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The Computer and Information Systems (CIS) department at Siena Heights University offers majors, minors and associate’s degrees in CIS. Our well-balanced and comprehensive curriculum enables students to assume responsible roles as systems analysts, software programmers, database administrators, network specialists, web developers and information systems managers.

After completing most or all other CIS courses, students must first choose a senior project and then have it approved by their professor. This senior project requires students to apply the information they have learned. Many seniors choose a project that has practical use beyond its academic requirements.

FAST FACT – The CIS Department is unique in its close relationship between faculty members and students. From the introductory courses through the capstone senior project, students are counseled and guided through the program individually. 

  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Internships

Learn more about the Computer & Information Systems program.

Our dedicated faculty who are practitioners in the field will prepare you for future challenges. All CIS classes are small in size, generally less than 20 students, and meet in a laboratory-style classroom where one-on-one discussion with the faculty is the norm. Your career prospects are strengthened by our on-the-job experiences and senior projects.

Siena’s CIS major allows students to acquire general knowledge required for a CIS generalist while providing flexibility for students to select a concentration in the following high job demand specialties: Information Systems, Networking, and Web Development. Additionally, each student concentration requires an internship experience and senior project.

Information Systems
This concentration builds upon the general CIS curriculum with courses such as Java Programming, Data Communications, and Management Information Systems to assist students toward careers such as:

  • System Developer
  • Software Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Data Base Administrator
  • Information Systems Manager

This concentration builds upon the general CIS curriculum with courses such as Network Operating Systems, Data Communications and Data & Network Assurance to assist students toward careers such as:

  • Network Manager
  • Network Specialist
  • Help Desk Administrator
  • Network Trouble Shooter

Web Development
This concentration builds upon the general CIS curriculum with courses such as Java Programming, Web Development, and a Special Topics course to assist students toward careers such as:

  • Web Developer
  • E-commerce
  • Content Managers

“I am so grateful to the faculty and the CIS program at Siena Heights University for preparing me to become a successful IT professional. I was offered a systems analyst position with a respectable firm even before my graduation. The education, training, advice and mentoring I have received while I was a student in Siena will stay with me for the rest of my life. Thank you, Siena!”

Benjamin Riggleman
CIS Graduate

Meet the Computer & Information Systems faculty members.

Ouellette, Daniel

Ouellette, Daniel

Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and Program Coordinator517-264-7709

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Computer & Information Systems.

Job opportunity for CIS majors continues to be strong. The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of statistics projects that employment in the information technology industry will grow at an annual rate doubles that of overall growth. Our placement rate is very close to 100 percent, and virtually all our graduates work in the IT field after graduation.

A partial list of the organizations where our recent graduates are employed follows:

  • Adrian Steel Corporation, Adrian, MI
  • ADP Corporation Ann Arbor, MI
  • Amcor Corporation, Manchester, MI
  • Brazeway Corporation, Adrian, MI
  • Chrysler Corporation, Detroit, MI
  • Human Element, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Huron River Area Credit Union, Ann Arbor, MI
  • JRME Enterprises, Inc, Detroit, MI
  • La-Z-Boy Corporation, Monroe, MI
  • Lenawee Intermediate School District, Adrian, MI
  • MEDSTAT Group, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Member Driven Technologies, Detroit, MI
  • OG Technologies, Inc Ann Arbor, MI
  • Pixel Velocity, Inc Ann Arbor, MI
  • TLC Credit Union, Adrian, MI
  • Visteon Corporation, River Rouge, MI
  • Visteon Corporation, Saline, MI
  • Wacker Silicones Corporation, Adrian, MI

“We are very proud of our graduates. Our success in placing almost 100 percent of our graduates in IT-related industries tells a lot about the preparation they are receiving from our program. I have no doubt that our dedicated faculty, comprehensive curriculum and the state-of-the art facilities are well-placed to help our students be successful professionals.”

Dr. Samuel Abraham
Professor of CIS
Chair, CIS program

Learn about internship opportunities in the Computer & Information Systems program.

Internships are an integral part of the CIS curriculum, which provide valuable hands on experience to our students. Many employers within the area are familiar with our students since we have maintained a good working relationship with them. Many Siena CIS students graduate with job offers directly resulting from their respective internship experiences.

Some of the employers who have provided internships to our students are as follows:

  • Adrian Steel Corporation, Adrian
  • Bixby Medical Center, Adrian
  • Brazeway Corporation, Adrian
  • Hamlin Parker Chemical Company
  • Lenawee Humane Society, Adrian
  • Lenawee Intermediate School District, Adrian
  • Medstat Inc., Ann Arbor
  • Masco Industries Inc., Adrian

Meet Joel Parrish, Class of 2010

Joel Parrish

Major: Computer and Information Systems

Current title/position: Technology Analyst for Goldman Sachs, New York City

What Joel is doing: He works in financial risk technology at Goldman Sachs. He has been part of a number of teams creating software to mitigate risk to the company and the global economy. 

Favorite moment/story while a student at SHU was:
 "Working on new emerging technology in the field of Natural User interfaces with a few other Siena students. The technology got featured in a newspaper that lead to us being invited to the first ever Interactive Display Conference with some of the biggest names in the field today. ... Don’t be afraid to adventure outside your field of study. The people and experiences you will come across will really change your life."

Additional Info


  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Division of Computing, Mathematics, and the Sciences


Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

Daniel Ouellette

Daniel Ouellette

Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and Program Coordinator


Thomas Bilan '92

Thomas Bilan '92

Computer Information Systems graduate; Director of Technical Services, Ilitch Holdings
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.