Computer Information Systems vs Computer Science

Computer Science is the study based on the technical and theoretical programming languages and Computer Information Systems is the study based on how to apply technology to business.

Posted by Amrutha G.M on 14th March 2018

"What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we can have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a cycle of our mind."

What is Computer Information Systems?

Computer Information Systems (CIS) emphases on the implementation of computers in a business field with an importance on the analysis and design of business information systems.

It is more business along entrepreneurship concerned with programs.

Computer Information Systems are the mainstay of commercial companies.

Core subjects studied in computer information science are listed below

  • Introduction to SQL

  • Implement & Maintain MS SQL

  • UNIX/Linux Server Admin

  • Database Design and Development

  • Oracle Database Administration  

What can you do with a degree in Computer Information Systems?

Computer information systems is a fast developing field and are expected to see large growth in employment openings. The major profession list is as follows:

  • IT Consultant - These professionals work to advance the structure and efficiency of IT systems in several organizations.

  • Cloud Architect - A cloud architect is an IT professional who is in-charge for monitoring a company's cloud computing.

  • Computer Forensic Analysts - These professionals will combine their computer science related to the forensic skills to increase the information from computers and storage devices.

  • Health IT Specialist - They confirm that the information sustains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, security in both paper files and electronic systems.

  • Application Developer - Application Developer is the one who creates, tests and programs applications software for computers.

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is related to the learning of testing, coding and engineering platforms for the design and practice of computers.

It provides information about computer operating systems, coding, computer networking, database design, computer architecture, and programming languages.

Programming and algorithms are important topics in computer science major.

Computer Science Engineers design and develop software’s, from systems infrastructure. 

Computer science is very practical and leads to the enhancement of modern technologies and products.

Core Subjects related to computer science:

  • Introduction to Programming

  • C Programming: Platform

  • Object-oriented Programming

  • Computer Science II

  • Computer Architecture/Assembly Language Programming.

What can you do with a degree in Computer Science? 

Computer science is a growing field with high expectation to see growth in employment openings. In Computer Science, programming languages are the hidden tool used to produce a technology which meets business requirements. Applications that meet customer expectations result in successful businesses.

The major profession list is as follows:

  • Software Developers - This profession is based on designing, installation, testing and preservation of software

  • Database Administrator - This Profession is in charge of the integrity, performance as well as the safety of a database.

  • Computer Hardware Engineers - This profession is in-charge for the hardware design of a computer.

  • Computer System Analyst -This profession carries business plus information technology together by accepting the needs with boundaries.

  • Computer Network Architecture - Computer network architects design and construct data communication networks, containing local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. 

Difference between CS and CIS?

Computer science (CS) focuses mainly on the theory and mathematical foundations which function as programming languages and Computer information systems (CIS) focuses mainly on solving practical problems or improving processes with computing technology.  


Students who like programming and learning can opt for Computer Science.

Students who like marketing and learning about business can opt for Computer Information Systems.