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Computer Information Science

Computer Information Science

As a computer information science student at SBU, you will take a combination of computer science and business administration courses preparing you to become a highly qualified software engineer with leadership and management skills. SBU's CIS major focuses on software engineering while emphasizing business approaches to software development.

You will get to put your computer science learning into action with hands-on, real-world projects creating software solutions for companies and organizations such as Silver Dollar City, BNSF Railway, Ozarks Food Harvest, and the Springfield and Bolivar Chambers of Commerce.

SBU is known as one of the area's leading producers of software engineers and is one of only six evangelical Christian institutions in the nation to have ABET accreditation. Studying computer information science at SBU will equip you for a lifetime of success.


(2015 graduates from the department of computer and information science achieved a 100% job placement within just one week of graduation.)

SBU students

The sbu advantage

  • The SBU CIS Department has achieved 100% job placement 12 of the past 14 years.
  • All department faculty have or are pursuing a Ph.D.; together they have more than 90 combined years of teaching experience.
  • Nearly all CIS students complete at least one paid software development internship before graduation.
  • Technology leaders and SBU CIS alumni help shape the future direction of the department by serving on the CIS Advisory Board.

Faith Integration

The SBU Department of Computer and Information Sciences is dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian faith and academic discipline. For example, each year at least one senior project is chosen that has an intentional spiritual focus. In the past, these senior projects have benefited companies and organizations such as Global Media Outreach, New Tribes Mission and IMB missionaries in Thailand.

Psalm 15 — The SBU College of Business and Computer Science's Psalm 15 initiative provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the College has identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the College's students and graduates. These character traits are emphasized in coursework and in a special lecture series. The highlighted character traits are: Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility and Perseverance.

Ethics and Professional Development — As part of an intentionally Christian education, all students in the College of Business and Computer Science take a senior-level course in Ethics and Professional Development. The course teaches Christian personal and professional ethics and equips students with life skills such as career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning, with the goal of producing ethical business leaders who will be servant leaders in the workplace.


Examples of organizations that have employed our graduates:

  • Accenture
  • Edward Jones
  • Jack Henry & Associates
  • O'Reilly Corporate Headquarters
  • Shelter Insurance
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Walmart Information Systems Division


Examples of organizations that have provided internships for our students:

  • Associated Electric Cooperative
  • Cerner Corporation
  • FIS Global
  • Garmin
  • Leggett & Platt
  • Perceptive Software



SBU is home to Missouri's top competitive programming team, with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the last five years. Use what you're learning in the classroom to compete in various regional and national competitions throughout the year.


SBU’s PBL team, the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), competes nationally in various categories. 2015 team members placed in the top five at the national level.


Join SBU's chapter of Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest scientific and educational computing society.


 The SBU College of Business and Computer Science is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Computer Science program is accredited by ABET's Computer Accrediting Commission.

SBU's computer science program is the only ABET-accredited program at an evangelical Christian college within a 500-mile radius of Bolivar, and is one of just six evangelical Christian institutions nationwide to receive this accreditation. SBU's CIS Department is the only department at any evangelical Christian institution in the U.S. to house programs accredited by both ABET and ACBSP.

competitive programming

SBU is home to Missouri's top competitive programming team with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the past five years.

  • CCSC Central Plains Regional Champion seven times in past 10 years
  • AITP National Collegiate Conference national top three or higher 13 times in past 10 years
  • Top-20 team in the Mid-Central United States region at the International Collegiate Programming Contest each year since 2005

research lab

SBU CIS students benefit from the CIS Research Lab, a Windows 7 100 base TX Ethernet networked lab housing three parallel processing platforms, including a multi-hundred NVidia system. Lab is primarily used for senior projects, work study and research projects.


You will have the opportunity to apply for several privately funded departmental scholarships. Select incoming freshmen receive a CIS department award for their first year.



Fall Semester

CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 4
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
Total hours 18

Spring Semester

CIS 1154 Computer Science II 4
CIS 1001 Computer Science Seminar 1
MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 4
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

CIS 2233 Machine Organization 3
ACC 2013 Financial Accounting 3
BUS 2013 Business Communications 3
MGT 3013 Principles of Management 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 4
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 2213 Systems Analysis and Design 3
ACC 2023 Managerial Accounting 3
MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 4
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

CIS 3333 Algorithms and Data Structures 3
CIS 2253 Web Engineering and Development 3
CIS 3313 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design 3
ECO 2023 Microeconomics 3
BUS 3073 Legal Environment of Business 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 2
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 3323 Database Management 3
  CIS Elective 3
MGT 3033 Operations Management 3
ECO 2033 Macroeconomics 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 2
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

CIS 4462 Applied Software Engineering I 2
CIS 3303 Systems Management 3
BUS 2023 Statistical Analysis 3
FIN 3053 Business Finance 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 4472 Applied Software Engineering II 2
CIS 4443 Networks 3
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
MGT 4083 Management Strategy and Policy 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
  Gen Ed or Grad Req 3
Total hours 17

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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Computer Information Science Plan