Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) major is perfect for the person who wants to craft technology solutions for business problems and opportunities. Because industry has told us people in these jobs need a foundation in business classes and soft skills, as well as having computer skills, this major includes business, communications, and computer courses. People who can bridge the gap of being able to explain technology change to those who are not as technology knowledgeable are much sought after in the job market. To make CIS students even more marketable, these students are advised to take the additional courses needed to complete a Business and/or Communications minor, or possibly even a double major.

What You Will Learn

  • The program helps students to build a strong foundation of computer information theory followed by technical skill development.
  • Students gain an understanding of the role of information technology in businesses and other organizations and how to deploy information technology to increase efficiency, enhance effectiveness, and gain a competitive advantage.

Program of Study

The University of Dubuque CIS program stresses theory and skill development in the technical areas of web development, networking, computer programming, operating systems, database management, systems analysis and design, and project management. Students take several CIS electives to develop strengths in their particular areas of interest. In addition, students take business classes in the areas of management, accounting, marketing, and business communication. They also take communications courses. There are enough business and communication courses that CIS students can easily earn minors, or even double majors, in those areas. 


What Our Students Do

Students work with current hardware and software, in many cases hands-on, to learn modern technology skills. CIS students also learn from opportunities outside the classroom. Students can join the computer club, partake in job shadow opportunities, attend conferences, help with STEM festivals, compete in computer-related contests, and participate in meaningful internships. 

Where Our Graduates Go

Computer skills are in great demand today. Most CIS students go directly into industry, while others may start their own businesses or continue their education in graduate school. 

News from the Department

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Computer Information Systems - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
WVS 101: World View I (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
BAC 120: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
BIO 125: Population, Resources and Environment (3) or other Stewardship course
CIS 103: Computer Applications in Business (3)

J-Term
Required (3)

Spring Semester
WVS 201: World View II (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
UDMA 112: Algebra (3) or other Math course
CIS 202: Intro to Computer Information Systems (3)
CIS 213: Networking I (3)


Year Two

Fall Semester
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
COM 210: Interpersonal Communication (3)
BAC 201: Principles of Management (3)
CIS 205: Web Publishing (3)
CIS 215: Programming I (4)

J-Term
CIS Elective 1 (3)

Spring Semester
BIO 110: Human Biology and Lab (4) or other Science Lab Course
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys or other Christian Religion class (3)
CIS 284: Operating Systems (3)
UDMA 230: Introduction to Statistics (3)
Class for a Minor (3)


Year Three

Fall Semester
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Aesthetics B course
BAC 241: Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
CIS 332: Database Systems I (3)
CIS Elective 2 (3)
Class for a Minor (3)
CIS Topics Class (1)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
ENG 112/260: Literature (3)
BAC 242: Principles of Managerial Accounting (3)
COM 325: Argumentation & Persuasion (3)
CIS Elective 3 (3)
Class for a Minor (3)
CIS Topics Class (1)


Year Four

Fall Semester
BAC 340: Effective Communication in Business (3)
CIS 404: Systems Analysis and Design (3)
Class for a Minor (3)
Class for a Minor (3)
CIS 495: Information Policy (1)
CIS Topics Class (1)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
BAC 280: Principles of Marketing (3) OR COM 320: Intercultural Communication (3)
CIS 405: Project Management (3)
Class for a Minor (3)
Class for a Minor (3)
CIS Topics Class (1)
CCS 101: Cross Cultural Studies (1)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)

Teresa Nickeson
Teresa Nickeson
Computer Studies and Mathematics Department Chair, Associate Professor

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Office Phone: 563.589.3183
E-mail: tnickeson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 218 Dunlap Technology Center
Fax: 563.589.3410
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24 years of information technology industry experience, McGraw-Hill, from programming intern to VP, Sales and Marketing Applications for McGraw-Hill Education.

Two years as a CIS and Accounting adjunct at Scott Community College in Bettendorf, IA.

Two years teaching CIS, Accounting and Business classes for Axia Community College (a division of Phoenix Online).

Full -time CIS instructor at University of Dubuque since 2007.


Hythem Abdalla
Hythem Abdalla
Adjunct Professor

PhD; Engineering Science
MS, Alneelain University; Computer Science
BS, Alneelain University; Mathematics and Computer Science

E-mail: habdalla@dbq.edu 

Jennifer Benson
Jennifer Benson
Math Teaching Specialist

MAT: Webster University, St. Louis



Office Phone: 563.589.3272
E-mail: jbenson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 300 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416

Connie Connolly
Connie Connolly
Adjunct Mathematics Faculty


Office Phone: 563.589.3406
E-mail: cconnolly@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 228 Dunlap

Corissa Goertzen
Corissa Goertzen
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

PhD, University of Iowa
MA, University of South Dakota
BA, Wartburg College

Office Phone: 563.589.3413
E-mail: cgoertzen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 225 Dunlap Technology Center

Alina Klein
Alina Klein
Assistant Professor of Economics and Mathematics

PhD, West Virginia University
BS, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania



Office Phone: 563.589.3376
E-mail: aklein@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 228 Dunlap Technology Center
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Alina Klein earned a B.S. in Economics at the Academy of Economics in Bucharest, Romania, in 2003, then a Ph.D. in Economics at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, in 2010. Before joining UD, she worked as Assistant Professor of Economics at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. Alina has publications in the International Economics and International Finance fields.


Rudy Klein
Rudy Klein
Assistant Professor of Economics and Mathematics

BS, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
PhD, West Virginia University

Office Phone: 563.589.3681
E-mail: Rklein@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 219 Dunlap Technology Center
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Rudy Klein received his Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University (WVU) and B.S. in economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, in Bucharest, Romania. Before joining the University of Dubuque, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant at WVU, where he taught both online and traditional courses. Afterwards, he moved to Virginia and taught economics courses at Lynchburg College and Sweet Briar College. 


Duncan Marshall
Duncan Marshall
Adjunct Professor of Computer Information Systems


E-mail: dmarshall@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 112 Dunlap Technology Center

Ann Mauss
Ann Mauss
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems

MBA, Northern Illinois University

Office Phone: 563.589.3612
E-mail: amauss@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 217 Dunlap Technology Center
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I have just started teaching as an adjunct at UD, however, I am in my 17th year teaching at Loras College.,  At Loras, I have been developing and teaching curriculum in Management Information Systems and Computer Science.  I have taught various courses within Computing and Information technology areas, some of which are of: Computing Basics,  Intro to Programming, Visual Basic Programming, Network Management, Database Management, Project Management, and Systems Engineering. 

When I am not teaching, I enjoy my time off with my husband and two sons at our home about 10 miles south of Dubuque.


David McElroy
David McElroy
Adjunct Professor

MBA, Loras College
BS, Loras College

E-mail: dmcelroy@dbq.edu 
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David has been an EDI Specialist with McKesson Health Solutions in Dubuque since July 2012.  Previously,  he was  the Supervisor of Client File Management for Securian Financial Group in Saint Paul, MN.  McElroy has developed production applications in Java, Python, Groovy, C#, PL/1 and PERL.  He has extensive experience with Windows Server, Linux, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, DB2, TIBCO BusinessWorks, TIBCO Foresight and MySQL.


Dawn Nelson
Dawn Nelson
Teaching Specialist Faculty

MS, Western Illinois University; Instructional Design & Technology
BA, Ashford University; Business Administration



Office Phone: 563.589.3462
E-mail: dnelson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 219 Jackaline Dunlap Technology Center
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Dawn Nelson is an adjunct professor teaching Intro to Computers and Computer Applications in Business. She is on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays. Nelson is from Delmar, Iowa and has three children all in college. She enjoys spending time on the river and camping with friends. She loves teaching and working with students. Nelson especially likes helping students succeed with class struggles and/or just to listen and be a supportive ear.


Linda Ressler
Linda Ressler
Adjunct Instructor of CIS; Graduate Assistant of Business Administration


E-mail: lressler@dbq.edu 

Richard (Dick) Smith
Richard (Dick) Smith
Associate Professor of Mathematics

MA, Loras College
BS, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3276
E-mail: dsmith@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 226D Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Lori Welsh
Lori Welsh
Adjunct Professor

MBA, University of Dubuque
BA, Clarke College

E-mail: lwelsh@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Jackaline Dunlap Technology Center

Roseanne Wolf
Roseanne Wolf
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

PhD, University of Iowa
MS, University of Iowa
BS, Buena Vista University

Office Phone: 563.589.3716
E-mail: rwolf@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 214 Dunlap Technology Center
Fax: 563.589.3688

Gregory Mark Woodhouse
Gregory Mark Woodhouse
Assistant Professor, CIS

MSCTE, Nova Southeastern University
BSEE, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Office Phone: 563.589.3233
E-mail: gwoodhouse@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 226 Dunlap Technology Center
Fax: 563.589.3410
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20+ years of teaching experience, Conference Speaker, Commercial Pilot, Multi-engine, Instrument Ratings, Chief Firearms Instructor, Proficient Defense Training Chaplain with Dubuque Police Department and Sheriff's Office Advisor, UD Computer Club Advisor, UD RC Pilots Club


Careers in Computer Information Systems

There are an abundance of careers available in the technology field today. In fact, people with technology degrees are some of the most sought after in the job market, and they are some of the most handsomely paid. The University of Dubuque Computer Information Systems (CIS) Program includes business and communications classes which make students more marketable and provide a foundation for understanding, and communicating, their work and business processes.

BS Opportunities

Students choosing a degree in CIS can establish careers in project management, business analysis, I.T. internal auditioning, help desk, application administration, web development, software support and more. There are few jobs today that do not benefit from, if not require, someone with advanced technical training.

Post-graduate Opportunities

In addition to many industry opportunities, UD readies students for graduate school. An advanced technology degree opens doors for research, teaching, and many more technical industry positions.

Successful Outcomes

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JaVaughn (Jay) Busch
Computer Information Systems BBA '15

My journey to the University of Dubuque was unconventional to say the least. Though I am a Dubuque native, the university was never much of a consideration of mine. That was until I attended an on-campus touring event. Throughout my time at the University I was fortunate to take advantage of a myriad of opportunities. I participated in athletics, rekindled my love of music after taking piano lessons, and traveled the world to name a few. Pursuing a degree in technology, I was guided by extremely insightful and experienced professionals. My internship experience in the infrastructure space gave birth to my current position in the Private Cloud and Managed Services industry. The University of Dubuque provides a very intimate experience which caters to students of all walks of life. The relationships built throughout my time at the University are lifelong and my decision to study at the University of Dubuque is something I'll share with my children as one of the most influential moments of my life.