Computing and Information Systems

Over the past few decades, information systems and e-business have transformed the business landscape around the world. The Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Computing and Information Systems was designed in response to industry calls for business-savvy professionals who possess both theoretical and practical understanding of all five information systems components: hardware, software, data, processes, and users.


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Departments - Finance, Info Systems & Management Science


Why study Computing and Information Systems at Saint Mary’s?

A major in Computing and Information Systems at the Sobey School of Business provides you with an in-depth understanding of applications of computer technology to the ever-changing world of business. The major will build your knowledge in key business functions, with emphasis on preparing you to organize, manage, enhance, and exploit computerized information resources and electronic data networks. You’ll gain necessary skills for employment in this growing field.


Hands on learning

Computing and Information Systems students work at the University’s Centre for Academic Technology (CAT) and Information Technology Service and Support. Co-op placements have included positions with prominent local employers, including Bell Aliant, Export Development Canada, Templeton Properties and Sampling Technologies Inc. Students have held entry-level positions as team leaders, marketing managers, analysts and junior developers.

Sample courses offered:

  • Introduction to Computer Applications
  • Business Applications Programming
  • Computer Organization
  • Database Programming
  • Web Information Systems
  • Managing Information Technology
  • System Analysis and Design

Future career opportunities:

  • Systems analyst
  • IT project manager
  • IT manager
  • Network administrator Webmaster
  • Web security manager
  • IT strategist

What our students are saying:

“The information systems world is dynamic and whether it is enterprise networking or web development, the co-op program helps you stay in touch with the latest technologies. It has given me the experience that I know will put my resumé on top of the pile.”

Andrew Darrow, fourth-year Computing and Information Systems


Browse our Computing and Information Systems course descriptions in the Saint Mary's Undergraduate Calendar. (page 115)


Requirements for Major

In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 is required in ACCT 3323 and all Computing and Information Systems courses taken at the 2000 level or above (as indicated below by *).

Year 3

  • ACCT 3323 Management Information Systems*
  • CISY 3326 Database Programming*
  • FINA 2360 Business Finance I
  • FINA 3361 Business Finance II
  • MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
  • Three (3) credit hours in Computing and Information Systems electives.
  • Three (3) credit hours in Commerce electives at 3000-level and above.
  • Six (6) credit hours in non-Commerce electives.
  • Three (3) credit hours in free electives

Year 4

  • CISY 4425 Systems Analysis and Design*
  • CISY 4435 Information Systems Projects and Practice*
  • CISY 4436 Communication, Networks and Security*
  • MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
  • Six (6) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
  • Twelve (12) credit hours in free electives

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