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Web Systems and Design Major at Southwest Baptist University

Businesses need effective websites and mobile apps to compete in today’s global marketplace.

SBU’s Web 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 perspective.
  • The CIS Department has established itself as a national leader among CIS departments at Evangelical Christian universities in the U.S.
  • 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.

Engaged Learning

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’ freshman year.

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.

Course Information

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.

Clubs and Organizations

SBU CIS has student chapters of the Association for Computing Machinery and Association of Information Technology Professionals.

Scholarships & Internships

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).

Career Opportunities

Students will 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 O’Reilly Automotive.

Special Features

  • 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.

Degree Requirements

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 methodology.
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 Management
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 assignments.
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 project.
CIS 4472 Applied Software Engineering II
A continuation of CIS 4462. Students are required to complete the project started in CIS 4462.

Support Classes

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, XML, CGI, PHP, Javascript, Ajax, DOM, client/server computing and 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 functionality.
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 stressed.
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 contexts.
ENG 4003 Technical Writing
The application of rhetorical principles to the writing of investigative and descriptive reports on scientific and technological subjects.