Computer Information Systems

School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Computing

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Computer Science Department

Jodi L. Tims, Chair
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Creating innovative strategies to address the data, software and systems needs of today's mobile and wired technology is at the core of BW's major in computer information systems.

It is a rigorous program of theoretical study and practical application that corresponds to systems analysis and design, project management and database design. It includes analyzing existing systems and optimizing performance.

You'll learn to apply creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to write computer programs, develop software solutions, and design and administer databases and networks.

Flexibility is a key part of the major. You can earn a bachelor's degree or follow a 3/2 format that enables you to earn both a bachelor's and an MBA degree in five years.

A required internship provides real-world experience into this rewarding career field. BW's proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to technology firms, corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Computer information systems offers a comprehensive foundation for addressing current technologies and adapting to new ones as they emerge.

CIS class  CIS class


  • Database administrator
  • LAN administrator
  • Network analyst
  • Project manager
  • Systems analyst
  • Programmer
  • Mobile solutions support
Careers on the Rise

Careers on the Rise

Job outlook for computer programmers, database administrators, and network and computer systems administrators is projected to increase by approximately 100,000 jobs from 2012-2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Combined BS/MBA

An optional five-year BS/MBA program combines a computer science major with a minor in business administration and an MBA degree. This program prepares graduates for positions in computer and information systems management that require a strong technical background, good communication skills and in-depth understanding of the business world.

Expand Your Studies

Students interested in the computer information systems major may also be interested in computer network security, computer science, software engineering and interactive design.


Offered as a major and a minor, computer information systems prepares you for immediate employment and graduate programs.

A related major to this program is computer & network security, which focuses on designing, implementing, troubleshooting, securing and administering computer networks.

An optional five-year BS/MBA program combines a computer science major with a minor in business administration and an MBA degree. This program prepares graduates for positions in computer and information systems management that require a strong technical background, good communication skills and in-depth understanding of the business world.

The common core of all the programs in BW's computer science department includes programming and problem solving, as well as exposure to the mathematics, computer architecture, paradigms and the theory that underlie the computing discipline.

A required capstone experience, generally an internship, is typically done after the junior year. Students also must complete a senior research project.


Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's computer science program.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:


BW's proximity to Cleveland puts you within a 20-minute drive to outstanding opportunities. A high demand for computer science skills often enables students to secure internships early in their academic careers, sometimes as soon as the summer following freshman year. Most students have multiple internships prior to graduation.


Independent study offers students enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom for individualized and advanced study. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member.


In addition to curriculum-based research opportunities, students can get involved with an ongoing research group, Computing Research at BW.


Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster skills in leadership and teamwork. Opportunities include:

ACM Student Chapter
This computer club sponsors the annual Baldwin Wallace University High School Programming Competition each April, hosts speakers and organizes several social events, including a LAN party and more.

This organization is comprised of students interested in network issues. They meet regularly with a faculty member to discuss topics of interest and work on special projects related to computer networks. They compete in an off-campus security competition during spring term.

Programming Team
Student teams compete in several intercollegiate programming contests each year.

Cyber Defense Team
Members of this group compete in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Computer information systems students are regularly recognized for their achievements. The UPE National Computer Science Honorary is a national organization for juniors and seniors who have excelled in their computer studies.

At the annual Honors Ceremony in the spring, recognitions include:

  • The Anthony and Patricia Lauria Scholarship in Computer Science and Information Systems (in honor of Dr. Anthony Lauria, a professor of mathematics and computer science 1984-2002, and Patricia Kirby Lauria '91).
  • The Charles and Elsie Little Scholarship (honoring the parents of Dr. Richard Little, professor of mathematics 1975-2013).
  • The Lubrizol Computing Award (funded by the Lubrizol Foundation).
  • Outstanding Computing Student Award (in honor of Kenneth Weiss, Jr. who taught at BW 1972-2010).
  • Outstanding Senior Awards, which recognize a student in each of the computing majors.
  • The Sullivan/Schmidt Prize for Computing (in honor of Chris Sullivan, who was an administrator/adjunct faculty member, and his grandparents).
  • The Robert Schlea Mathematics Scholarship (in honor of Robert Schlea who taught at BW 1957-1991).


The opportunity to experience another culture and gain an international perspective is invaluable to your professional development and will add to your career options. Benefits include:
  • Understanding computing issues from an international perspective
  • Expanding cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills
  • Preparing for an increasingly diverse and international workplace
  • Broadening academic horizons
  • Improving language skills (although most classes are taught in English)
  • Experiencing a different culture
  • Building an international network of contacts


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.


Full-Time Faculty

Jodi L. Tims
Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science Department
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Kenneth Atchinson
Associate Professor
M.S., Kent State University

Brian Krupp
Assistant Professor
D.Eng., Cleveland State University

Randy Molmen
Associate Professor
M.S., University of North Dakota

Susan D. Penko
M.A., University of Michigan

Vinitha Subburaj
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Andrew Watkins
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Kent, UK

Adjunct Faculty

Lynda Carter
M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace University

Nik Molley
M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace University

Frank E. Shoemaker
M.C.I.S., Cleveland State University

Susan M. Skowronski
M.S., University of Akron

Michele Snell
M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace University