Bachelor of Science in Computer Science:
The Computer Science major (Science option) is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the ABET, www.abet.org. This major is designed for students who plan to apply their computing knowledge in scientific or engineering environments including software engineering. It is also designed for students who plan to seek advanced degrees in computer science or a related discipline.
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems:
The Information Systems major (Business option) is designed for students who plan to apply their computing knowledge in business environments as applications programmers and systems analysts. It is also designed for students who plan to seek advanced degrees in business administration, management, or management information systems.
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology:
The Information Technology (IT) major is a program that will prepare students to use and support the appropriate use of computer technology to meet diverse needs of business, government, education, and other organizations. IT graduates will possess the skills and knowledge to assume appropriate entry-level professional positions, and to grow into leadership positions or pursue graduate study. The program offers cross-disciplinary concentrations for IT students and for students in other fields such as Health Informatics, Criminal Justice, Business, Education, Engineering Technology, and STEM areas.
Master of Science in Software Engineering Science:
The Software Engineering program, which is based on a curriculum from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), is designed to teach principles in engineering, computer science, and information engineering. This degree may be a terminal degree for software engineering professionals or preparation for receiving a Ph.D. in computing.
Master of Science in Computer Science:
This program prepares students for a professional career in Software Development or Computer Science research. It is designed to give students a deep foundation in computer science and exposes students to the complete life-cycle of computer application development. This includes modeling, algorithm development, software development processes, programming languages, and development frameworks. This program allows students to define an area of interest (concentration), providing a background and in-depth study in areas of expertise of faculty. Current possibilities include mobile computing, security, bioinformatics, among others. This degree may be a terminal degree or preparation for receiving a Ph.D. in computing.
Minors and Concentrations for other Majors:
A number of minors are offered within the CIS department and are designed for students majoring in other disciplines. Pursuit of the following minors requires the approval of the CIS Department Chair: Minor in Computer Science, Minor in Information Systems, and Minor in Information Technology. Each minor requires a completion of 19 credit hours.
Cyber Defense Certificate Program:
The courses offered in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) under the Cyber Defense Certificate Program are the primary courses used to satisfy the 22 NSA/DHS defined Cybersecurity-related Knowledge Units. These courses provide the education and training for cybersecurity skills that are critical to defending the nation's vital information resources and will prepare students to work in cyber-related professions. Students who successfully complete the program path, are qualified to receive both the Cyber Defense Certificate and the Information Assurance Certificate.
Information Assurance (IA) Certificate Program:
In June 2005 and again in 2010, the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) certified the IA curriculum in the CIS department at FAMU as compliant with the requirements and standards recognized by National Level Information Assurance Subject Matter Experts. The certification awarded meets the requirements of the National Training Standards for NSTISSI No. 4011 (INFOSEC Professionals). Students who successfully complete the certified courses specified in the IA curriculum will be issued federally-approved certificates. (See Brochure)