Computer Information Systems

All Computer Information Systems majors must choose one of the two available concentrations, the Information Systems Analyst Concentration or the Network Analyst Concentration. See catalogue for details
  • The Information Systems Analyst concentration of the Computer Information Systems major has an emphasis in database and is designed to prepare graduates for positions as programmer analysts, systems designers and database administrators.
  • The Network Analyst concentration of the Computer Information Systems major will prepare students to design, implement, and administer computer networks while also providing a more general foundation that enables students to understand the impact of networking on other areas of computing.
The Department offers a minor in Information Systems. See catalogue for details .

5-Yr. BS/MBA Program
A 5-Yr. BS/MBA Program that combines a Computer Information Systems major with a minor in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration degree is available. This program is designed to prepare graduates for positions in computer and information systems management that require a strong technical background, good communication skills, and an in-depth understanding of the business world.

Student Organizations
Several student groups are active within the Department.
  • ACM Student Chapter -- This computer club sponsors the Annual Baldwin Wallace High School Programming Competition each April, hosts speakers, and organizes several social events, including a LAN party, an annual end-of-year picnic, etc.
  • Net SIG -- This group of students interested in network issues meets regularly with a faculty member to discuss issues and take on special projects related to computer networks. They will be competing in an off-campus security competition Spring term.
  • BW Programming Team -- Student teams compete in several intercollegiate programming contests each year.
  • UPE National Computer Science Honorary -- Each Spring, the Department recognizes junior and senior majors who have excelled in their computer studies through invitation to this national honorary.


Program Mission

The mission of the Computer Science programs at Baldwin Wallace University is to expose students to existing technologies, challenge them to develop the ability to adapt to changes in those technologies as they occur, and to integrate new technologies that become available. The common core of all the programs in the Computer Science Department is a body of foundational knowledge that includes fundamental skills such as programming and problem solving, as well as exposure to the mathematics, computer architecture, paradigms, and theory that underlie the computing discipline.  It is our belief that mastery of these aspects of computer science provides a student with an understanding of the discipline that transcends any individual course or program and acts as a framework that supports additional learning in any of the more specialized areas within computer science.

The Computer Science program complements the mission of the College in two primary areas.  The rapid advancement of technology and its importance in today's society both nationally and internationally enable us to play a critical role in the development of "contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society."   Furthermore, the dedicated faculty of the department exemplifies "excellence in teaching and learning" while maintaining a "challenging and supportive environment" in which learning can occur.

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