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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 Notes High School Average
Math I & II or 2 years of equivalent academic math (80 or above in each course) 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 College Algebra with Trigonometry with a grade of "C" or higher or by permission of department chair. 80+

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 110 Programming & Logic I **** 4
CISS 111 Programming & Logic II-Data Structures 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II*** 3
______ (1) Computer Information Systems Electives 10
______ History Elective 3
______ (2) Liberal Arts & Science Electives 15
______ (3) Math/Science Electives 8
______ (4) Restricted Electives 15
  Total Credits Required 65

*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.
**Required of first time, full-time students.
*** One of ENGL 102, ENGL 104, ENGL 106 or ESLS 102 by permission of department chair.
**** A grade of "C" or better is required for program completion.

(1) CISS 100, CISS 101, CISS 210, or CISS electives by permission of department to meet desired student outcome. Note: May include MATH 183.

(2) By permission of department chair recommend ECON 100 and ECON 101.

(3) If math, minimally MATH 150 (except MATH 155)

(4) By permission of department chair.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
First Term    
FORM 104 College Forum (1)
CISS 110 Programming and Logic I 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
______ Computer Information Systems Elective 4
______ Liberal Arts and Science Elective 3
______ Math/Science Elective 4
  Term Total 18
Second Term    
CISS 111 Programming and Logic II - Data Structures 4
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
______ Computer Information Systems Elective 3
______ Liberal Arts and Science Elective 3
______ Math/Science Elective 4
  Term Total 17
Third Term    
______ Computer Information Systems Elective 3
______ History Elective 3
______ Liberal Arts and Science Elective 6
______ Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 15
Fourth Term    
______ Liberal Arts and Science Elective 3
______ Restricted Electives 12
  Term Total 15