Dr. Paul Leidig, Director, School of Computing and Information Systems

Welcome to the School of Computing and Information Systems at Grand Valley State University. I am pleased you stopped by to visit us on the web. On this site you can learn about our undergraduate majors: Computer Science and Information Systems, several minors, and two graduate programs: Computer Information Systems and Medical & BioInformatics. You can also find information on our courses, what is happening with our students, and also with our faculty. It is our hope that you can discover the answers to (1) why Grand Valley is the best university to attend, (2) why you should get a degree in computing, and (3) which major is right for you.

By offering both a Computer Science and an Information Systems degree in the same program, sharing the same faculty and facilities, students benefit from an applied practical CS degree and a technical IS degree. Students receive more individual attention in our programs because we offer smaller classes. Our faculty have a diverse set of expertise, are excellent teachers, and are active in their respective fields. The faculty and staff are committed to quality instruction while integrating research developments in computing in both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. We have state-of-the-art computing facilities, including a nationally recognized networking and data communication teaching laboratory, an Operating Systems Lab, an architecture lab, and student research project rooms dedicated for undergraduate student/faculty research. Students learn in an environment that emphasizes the practical uses of computing and information technology through courses that are applicable to business today and augmented through involvement in internships.

Excellent job and career opportunities exist for our graduates as the need for these skills remains in high demand. As a result, our industrial partners, the School of CIS’s Advisory Board, strongly support the curricula, recruit our graduates, and work with our faculty.

Enjoy your visit to our website and please contact us if you have any questions. For further information on our various programs and opportunities, please contact: