Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Information Systems

Looking to improve your employment prospects? Computer and Information Systems is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy, and there is not a single field - in liberal arts, business or science - that has not been impacted by Internet-capable devices.

​Program Highlights

  • A wide variety of courses taught by 13 full-time faculty members.
  • Coursework begins with the fundamental concepts behind the use of modern computer systems and software to manage information and then offers deeper themes on databases, web design and introductory programming.
  • Most courses have a lab component that immerses students in tools and applications that are commonly used in today’s workplace.
  • Emphasis on the critical concepts that will enable students to use systems more effectively and envision entirely new uses of technology in business, natural science and the arts.
  • Designed to complement Siena’s degree programs in business, but can also enhance any degree in the sciences or liberal arts.
  • Provides an enhanced skill set and deeper understanding of information technology that is valued by employers in all career fields.

Computer Science Department

Our Computer Science Department emphasizes hands-on computing in small classes where laboratory experiences, one-on-one interaction and group projects are essential to learning. Our goal is to develop your critical thinking and communication skills, preparing you to solve real-world problems in business, science and society.

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Career Opportunities

Computer and Information Research Scientists conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

Job titles include: Computer Scientist, Control System Computer Scientist, Scientific Programmer Analyst

Wages:

The median annual wage was $102,190 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 15-21% growth (fast than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Database Administrators Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Job titles include: Database Administrator (DBA), Database Analyst, Database Administration Manager, Database Coordinator, Database Programmer, Information Systems Manager, Management Information Systems Director (MIS Director), Programmer Analyst, Systems Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $77,080 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Information Security Analysts plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Job titles include: Information Technology Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Officer, Computer Specialist, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Computer Security Specialist, Information Security Manager and Information Technology Security Analyst.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $86,170 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022

Information Technology Project Managers plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.

Job titles include: IT Manager, IT Project Manager, Manager of IT, Program Manager, Project Manager, Project Manager/Team Coach, Senior Lead Project Manager, Senior Project Leader/Team Lead, Technical Project Lead (Project Manager), Transition Program Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $81,140 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Job titles include: Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Systems Engineer, Network Manager and Network Specialist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $72,560 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Web Developers design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content. Job titles include: Webmaster, Web Designer and Web Developer.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $62,500 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Computer Systems Analysts analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Job titles include: Systems Analyst, Programmer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Computer Analyst, Information Systems Analyst (ISA), Applications Analyst, Business Analyst, Systems Engineer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $79,680 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Intelligence Analysts gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.

Job titles inclue: Crime Analyst, Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Criminal Intelligence Analyst Supervisor, Criminal Intelligence Specialist, Criminal Research Specialist, Detective and Intelligence Analyst, Intelligence Analyst, Intelligence Officer, Intelligence Research Specialist, Supervisor Intelligence Analyst

Wages:

The median annual wage was $74,300 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 0-2% from 2012 to 2022.

Accountants analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

Job titles include: Accountant, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager, Cost Accountant, General Accountant, Accounting Officer, Business Analyst, Accounting Supervisor, Financial Reporting Accountant

Wages:

The median annual wage was $63,550 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Computer Programmers create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Job titles include: Programmer Analyst, Programmer, Analyst Programmer, Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Applications Developer, Computer Programmer Analyst, Internet Programmer, Java Developer and Web Programmer.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $74,280 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Computer and Information Systems Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. Job titles include: Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Systems Director (IS Director), Data Processing Manager, MIS Director (Management Information Systems Director), Information Systems Manager (IS Manager), Information Systems Supervisor (IS Supervisor), Computing Services Director, Director of Application Development and Technical Services Manager.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $120,950 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Technology is one of the most pervasive forces in our society today – we use it both to connect and detach, to save time and to waste it – so we’re especially dependent on those who make their living by creating, powering and supporting our electronics and information systems.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the information technology industry is expected to grow 47% by 2020.

Business Intelligence Analysts produce financial and market intelligence by querying data repositories and generating periodic reports. Devise methods for identifying data patterns and trends in available information sources.

Job titles include: Business Intelligence Analyst; Business Intelligence Manager; Commercial Intelligence Manager; Competitive Intelligence Analyst; Consultant, Strategic Business and Technology Intelligence; Director of Enterprise Strategy; Director of Market Intelligence; Director, Global Intelligence; Intelligence Analyst; Manager, Market Intelligence

Wages:

The median annual wage was $67,650 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.

The finance and insurance sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in financial transactions (transactions involving the creation, liquidation, or change in ownership of financial assets) and/or in facilitating financial transactions. Common job functions include accountants, auditors, insurance sales agents, loan officers, tellers and securities, commodities and financial services sales agents.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

​Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow by 8% by 2022.

Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only need to retain those workers already in the field, but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among health care support jobs.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 26.5% by 2022.