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Computer Information Systems, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Chico, CA, United States
The undergraduate programs at California State University Chico, prepare students for careers in diverse areas of application of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems. The MS program provides a strong graduate-level core foundation in Computer Science while also allowing exploration into various areas of interest in the discipline.
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The department at California State University Chico, offers students the opportunity to earn the distinction of Honors in Computer Science or Honors in Computer Information Systems. This recognition appears on the permanent transcript and diploma. The Honors award confers a distinction that enhances opportunities for graduate school and employment.

Faculty and Facilities

The breadth of faculty expertise is evident from the many courses offered in operating systems and networks, programming languages, security, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, computer graphics, computer architecture, database systems, computer theory, security and computer forensics, mobile computing, software engineering, and web programming, as well as from the variety of professional consulting and research projects in which the faculty are involved.

The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC) is housed in the O'Connell Technology Center. ECC maintains a large site to support its computing and technology needs. Currently, the College manages 19 labs with a combined total of more than 300 machines (not including machines in faculty and department offices), several physical and virtual servers and multiple operating systems, supporting approximately 20,000 users. ECC buildings have upgraded networking and full coverage Wi-Fi access.

Computing facilities available to computer science majors include three general-purpose labs containing high-end PCs, two of which are Windows-based while the third runs Linux. The department also has an Apple lab for Mac/iOS development projects. One of the labs is designated as a computer networks laboratory where students get hands-on experience in computer security and network management by designing, configuring, and reconfiguring various types of networks and through the analysis of data obtained from network analyzers. All of our students also have 24/7 remote access to our Linux file server. The department is also a member of the Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance, giving all students free access to Microsoft software including operating systems and various development tools.

Student Organizations

Student chapters of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) international honor society are active on campus. Additionally, the Chico State Linux User's Group (CSLUG), American Institute of Mechatronic Engineers (AIME), the Web Programming Club and the Computer Graphics Consortium (CGC), and many other student organizations and clubs provide opportunities for various student activities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Introductory Web Programming
  • PCs and Peripherals
  • Information Systems Design
  • Programming and Algorithms 
  • Statistics
  • Survey of Calculus
  • Foundations of Computing
  • Discrete Mathematical Structures

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General Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  • Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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