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Academic Programs

Computer Information Systems
Associate in 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 Science (A.S) is a flexible degree designed for students who wish to transfer to Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Information Technology or Informatics (e.g., Bio-Informatics, Medical Informations, etc.) programs at a four-year institution upon completion of their associate degree. Complementing the Computer Information Systems A.S. degree are many articulation agreements with four-year institutions that guarantee transfer to the collaborating college or university if the articulation specifications are satisfied. Local institutions include RPI, the University at Albany, SUNY IT, The College of Saint Rose and The Sage Colleges.

This program is particularly relevant for students seeking careers in computer and information security and game design as these disciplines require a four-year degree. Students interested in computer and information security are urged to investigate four-year security programs at RIT, SUNY IT and the University at Albany’s Information Technology Management program, which houses the Center for Information Forensics and Assurance (CIFA). Students interested in the highly competitive game design field are urged to investigate four-year game design programs at RIT and RPI.

Common job titles for students completing Computer Information Systems 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 150. 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 requirement may be waived if a student has successfully completed minimally MATH 150 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 $705.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

FORM 104 College Forum** (1)
CISS 100 Introduction to Computing and Information Sciences 4
CISS 110 Programming & Logic I *** 4
CISS 111 Programming & Logic II-Data Structures 4
CISS 210 Information Systems Analysis and Design 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
  (1) Restricted CIS Electives 6
  (2) Restricted English Elective 3
  (3) History Elective 3
  (4) Social Science Elective 3
  (5) Math Electives 8
  (6) LAS/Gen Ed Electives 6
  (7) Restricted Electives 9
  Humanities Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective 4
  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) CISS 115, CISS 120, CISS 125, CISS 150, CISS 200, CISS 220, CISS 233, CISS 241, CISS 280, CISS 290, MATH 183 or by permission of department chair to meet desired student outcome.

(2) ENGL 102, ENGL 104, ENGL 106, ESLS 102 or by permission of department chair.

(3) Courses must be designated as "SUNY General Education" AH, WH or OC course.

(4) Recommend economics (ECON 100 or ECON 101) or "SUNY General Education Social Science" by permission of department chair.

(5) Minimally MATH 150 (except MATH 155); recommend BADM 220.

(6) Courses must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Foreign Language or Arts" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Science Humanities" course.

(7) CISS 120, CISS 125, CISS 150, CISS 200, CISS 220, CISS 233, CISS 241, CISS 280, CISS 290 or by permission of department chair to meet desired student outcome.

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 & Logic I 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
  Math Elective 4
  Term Total 15
Second Term
CISS 111 Programming & Logic II-Data Structures 4
  History Elective 3
  Math Elective 4
  Natural Science Elective 4
  Restricted English Elective 3
  Term Total 18
Third Term
  LAS/Gen Ed Elective 3
  Restricted Electives 6
  Restricted CIS Elective 3
  Social Science Elective 3
  Term Total 15
Fourth Term
CISS 210 Information Systems Analysis and Design 4
  Humanities Elective 3
  LAS/Gen Ed Electives 3
  Restricted Elective 3
  Restricted CIS Elective 3
  Term Total 16