she the lonely programmer squirreled away in a basement lab.  Instead, employers and universities seek graduates who possess a number of important skills including:

  • A solid foundation in the science and methodologies of computation
  • Strong analytical, technical, and programming abilities
  • Excellent proficiency in written and oral communication
  • Multidisciplinary competencies to bridge the divide between user needs and software solutions
  • An ability to see a bigger picture and to exploit the inter-relationships among systems for competitive advantage

It is a tall order, but our new programs in Computing & Information Systems strive to meet these criteria head-on.  Even if you are taking another subject, a joint-major or minor in computing or information systems will leverage your skills immensely.  Just think of bioinformatics, forensic computing, geographic information systems, decision support systems, and natural language processing, to name a few.