Secondary Admission

Admission to major standing in Computer Science (CS), Cybersecurity (CB), Information Systems (IS) or Information Technology (IT) is competitive and requires a secondary application. Transfer students must complete at least six hours of CIS coursework at GVSU before applying and should consult with a PCEC advisor before scheduling courses.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered. However, achievement of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the major.

  • overall GPA of 2.5 or above in all GVSU coursework
  • GPA of 2.5 or above in technical core (only one repeat per course allowed)
  • completion of each course in the technical core with a grade of “C” or above

 

Technical Core Courses: These core courses include programming, analytical reasoning, and communication skills.


Computer Science

  • CIS 162 Computer Science I
  • CIS 163 Computer Science II
  • MTH 225
  • STA 215 (or STA 312)
  • COM 201

Cybersecurity

  • CIS 162 Computer Science I
  • CIS 258 Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • MTH 225
  • STA 215 (or STA 312)
  • COM 201

Information Systems

  • *CIS 160 Learn to Code in Python
  • CIS 162 Computer Science I
  • *CIS 230 Hardware and Software
  • MTH 125
  • STA 215 (or STA 312)
  • COM 201

 

*New for the 2020-2021 catalog

Information Technology

  • CIS 160 Learn to Code in Python
  • CIS 162 Computer Science I
  • MTH 125 (or MTH 225)
  • STA 215 (or STA 312)
  • COM 201

Steps for Applying for Secondary Admission:

Step 1: Declare Major

Students need to complete the University Major Declaration web form via myBanner. Declare yourself as a Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Information Systems or Information Technology major. When the form is received by the School of Computing, you will be assigned an advisor from the PCEC Advising Center and be notified by email.

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Step 2: Meet with an Advisor

It is a great idea to schedule a meeting with a PCEC advisor, to schedule your initial coursework. You may schedule an appointment by calling (616) 331-6025 or visiting them online.

PCEC Advising


Step 3: Fill Out the Application

Login to the CIS Intranet to (*Note as of August 2021: login with your GVSU credentials) to complete the secondary admission application. Once you have completed ALL the technical core courses.

Secondary Admission Application 

**DO NOT APPLY UNLESS YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE ABOVE MENTIONED COURSES.**

Students are allowed to apply for secondary admission two times ONLY. So, please use them wisely and do not apply until you meet ALL the secondary admission requirements.


Step 4: Application Review

The School of Computing will review applications the first Friday of every month, and once final grades have been release at the end of every semester. You will be contacted via email once a decision has been made. 


Step 5:

You may schedule upper-level CIS coursework once admitted as a major. Consult with your assigned CIS faculty advisor, if necessary.

Please Note: Students will not be allowed to enroll in any upper-level CIS coursework (300 and 400 level classes), including CIS 290, until you have been admitted to the major. Please do not request overrides for these classes that require secondary admission standing, the override will be denied, and you will not be able to request another one, should the class close before you are able to register. 

 

In order to allow students to stay on track for graduation the registration system will allow declared students to register for a limited number of 300 level courses. Those courses are listed below by major.

For Computer Science Majors:

  • CIS 350 Introduction to Software Engineering
  • CIS 353 Database

For Cybersecurity Majors:

  • CIS 337 Network Systems Management
  • CIS 350 Introduction to Software Engineering
  • CIS 353 Database

For Information Systems Majors:

  • CIS 330 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CIS 333 Database Management and Implementation
  • CIS 337 Network Systems Management

For Information Technology Majors:

  • CIS 333 Database Management and Implementation
  • CIS 337 Network Systems Management


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