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Computer Systems Technology

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The Computer Systems Technology sequence focuses on developing individuals with the knowledge, communication skills, and management ability to interface with computer industry professionals in a variety of industrial and business settings.

Why Study Computer Systems Technology?

The Computer Systems Technology program of study is an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides a background in iterative project management, computer technology, software development, information management, and other industry-related technologies. The goal of the sequence, using IT technical certifications (like Microsoft and Cisco), is to prepare professionals for the management technical computer systems and their development. Coursework emphasizes diverse technical and professional backgrounds in network configuration and security, operating system administration, and project management leadership.

Related Majors

Related Skills

The computer systems students understand electronics to the level of interacting with electronic engineers and technical support. They understand programming structures and syntax to the level of modifying existing source code; and network systems to the level of LAN/WAN migration and expansion. But most important they understand iterative project management methodologies to integrate all of these cross-functional areas.

Being Successful in the Field

  • Possess a foundation of technical skills needed to begin a career in the area of information systems
  • Understand intricate hardware, software, and organizational environments in which software developers work
  • Use critical-thinking skills and invoke a variety of general problem-solving strategies and techniques
  • Apply systems theory concepts and methods to the solution of problems
  • Effectively manage work group interactions
  • Communicate effectively
  • Develop application systems by employing appropriate methodologies, techniques, tools, and languages
  • Understand current trends in technology and learn to adapt to a changing computing environment
  • Continuous professional development and growth

Related Fields

Professions in Commercial and Government Agencies

  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Electrical and Electronics Field Engineers
  • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  • Computer Security Specialists
  • Computer Hardware Engineers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Database Administrators
  • Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  • Network Systems Manager
  • LAN Administrator
  • Telecommunications Manager
  • Software support/training specialist
  • Technical support/sales
  • Web Developer
  • Computer Forensics Analysts
  • Team Leaders
  • Iterative Project Managers

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Joe Cleary  Turner Hall 120A  (309) 438-2609 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

2.33 - 3.19

Required Courses


Recommended Courses

  • Physics (PHY 105)
  • Chemistry (CHE 110/112 or CHE 102)
  • Finite Math (MAT 120)
  • Statistics (MQM 100 or ECO 138)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110)

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Cathy McKay  Turner Hall 215  (309) 438-2665 

Middle 50% GPA

2.33 - 3.19

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

Applications always available.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Cathy McKay  Turner Hall 215  (309) 438-2665 
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