Explore our Online BS in Computer Information Systems
Information technology continues to be a fast-growing sector of the economy, and demand for skilled computer systems analysts is projected to grow by 7% by 2029, as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1
Walden’s online BS in Computer Information Systems program is designed to provide you with the technical and business skills you need to help people and organizations as you advance your career and prepare to change your world and the world of those around you.
This bachelor’s degree program explores strategies for working collaboratively within your organization to analyze and evaluate information processing needs and then construct solutions from an ever-changing set of technologies.
Engage with multimedia content, systems design and development tools, and online collaboration tools, many of which can be accessed on your home computer or on the road.
Take more than 70% of your courses in business and computer information systems to gain a competitive edge.
Complete general education courses while you take courses in your major to focus on your interests early in your studies and apply learnings to your workplace.
Develop a broad understanding of information systems and strong problem-solving and analytical skills as you build your ability to think creatively and logically.
Better balance your educational, personal, and professional goals with the help of our proactive Student Support Team.
Study the core technical concepts of information systems security as well as their legal and social implications.
This concentration can provide you with a foundational understanding of management within the information technology industry.
Explore the role of the systems designer in application development and focus on developing systems that reach the target audience and optimize the user experience.
Study database management systems to gain an understanding of how you can manipulate information relational queries and implement data-intensive applications.
Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:
- You are 21 years of age or older.
- You are less than 21 years of age with at least 12 quarter credits.
- You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.
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An Expert Blend of Academic Theory With Hands-On Experience
Acquire the skill set most sought after by today’s information technology managers, including the interdisciplinary skills least likely to be outsourced.
Gain experience in group analysis and design projects; in communicating effectively with co-workers, employers, and other professionals; and in using specialized information technology tools.
Work in collaborative distributed teams, the work style of the future.
Translate your distance-learning experience into the workplace and improve your ability to work across organizational, disciplinary, and geographic boundaries.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- Apply the fundamental concepts of computing and mathematics to organizational and societal priorities.
- Apply business and system analysis methods to identify and define the computing requirements of organizations.
- Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system or program that meets the needs of organizational stakeholders.
- Work collaboratively with others to implement new processes and systems in an organization.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, legal, security, and social dimensions of your work.
- Communicate effectively with information system stakeholders.
- Analyze the impact of information system solutions on individuals, organizations, and global society.
- Create a professional development plan based on recognition of its need and value.
- Apply current techniques and tools to manage information systems projects.
- Demonstrate knowledge of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a business environment.
Rapid technological advances, continuing development of computer applications, and increasing emphasis on information security are helping to fuel job growth in the information technology industry. With a BS in Computer Information Systems from Walden, you can quickly take charge of your career and expand your future career options.
A Growth Industry
- Information technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)
- Some 620,000 computer systems analysts and database administrators were employed in 2006, and that number is expected to grow by 29% by 2016.
- Network and computer systems administrator positions are anticipated to increase by 27% by 2016, up from 310,000 in 2006. (Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment Projections,” on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/emp/emptabapp.htm, Spring 2008)
- The number of computer and information systems managers, at 264,000 in 2006, is predicted to rise by 16% by 2016. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)
- The position of systems analyst has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of its “31 Careers with a Bright Future,” based on criteria that include job satisfaction, prestige, job outlook, and pay. (Best Careers 2008, U.S. News & World Report, December 19, 2007)
Increase Your Earnings Potential
With your Walden degree in hand, you may expect to dramatically raise your earnings potential over the course of your career. The earnings gap between those who have four-year college degrees and those who do not has widened throughout the last four decades.
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults with bachelor’s degrees earned an average of $54,689 in 2005, while those with high school diplomas earned $29,448.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, based on median weekly earnings, individuals who have bachelor’s degrees earn 62% more than those with high school diplomas, 43% more than those with some college, and 33% more than those with associate degrees.
To remain competitive in the job market of the future, a bachelor’s degree is critical as more and more individuals pursue higher education.
- In 2003–04, about 69% of high school seniors expected to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, with 35% of those students expecting to continue on to graduate school. In 1980, only 35% of high school students expected to attain a bachelor’s degree.
- The number of students enrolling in college immediately after high school increased from 49% in 1972 to 67% in 2004.
(The Condition of Education 2006, U.S. Department of Education)
Reach Your Potential
With a bachelor’s degree from Walden, you’ll have the tools you need to succeed. Take this first step in your career path and prepare yourself for additional study that can lead to a master’s and then a doctoral degree.
Develop skills for success in:
- Critical thinking
FAQ About Walden’s Online BS in Computer Information Systems Program
One option is through a university that delivers programs online, so you can study at home and attend classes on your own schedule. An online program, such as Walden’s BS in Computer Information, Systems may offer a general program or allow you to choose a concentration in an area such as cybersecurity and forensics, network and operations, database administration and data center operations, and web and mobile applications development, along with many others.
Students in a BS in Computer Information Systems program learn to communicate with information systems stakeholders, support the management of information systems, and work collaboratively with others to implement new processes and systems. They also learn business concepts that help them identify the computing requirements of organizations. At Walden, the BS in Computer Information Systems degree program has a General Program, as well as three concentrations—Cyber Security for Information Systems, Information Systems Management, and Web and Mobile Applications Design.
A BS in Information Technology program focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating computing-based solutions and includes classes on infrastructure, networking, and programming. Students also can develop the skills they need to analyze and solve complex computing programs and identify user needs. On the other hand, students in a BS in Computer Information Systems program learn to communicate with information systems stakeholders, support the management of information systems, and work collaboratively with others to implement new processes and systems. And, unlike the BS in Information Technology curriculum, the BS in Computer Information Systems curriculum includes business courses on management, accounting, operations, and statistical methods.
Yes, information technology continues to be a rapidly growing sector of the economy. Between cloud computing, big data, mobile/virtual workforces, and the increasing desire to connect with audiences electronically, there is a need for trained IT professionals. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow at a pace that is faster than most—about 7% from 2019–2029. In addition, during that same time frame, it is anticipated that more than 46,000 new jobs will be added to the workforce.1
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