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Computer Information Systems, A.A.S.

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 . 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

Total Credits Required: 64

Major Requirements*

* 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) Restricted English Elective Credits: 3

Any ENGL course with a Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities designation.

(2) Economics Elective Credits: 3


(3) Liberal Arts and Science Electives Credits: 6

As advised by department chair.

(4) Math Electives Credits: 6


Total Credits Required: 64

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study

First Term

Term Total: 17

Term Total: 16

Third Term

  • Liberal Arts and Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Restricted CIS Electives Credits: 13

Term Total: 16

Fourth Term

Term Total: 15