Information and Computer Science

Apply creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to making and maintaining technology.

Our Information and Computer Science (ICS) degree programs prepare you for a broad range of opportunities in technology fields, as well as in graduate studies. As an ICS bachelor’s student, you’ll choose one or more specialty areas from among these options: Computer Science, Software Development, Networking and Security, Information Technology and Data Management.

Locations & Learning Options

  • Online
  • Parkville, MO
  • Little Rock, AR – Little Rock AFB
  • Tucson, AZ – Davis Monthan AFB
  • Phoenix, AZ- Luke AFB
  • Oceanside, CA – Camp Pendleton
  • Mountain Home, ID – Mountain Home AFB
  • Great Falls, Mont. – Malmstrom AFB
  • Havelock, NC – MCAS Cherry Point
  • Grand Forks, ND – Grand Forks AFB
  • Minot, ND – Minot AFB
  • Columbus, OH – Defense Supply Center Columbus
  • Dayton, OH – Wright Patterson AFB
  • Oklahoma City, OK – Tinker AFB
  • Charleston, SC- Joint Base Charleston
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • Northeast San Antonio, TX- Randolph AFB
  • San Angelo, TX – Goodfellow AFB
  • San Antonio, TX – Lackland AFB
  • Del Rio, TX – Laughlin AFB
  • Ogden, UT- Hill AFB
  • Arlington, VA – MCB Henderson Hall
  • Fort Myer, VA
  • Quantico, VA – MCB Quantico
  • Spokane, WA – Fairchild AFB
  • Online
  • Parkville, MO
  • Little Rock, AR – Little Rock AFB
  • Tucson, AZ – Davis Monthan AFB
  • Phoenix, AZ- Luke AFB
  • Oceanside, CA – Camp Pendleton
  • Mountain Home, ID – Mountain Home AFB
  • Great Falls, Mont. – Malmstrom AFB
  • Havelock, NC – MCAS Cherry Point
  • Grand Forks, ND – Grand Forks AFB
  • Minot, ND – Minot AFB
  • Columbus, OH – Defense Supply Center Columbus
  • Dayton, OH – Wright Patterson AFB
  • Oklahoma City, OK – Tinker AFB
  • Charleston, SC- Joint Base Charleston
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • Northeast San Antonio, TX- Randolph AFB
  • San Angelo, TX – Goodfellow AFB
  • San Antonio, TX – Lackland AFB
  • Del Rio, TX – Laughlin AFB
  • Ogden, UT- Hill AFB
  • Arlington, VA – MCB Henderson Hall
  • Fort Myer, VA
  • Quantico, VA – MCB Quantico
  • Spokane, WA – Fairchild AFB
  • Online

Courses

Core Curriculum …………….. 24 cr.

 

CS 151 Introduction to Programming ……….. 3 cr.

CS 208 Discrete Mathematics …………… 3 cr.

CS 300 Technology in a Global Society……………3 cr.

CS 365 Computer Networking……………3 cr.

IS 205 Managing Information Systems ……… 3 cr.

IS 361 Data Management Concepts……………….3 cr.

MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics …………… 3 cr.

MA 135 College Algebra

– OR – ……… 3 cr.

any MA course >MA 135 (except MA 208)

Select electives from this list: …………… (5-6 cr.)

AC 201, CS 219, CS 225, CS 240, CS 319, IS 315, MA 150, MA 160

Core Curriculum …………………21 cr.

CS151Introduction to Programming (required for Computer Science, Software Development, and Data Management areas)

-OR CS152

Introduction to Python Programming (required for Networking and Security, and Information Technology areas)

CS 208 Discrete Mathematics …………………3 cr.

CS 300 Technology in a Global Society ……………3 cr.

CS 365 Computer Networking ……………….3 cr.

IS 205 Managing Information Systems ……………3 cr.

IS 361 Data Management Concepts ……………….3 cr.

MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics ………………….3 cr.

Specialty Areas:

Computer Science Concentration ……………..36-37 cr.

CS 219 Programming Fundamental …………………3 cr.

CS 225 Programming Concepts ………………3 cr.

CS 319 Computer Architecture ………………3 cr.

CS 351 Computer Operating Systems ……………..3 cr.

CS 352 Data Structures …………………3 cr.

CS 373 Computer Network Security ……………….3 cr.

Elective (any CS course 300-400 level that is not required by this specialty area or core) …………6 cr.

Choose one of the following mathematics sequences:

Sequence One

MA 160 Precalculus for Majors ………………..5 cr.

MA 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Majors I ..5 cr.

MA 311 Linear Algebra …………..3 cr.

Sequence Two

MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics …………….3 cr.

MA 210 Calculus and Analytics Geometry I ………………3 cr.

MA 211 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II …………….3 cr.

MA 311 Linear Algebra …………..3 cr.

Data Management Concentration …………….. 27 cr.

AC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting …………… 3 cr.

CS 240 Web Programming I ………………. 3 cr.

CS 314 User Interface Design …………….. 3 cr.

IS 315 Computer Systems Analysis & Design I ……. 3 cr.

IS 362 Applied Database Management ……………….. 3 cr.

MG 371 Management and Organizational Behavior … 3 cr.

Select three courses from the following:

AC 202, CA 104, CS 322, MG 315, HR 422, IS 316, MK 351, MK 385, MK 453

Information Technology Concentration …………………….25-27 cr.

CS 319 Computer Architecture ………………3 cr.

CS 369 Operating System Administration ………………..3 cr.

CS 373 Computer Network Security ……………….3 cr.

Select two of the following sequences:

Sequence One

EN 204 Writing for Online Environments ………………..3 cr.

EN 306A Writing in the Disciplines: Scientific and Technical Writing …………………..3 cr.

EN 306B Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications…………………..3 cr.

Sequence Two

IS 310 Business Applications …………………3 cr.

IS 315 Computer System Analysis and Design I ……….3 cr.

IS 316 Computer System Analysis and Design II ………3 cr.

Sequence Three

CS 366 Computer Networking Laboratory ……………….1 cr.

CS 371 Internetworking ………………..3 cr.

IS 370 Information Security ………….3 cr.

Sequence Four

IS 141 Applied Computer Technology for Business …..3 cr.

MA 171 Finite Mathematics …………….3 cr.

MG 315 Advanced Business Statistics ………………..3 cr.

Sequence Five

CS 240 Web Programming I …………..3 cr.

CS 314 User Interface Design …………3 cr.

CS 330 Principles of Mobile Development ……………….3 cr.

Sequence Six

IS 362 Applied Database Management ……………3 cr.

GGP 350 GIS I ……….3 cr.

GGP 355 GIS II ………3 cr.

Sequence Seven

CJ 233 Introduction to Security ……………..3 cr.

CJ 333 Security Administration………3 cr.

MG 371 Management and Organizational Behavior …….3 cr.

Networking and Security Concentration ………………. 25 cr.

CS 319 Computer Architecture …….. 3 cr.

CS 366 Computer Networking Laboratory ……………… 1 cr.

CS 369 Operating System Administration ………………. 3 cr.

CS 371 Internetworking ………. 3 cr.

CS 372 Advanced Networking ………. 3 cr.

CS 373 Computer Network Security ……………… 3 cr.

CS 385 Modern Developments in Advanced Networking ………. 3 cr.

CS/IS Elective ……. 6 cr.

(any CS/IS course 300-400 level that is not required by this specialty area or core)

Software Development Concentration……………36 cr.

CS 219 Programming Fundamentals ……………….3 cr.

CS 225 Programming Concepts ………3 cr.

CS 240 Web Programming I …..3 cr.

CS 314 User Interface Design …………3 cr.

CS 322 Web Programming II …………3 cr.

CS 352 Data Structures …3 cr.

IS 315 Computer Systems Analysis & Design I ………..3 cr.

IS 316 Computer Systems Analysis & Design II ……….3 cr.

IS 370 Information Security ……………. 3 cr.

MA 135 College Algebra

– OR – ……… 3 cr.

any MA course >MA 135 (except MA 208)

MG 371 Management and Organizational Behavior …….3 cr.

CS Elective …….3 cr.

(any 3-credit CS course level 300 or above that is not required by this specialty area or core)

TOTAL ……… 46-58 cr.

CS 151, CS 208, CS 219, CS 365, IS 205, IS 361

Park’s Information and Computer Science programs will train you to use the latest computer technologies, programming languages, and methodologies. You’ll learn to communicate effectively, ethically and professionally with collaborative teams.

Careers

  • Web Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Applications Programmer
  • Information Technology Project Manager
  • Database Analyst
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Program Highlights

Real-world career prep

Park University’s ICS curriculum will prepare you for a number of computer science and information technology careers. You’ll study advanced math, programming and the practical applications of networks and other information systems.

To keep pace with the dynamic field, we update our programs on a regular basis. You’ll learn the latest programming languages and web-based technologies.


Cisco certification

If you choose the Networking and Security concentration, you’ll take Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) courses in preparation for the CCNA certification exam.


More for your money

Your Park University education is a smart investment, applauded by the the 2016 PayScale College ROI Report as being one of the top private colleges/universities in the country offering the best annual return on investment (ROI). Park’s computer science majors in particular ranked No. 2 on the list.

A number of leading publications agree. Our program is ranked No. 10 on the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science: Students Before Profits Award 2016” by NonprofitCollegesOnline.com and one of the 20 Computer Science Degrees: the Most Bang for the Buck, which calls us the “best long term return for investment.”


Internships

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems works with Park’s Career Development Center to help place undergraduate information and computer technology students in computer internship positions in Kansas City and beyond. The Department of CSIS actively encourages students to work in such internship positions and considers internships to be an integral part of the ICS curriculum.

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty has a breadth of experience professionally and academically. Our real-world experience will help you relate concepts found in books to applications found in industry. We promote a rigorous but positive atmosphere.


 

Dr. John Cigas

Professor of Computer Science
john.cigas@park.edu

Dr. John Dean

Associate Professor of Computer Science
john.dean@park.edu

Dr. Wen Hsin

Professor of Computer Science
wen.hsin@park.edu

Mark Long

Lecturer in Computer Science
mlong@park.edu

Dr. Bin (Crystal) Peng

Associate Professor of Computer Science
crystal.peng@park.edu

Dr. Guillermo Tonsmann

Associate Professor, Computer Science
tonsmann@park.edu

Dr. Yongzhi Wang

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
ywang@park.edu

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.