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Computer Information Science

Computer Information Science Major

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, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Department of Defense contractors, 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 creative leadership roles in a world of digital information.

The Computer Information Science degree is offered through SBU's College of Professional Programs





(SBU CIS graduates have achieved 100% job placement within six months of graduation 5 out of the last 6 years.)

SBU students working on computers in classroom

The sbu advantage

  • SBU CIS graduates have achieved 100% job placement within six months of graduation 5 out of the last 6 years.
  • SBU is home to a dedicated cybersecurity lab.
  • All program faculty have or are pursuing a Ph.D.; together they have more than 100 combined years of teaching and industry experience.
  • Technology leaders and SBU CIS alumni help shape the future direction of the program by serving on the CIS Advisory Board.
  • Graduates from the SBU computing programs typically earn starting salaries ranging from $50,000-$75,000.

Faith Integration

SBU's computing programs are 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 — SBU's College of Professional Programs and the Robert W. Plaster College of Business have a Psalm 15 initiative, which provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the Colleges have identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the 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, students in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business 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 servant leadership, with the goal of producing ethical business leaders who will be servant leaders in the workplace.


SBU CIS graduates are currently employed by eight Fortune 100 companies, including:

  • Wal-Mart Information Systems Division
  • Conoco-Phillips
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Google

Other organizations that have employed our computer and information science graduates include:

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


Nearly all SBU CIS students complete at least one paid internship in software development prior to graduation. In the summer of 2016, the CIS program had 36 undergraduate students employed in paid internships.

Examples of organizations that have provided internships for our students:

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



SBU is home to one of Missouri's top competitive programming teams, with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the last five years. Additionally, SBU is the 2017 CCSC Mid-South Regional Champion Competitive Programming Team! 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. The team has produced five national champions and 15 top-10 finishes at PBL Nationals in the past 10 years.


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


 Select programs within the College of Professional Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). 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 Division of Computing & Mathematics 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 one of Missouri's top competitive programming teams 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 scholarships. Select incoming freshmen receive a CIS award for their first year.

Taylor Center

The College of Professional Programs is housed in the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center. The Taylor Center was expanded and renovated to provide the following benefits for our students:

  • Increased number of dedicated study areas and presentation rooms that can be reserved in advance
  • Keycard access for certain majors increases building security while allowing you to access space and equipment after hours to effectively study and work on group projects
  • Unique marker board walls in the presentation rooms, study rooms, open computer lab, and student lounge create in an engaging opportunity to write, draw, or design on the walls as you study and learn

Program Objectives and outcomes

Student outcomes

Graduates of the computer information science program will have an ability to:

  • Analyze a complex computing program and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline
  • Support the delivery, use and management of information systems within an information systems environment

Educational objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates from the computer information science program at Southwest Baptist University will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with their peers, clients, supervisors and other professional work constituents using both written and oral communication
  • Understand how to make rational decisions when faced with social, ethical and legal issues inherent to the computing field
  • Apply the theoretical framework in the computing disciplines to the analysis, design and implementation of problem solutions and systems
  • Employ the use of computing technology from a Christian perspective as technological servant leaders within their chosen careers
  • Pursue continued professional development, advanced degrees, research, and technical certifications where appropriate

Enrollment and Graduation data for Computer information Science Degree

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Number of students enrolled 40 33 29 33 29
Number of students graduated 5 4 5 4  




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 Graduation Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 1163 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
CIS 2213 Systems Analysis and Design 3
MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
  Gen Ed science with lab 4
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 2
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

CIS 1154 Computer Science II 4
ACC 2013 Financial Accounting 3
BUS 2023 Business Statistics 3
ECO 2023 Microeconomics 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 3323 Database Management 3
ACC 2023 Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 2013 Business Communications 3
ECO 2033 Macroeconomics 3
  Gen Ed science with lab 4
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

CIS 3313 Advanced Systems Analysis & Design 3
CIS 3333 Algorithms and Data Structures 3
FIN 3053 Business Finance 3
MGT 3013 Principles of Management 3
  Gen Ed or CIS elective 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 2
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 2013 Networks 3
CIS 3123 Data Science 3
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing 3
  Gen Ed or CIS elective 3
Total hours 15


Fall Semester

CIS 4462 Applied Software Engineering I 2
CIS 3413 Machine Organization 3
BUS 3073 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGT 3033 Operations Management 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 4472 Applied Software Engineering II 2
MGT 4083 Management Strategy and Policy 3
  Gen Ed or CIS elective 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 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