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Academic Programs - School of Business

Computer Information Systems
Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5101
Chairperson: James G. Looby
Brahan Hall, Room 206, (518) 629-7225

The School of Business, with the Department of Computing and Information Sciences, offers several different degree programs in Computer Information Systems (CIS) to accommodate students pursuing a two-year terminal degree, as well as those seeking to transfer to a four-year institution. All Computer Information Systems graduates possess a strong computer information system core. This common CIS core allows students to seamlessly transfer between the different degree programs as their goals become more defined. Core course work includes Programming and Logic, Analysis and Design of Information Systems, Project Management, Decision Support Systems and Database Management. Suffused throughout all CIS programs is a focus on people, processes, systems, security, collaboration and ethics.

The various Computer Information Systems program options allow the degree to further be tailored to achieve a specific desired outcome. These options include the following curricular tracks:

The Computer Information Systems Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program is offered to students whose primary goal is to gain employment in the information technologies, however is should be noted that the degree transfers well to Computer Information Systems and Information Technology Management four-year degree programs. The program provides student with a strong foundation in: (a) programming and logic, (b) information resource management, (c) systems analysis and design, (d) database management systems (DBMS) in Oracle and, (e) project management. Tailored specialization can be obtained by taking CIS elective courses that include: (a) highly relevant programming languages (e.g., Java, C/C++, COBOL, VB.Net, Perl, Java and Assembly Language), (b) system and network administration (e.g., Windows, Linux, computer and network security and the Cisco networking curriculum that includes the CCNA and CCNP),(c) Web programming using Java, Javascript and Ajax on the client-side and PHP, Perl, Java and MySQL on the server-side DBMS, (d) mobile computing, and (e) web design in accord with today’s accessible, W3C standards-compliant and user-centered design (UCD) principles.

The coursework in the program increases employment opportunities in computing environments of public and private businesses. Common job titles for students completing the Computer Information Systems A.A.S. degree include:

  • Software Engineer
  • Application Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • System and Network Administrator
  • Computer Technician
  • Help Desk Support

Minimum math for this program is MATH 130. MATH 155 is not acceptable for any CIS related program. Degree requirements can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, with courses available during the day, evening and online.

All CISS courses must have been taken within seven years in order to be applicable toward this degree program.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra and geometry or 2 years of equivalent academic math (80 or above in each course) Fall and Spring Computer courses recommended.
Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 GPA or higher.
Math entrance requirements may be waived if a student has successfully completed minimally MATH 130 with a grade of "C" or higher or by permission of department chair.
80 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $730

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

FORM 104 College Forum** (1)
CISS 100 Introduction to Computing and Information Sciences 4
CISS 110 Programming and Logic I *** 4
CISS 111 Programming and Logic II-Data Structures 4
CISS 210 Information Systems Analysis and Design 4
CISS 250 Database Management Systems 4
CMPT 115 Introduction to Business Analytics with Microsoft Excel 3
CMPT 120 Introduction to Database Concepts with Microsoft Access 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
  (1) Restricted English Elective 3
  (2) Economics Elective 3
  (3) Liberal Arts and Science Electives 6
  (4) Math Electives 6
  (5) Restricted CIS Electives 17
  Total Credits Required 64

* or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.
**Required of first-time, full-time students
*** A grade of "C" or better is required for program completion.

(1) ENGL 102, ENGL 104, ENGL 106, ENGL 108, ENGL 120, ENGL 125, ENGL 130, ESLS 102 or by permission of department chair.

(2) Recommend ECON 100 or ECON 101.

(3) By department chair permission.

(4) Recommend MATH 130 and MATH 131.

(5) CISS 115, CISS120, CISS 125, CISS 150, CISS 200, CISS220, CISS 230, CISS 233, CISS 241, CISS 251, CISS 280, CISS 290 or by permission of department chair.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY

FIRST TERM

FORM 104 College Forum** (1)
CISS 100 Introduction to Computing and Information Sciences 4
CISS 110 Programming and Logic I *** 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
  Economics Elective 3
  Math Elective 3

 

Term Total

17

SECOND TERM

CISS 111 Programming and Logic II-Data Structures 4
CMPT 115 Introduction to Business Analytics with Microsoft Excel 3
CMPT 120 Introduction to Database Concepts with Microsoft Access 3
  Restricted English Elective 3
  Math Elective 3

 

Term Total

16

THIRD TERM

  Liberal Arts and Science Elective 3
  Restricted CIS Electives 13

 

Term Total

16

FOURTH TERM

CISS 210 Information Systems Analysis and Design 4
CISS 250 Database Management Systems 4
  Liberal Arts and Science Elective 3
  Restricted CIS Elective 4

 

Term Total

15