B.S. Computer Information Systems

The Cal State San Marcos undergraduate study in Computer Science emphasizes both theoretical foundations and practical applications. Students will learn algorithms, data structures, software design, the concepts of programming languages, computer organization, and computer architecture. The program stresses analysis and design experiences with substantial laboratory work, including software development. The Computer Science major prepares students for careers in applications programming, systems analysis, and software engineering, as well as for entrance into graduate and professional schools.

The Option in Computer Information Systems prepares students for positions of responsibility in the commercial environment by combining the appropriate computer courses with substantial coursework in the foundations of business. This option in Computer Information Systems emphasizes data processing and programming to solve business-related problems. Being housed in the Computer Science Department, this option emphasizes solid technical knowledge of software and hardware.

The requirements for the new option follow:

Option in Computer Information Systems

  • General Education* 51
  • Preparation for the Major*: 48-49
  • Major Requirements: 27
  • The minimum number of units required for this degree is. 120


*Six (6) lower-division General Education units are automatically satisfied by courses taken in Preparation for the Major.