Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Program

The Computer Information Systems Department provides education and a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems that equips a predominantly urban student body, especially those from the New Orleans metropolitan area, with knowledge and skills essential for careers in business and government, or for pursuing further studies.

Adnan Omar, Ph.D., Chair
CBA Building, Room 110

Professors: David Alijani, Ph.D., and Adnan Omar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Obyung Kwun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professors: Muhammed Miah, Ph.D., Yanjun Yu, Ph.D., Robert Elliot, Ph.D., Nabie Conteh, Ph.D., and Samuel Eweni, Ph.D.


The purpose of the Computer Information Systems Department is to provide Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) students with a high quality, state-of-the-art information systems education. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (BS-CIS) program provides students with a foundation in the dual functional areas of business and computing technologies, thus enabling graduates to pursue both technical and managerial careers in all types of organizations, both public and private. 

The program also implements processes and procedures that facilitate the retention and nurturing of CIS majors throughout their matriculation at SUNO. It builds on the core goals of the College of  Business and Public Administration (CBA) in preparing students for social and technical analyses, design, development implementation, and management of computer-based information systems. In addition, the department also supports the mission of the University to create and maintain an environment conducive to learning and growth for all members of the University community and the community at large.

Goals & Objectives

  1. Student is able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of ethics and its application in the decision-making process.
    • Student is able to differentiate between what is ethical and what is unethical.
  2. Student is able to apply effective communication skills in a professional environment.
    • Student is able to prepare and deliver an effective presentation.
    • Student is able to produce well-written documents.
  3. Student is able to analyze and solve problems in an organizational setting.
    • Student is able to apply discipline-based principles in addressing organizational setting.
  4. Student is able to understand the importance of technology in organizations.
    • Student is able to understand available technology.
    • Student is able to use available technological tools in various tasks.
  5. Student is able to provide technical solutions to business problems.
    • Student is able to identify and analyze specific business problems.
    • Student is able to offer appropriate solutions to specific business problems.

The Undergraduate Program

A Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (BS-CIS) requires 120 semester credit hours, which are distributed as follows:

Major Required Courses    30 hours 
 Course# Title   Hrs. Credit
 CISP 200  Programming I  3
 CISP 201  Programming II  3
 CISP 260  E-Business and Web App. Dev  3
 CISP 311  Data Structures & Algorithm Design  3
 CISP 315  Data Communications and Networks  3
 CISP 320  System Analysis and Design  3
 CISP 415  Database Management Systems   3 
 CISP 426   Application of Object-Oriented Technology   3 
 CISP 428  Network/Internet Security Management  3
 CISP 451  Project Management  3
 Major Electives    6 Hours
 Course#  Title Hrs. Credit 
 CISP 420  Independent Study  3
 CISP 430  Data Mining for Business Intelligence  3
 CISP 435  Applications of Information Security  3
 CISP 460  Database Administration  3
 CISP 481  Internship  3
 Business Core    30 Hours
 Course#  Title Hrs. Credit 
 ACCT 201  Principles of Financial Accounting  3
 ACCT 202  Principles of Managerial Accounting  3
 BADM 240  Legal Environment of Business  3
 BADM 250  Business Communication  3
 CISP 250  Fundamentals of Information Systems  3
 ECON 295  Economic and Business Statistics  3
 BADM 301  Principles of Finance  3
 BADM 362  Principles of Management  3
 BADM 370  Principles of Marketing  3
 BADM 490  Business Policy  3
 General Education Requirements     39 Hours
 Course#  Title Hrs. Credit 
 MATH 161 College Algebra 
 MATH 162  Trigonometry 3
 Course#  Title  Hrs. Credit
 ENGL 111  English I  3
 ENGL 112  English II  3
 Social Science     
 Course#  Title  Hrs. Credit
 ECON 211  Economic Principles I  3
 ECON 222  Economic Principles II  3
 Natural Science    
 Course#  Title  Hrs. Credit
 BIOL 105/105L  Introduction to Biology I  3
 BIOL 106/106L  Introduction to Biology II  3
 PHYS/CHEM  Natural Science  3
 Course#  Title  Hrs. Credit
 COMM 210  Speech  3
 HIST 210 or 220  History  3
 ENGL 203  Intro to Literature  3
 Fine Arts    
 Course#  Title  Hrs. Credit
 Fine Arts Elective  Introduction to Art or Survey of Music  3
 Other Courses   15 Hours 
 Course#  Title Hrs. Credit 
 CISP 164  Computer Productivity Applications I
 CISP 166  Computer Productivity Applications II 3
 MATH 232  Finite Mathematics 3
 BIOL 105L  Introduction to Biology I Lab  1 
 BIOL 106L  Introduction to Biology II Lab  1 
 Free Elective   3
 JRDV 111  College Survival Skills 1
 JRDV 111A  Freshman Assembly  0
   Total Credit Hours  120 Hours

For an undergraduate degree, a grade of  C or better is required in each CIS course. A comprehensive CIS examination also is administered in addition to the general university graduation requirements.

Some suggested course sequences for CIS Minors:
Business majors: CISP 164,166,250, 260,320 and 480
Science majors: CISP 166,200,201,250, 315 and 415

The CIS faculty advisors can provide additional suggestions for specific student needs for other majors.


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