Which Undergraduate CIS Curriculum is for Me?

Comparison of Undergraduate Programs in the CIS Department

Technology is the foundation of our future. Computing drives innovation in all areas, including the sciences, business, healthcare, education, and entertainment. Temple's Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Department provides programs of study that teach students about technology and how technology can be used to solve complex problems.

The CIS Department offers three main program options:

  • Computer Science (CS):  Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Minor
    • CS requires in-depth programming, analytical, and math skills; it is very focused on the design and development of system and application software, including concepts such as computer architecture, computer theory, and algorithms.
  • Information Science and Technology (IS&T):  Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Minor
    • IS&T has broad coverage of important concepts and skills such as networking, security, analysis, programming, testing, databases, and project management. There is a focus on applying these concepts and skills to build applications and manage the development process.
  • Math/CS;  Bachelor of Science (BS)
    • Math/CS is almost a Math and CS double major; this degree prepares students for graduate school and/or research careers.
Additionally, in response to the increasing importance of computer security, CIS offers a security certificate option for CS and IST majors (see more here).

All of our programs begin with the same programming courses, so students can switch from one program to another once they have achieved some familiarity with the subject matter. 

Comparison of CS and IS&T

Please view this chart which highlights key aspects of the CS and IS&T options.  All of our majors are focused on programming - as you get further into the curriculum, it is the type of programming that changes. If you love the intracacies of in-depth programming (application, system or mobile) or what happens within the system itself, then CS is for you.  If you prefer to focus on application programming and work more closely with end-users, then IS&T is for you.  

If you are unable to determine which major is best for you, feel free to meet with Wendy Urban to discuss your overall interests.

Career Opportunities

The career options for all of our majors are excellent. Our graduates work as programmers, business analysts, network/security specialists, consultants, researchers and project managers -- in all types of industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects double-digit growth in computing jobs in the next decade as well as a shortage of college graduates to fill the projected jobs. The fast pace of technological change keeps the computing technology field exciting, innovative and satisfying.

We strongly encourage all of our students to take advantage of internships during their college years. The CST Student Professional Development Office provides excellent support for students by assisting students with resumes, preparing students for interviews, broadcasting many internship and job opportunities, and organizing career fairs.  Learn more about the services here.