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There has never been a better time to earn a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science. Careers in computer and information technology are growing faster than average, and with advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, and web development, opportunities are expected to rise.*
*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Here's a quick overview of the program:
GMercyU’s CIS Program is built on a core curriculum of networking and hands-on problem-solving. As a CIS student, you will learn current and emerging technologies in programming, artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, computer forensics, web design and multimedia, networking, and database design and administration to provide you with the skills needed to compete in this high in-demand and competitive field.
Because technology grows at a rapid pace, we’ve designed our CIS degree program with the flexibility to adapt and change. This is how we became one of the first computer programs in the region to build a dedicated hacking and countermeasures lab and to integrate mobile application development into our curriculum. GMercyU’s CIS program is also one of the first in the area to offer a concentration in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
While you earn your CIS degree, you can choose from cutting-edge classes like Programming for Game Design, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, or Web Data Extraction. You can also earn certifications and learn programming languages like Python that will help boost your employment opportunities and salary.
NEW: GMercyU CIS majors have the opportunity to earn a master's degree in less time, with 9 credits already completed.
GMercyU is excited to offer this AI and ML degree, one of the first in the Philadelphia region. This in-demand concentration will prepare students for success in one of the hottest fields in computing. Through robust instruction in programming and algorithms, students will prepare to become artificial intelligence engineers, ready to develop, test, and implement AI models that will enable machines to run autonomously and mimic human behavior.
In addition to practical hands-on learning, students will be introduced to the ethical challenges these powerful technologies yield so they can become responsible innovators of future AI technologies. Learn more about AI here.
Job growth for information security analysts is projected to soar through 2028 by 28.5%, with a median annual salary of more than $96,700, Burning Glass Technologies reports. GMercyU’s Cybersecurity/Computer Forensics option will provide the training necessary for you to compete in this growing field.
From UX/UI web design to interactive multimedia and mobile app development, a concentration in Web Design & Multimedia will help you develop the skills you need to land a position in this growing field. According to Burning Glass Technologies, UX/UI designers earn a median annual salary of $98,500 in the U.S.
When you pursue a BS degree in Computer Information Science at GMercyU, you will enjoy small classes, lots of hands-on experience, and mentorship from dedicated faculty who bring real-world experience – and connections – to the classroom.
As a GMercyU CIS major, you can:
Take advantage of CIS Certifications Bootcamps where students can pursue certifications specific to their desired career objectives such as AccessData’s Forensic Toolkit (FTK), Linux, CISCO, and CompTIA.
In our new Artificial Intelligence Lab, students can work with faculty to learn about automation and build machines that think. The lab features the latest technologies, including Alienware computers. Use the Innovation Research Lab to perform hands-on research in human computer interaction, digital forensic analysis, or software development. In the Hacking & Countermeasures Lab — a safe, hands-on environment — students learn the techniques hackers use and how to detect, mitigate, and secure against cyberattacks.
Participate in hands-on team projects. For example, CIS Web Design II students created GMercyU’s “Rand the Unmanned Instagram Bot” in winter 2020. The "RandBot" scraped the most popular Instagram hashtags and posted them to the Bot’s Twitter account real time. The project successfully demonstrated a program that automates web applications, called Selenium.
Learn current programming languages to add to your future resume:
Present your own research at GMercyU’s annual University Research Conference! Topics from our Spring 2020 conference included:
Planning to earn a master's degree after you graduate? GMercyU CIS majors have the unique opportunity to earn one of these two master's degrees in less time, with 9 credits already completed.
In addition to completing your general education courses, you will need to complete the following curriculum for CIS majors.
Major Requirements – 45 Credits
|CIS 104||Programming I|
|CIS 110||Information Systems|
|CIS 114||Web Design I|
|CIS 116||Intro to Python|
|CIS 203||Systems Analysis & Design|
|CIS 204||Programming II|
|CIS 215||Intro to Relational Databases|
|CIS 230||Intro to Networking|
|CIS 301||Algorithms and Data Structures|
|CIS 304||Event-Driven Programming|
|CIS 318||Unix & Linux|
|CIS 321||Computer Organization|
|CIS 330||Network Admin & Security|
|CIS 410||Operating Systems|
A minimum of 120 credits is required to complete your Bachelor’s Degree in CIS.
See the undergraduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Concentration – 18 Credits
|CIS 115||Intro Artificial Intelligence|
|CIS 205||Machine Learning|
|CIS 311||Application and Embedded ML|
|CIS 312||Data Analytics|
|CIS 420||Mobile App Developement|
|CIS 401||Deep Learning|
Cybersecurity/Computer Forensics Concentration – 15 Credits
|CIS 340||Comp Forensics|
|CIS 341||IT Security|
|CRJ 102||Introduction to Criminal Justice|
Web Design & Multimedia Concentration - 15 Credits
|CIS 350||Multimedia I|
|CIS 424||Web Design II|
|CIS 420||Mobile App Development|
|CIS 450||Multimedia II|
|COMD 200||Digital Analytics and Visualization|
Increase the value of your computer science degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.
Wondering what your classes will look like as a computer information science major? Here are just a few GMercyU CIS Program courses:
CIS 115 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
This course introduces students to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and data mining. By examining how datasets from mined information are harnessed for machine learning, students will gain a deeper understanding of how artificial intelligence can be utilized. AI is presently being used in everyday applications such as Gmail, Siri, and Netflix. From self-powered automobiles and military drones, to marketing research and fraud monitoring, this course will examine the history, present day use, and future of artificial intelligence. Topics discussed include autonomous machines, privacy, ethics, data analytics, neural networks, singularity, and quantum computing.
CIS 437 (Special Topics) Programming for Game Design
This course provides students with an opportunity to apply the programming skills they learned in the classroom to game design and development. Students will learn game design concepts such as mechanics, constructs, the rules behind different types of games, multi-dimensional design forms, and what makes a compelling game. This course will examine the end-user experience and how artificial intelligence cane be used to generate responsive, adaptive, or intelligent behaviors. Students will collaborate in small groups to develop a game concept, bring their concept and design to life, and market the completed project. Also discussed are the importance of effective game designs and proposal documents. Prerequisite: 200-Level of above programming class or permission of the instructor.
CIS 437 (Special Topics) CIS Advanced Bootcamp
A certification is a credential that you earn to show that you have specific skills or knowledge. A certificate recognizes achievement and certifies a skill or qualification. In this CIS Special Topics course students will work on earning certificates and certifications relevant to their specific career goals. Certifications and certificates are becoming the norm in many job descriptions today as organizations seek quantifiable ways of measuring prospective employees’ expertise. By the end of this class, each student should have approximately seven certificates or certifications to add to their resume. Prerequisite: CIS Major, Any CIS course
CIS 299 (Special Topics) Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, and Pandemic Planning
Developing and executing plans to deal with incidents in the organization is a critical function in information security. In this course, students will learn the planning processes for all three areas of contingency planning, incident response (IR), disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC), and the execution of response to human and non-human incidents in compliance with these policies. Pandemic planning, preserving evidence, developing a baseline, and incident response team (IRT) best practices will be discussed. No technical background required. Open to all majors.
For all CIS course descriptions, please refer to the undergraduate catalog.
CIS Adjunct Professor Howard Knorr Honored with School of Arts and Sciences for Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
The winner of this award is chosen by students from the School of Arts and Sciences
Demystifying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning by CIS Instructor David Peltzman
Position: Program Coordinator and Professor of Practice, Computer Information Science
Did You Know? Casey is currently completing her Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence.Learn More
Position: Professor of Practice, Computer Information Science
Did You Know? Peltzman created his own company called Autonomous Sports Systems, where he developed Artificial Intelligent systems for recognizing actions to aid in sports training.Learn More
Position: Adjunct Professor, Computer Information Science
Did You Know? Abudaih's teaching approach accommodates diverse learners and encourages group collaboration, creativity, and a contemporary learning environment.Learn More
Internship and employment opportunities for GMercyU's computer science college students are plentiful. Places students have interned or worked in the past include:
CIS majors can also serve as volunteer mentors for the high school students who are members of GMercyU’s Girls Who Code after-school program. The mission of Girls Who Code is to close the gender gap in technology where females are underrepresented.
The club meets on campus once a week.
Technology skills – combined with GMercyU’s emphasis on “soft skills” employers want (communication, critical thinking, problem-solving) – can help you thrive an industry of well-paid, in-demand jobs.
Description: Spend your days fighting cybercrime. Protect an organization’s databases by designing and implementing secure systems and responding to threats.
Degree Requirements: A bachelor’s degree.
Average Salary: The median annual salary is $96,700 per year.*
Description: Launch your career in artificial intelligence by creating self-running software that is built to improve itself as it “learns” from its own results.
Degree Requirements: A bachelor’s degree; more senior roles may require an advanced degree.
Average Salary: The average salary is $146,085, according to a recent survey by popular job site Indeed, which also ranked Machine Learning Engineers as its #1 best job of 2019.
Description: Create new game-changing apps for smart phones and tablets! With a projected 30% increase in job growth through 2028, these jobs have phenomenal potential.*
Degree Requirements: A bachelor’s degree.
Average Salary: The average median pay is $103,400. *
Description: Pour your creative spirit into video, sound, and graphics for websites, video games, TV, and more.
Degree Requirements: A bachelor’s degree.
Average Salary: The average median salary is 65,500. *
*According to Burning Glass Technologies
* This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you. Some of these careers may require additional education.
Learn more about what you can do with a CIS degree here.
See where cybersecurity talent gaps exist in your area and around the country. The following resource is sponsored by NIST and the U.S Department of Commerce.
Ethan feels his major and concentration in Web Design & Multimedia are a perfect match for him. “Multimedia, photo editing, video editing – I have a passion for all of that,” he said. “In CIS, you learn a whole host of skills, from programming to hardware assembly, and you earn valuable certifications.”
In his free time, Ethan builds on Rec Room, a free virtual reality app, and documents his VR work on his YouTube channel. One of his tutorials has garnered more than 20,000 views. Learn more about Ethan's GMercyU experience.
Current Position: Penetration Tester, Interactive Security Holdings, Inc.
Valentin works at a cybersecurity firm, where he identifies web vulnerabilities to improve security. He is also pursuing his master’s degree in cybersecurity. Valentin landed the job months before graduation and he feels his CIS major and Cybersecurity concentration gave him the skills and connections he needed to land his internship, which then helped him launch his career.
"Whether for cybersecurity, graphic design, or software engineering, GMercyU has the best professional staff. They will work with you to ensure your success, as well as push you to make sure you are doing your absolute best." Learn more about Valentin's GMercyU experience.
Current Position: Global Scrum Master/ Program Manager at Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc.
For Jenny’s CIS capstone project, she created a dating app using Xamarin and C# programming languages. At GMercyU, she was a member of the Student Government Association, Campus Ministry, Student Activities Committee, and two honor societies. She also served as a Griffin Ambassador and was in the Griffin Student Leadership Institute.
“The CIS program offers opportunities for internships, obtaining certifications, and fun, hands-on projects. You’ll also learn a lot of different programming languages and software. When it’s time to go out in the real world, you’ll have an astounding resume to submit.” Learn more about Jenny's GMercyU experience.
Current Position: Systems Engineer Associate at Lockheed Martin
A former Griffin soccer player and commuter student, Neil’s CIS capstone project led to a job at his professor’s company, Noetic Software, where Neil worked on navigation systems for the military – that job gave him the experience he needed to qualify for a job at Lockheed Martin.
“I liked that the professors at GMercyU had a lot of industry experience prior to teaching, or had current knowledge of the industry." Learn more about Neil's GMercyU experience.
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The Griffin Edge is comprised of five touchpoints -- Excellence, Engagement, Experience, Empathy, and Encouragement -- that become the cornerstones of your Distinctive Mercy Experience as a full-time undergraduate student.
The Griffin Edge includes an e-portfolio for documenting your GMercyU educational and extra-curricular experiences (no matter your major), reflecting on those experiences, and receiving feedback from faculty. It's designed to help you take ownership of your educational journey and chart the right career path for you. It will also help you learn how to talk about your college experiences in meaningful ways — and that can make all the difference in a job interview.
For example, a student might say in a job interview: "I conducted research at the undergraduate level."
A Griffin Edge student might say: "The opportunity to conduct my own research alongside expert faculty taught me the importance of being exact in my data collection and analysis. I was even able to present my findings at our annual research conference! I know this is the career for me."
Learn more about the Griffin Edge here.
In addition to accepting transfer credits from other accredited institutions and computer science colleges, Gwynedd Mercy University has articulation agreements with Montgomery County and Bucks County Community Colleges, making it easier for you to earn your Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science from GMercyU.
Bucks County Community College
At GMercyU, we strive to make a quality education accessible to all through financial aid, scholarships, and grants. As a military-friendly university, we welcome service members and participate in all VA educational benefits programs.
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