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Computing and New Media Technologies


Tomi Heimonen, Chair
Room B-235, Science Building
Phone: 715-346-4145
Email: cnmt@uwsp.edu
Web: www.uwsp.edu/cnmt

This department is in School of Mathematics, Computing, Physics, and Astronomy  within the COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE .


Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff: J Chavez, D Gibbs, H Dhalla, R Dollinger, W He, T Heimonen, C. Johnson, K Kaster, T Krause, E Simkins, S Suehring, M Tripp, A Thompson, S Zuge.

Abbreviations:
APC = Applied Computing
CIS = Computer Information Systems
CNMT = Computing and New Media Technologies
DS = Data Science
CYB = Cybersecurity
ITM = Information Technology Management
WD = Web Development

Definitions:

Computer Information Systems (CIS) involves the design and maintenance of information systems that enable organizations to gather, process, store, and use information for planning, control, and operations. Emphasis is placed on the analysis, configuration, and programming, security, and database aspects of the design and implementation of a computerized business information system. The program and courses in computer information systems are administered by the Department of Computing and New Media Technologies.

Web Development (WD) takes a multidisciplinary approach to preparing graduates for roles in which they collaboratively study, design, and develop interactive products and services through a user-centered design process. Through user research, interaction design and prototyping, programming and evaluation, WD graduates have a direct impact on the usability and user experience of new software programs, websites, and devices. WD is unique in placing people, their needs, expectations, and use of technology at the center of its educational focus. This is important as information technology becomes more ingrained in everything people do so that we develop technology that is viable, usable, and pleasurable. The program and courses in Web Development are administered by the Department of Computing and New Media Technologies.

Academic Standards for Computer Information Systems Major

  1. Computer Information Systems and Math courses taken pass/fail do not count for the major.
  2. You may petition the department chair to accept coursework done at other institutions, but no more than one-half the Computer Information Systems credits applied to your major may be earned outside UW-Stevens Point. The department chair may allow exceptions.
  3. To maintain admitted status, you must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in all courses taken at UW-Stevens Point that count for the Computer Information Systems major.
  4. If you are not admitted to the Computer Information Systems major, the only Computer Information Systems courses for which you will be allowed to register are those required to complete the Computer Information Systems minor.
  5. Admission to Computer Information Systems classes may be limited in any semester and may be determined in part by your Computer Information Systems GPA.

Academic Standards for Web Development Major

  1. Computer Information Systems, Web Development, and Math courses taken pass/fail do not count for the major.
  2. You may petition the department chair to accept coursework done at other institutions, but no more than one-half the Web Development credits applied to your major may be earned outside UW-Stevens Point. The department chair may allow exceptions.
  3. To maintain admitted status, you must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in all courses taken at UW-Stevens Point that count for the Web Development major.
  4. If you are not admitted to the Web Development major, the only Web Development courses for which you will be allowed to register are those required to complete the Web Development minor.

Academic Standards for Computer Information Systems Minor

  1. Computer Information Systems and Math courses taken pass/fail do not count for the minor.
  2. You must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in all courses taken at UW-Stevens Point that count for the Computer Information Systems minor.

Academic Standards for Web Development Minor

  1. Computer Information Systems, Web Development, and Math courses taken pass/fail do not count for the minor.
  2. You must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in all courses taken at UW-Stevens Point that count for the Web Development minor.

Academic Standards for Information Security Certificate

  1. This program is open to all majors except the following:
    1. Computer Information Systems: Cybersecurity Option, BS  
    2. Computer Information Systems: Security Studies Option, BA  

Test-Out and Credit-by-Exam Policy for Computer Information Systems

You may receive credit by exam for Advanced Placement Computer Science exams as follows:

  • AP Computer Science Principles exam with a score of 3 or higher: CNMT 101  (3 credits)
  • AP Computer Science A exam with a score of 3 or higher: CNMT 110  (4 credits). In addition, you will receive retroactive credit for CNMT 101 .  

Test-Out Policy

If you have appropriate programming experience but did not take an Advanced Placement exam, you may petition the department chairperson for permission to test out of CNMT 101  or CNMT 110 . The request must be submitted no later than the first day of the fall or spring term during which you are enrolled to take the course you wish to test out of.   

The test out exam will be written by the department chairperson and faculty member(s) who have most recently taught the course. The exam will contain questions pertaining to both programming and computing concepts and programming problems, as relevant to the learning objectives of the course. To pass, you must earn at least 70% of the available points in the exam.  

Any course(s) that you successfully test out of will award credit for the corresponding course.


Graduate Programs

Tomi Heimonen, Chair
Room B-235, Science Building
Phone: 715-346-4145
Email: cnmt@uwsp.edu
Web: www.uwsp.edu/cnmt


Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Tomi Heimonen
Room B235, Science Building
Phone: 715-346-4145
Email: theimone@uwsp.edu
Web: https://uwex.wisconsin.edu/cybersecurity/

The M.S. in Cybersecurity represents a fully online, asynchronous curriculum comprised of 34 credits to include seven core courses, 3 concentration or track courses, a Capstone preparation course, and a project-based Capstone course. UW Extended Campus, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior offer the program jointly. You will be able to complete more than one program track.

As a graduate of the program, you will gain the core competencies required to serve in a variety of cybersecurity roles within diverse organizations. The required capstone course, which represents the culminating experience in the program, will provide you with the opportunity to apply skills acquired from coursework through a project-based experience in your track/concentration area.

Student learning outcomes

  • Analyze and resolve security issues in networks and computer systems to secure an IT infrastructure.
  • Design, develop, test, and evaluate secure software.
  • Develop policies and procedures to manage enterprise security risks.
  • Evaluate and communicate the human role in security systems with an emphasis on ethics, social engineering, vulnerabilities, and training.
  • Interpret and forensically investigate security incidents.

Master of Science in Data Science

Robert Dollinger
Room B246, Science Building
Phone: 715-346-2120
Email: rdolling@uwsp.edu
Web: http://datasciencedegree.wisconsin.edu

The online M.S. in Data Science  degree program will focus primarily on adult and nontraditional students who hold an undergraduate degree and have the desire to continue their education toward a graduate degree, primarily to expand knowledge and specialized skills in this area and for career advancement. The multidisciplinary curriculum has been designed to prepare data science professionals to solve real-world problems as part of an interdisciplinary team using structured and unstructured data. A listing of student learning outcomes is provided below.

The M.S. in Data Science is a fully online 36-credit (12 three-credit courses to include a capstone course) graduate program offered jointly by UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-LaCrosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior. The program follows a home-campus model. Apply to one of the six partner institutions. Upon admittance, that institution will become your administrative home for the degree through graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and assess the needs of an organization for a data science task.
  • Collect and manage data to devise solutions to data science tasks.
  • Select, apply, and evaluate models to devise solutions to data science tasks.
  • Interpret data science analysis outcomes.
  • Effectively communicate data science related information in various formats to appropriate audiences.
  • Value and safeguard the ethical use of data in all aspects of the profession.
  • Transform findings from data resources into actionable business strategies.

Master of Science in Information Technology Management

Tim Krause
Room B243, Science Building
Phone: 715-346-2120
Email: tkrause@uwsp.edu
Web: https://uwex.wisconsin.edu/itmanagement/

Students in the Information Technology Program have diverse backgrounds-from business analysts and project managers, to developers and systems engineers- they all share a common interest: IT leadership. Students of the online UW IT Management Master’s degree program are motivated to advance their careers, impact the future of technology for their organizations, and become effective leaders.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • Completed coursework with a “C” or better-or demonstrated sufficient knowledge- in programming (object oriented, modern language), database, and computer networking. Program academic directors have the option to waive a prerequisite based, in part, on student work experience and background. Technical certifications such as Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, AWS, Cisco, or professional experience may be used in lieu of formal coursework to demonstrate proficiency at the discretion of the academic adviser at the student’s home campus. 

In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following application materials:

  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic)
  • Up to 1,000 word statement of personal intent describing your decision to pursue the degree and what you believe you will bring to the information technology management field. 

The degree and coursework admission requirements also apply to the following graduate certificates:

  • IT Leadership
  • Enterprise Infrastructure
  • IT Operations

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