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Computer Information Systems, College of Business

Ruston, Louisiana, United States
Information Systems

Summary

The goal of the Louisiana Tech Computer Information Systems (CIS) Program is to produce students with the skill set necessary to lead in the ever dynamic information technology (IT) field. Louisiana Tech’s CIS graduates contribute daily to some of the most respected and influential organizations in the nation. Exxon-Mobil, CenturyLink, IBM, Murphy Oil, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have hired many recent graduates with starting salaries ranging from $40,000 to $78,000. In addition, many North Central and Northwest Louisiana businesses have hired Louisiana Tech graduates. The CIS program prepares students for many possible career paths across a broad spectrum of information technology. The program has gained national recognition for efforts in information assurance with an Information Systems Security Professional Certificate Program that is certified by the National Security Agency (NSA). This certificate program can be completed simultaneously with the CIS Bachelor’s Degree.

 

Bachelor Programs

The Department of Computer Information Systems in the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University boasts a curriculum that prepares students for careers working with information technology in business. The effective application of information technology can be used by organizations to gain a competitive advantage. The CIS curriculum stresses the application and use of information technology in the business environment. It provides learning experiences in systems analysis, design, and implementation; project management; e-commerce; telecommunications; networking; databases; programming; and interpersonal communication. As the increase in the use of technology in business continues, tremendous growth is predicted in the demand for people with these skills. Various job titles include systems analyst, database manager, project leader, telecommunications manager, network administrator, webmaster, technical support specialist, help desk operator, and programmer.

In addition to the major, interested students can opt to complete a certificate in information assurance from a series of IA courses in the curriculum created to give graduates added marketing ability in IA or cybersecurity. Our Information Assurance (IA) courses follow the National Security Agency guidelines and meet 4011 and 4016 certification requirements. The IA courses develop student skill sets for positions in systems and network securityas they learn to detect, report, and resolve cyber threats. Course content also covers the use of code encryption to securely pass information between systems, building and using secure audio and video communications equipment, developing tamper protection products, and providing trusted information solutions. Students master the skills of assessing, auditing evaluation, testing network and systems security, and conducting forensic investigations. Students also learn how to perform information systems risk analysis and plan for disaster recovery and business continuity.

Computer Information Systems majors may also focus on Application Development (Programming) by taking a sequence of three elective courses as part of their curriculum. This gives students three programming courses that cover current languages. In addition electives are available to develop and refine skills in managing the application development process through a Project Management course and an Enterprise Resource Planning course. 

PhD Programs

Program Objectives
The D.B.A. program is designed to prepare graduates for careers as effective university researchers and teachers or for senior research positions in business or government. The program is designed for students wishing to pursue full-time business doctoral studies in a residential program.

  • Research
    A primary objective of the program is to train D.B.A. candidates to become proficient researchers. Therefore, course work involves research activities such as literature review and critique, theoretical modeling, research design, computer-assisted empirical analysis, and preparation of proposals and research papers.
  • Teaching
    Another objective is to train students to become proficient teachers. Most D.B.A. candidates are provided the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in their specialty area. DBA students typically are not assigned teaching responsibilities until their third year in the program. Prior to being put in the classroom, doctoral candidates receive training and mentoring in the art and practice of teaching.
  • Professional Activities
    In addition, all business doctoral students are expected to participate in national and regional academic conferences and are encouraged to work with faculty in developing individual research and teaching skills.

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