The Computer Information Systems major is designed to give students a solid foundation in computer programming concepts, networks, database systems and analysis of information technology. Knowledge gained from this study prepares students for a variety of career paths including software engineering, systems development, web development, technology management, teaching, robotics and graduate studies. Students complete their major by specializing in an area of their choice; by choosing a concentration and associated electives, students create a major that reflects their intellectual and vocational interests.
The CIS major at ODU is unique in allowing the student flexibility in selecting an area of concentration that provides a comprehensive computer science degree aimed at a future career path.
While not required, internships are very common among CIS students, and are a popular way to fulfill major elective credit while gaining valuable work experience. There are numerous companies in the Columbus area who employ ODU students as interns, plus on-campus opportunities as well. Students are also welcome to pursue independent research projects under the supervision of our faculty, and have the opportunity to present their work at research conferences.
In our increasingly technologically-dependent society, computer-based careers are among the few areas with expectations of positive job growth. Students of today are preparing for careers of tomorrow which in many cases don't exist yet. Strong computer, quantitative, and problem-solving skills are essential in order to prepare for these careers. The CIS program at ODU stresses the fundamental skills that are necessary to continue to learn and grow in the computer field, and we frequently bring potential employers on campus to facilitate opportunities for our graduates. Additionally, our internship program frequently provides students with a "foot in the door" that may turn into a job offer even before graduation.
There is a mutual benefit between the CIS program and the University's IT department, as students are frequently employed as technical support staff. This provides a great learning experience in a practical setting, preparing our students for a future career elsewhere or, in some cases, as full-time employees of ODU upon graduation.
For more information please contact Theresa A. Holleran, Ph.D, Professor of Computer Science at firstname.lastname@example.org or your Admission Counselor at (614) 251-4500 or email@example.com.