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Computer Information System (with a concentration in Information Technology)

Major: Computer Information Systems (with a concentration in Information Technology)

Suggested Four-Year Major Plan (Academic Year 2015-2016)
The Suggested Four-Year Major Plan is a guide to help Caldwell University students complete their graduation requirements within four years. It is a suggested framework which builds upon the core curriculum as well as the required and elective courses within a student’s major. This suggested plan does not include developmental courses.  Should developmental courses be required, students will need to work with their Academic Advisor to include those additional courses; this may delay graduation in four years. Students should always meet with their Academic Advisor to further individualize their academic plans and confirm the availability of courses and course sequencing. The following credits below include the minimum required courses and credits needed to graduate.  Students enrolled as full-time status may take 12-18 credits a semester.

NOTE: This suggested Four-Year Major Plan applies to students who matriculated during the 2015-2016 academic year.

First Year

Fall Semester Credits
 Core: FS 189 – Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only)  1
 Core: EN 111 – College Writing* (or EN 320 by placement) 3
 Core: MA 112 – Concepts of Mathematics (or college-level math by placement) 3
 CS 195 Computer Programming I ** 3
 Core: Social Science 3
 Core: Modern Language Core – SP/FR/AS/IT 3
Total: 16 
Spring Semester Credits
 CS 196 Computer Programming II  3
 Core: Biological or Physical Science 3
 Core: Social Science 3
 Core: HI 101 – Roots of the WestorHI 102 – The Shaping of the West 3
 Core: TH 102 – Intro. to Christian Theology 3
Total: 15

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits
 CS 225 PC Operating Systems  3
 CS 230 – Emerging Technologies – Web Page Design 3
 Core: Literature – EN xxx 3
 Core: CO 230 – Communication Skills (or DR 102, 103, 104) 3
 Core: PH 102 – Intro. to Philosophy 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
 CS 219 Business Spreadsheet Applications 3
 Computer Information Systems Major Elective *** 3
 Computer Information Systems Major Elective *** 3
 Core: Fine Arts – Art or Music 3
 Core: Fine Arts – Art or Music 3
Total: 15

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits
 CS 260 – Data Management Systems  3
 BU 305 – Introduction to StatisticsorMA 207 – Application of Statistics 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
 Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
 CS 348 – Data Security and Disaster Recovery  3
 CS 240 Windows Programming 3
 CS 320 Networking & Communications 3
 Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
 Elective 3
Total: 15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits
 Computer Information Systems Major Elective***  3
 CS 327 Internet & Enterprise Security 3
 CS 355 Web Applications 3
 Elective 3
 Elective 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
 CS 315 – Elements of Systems Analysis  4
 Electives**** 10
Total:  14

*A second writing intensive (WI) course is required.  Students are recommended to complete it before the end of their fourth semester.  Students who transfer to Caldwell with a minimum of 30 credits will have their second WI course waived.

**Students must have waived out of the CS 115 waiver test in order to take CS 195.  Students who did not pass the CS 115 waiver test must take
CS 115, Essential Computer Skills, before they can begin the Computer Information Systems major sequence.

***Students must take three additional 3-credit Computer Science (CS 2xx) or Business Administration (BU 2xx) courses at the 200-level or above.  Students who take BU 205 as an elective for the major must use it to fulfill the social science core requirement.

****Remaining credits should be determined based on meeting the minimum graduation credits in consultation with the student’s Academic Advisor.

Total Credits Required (minimum): 120 credits               

GPA: 2.0       

Minimum Grade in Major Courses: C