published on October 20, 2016 - 11:35 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
A new degree at Fresno Pacific University will respond to the Valley’s demand for educated information systems professionals.


The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems begins in January 2017. Classes will be held at Bitwise Industries’ downtown hub. The classes at Bitwise will give students the ability to connect with entrepreneurs and innovators while they learn. Groups of students, known as cohorts, will proceed through the program together for mutual learning and support.

The degree is also part of the bachelor’s degree completion program, so working adults with some college units can earn a four-year degree while balancing work and family responsibilities.

Classes meet one evening per week, and the 15 courses, equal to 39 units, required for the major are designed to be completed in three consecutive semesters, or 18 months.

The curriculum comes from conversations with industry leaders and focuses on communication skills and practical applications.

“Professionals must know how to develop information technology solutions, how to work with other people, how to communicate their ideas and how to communicate with a customer,” Simon Sultana, interim program director, said in a statement.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, technology is a fast-growing employment area and demand in the Central Valley is projected to grow as much as 40 percent.

“With this degree, graduates can begin employment in computer systems analysis, information and systems management, web development, and database administration,” Sultana said. “In addition, leadership and ethical development is central to all FPU programs, so people are prepared for careers.”

To start the program, candidates need at least 60 transferable units from a community college, four-year college or university with a grade-point average of at least 2.4 on a four-point scale and two years or work or other experience after high school. For more information, contact Stephen Woods at or (209) 354-5814.

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