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Computer Information Systems

This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.



Studying Computer Information Systems (CIS) at UFV can open the doors for you to land a well-paying job in almost any industry, from government to business. UFV's dynamic CIS program not only teaches you key practical and technical skills, but also provides you with the business and communication skills you need to take your career further and give you a competitive edge in the job market.

After graduation, you may work in fields such as software development, systems analysis and design, user interface design, end-user support, web and database design, programming and more. With experience, you can rise to become a project lead, manager, or IT consultant.

The Computer Information Systems diploma and degree programs feature a diverse course list to suit your educational and career goals. You learn about topics such as database administration, web design, network security, information systems management, and programming, which can allow you to take your career in a number of different directions.


Co-operative education is an option within the Computer Information Systems diploma and the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems.

Combining academic studies with paid work terms related to your major and is a valuable addition to your program of study and an effective form of professional preparation.


Program structure and requirements

Watch a recorded planning session or read the guide below.


Computer Information Systems diploma

  • 18 courses total
  • A mix of applied and theoretical courses in CIS and COMP (Computer Science)
  • You will be learning the fundamentals of:
    • Programming
    • Web Design
    • Hardware, Networking, and Security
    • End-User/Customer Support
  • CMNS 125 (Communications) or ENGL 105 (English) & CMNS 251
  • MATH 125 (Discrete Math)
  • Electives (to be chosen from other disciplines)

Bachelor of Computer Information Systems

  • 38 courses total
  • Years 1 & 2 are the same as CIS diploma
  • STAT 106 (Statistics)
  • You can choose optional concentration in upper-level CIS/COMP courses in:
    • Software Development
    • Information Systems Security
    • Systems & Networking
  • Lower and Upper-Level Electives (to be chosen from other disciplines)


Where can I find a list of courses for the program?

You can access a list of all approved and required courses for your program in two ways:


First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.



How many courses you take each semester is up to you, but here is what we recommend for first-year students:


3-5 courses per semester


9-15 hours per week in class
if you take 3 classes


And at least
9-15 hours per week
for homework


Computer Information Systems courses can be a heavy course load. If you are working, you want to make sure to keep a good balance between work and school:

  • Working 10hrs/week > 12 credits max. recommended
  • Working 20hrs/week > 9 credits max. recommended


Suggested course plan

Here is an example of what a 2-year and 4-year degree plan might look like.

To see how the courses ladder from one to another check the Computer Information Systems flowchart‌.



Next steps

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.


Still have questions?

Book an appointment with an academic advisor or email your questions to

If you are starting in the fall, book your next appointment prior to the winter registration (October).

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