Businesses need effective websites and
mobile apps to compete in today’s global marketplace.
Systems and Design major, new in the fall of 2012, is designed to produce
software engineers with an exemplary ability to design, build, implement,
and manage web and mobile software systems, especially as they relate to
software engineering, visual content, business value, and security. This
degree is very compatible with a minor in graphic design.
The SBU Advantage
- Students are given a sound educational foundation in the
disciplines of information and computer science from a Christian
- The CIS Department has established itself as a national
leader among CIS departments at Evangelical Christian universities in the
- In the fall of 2012, the four full-time CIS Department faculty
members are together celebrating more than 60 years of teaching experience.
- SBU CIS graduates work at some of the best software and engineering
companies in the world and have a greater than 98% job placement rate during
the past 10 years.
Our students design and
engineer software used by community businesses and organizations, as well as
in educational settings. These practical software development experiences
are pervasive in the curriculum, beginning even during the students’
Throughout the course of their senior year, teams of
students in the CIS Department will develop a commercial-quality application
faith-based companies, not-for-profit charities, and leading American
companies. Recent clients include Silver Dollar City, Ozarks Food Harvest,
Global Media Outreach, BNSF Railway, and Accenture.
All Computer and Information Sciences degrees require
completion of a 28-hour core curriculum in addition to general education
requirements and graduation requirements. A Bachelor Science in Web Systems
and Design requires an additional 48 hours of CIS and other support classes.
Some of the requires classes are Web Design, Web Engineering, Web Animation,
and Social Media Marketing.
SBU CIS has
student chapters of the Association for Computing Machinery and Association
of Information Technology Professionals.
Top Web System & Design majors frequently receive
scholarships related to their major sponsored by donors, alumni, and
companies. Since 2009, students in the CIS Department have completed paid
software development internships at leading software development companies
like Accenture (Bolivar, MO), Associated Electric Cooperative (Springfield,
MO), ANPAC (Springfield, MO), Cerner Corporation (Kansas City, MO), Leggett
& Platt (Joplin, MO), Ungerboek Systems (St. Louis, MO), BNSF (Topeka, KS),
Perceptive Software (Kansas City, KS), FIS Global (Little Rock, AR), and
Garmin (Kansas City, KS).
graduate from SBU with a degree in Web Systems and Design beginning in the
spring of 2015. These students will enter the job market or continue on to
graduate school as highly skilled and well-prepared computing professionals.
If students enter the job market immediately, they will be able to find
positions as web designers, interface designers, user experience
professionals, mobile application developers, as well as more
traditionally-defined roles in software engineering and IT. Companies who
have helped SBU design this degree include Cerner Corporation, VML, and
- Psalm 15: In an
effort to encourage dialogue and in hopes of ingraining Christian
perspectives in business and computer science students, the College has
adopted Psalm 15 as a guiding principle for our students. The College is
specifically dedicated to producing “Psalm 15 Professionals” for servant
leadership roles in business and computer science. Using Psalm 15 as a
basis, eight character traits that should be hallmarks of students and
graduates of the College are Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity,
Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility, and Perseverance.
- Advisory board:
The CIS Advisory Board consists of technology leaders who help set the
future direction of the CIS Department. They provide foresight of what
industry issues are on the horizon and give feedback on SBU’s program.
Industry Advisory Board members come from O’Reilly Automotive, VML, Cerner
Corporation, Jack Henry & Associates, ANPAC, and IBM.
- CIS Research Lab:
The CIS Research lab is a Windows 7 100 base TX ethernet networked lab. This
lab houses three parallel processing platforms, including a multi-hundred
core NVidia systems. The lab is used primarily for senior projects, work
study, and research projects. Systems are equipped with dual monitors to
allow software to be both viewed and edited at the same time. They have both
the Windows 7 platform on them and network access to Linux-based operations.
Computer and Information Sciences Core Curriculum
- CIS 1001 CIS Seminar
- Seminar in Computer and Information Science provides a broad
overview of foundational topics related to professional computing.
Included in the course are career and internship preparation, the
establishment of a digital portfolio, ethics in the technical
academic environment, personal and legal issues in technical
security, oral and written technical communication, and the role of
faith in a computing professional’s life. Prerequisite: CIS1144 with
a grade of C or better. One lecture and one lab of 50 minutes each.
- CIS 1144 Computer Science I
- This course introduces the concepts of computer programming and
problem solving and the associated ideas of algorithms and data
structures. It is designed to provide the serious computer science
student with basic skills and a solid foundation for further study.
Includes an introduction to the Java programming language. Three
lectures, one lab per week.
- CIS 1154 Computer Science II
- This course is a continuation of CIS 1144 with emphasis upon
good programming methodology (software engineering). The data
structures of linked lists, stacks, queues and trees are developed
along with an introduction to file structures. Recursion, searching
and sorting algorithms are analyzed for order as well as time and
space efficiency . Parallel sorting and searching algorithms are
introduced. Java is utilized for programming. Three lectures and one
lab per week.
- CIS 2213 Systems Analysis and Design
- Study of the phases a system project using current design tools
and techniques. Includes an introduction and overview of several
development methodologies with in depth study of one development
- CIS 2233 Machine Organization
- A survey of the electronic and mechanical components of a
computer, including processing units, memory and I/O devices. Also
includes an introduction to assembly language programming.
- CIS 3323 Database Mangement
- A study of the concepts and structures necessary to design and
implement a database system.
- CIS 3333 Algorithms and Data Structures
- This course presents an advanced study of algorithms and data
structures. Topics include precise iterative and recursive runtime
and storage usage calculation and optimization, linear runtime
sorting, graphs, Red-Black trees, AVL trees, B-trees, file
structures and external sorting. Parallel sorting and searching
algorithms are introduced. A non-object oriented language with
manual memory management such as C is utilized for programming
- CIS 4443 Networks
- This course examines the physical and conceptual structures
underlying local and wide area networks. Topics include network
topologies and architectures, common protocols, and error and flow
control mechanisms. Programming assignments will include
multithreaded clients and servers.
- CIS 4462 Applied Software Engineering I
- A comprehensive software engineering project conducted by a team
of students. Students are required to define, design and do the
initial implementation of a practical, commercial quality software
- CIS 4472 Applied Software Engineering II
- A continuation of CIS 4462. Students are required to complete
the project started in CIS 4462.
- CIS 2003 Web Design
- This course presents introductions to many of the basic
concepts, issues and techniques related to designing, developing and
deploying Web sites. Design issues and standards specific to
websites are included. Topics include web tools, including servers,
editors, image manipulation tools, utilities, cloud computing,
traffic analysis, internet security and e-commerce issues.
- CIS 2253 Web Engineering
- A study of the development techniques, protocols, and approaches
to engineering web-based software systems. Topics include HTML, CSS,
Ruby on Rails. Issues related to design, maintainability, metrics,
security, and performance are addressed.
- CIS 3003 Web Animation
- A course focusing on tools and technologies related to animation
in web sites. Students will become familiar with current animation
tools and techniques for embedding animation in web environments.
Scripting languages will be utilized to enhance interactivity and
- CIS 3113 Interface and Interaction Design
- A study of interaction theory and interface design for computing
devices. Applied approaches are used to address issues in the
development of mobile, web and other screen-based interfaces.
Includes an introduction to Microsoft Visual Studio.
- MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing
- The study of the system of activities that constitute marketing
with emphasis on the principles, policies and strategies utilized to
identify and satisfy the needs and wants of consumers. The universal
application of marketing management in all forms or organizations is
- MKT 3083 Advertising
- This course is designed as a creative, innovative introduction
to advertising. Types of advertising media, copy and style will be
evaluated, and emphasis will be placed on creativeness in
advertising. This course will include films, guest speakers, field
trips and creative advertising projects.
- MKT 4253 Social Media Marketing
- Explores the fundamentals, opportunities, and challenges of
Social Media Marketing. Students will be required to build and
participate in Web 2.0 sites (social networking sites, blogs, wikis,
video sharing sites, hosted services, web applications, mashups, and
folksonomies). After completing the course, students will know how
to strategically integrate Web 2.0 into a company’s marketing plan.
- LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development
- A senior-level course that equips the graduating student with
the life skills and information necessary for making the transition
from college to the professional world. Emphases will be placed on
career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning.
Particular attention will be given to the role of personal and
professional ethics from a Christian worldview.
- BUS 2023 Business Statistics
- An introduction to business statistics. Students will calculate
and interpret measures of center and dispersion. Normal, binomial,
Chi-square, F, t, and Poisson distributions, elementary probability,
sampling techniques, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals,
linear correlation, simple and multiple regression, contingency
tables and computer applications are also covered.
- ECO 2023 Microeconomics
- A study of economic principles with emphasis upon
microeconomics. Includes a study of economics of the firm, consumer
demand theory and current problems.
- MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics
- This course is a study of mathematical concepts that are not
dependent upon the continuum. Topics will include sets, logic,
combinatorics, probability, functions, relations, matrix algebra,
Boolean algebra and graph theory. The concept of proof and the
nature of proof will also be explored.
Six hours of ART 1000/2000 Level courses
Three hours of an ART 3000 or 4000 Level course
Three hours of an additional upper-level elective course
Choose one of the following:
- COM 3333 Intercultural Communication
- This course will cover a wide variety of intercultural issues as
they pertain to media, religion, business, politics, education,
health care and interpersonal communication. A balanced emphasis
will be placed on developing intercultural awareness and competence.
- COM 3353 Organizational Communication
- This course allows students to study how communication
intersects with organizational life and culture on both the
theoretical and practical levels. Special emphasis will be given to
how organizations use communication to function and how students can
communicate effectively within a wide array of organizational
- ENG 4003 Technical Writing
- The application of rhetorical principles to the writing of
investigative and descriptive reports on scientific and