What You’ll Learn

Have you ever wondered how scientists are able to track the spread of pollution in the ocean after a major oil spill?

At JCSU, we’re looking for curious minds like yours to help us find solutions to real-world problems. As a major in our information systems engineering program, you’ll learn how to build and operate underwater sensors — like those used to track pollutants spread by the ocean’s currents.

Your technical training here will help you make a big impact on the world around us, as well as the quality of life for future generations.

What will I study as an information systems engineering major?

You’ll learn more than you thought possible as a student in our information systems engineering program. This major blends together the analysis, design, development and management of telecommunication systems — including data, information, hardware and software.

What you’ll really be learning is how to design and manage complex electronic and data structures. In our engineering labs, students receive technical training in the development of:

  • Analog electronics
  • Circuits
  • Electronic and cyber security
  • Electronic circuit research
  • Network sensors
  • Robotics 

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 information systems engineering program



CSE 436 Automatic Control and Robotics Learn the elements of digital control systems as they relate to the functions of robotics.
CSE 334 Electronic Measurements and Design Explore the use of electronics measuring equipment and design a variety of circuits and electronic devices.
CSE 433 Digital Signal Processing Examine the techniques of digitizing audio and video signals, image compression and the effect of noise on digital signals.
CSE 434 Advanced Electronics Systems Study advanced electronics systems such as robotics, analog and digital communications systems, microwave systems and transmission line systems.

Where will I study information systems engineering?

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 information systems engineering 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.