Admission to major standing in Computer Science (CS), Information Systems (IS) or Information Technology (IT) is competitive and requires a secondary application. Transfer students must complete at least six hours of CIS coursework at GVSU before applying and should consult with a CIS advisor before scheduling courses.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered. However, achievement of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the major.

  • overall GPA of 2.5 or above in all GVSU coursework
  • completion of each course in the technical core with a grade of “C” or above
  • GPA of 2.5 or above in technical core (only one repeat per course allowed)

Technical Core Courses:
These core courses include programming, analytical reasoning, and communication skills.

  • Computer Science Major
    • CIS 162 Computer Science I
    • CIS 163 Computer Science II
    • MTH 225
    • STA 215 (or STA 312)
    • COM 201
  • Information Systems Major
    • CIS 162 Computer Science I
    • CIS 260 Application Development in Visual Basic
    • MTH 125
    • STA 215 (or STA 312)
    • COM 201
  • Information Technology Major
    • CIS 160 Programming with Visual Basic
    • CIS 162 Computer Science I
    • MTH 125 (or MTH 225)
    • STA 215 (or STA 312)
    • COM 201

Steps to Becoming a CS, IS or IT major:

Step 1:
Complete the University Major Declaration web form. Declare yourself as a Computer Science, Information Systems or Information Technology major. When the form is received, you will be assigned an advisor from the PCEC Advising Center and notified by email.
Step 2:
Meet with a Padnos College of Engineering and Computing advisor, if necessary, to schedule your initial coursework. You may schedule an appointment by calling (616) 331-6025.
Step 3:
Complete the Secondary Admission Application (login with your EOS user ID and password) once you have completed ALL the technical core courses.
DO NOT APPLY UNLESS YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE ABOVE MENTIONED COURSES
Students are allowed to apply for secondary admission two times ONLY. So, please use them wisely and do not apply until you meet ALL the secondary admission requirements.
Note: You will not be allowed to enroll in any upper-level CIS coursework (300 and 400 level) until you have been admitted to the major.
The registration system will allow you to register for a limited number of courses:
For Computer Science Majors:

  • CIS 350 Introduction to Software Engineering
  • CIS 353 Database
For Information Systems Majors:

  • CIS 330 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CIS 333 Database Management and Implementation
  • CIS 337 Network Systems Management
For Information Technology Majors:

  • CIS 333 Database Management and Implementation
  • CIS 337 Network Systems Management
Step 4:
The School will review applications the first Friday of every month. You will be contacted by email with the decision.
Step 5:
You may schedule upper-level CIS coursework once admitted as a major. Consult with your assigned CIS faculty advisor, if necessary.