Computer Information Science
A description of the Computer Information Science Program at Western.
CIS is the study of computer based problem solving, particularly algorithms and their implementation in programming languages. CIS graduates can pursue a wide variety of technical and professional options, including software engineering, web development, database design and management, business management and consulting, and network management as well as graduate school.
CIS students can choose the Standard Major (36 credits) or the Comprehensive Major (49 credits). The majors share the core topics:
- Programming Languages & Algorithms
- Web Development
- Visual Application Development
- Database Design
- Systems Analysis & Software Engineering
Modern software engineering techniques are practiced throughout. Coursework is focused on real-world problem solving, with emphasis on event driven GUIs, client-server relationships and database driven applications. A variety of languages, environments and application domains is studied, while focusing on the fundamentals common to all areas of computer science.
Internships with software companies are an increasingly popular option with students. Last summer students completed internships with Cigna Health Systems, Konica/Minolta and Innovative Technology Systems. They also have the opportunity to complete substantial projects, some of which involve publishable research. Current projects include a Language of Algorithmic Music for High School Computer Science and Computer Science, Math and Video Games.
Want to check out CIS at Western? Try Computer Camp, where you'll learn video game programming using Panda3d!
See photos of the math and CIS departments in action.