Math & Sciences Majors

Computer Science: Computer Information Systems

The major in Computer Science is designed for students with interests in the discipline of computing and its applications. Through the core courses, the major provides a solid foundation of computer science concepts within a liberal arts context. The various concentrations allow students to focus on areas of interest. The Computer Information Systems Concentration is for students interested in methods, concepts, and practical applications of information systems in the workplace.


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Courses and Requirements

Department Courses Used to Meet Computer Competency:

  • Computer Proficiency
  • Intro to Programming Using Visual Basic
  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming

Prerequisite Courses:

  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Discrete Structures

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • Object-Oriented Programming with Data Structures
  • Computer Organization
  • Advanced Object-Oriented Programming with Advanced Data Structures
  • Internship AS NEEDED
  • Seminar in Computer Ethics and Professionalism

Select one of the following two:

  • Principles of Statistics OR
  • Applied Statistics

For Computer Information Systems concentration:

  • Computer Programming in COBOL 
  • Networking and Telecommunication 
  • Operating Systems 
  • Relational Databases 
  • Systems Analysis and Design  

One of the following two options:

  • Financial Accounting OR
  • Principles of Macro Economics 

Two 3 credit 200-level or higher CPSC, upperdivision accounting, or upper division BSAD courses.

Other Computer Science Courses:

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • C# Programming
  • Web Design and Development for E-Commerce
  • Computer Graphics Principles
  • Topics in Computer Science
  • Senior Seminar

 For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

Today computing is a component of any career. Everybody needs some fundamental understanding of what computers are, how they work and what they can and can't do.

For the computing professional, some potential careers include:
• programming
• system design and analysis
• hardware and software engineering
• information and systems science
• project management
• education
• research
• data processing
• communications

Computing applications abound in:
• the arts and humanities
• natural and social sciences
• medicine
• entertainment
• government
• transportation 


Grand View maintains strong ties with the Des Moines area business community. Computer Science students have completed internships for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources, The Principal Financial Group and Wells Fargo Bank. Students have found opportunities in the financial and insurance industries as well.