Computer Information Systems
Information technology continues to change at a rapid pace, and the impact of both the technology and the rate of change on the business world is significant. Businesses and organizations require educated personnel not only to use, but also to design, implement, maintain, support, and manage their systems and people.
Computer Information Systems differs from Computing Science in that there tends to be an increased focus on using technology effectively to support and add value to organizations. This requires breadth and business knowledge as well as both theory and hands-on practice.
UCFV offers a four year Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree. After one year (30 credits) of designated course work in the degree, students can apply for the CIS certificate; the CIS diploma can be applied for after two years of designated course work. Students will remain in the degree program after being awarded the certificate and/or diploma, and may continue with upper-level courses if they wish. The certificate is a customizable one-year program, combining a mixture of CIS/COMP and other courses. The certificate can be obtained with a Web Design and Animation option, and both the diploma and the degree can be obtained with a Co-operative Education option.
Several concentrations are available in the BCIS program, and students can also choose to minor in either Business Administration or Mathematics. A minor in computing science is designed for science students and others desiring a minor more focused on the theoretical and mathematical aspects of computing. Interested students should consult with their program advisor and the CIS department.
A minor in Computer Information Systems is a valuable addition to a degree in any other area, and greatly increases career opportunities in most areas. An extended minor provides more breadth and can be used as a larger minor with a major, or in combination with a second extended minor in an Arts degree. The extended minor is also recommended for students interested in obtaining a computer information systems minor for teaching purposes. Interested students should consult with their program advisor and the CIS department.
Non-credit continuing studies courses in a wide range of computing areas are offered over the year. Current and planned offerings are described at www.ufv.ca/cs/Courses/Computer_Skills. Customized workshops, employee in-service training and upgrading can also be provided at a reasonable cost. For further information, call 604-854-4589 (Abbotsford and Mission) or 604-792-0025, local 4589 (Chilliwack).
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.
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