Trying to dig a little deeper into Colorado State’s majors, just starting out in your major search, or want to see what it looks like to be a student in a certain major or concentration? Our “3 reasons” series is the perfect place to start. In each installment, we’re bringing you three standout reasons to choose a major, written by the people who work and teach in those programs every day.
From Silicon Valley tech giants to manufacturing companies and small businesses, harnessing the power of technology offers a critical path to progress and change. Choosing a concentration in Computer Information Systems (CIS) as part of your business major will provide you with the skills and background to drive innovation in any industry.
#1. You’ll learn how to blend business and technology.
You could have an idea for an amazing app or new type of tech, but without considering fundamental business concepts – like customers’ needs, your financial models, how to build an effective team, and much more – few innovations would make it off the drawing board.
Technology development needs to be aligned with business strategies to find success. By concentrating in Computer Information Systems, you’ll learn just what it takes to make that happen. This concept extends not just to new products and services, but to established organizations looking for new ways to grow, increase efficiencies, and align themselves with the changing world.
#2. You won’t need to be a major coder.
Although you’ll be no stranger to working through code, managing databases, protecting against cyber attacks, and analyzing data, your whole life won’t be 1s and 0s. Just take it from Emily Marty, ’20, who earned a role as a systems developer at a tech startup in Denver after graduating: “You don’t necessarily need to be a major coder … I could connect the coders with the business people and understand what they need so I could streamline their processes.”
#3. You’ll join a thriving, supportive community.
What does it mean to be a Biz Ram? Regardless of your concentration, you’ll never be alone. Students, faculty, and staff are always there for one another and are focused on a shared goal of using business to effect positive change in the world.
In 2020, CSU was one of six universities across the country to receive funding from the Center for Inclusive Computing in recognition of the College of Business’s CIS department and the College of Natural Science’s Computer Science department actively fostering inclusivity. Both departments were chosen for the $600k award for their strong commitment to increasing the representation of women in computing.
The college of business’ dedicated Career Management Center will begin setting you up for professional success starting the first day you walk into Rockwell Hall, and you’ll graduate into an alumni network over 35,000 strong.