Computer Information Systems

Website development. Systems analysis. App programming. As a computer information systems major at Wilkes, you’ll learn to apply your knowledge of advanced technology and problem-solving skills in any business setting you choose.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major, Minor On Campus 120 (17 for minor)

Why Study Computer Information Systems at Wilkes?

At Wilkes, you’ll work one-on-one with your professors, with small class sizes and mentoring that will ensure your success in the program. Hands-on, experiential learning with the focus on systems design, analysis and computer programming will prepare you to think strategically, solve problems and communicate solutions effectively.

Research is the cornerstone to a Wilkes education, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore research as early as your freshman year. You’ll also have access to WARLOC, the only supercomputer in the region. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Wilkes University’s supercomputer is accessible to all students and is housed in the Mark Engineering Center.

Curriculum  Admission Requirements  Faculty & Staff

What Will You Learn as a Computer Information Systems Major?

  • You'll get an introduction to computers and computing, including personal computing in both the Windows and OS X operating systems.
  • You'll learn the basics of information technology, programming and an introduction to computer graphics.
  • You'll be taught today's most in-demand programming languages.
  • Your courses will include computer networks, object-oriented programming, artificial intelligence, three-dimensional environments, animation, game development, web development and more.


Program Highlights

Senior Project

The senior project is the culmination of what you’ve learned as a CIS major. You’ll design and implement software as part of a team, including documentation, and present it at the end of your last semester. Past projects have included development of applications to support departmental business operations.

Cooperative Education

The CIS program includes a credit-bearing cooperative education component, where you’ll work in a private or public organization related to your academic objectives and career goals. Students have worked as programmers at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre; at Talen Energy’s Susquehanna nuclear plant in Berwick, Pa., and in the University’s Office of Marketing Communications.


Hands-on, experiential learning takes place in our computer laboratories, which house 25 workstations with Quadcore i7 processors and Linux/OS/X. Our open source lab provides students with eight computers, all with dual monitors and Quadcore processors.

Careers & Outcomes

Computer information systems careers continue to grow and evolve as technology changes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for computer and technology jobs is expected to increase by 15% from 2019-2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. 


  • Systems Administrator
  • Computer Programmer
  • Game Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Research Scientist
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • Information Security Analyst


  • Guard Insurance Group
  • U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command
  • PC Data in Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
  • Sun Bancorp Inc.