Welcome to the Florida A&M University Computer and Information Sciences
(CIS) Department. CIS has an illustrious tradition of success dating
from 1967. Our success has been due to the collective vision, labor
and caring of dedicated University administration, faculty, staff
and students. We currently have over 650 majors and a faculty of 16,
both growing. Between 60 and 70 students graduate each year with bachelor's
degrees. This survival guide contains valuable information
intended to help students successfully complete our CIS major.
We offer two challenging undergraduate majors. The Computer Information
Systems major (Business option) prepares students
for careers that apply information technology as a strategic component
of running a business. Our ABET-accredited Computer Information Science
major (Science option), in which business courses are replaced with
courses in mathematics and physics, prepares students for careers
that explore and discover new technologies. Either major prepares
students for graduate study. The rewards of completing these challenging
programs include employment by major corporations into growth careers
and at impressive starting salaries, and acceptance into prestigious
graduate programs. We also offer a Master of Software Engineering
Science degree for students with an academic background in computing.
We have a dynamic, experienced and accomplished faculty, not to mention
a dedicated support staff for your administrative and computing needs.
Faculty members have over 125 years combined teaching experience and
60 years industry experience. All faculty members teach; most also
do research and publish scholarly papers. Faculty members involve
undergraduate and graduate students in research projects. Take the
time to visit homepages of individual faculty members, and see samples
of student research.
Our department is on the move! Our vision is to be the BEST
department at FAMU. Being the best means striving to be better today
than yesterday, setting higher standards and working harder to meet
them. It involves expanding expectations, and taking appropriate actions
to meet our goals. Our odyssey to be the best is steered by a dedication
to live out and demonstrate four core corporate values:
- Respect - treating all stake holders with the
same respect we expect to receive.
- Vision - service of the highest caliber for
all stake holders, i.e., expecting the best.
- Achievement - putting action behind the vision
to produce tangible results.
- Teamwork - sharing the risks, responsibilities
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want to encourage you to
participate in this department. Although your first concern is your
own academic success, you have a role to play in moving the department
a head. You are expected to be a good citizen and exhibit the highest
standards of academic and professional integrity. Many opportunities
will arise for you to represent this department and the university:
do so with distinction. You will find that other students can benefit
from your knowledge, skills and leadership. Look for ways to serve
others in the department.
It is my wish that you will come to treasure your time in the CIS
Department as a time of personal growth and contribution.
Dr. Edward L. Jones, Chairman