The Information Systems track covers the mission-critical functions of designing systems and managing information. Students learn about methods for processing data with various hardware and software solutions used in business and industry with an emphasis on how modern organizations – and their managers – use information to make informed decisions. Coursework covers the entire information lifecycle:
- Utilization for decision support
As a CIS major, you will learn to:
- Cultivate creative, technical and business skills.
- Utilize critical thinking to analyze situations involving technology, data, and digital media.
- Develop an ability to impact local and global computing in regard to individuals, organizations, and communities through technology and analytics.
- Assess technology and media related problems and implement effective solutions both independently and as a team member.
- Research and present potential computing strategies in the areas of creative digital media or modern technology systems.
- Demonstrate skills in applied technologies, applications, and network communications, including practical knowledge of best practices for working in the industry.
- Communicate computing concepts and processes using professional technical terminology.
- Apply conceptual thinking to evaluate organizational needs, form strategic goals, and apply design processes.
- Display an understanding of professional responsibilities, ethical, legal, and social issues in regard to technology and digital media.
Computer Hardware and Software – Students explore the components of a hardware system by building their own computers.
Computer Programming Concepts – Students build working programs, starting with concept and design, and proceeding with coding and testing.
Networking and Communications – Various types of networking concepts are investigated, with entry-level, hands-on networking projects.
Introduction to Assistive Technology – This course explores various technological devices used to aid students, helping them to be more competitive in school and the workplace.
Systems Analysis and Design – Students gain an overview of systematically planning, testing, and implementing information systems in various organizations.
Field Experience and Internships
The Beacon College Internship requirement is intended to encourage experiential learning as a complement to a student’s education, providing valuable work experience related to the individual’s academic program. CIS majors in either the Info Systems Track or the Digital Media Track are required to perform 80 hours of work experience, which may be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time.
Recent student internship experiences include:
- Project Development Internship, Dell Technologies
- Tech Analyst Internship, Tractor Supply
- Software Programmer Internship, OCI Associates Inc
Since virtually every industry uses technology in one form or another, there are many different career possibilities for CIS majors. Some of the most popular current options are:
- Assistive Technology Support
- Systems Analyst
- Computer Support Specialist
- Database Management
- Help Desk Representative
- Information Technology Support
- IT Security
- Medical Records Clerk
- Network Design & Maintenance
- Telecommunications Career
Within the past few years, Beacon CIS graduates have been employed various technical including:
- Desktop Support Specialist
- Systems Analyst
- Cyber Security Specialist
- Technology Sales
- Social Media Manager
- Technical Writer