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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog

Computer Information Systems: System and Network Administration, A.A.S.

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Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5101
Department Chairperson: Linda Lim
Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Room 220, (518) 629-7358

This program has been deactivated effective Fall 2018 and as such, applications are no longer being accepted.

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: System and Network Administration Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) is a highly relevant and technical curriculum and contains the Cisco Network Academy. The Hudson Valley Community College Cisco Network Academy is one of the select few programs in New York State to teach both the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) curriculum, as most colleges only teach through the CCNA. This degree goes beyond the standard Cisco curriculum is as it focuses on theoretical networking content to provide students with the conceptual understanding to remain abreast of emergent and evolving technology. To this extent, the Cisco curriculum is used as an application platform to support the program’s theoretical content. To provide a curriculum map for prospective students, the CCNA material is presented in CISS 120  and CISS 121 , while the CCNP material is presented in CISS 270  and CISS 271 .

Necessarily, the System and Network Administration curriculum focuses on computer and network security throughout the curriculum and includes two specific security courses as this is a component of today’s systems administrator’s responsibilities. Detailed descriptions of these security courses can be found in the Course Descriptions  section of this catalog. Students interested in computer and network security or computer forensics and information assurance are advised to pursue the Computer Information A.S. program and transfer to a four-year program as identified on the Computer Information Systems A.S. page. This curriculum also contains voice over IP (VOIP) and mobile computing technologies components.

Minimum math for this program is MATH 130 .

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 $645.

Total Credits Required: 64

Major Requirements*

*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.
**required of first time, full-time students.

(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

Recommend: ENGL 120 , ENGL 130 , ENGL 132 , ENGL 136  for students interested in electronic/new media; cannot include MATH below MATH 130 .

(4) Math Electives Credits: 6

Recommend: MATH 130  and MATH 131 for terminal degree.

Total Credits Required: 64

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study

Term Total: 17

Term Total: 15

Term Total: 16

Fourth Term

Term Total: 16

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