What are recent graduates doing now?
Daniel Larkin is an IT business analyst for 3M IT eBusiness. He recently moved into the position from being an IT auditor. He is the project lead for the “Where to Buy” project, aimed at enhancing the where-to-buy (WTB) experience on 3M.com. Larkin also is responsible for the over 350 corporate WTB and product selectors on 3M.com globally. He says, “being a business analyst is something that I have wanted to do since I left UST, and it was the systems analyst classes that made me want to pursue this career path. Being an IT auditor paved the way for me to transition into it. What drove me into it was being able to work directly with the business and see the benefits at that level. Also, in this position, I get the opportunity to work in both business and IT, which will prepare me for roles in both areas in the future.
Cody Fleischfresser works Target Corporation in marketing. Cody writes, “I chose my career path because I think that there is ample opportunity for people who have creative and quantitative minds (something that that CIS does an excellent job at developing) to have tremendous influence in driving the next big thing. In essence, we are learning to understand relationships between groups—in this case retailers and their customers—at the most fundamental and important levels. Not only will this drive significant changes in how marketing occurs in the future, but it can help influence and improve other relationships in education, governance, social services, health care, natural resource management, journalism and even theology. With technology and quantitative sciences I hope will we be able to become better listeners who can better search for truth.”
Lekueyen Lee works full time at General Mills as a programmer analyst. He uses Microsoft technology - Visual Studio, ASP.NET, ASP, VBScript, VB and SQL Server. Lee says “I always loved studying technology when I was younger, and now I love working in the field and seeing how it can improve our lives.”
What opportunities are there to bolster my resume while I'm in the program?
Internships. Almost all of our majors complete an internship before graduation. CISC students have interned at Cargill, Lockheed Martin, Express Scripts, Wells Fargo and US Bank, as well as at insurance companies, advertising firms, web development companies and software development companies of all sizes.
Study abroad. We’ve had students study in Rome, England, Australia and many other countries. They often find courses that will fill their general education requirements or major electives.
Faculty at work
Faculty members are involved in research projects with themes of database integration, search algorithms, computer security and computer ethics. Others are doing projects in robotics. Statisticians are working on studies in human performance with colleagues in physical education. Many of these projects involved student researchers.
What jobs are possible with a Computer & Information Sciences major?
- Web Developer
- Systems Analyst
- Network Administrator
- Database Manager
- Operations Manager
- Security Specialist
- Software Engineer