Computer and Information Systems

Computer and Information Systems

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  • About: CIS
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Internships
  • Career Opportunities


The Siena Heights Computer and Information Systems Program is focused on preparing people for the real world rather than just theoretical concepts. We orient our classes such that material that students are learning is attractive to businesses.

The program will incorporate a lot of real world expertise and experience. Internships are important and are encouraged.

Software development is not necessarily sitting at a computer typing up code. A big part of it is sitting down with users to ensure that the application is going to do what the person wants. Siena’s program will work to develop that in its students.

Siena Heights' dedicated faculty who are practitioners in the field will prepare you for future challenges. All CIS classes are small in size, generally less than 20 students, and meet in a laboratory-style classroom where one-on-one discussion with the faculty is the norm. Your career prospects are strengthened by our on-the-job experiences and senior projects.

Information Systems
This concentration builds upon the general CIS curriculum with courses such as Java Programming, Data Communications, and Management Information Systems to assist students toward careers such as:

  • System Developer
  • Software Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Data Base Administrator
  • Information Systems Manager

This concentration builds upon the general CIS curriculum with courses such as Network Operating Systems, Data Communications and Data & Network Assurance to assist students toward careers such as:

  • Network Manager
  • Network Specialist
  • Help Desk Administrator
  • Network Trouble Shooter

Web Development
This concentration builds upon the general CIS curriculum with courses such as Java Programming, Web Development, and a Special Topics course to assist students toward careers such as:

  • Web Developer
  • E-commerce
  • Content Managers




Siena’s CIS major allows students to acquire general knowledge required for a CIS generalist while providing flexibility for students to select a concentration in the following high job demand specialties: Information Systems, Networking, and Web Development. Additionally, each student concentration requires an internship experience and senior project.
Course Type
Required Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED
Required Credit Hours 24Credit Hours
Course Type COGNATE
Required Credit Hours 12Credit Hours
Course Type SEQUENCE
Required Credit Hours 9Credit Hours
Required Credit Hours 32Credit Hours
Course Type ELECTIVE
Required Credit Hours 43Credit Hours
Total for major
120Credit Hours
Course Name
Course Type
Credit Hours
Course Name CO-OP Work Experience
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 112
Course Name Data Structure
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Database Management Systems
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Programming I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Programming II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Senior Project/Seminar
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Systems Analysis
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Business Ethics or Business and Society
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Data Analysis and Statistics or Statistical Reasoning Via Application and Simulation or Statistics and Society
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Discrete Mathematics
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Speech Communication
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Assistant Professor for CIS
Computer & Info Systems

Learn about internship opportunities in the Computer & Information Systems program.

Internships are an integral part of the CIS curriculum, which provide valuable hands on experience to our students. Many employers within the area are familiar with our students since we have maintained a good working relationship with them. Many Siena CIS students graduate with job offers directly resulting from their respective internship experiences.

Some of the employers who have provided internships to our students are as follows:

  • Adrian Steel Corporation, Adrian
  • Bixby Medical Center, Adrian
  • Brazeway Corporation, Adrian
  • Hamlin Parker Chemical Company
  • Lenawee Humane Society, Adrian
  • Lenawee Intermediate School District, Adrian
  • Medstat Inc., Ann Arbor
  • Masco Industries Inc., Adrian

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Computer & Information Systems.

Job opportunity for CIS majors continues to be strong. The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of statistics projects that employment in the information technology industry will grow at an annual rate doubles that of overall growth. Our placement rate is very close to 100 percent, and virtually all our graduates work in the IT field after graduation.

A partial list of the organizations where our recent graduates are employed follows:

  • Adrian Steel Corporation, Adrian, MI
  • ADP Corporation Ann Arbor, MI
  • Amcor Corporation, Manchester, MI
  • Brazeway Corporation, Adrian, MI
  • Chrysler Corporation, Detroit, MI
  • Human Element, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Huron River Area Credit Union, Ann Arbor, MI
  • JRME Enterprises, Inc, Detroit, MI
  • La-Z-Boy Corporation, Monroe, MI
  • Lenawee Intermediate School District, Adrian, MI
  • MEDSTAT Group, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Member Driven Technologies, Detroit, MI
  • OG Technologies, Inc Ann Arbor, MI
  • Pixel Velocity, Inc Ann Arbor, MI
  • TLC Credit Union, Adrian, MI
  • Visteon Corporation, River Rouge, MI
  • Visteon Corporation, Saline, MI
  • Wacker Silicones Corporation, Adrian, MI

“We are very proud of our graduates. Our success in placing almost 100 percent of our graduates in IT-related industries tells a lot about the preparation they are receiving from our program. I have no doubt that our dedicated faculty, comprehensive curriculum and the state-of-the art facilities are well-placed to help our students be successful professionals.”

Dr. Samuel Abraham
Professor of CIS
Chair, CIS program

Additional Info


  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Division of Computing, Mathematics, and the Sciences



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