The mission of the School of Computing & Information Systems is to provide the GVSU student community with the intellectual foundations and experiences necessary to use information technology effectively in their chosen careers.

To enable students to attain this goal, the CIS faculty have two primary responsibilities. First, we will offer a solid conceptual foundation required for a career in information technology. Second, we will provide direct, experiential knowledge of the technology necessary to be a productive user/producer of information technology.

To achieve these goals we:

  • Work continuously to keep our curriculum relevant to our mission.
  • Ensure that work-relevant experience is part of every class.
  • Establish and nurture industrial contacts.
  • Establish an integrated, supported co-op experience for CIS majors.
  • Provide all students, regardless of their major interests, fundamental knowledge of computers and information processing.

 

 

Computer Science

 

Program Educational Objectives:

Three years after graduation, our typical alumni are expected to be computing professionals who:

  • Use technical, communication, and teamwork skills to solve problems and develop software systems.
  • Continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills.
  • Behave ethically while contributing to their profession and to society.

Program Outcomes:

Computer Science Students will have the ability to:

  • Fundamentals – Understanding of and ability to apply computing fundamentals, contemporary computing topics, and mathematical principles to solve problems.
  • Tools – Ability to use integrated development tools with a variety of programming languages and familiarity with more than one computing platform.
  • Software Development – ability to analyze a problem and to design, implement and test software systems of varying complexity to meet desired needs.
  • Ethics – Understanding of professional, ethical, and social responsibilities; and the ability to analyze the impact of computing in a global context.
  • Teamwork – Ability to function effectively on teams.
  • Communication – Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Professional Development – Recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in, continuing professional development.

 

 

Information Systems

 

Program Educational Objectives:

Three years after graduation, our typical alumni are expected to be computing professionals who:

  • Continue to develop their knowledge and skills after graduation.
  • Use information technology to build and manage effective organizational systems.
  • Use technical, communication, teamwork, and leadership skills to function productively, professionally and ethically.

Program Outcomes:

Information Systems students will have the ability to:

  • Fundamentals – Appropriately apply general knowledge of information systems concepts.
  • Analysis – Identify and analyze potential solutions to IS problems. Design and deploy specific solutions to IS problems, employing current tools, techniques & skills.
  • Systems – Understand the organizational processes and contexts in which information systems (IS) are developed, deployed, and maintained.
  • Ethics – Assess the consequences of organizational and technology decisions in the context of ethical, professional, and social responsibility.
  • Teamwork – Ability to function effectively on teams.
  • Communication – Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Professional Development – Recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in, continuing professional development.