Oklahoma Baptist University

Computer Information Systems

Nichole Turnage
Asst. Professor of Computer Science
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Computer Information Systems is part of the Paul Dickinson College of Business.

"Computing: All our constants are variables" -- if constant change appeals to you, then a major in one of the computer degrees should be your choice. If you enjoy problem solving, working alone and with others, being creative, having opportunities for making a difference, regularly learning something new, and change, then you should pursue a degree in computing or, at least, consider it as a minor.

My degree options:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science: Data Management Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science: Interdisciplinary Emphasis

What makes an OBU Computer Information Systems degree special?

Graduates of the OBU Computer Information Systems department are highly regarded and sought as employees by many diverse organizations. The degree programs combine aspects of both theoretical and applied computer science and computer information systems.

There are many unique aspects to these programs. One is the intertwining of course content due to the special collaboration of the faculty. Another is the unique year-long project course sequence in which students begin and complete a complex project for real users. Finally, the interdisciplinary degree provides students with the opportunity to combine their interests in computing with a second area of study. Over the years, graduates have completed the BS in CS with Interdisciplinary Emphases in Math, Art, Religion, Spanish, Journalism, Business, English, Physics, and Education.

What are OBU grads doing with their Computer Information Systems degrees?

OBU CS/CIS grads have attended graduate school at OU, UT-Dallas, University of Tennessee, University of Illinois, Florida Institute of Technology, and many others. Companies that have employed OBU CS/CIS grads include IBM, EDS, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Microsoft, Bank of Oklahoma, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Hertz, Wal-Mart, Vertical Learning Curve, MY Consulting Group, Ernst & Young, Hobby Lobby, Baptist Annuity Board, the Peace Corps, the International Mission Board as well as local, state, national, and tribal governments.

Career paths include programmer, system analyst, database developer, database administrator, software engineer, network manager, quality assurance tester, technical support, technical writer, technical service representative, teacher, and web designer/developer/programmer.

What courses can I take?

Students in both CS and CIS degree programs will learn many languages (such as Java, C++, Visual Basic, SQL, HTML, and COBOL). The BS in CS students will also learn PC Assembly, Scheme, Perl, and others. Some courses have small, semester-long projects (Visual Basic, Intro to Web Design and Development) for real users.

Departmental extras:

Student chapter of Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) (sponsors teams which have competed and placed in regional and national computer competitions), internship opportunities, independent study for special projects, and real projects for real users.