Department of Computer Science and Information Systems

Programs within CSIS

The Computer Science and Information Systems department at Youngstown State University offers majors in

            1.         Computer Science (BS),

            2.         Computer Information Systems (BSAS/AAS), and

            3.         Information Technology( BSAS/AAS).

One major professional organization, The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has descriptions of each of these fields. Links to the ACM descriptions follow along with a brief summary:

Computer Science: prepares students to understand the range from theory through programming to cutting-edge development of computing solutions and adapt to new technologies and new ideas. Computer Science addresses particular challenges in areas such as robotics, computer vision, or digital forensics. Most Computer Science programs require some mathematical background.


 Computer Information Systems: prepares students to understand both technical and organizational factors so that they can serve as a bridge between the technical and management communities within an organization. Often Information Systems graduates have more applied programming than Information Technology graduates.

Information Technology: prepares students to understand and meet the computer technology needs of business, government, healthcare, schools, and other organizations. IT requires a solid foundation in applied computing applications as well as management and people skills.