Have you always been the “technology expert” in your family? The one who patiently figures out why something isn’t working when everyone else has given up? Do you have a head for numbers, strong analytical skills, and endless patience? If the answer to all those questions is a resounding “yes,” you may be the perfect candidate for Buffalo State College’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) Program.
Computer information systems (CIS) is a rapidly growing field that enables graduates to design, develop, and manage information technology systems. Many CIS graduates work with companies' IT systems, analyzing issues and ensuring all programs are kept up to date and working well. While working toward this degree, students take classes in computer science, numerical analysis, software, hardware, and computer technology. These classes equip students with strong computer skills and teach them to perform complex analytical tasks.
Hector Rosario, a CIS major with a minor in creative studies who graduated in May 2017, was hired by the campus’s Computer Services Department while a student. “In this job,” he said, “I’ve learned new coding languages, how to create spreadsheets, and how to install and update computers.”
“This is a ripe opportunity for women to choose this field of study,” Sarbani Banerjee, a computer information system (CIS) professor who joined Buffalo State in 2000. “There are myriad career opportunities awaiting them with the right education and training…It’s so important to have diversity in technology. Inclusion inspires innovation.”
The Buffalo State computer information systems program prepares students for entry-level positions, such as programmer, systems analyst, or network support in the computer field, and provides them with the technical knowledge and managerial skills necessary for a wide range of subsequent career paths. There is a growing demand in all sectors for individuals with this combination of capabilities. Our CIS program was developed with the cooperation of employers and information systems professionals. And unlike a computer science program, its emphasis is on commercial applications of computers rather than theory. Students will learn how to:
Buffalo State also offers a CIS minor, which is an excellent choice for students majoring in business, engineering technology, economics, and many other fields in which an understanding of computer software is helpful. Read on to discover what makes Buffalo State’s CIS program a great choice.
Almost every company in the world is managed through computers, which means almost every company in the world needs a CIS graduate. For that reason, CIS jobs are some of the fastest growing and highest paying jobs in management. Some CIS job titles include:
Buffalo State is committed to providing students with educational opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. The college offers more than 100 clubs and extracurricular organizations that give students the opportunity to socialize, expand their interests, and gain hands-on experience to enhance their employability. Organizations that may be of particular interest to CIS majors include:
As an institution, Buffalo State backs its commitment by putting substantial financial resources behind faculty-mentored undergraduate research. The Undergraduate Research Office promotes, supports, and funds undergraduate research in all academic areas—from the sciences to the arts—and for all committed students. More than 400 students present their research through posters and performances each year at the Student Research and Creativity Conference. They also compete for Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships, which support eight weeks of paid research activity.
Internships enable students to use the skills acquired in the classroom in real-world settings. Students have completed internships at such noted companies and organizations as:
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