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How would you like to develop the high-tech skills needed by most businesses, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and more? And where the median salary is around $100,000 annually?

You can achieve all of this with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree or a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree from the University of Michigan-Flint. Our graduates become software developers, database administrators, systems administrators, usability engineers, data scientists, IT project managers, and more.

While the CS and CIS programs have many similarities, they’re focused slightly differently:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program focuses primarily on software and software systems, with classes spanning from the theoretical to the practical. You’ll learn about software development, engineering, computer networking, and information security. You’ll also be trained in programming languages such as Java, JavaScript, C++, and SQL through hands-on projects.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems program focuses largely on using computers to manage information in a business environment. It’s aimed at students who want to work in system analysis, business database management, and web or mobile application programming.

With either program, you’ll benefit from smaller classes where you get more personal attention, faculty that specialize in advanced topics, classes that emphasize collaborative skills that are essential in today’s work environment, and the ability to customize your program with advanced electives.

As a computer science or computer information systems student at UM-Flint, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. UROP allows students at any education level to perform paid or volunteer research with faculty on cutting-edge projects.

You’ll also have the chance to meet and learn with students who share your interests and career aspirations in various groups. You can choose from an active Association of Computing Machinery student chapter, an e-sports club, a game design club, and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society.

CS/CIS Programs at UM-Flint

We offer a wide variety of computer-related programs for undergraduate and graduate students. For undergrads, two majors (and their honors versions) are available:

Students in either program can opt for the Computer Science and Information Systems BS/MS Joint Degree program. It allows students to earn their master’s degree with just 21 additional credit hours.

Four minors are designed for undergraduates who aren’t CS/CIS majors:

Master’s degree programs are available:

Andrew Mrazik conducted AI and machine learning research with Dr. Halil Bisgin, studying the biomarkers of disease. He stated, “This experience meant a lot to me in terms of getting a sense of how real-world computer science skills are used. I saw this as a great opportunity to build my resume as well. I’m extremely happy our research was published and am hoping it will help to advance my career as I apply to companies in the future.” He is now a Senior Implementation Analyst at Novasyte LLC.

Andrew Mrazik
Computer Science 2020

Andrew Mrazik

Scholarships for CS/CIS Majors

Besides being eligible for financial assistance through our Office of Financial Aid, you can apply for UM-Flint scholarships that are specifically for computer science and computer information systems majors. They include:

  • Ralph M. and Emmalyn E. Freeman Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics Scholarship
  • Susan G. Helser Computer Science Scholarship Fund
  • G. Radhabai and A.V. Rajagopal Scholarship

Academic Advising for CS/CIS Majors

At UM-Flint, our CS/CIS students have so many options and opportunities that staying on top of everything can be hard. That’s where our academic advisors can help. They can ensure you’re fulfilling program requirements, help you choose classes, point you toward opportunities you might have missed, and generally keep you on track for success.

The dedicated advisor for CIS is Jeff Dobbs. You can contact him at [email protected] or schedule an appointment.
The dedicated advisor for CS Ashley Bennett. You can contact her at [email protected] or schedule an appointment.

Career Opportunities in Computer Science / Computer Information Systems

Demand for workers in computer and information technology occupations will remain strong in coming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS projects that employment in these fields will grow 13 percent through 2030, faster than the 7.7 percent average for all jobs.

And these jobs pay well. The median annual salary for computer and information technology workers is $97,430, according to the latest BLS data.

$97,430 median annual wage for computer and information technology workers.

Here are BLS employment projections for some specific jobs that typically only require a bachelor’s degree for entry-level positions:

  • Computer network architects
    • Job growth through 2030: 5 percent
    • Job openings annually through 2030: 11,000
    • Median annual pay: $120,520
  • Computer systems analysts
    • Job growth through 2030: 7 percent
    • Job openings annually through 2030: 47,500
    • Median annual pay: $99,270

More information about jobs in computer science and information technology is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Get Started on Your CS/CIS Career Today

If you want to learn high-demand, high-tech skills that can command hefty salaries, apply to the University of Michigan-Flint’s Computer Science or Computer Information Systems programs today. If you have questions, you can contact the program’s dedicated academic advisor for CIS Jeff Dobbs,  [email protected] or schedule an appointment. For CS, your dedicated academic advisor is Ashley Bennett and you can contact her at [email protected] or schedule an appointment.

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