2020-2021 Residential Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Residential Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems

Program Description:

This program is designed to prepare graduates to work in a variety of computer and data related fields. Students will build foundational knowledge in systems that are:

a) within the requirements of budgetary constraints

b) incorporate ethical and legal considerations

c) meet specific organizational goals for customer service.  

This degree path is designed to combine the benefits of a traditional liberal arts college education with the benefits of hands-on training in state-of-the-art computer technology. Through the core curriculum and the elective offerings graduates will be prepared to plan, design, and optimize scalable software systems and/or mobile applications for use in business environments. This degree is ideal for students who have a technical background and an interest in the theory, practice, art, and science of computer systems and programming.

Revisions to this degree path have been made since it was last listed as a major at NEC.  Specifically, business management classes have been replaced with more technical computer technology classes.  The intention is to create a more technical degree that explores a greater range of topics within computer information services with less focus on management. 


Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete New England College’s Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems should be able to:

  • Apply communication, teamwork, and leadership skills to translate technical information that will help align computer information systems and tools with organizational goals.
  • Analyze technical aspects of IT projects and apply project management strategies to meet business needs and organizational goals.
  • Apply IT methods and tools to the development of applications and administration of computing system, as well as to the adoption of new technologies in the organization.
  • Identify information tools and technologies that may have strategic value for the organization, and manage the implementation of those technologies.


Experiential Component:

This degree path utilizes hands-on training in state-of-the-art computer technology, helping students to build practical skills in the digital economy.  Course curriculums are focused on developing these skill sets through relevant projects, so that students gather a thorough knowledge of the theory and technical aspects of a given subject area.  In addition, students are encouraged but not required to pursue internships as part of the degree path.  Ideas for a signature experience for the major are being discussed.




      Computer Information Systems

      All undergraduate courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.