Computer Information Systems

This curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for employment opportunities in computer systems and data processing. Positions as programmers and technicians are available in various sectors of business, particularly insurance, banking, public utilities, retailing, and manufacturing firms. Schools, colleges, and government agencies also employ such individuals. Students entering this curriculum should have successfully completed elementary algebra or Sequential Math Course I.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Upon successful completion of the CIS program, graduates should be able to:

• Develop a creative and structured approach to solving a business problem by configuring alternate IT approaches.

• Write, test and debug a program that utilizes basic programming fundamentals such as variable declaration, iteration, conditionals, array manipulation, basic computational constructs and relational database connectivity.

• Solve a business problem or capitalize on a business opportunity utilizing the appropriate commercially available software and hardware solutions.

• Submit an analysis of a business problem/opportunity and design an IT system using industry standard techniques to satisfy the problem/opportunity.

• Identify and differentiate the basic components of computer system hardware, system software and data communication technologies from a data perspective.

• Identify the major knowledge paths in the field of information technology and acquire the necessary technical and communication skills required for future career growth.

• Identify the legal issues and moral issues facing society as a result of the IT field and contrast the various viewpoints on each issue.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
CIS 111 Computer Systems and Applications 3
CIS 112 Computer Programming I 4
Math (b)   3
TOTAL   16

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 102 Composition II 3
CIS 114 OR Computer Programming in C  
CIS 117 Data Communications Concepts 3
CIS 123 Computer Programming II 3
CIS 124 Computer Operating Systems 3
CIS Elective (a)   3
TOTAL   15

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
CIS 214 OR  C++ Object Oriented Programming  
CIS 216 Windows Server 3
CIS 213 Data Management Concepts 3
CIS 212 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CIS Elective (a)   3
CIS 200 Level Elective (a) 3
Math/Science (b,c) 3-4
TOTAL   18-19

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ECO 105, GOV 121, HIS 104, HIS 108 3
CIS 223 Computer Projects and Applications 3
CIS 200 Level Elective (a) 3
WFE 101 Lifetime Wellness and Fitness 3
Free Elective (d)   3-4
TOTAL   15-16

a. Elective courses: (a) courses applicable in all programs; (b) all courses designated CIS. Three elective credits must be chosen from courses applicable in all programs. Students should note that the program requires 6 credits of 200 level CIS courses. Elective courses may need to be chosen to fulfill the prerequisites of the upper level courses.

b. Mathematics courses: MAT 110, MAT 118, MAT 125, MAT 184, MAT185, MAT 221. Students must meet course pre­requisites.

c. Science courses: Applicable four-credit courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physical sciences, physics.

d. Students must fulfill New York State Higher Education required liberal arts and sciences credits by choosing courses from the General Education appendices. Read a full discussion of the free elective requirement