Q. How is the job market for CIS graduates?
A. The job market for computer information systems graduates is growing and strong. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, four of the top 10 jobs in terms of projected growth are in the CIS area. The unemployment rate in the CIS profession is only 2.5 percent, significantly lower than the overall unemployment rate. Visit Careers to learn more.
Q. What is the difference between computer science and CIS?
A. Computer science studies computer operations with the aim of improving the physical operation of the computer; the end user is the computer itself. CIS studies the application of computer systems for the business needs of organizations.
Q. Does Nicholls offer any type of certifications to go along with the CIS degree?
A. Not currently. The bachelor degree in CIS is designed to provide students with a foundation in the fundamentals of CIS that will last a lifetime. Certifications on the other hand are quite product specific and expire within two or three years. The recommended way to proceed is to devote the time and effort required to earn a degree in CIS, and then, once you have a job in the industry, encourage your company to pay for further training in the form of certifications if they think it would be helpful.
Q. How do I find out who my adviser is?
A. You will be sent a letter from the department head at the beginning of each semester informing you of your adviser. This letter will give you contact information for your adviser, as well as other information about registration for the next semester. If you are not satisfied with your assigned adviser or would prefer to be advised by someone else, that is perfectly acceptable. You can select the faculty member who you feel most comfortable with. We are here to make your time at Nicholls as pleasant and productive as it can be.
Q. Should I participate in the internship program?
A. Yes. Students find it very beneficial to participate in the internship program to gain practical experience before graduating. If you participate in the program, you will earn up to three credit hours towards your degree requirement. Additionally, students are often offered full-time positions after completing the internship.
Q. When and how do I apply for graduation?
A. Potential graduates are notified by letter from the university about Graduate Day. Graduate Day takes place on a Friday, the week before the start of the semester. Students are required to visit the department of their major and fill out a graduation application. An appointment will be scheduled at that time for them to meet with the department head for an exit interview the following week. Then the university gives a nice graduation presentation later in the afternoon followed by a reception in the Student Union ballroom with door prizes.