What You’ll Learn

It’s no surprise that careers in computing are booming. Computers play a major part of our everyday lives, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

If you have a solid foundation in computers, you can find a career in almost any industry. Combine that with an understanding of how to pull relevant information from database systems, and you have the right mix for a successful career.

What will I study as a computer science and information systems major?

As a student in our program, you’ll develop a solid foundation in:

  • Computer programming
  • Computer hardware/software
  • Information databases

Your professors will teach you how to use coding and query languages to program software and manipulate information in a large and complex database.

To keep our program up to date with the latest developments in technology, we recently developed a bioinformatics minor, which combines computer science and biology. With a minor in bioinformatics, you’ll gain the tools to understand complex biological systems that include:

  • Entire ecological systems
  • Specific human diseases
  • Cellular and molecular networks

Our bioinformatics minor also allows our students to work on research related to the Human Genome Project. If you choose this career path, you’ll have access to databases all over the world, as well as access to the supercomputer at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Popular classes in the computer science and information systems program



CSC 438 Database Processing

Explore the tables, organization and structure of databases, as well as query language and data security and integrity.

CSC 437 Software Engineering

Study the various functions of software, including: processes, software requirements, analysis and specifications, project design, coding and testing.

CSC 339 Bioinformatics Programming

Learn how to manipulate biological data stored in databases around the world, including the supercomputer in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

CSC 335 Internet Programming

Learn how to use HTML, XML Java programming and database applications in web applications.

Where will I study computer science and information systems?

Through your lab classes, you'll be trained in the correct and safe way to handle chemicals and high-tech equipment. Our on-campus research facilities include:

  • MACMAS Laboratory (Multidisciplinary Applied Computational Modeling and Simulation)
    Used for computational research, this lab was designed to comply with the standards, instrumentation and layout used for the computational modeling lab at MIT.
  • Electronics and Cyber Security Research Center
    Voice recognition, image enhancement, computer forensics, network security and risk assessment/management are some areas of research aided by the software and hardware equipment in this center.
  • Robotics and Automatic Control Laboratory
    This lab features industrial and educational robots, digital and analog automatic control equipment and a chemical process simulator.
  • Database and Data Mining Laboratory
    Computers with software packages in the IBM-DB2 database systems are used for data mining and bioinformatics.
  • Digital and Analog Electronics Laboratories
    Two labs have signal generators, digital multimeters, oscilloscopes and training kits to examine electronic and electric circuits and digital and analog electronics design.

What will I learn outside the computer science and information systems program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means to you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose.

  • Classes in science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several English and foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is getting smaller each day.
  • By taking math and history classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.330.1419.