Computer Information Systems

The computer helps people do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. Behind the scenes of every organization are dedicated men and women who develop computer systems to perform needed functions. The CIS program will prepare you for a career in many areas of the computer field including network support, computer programming, database design, web site design or user support.

The CIS program features coursework in several programming languages, systems analysis, network design, database design, and software applications. Additional business classes provide the necessary background in how computers are used in the workplace.

Computer information processing is among the fastest growing fields in business, industry, government, and education. The number of entry-level positions available in this field continues to exceed the number of qualified persons to fill them.

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Graduates have gained employment at many regional organizations, including Borg-Warner Automotive, The CBORD Group, Inc., Cornell Federal Credit Union, Cornell University, Enlyten, Inc., Ithaca College, Marietta Corporation, Monarch Machine Tool Inc., Pall Trinity Micro Corporation, Precision Filters, Inc., Thomas Associates Architects, Engineers, PC, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. 

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Program Chair

Ken Whitener

Associate Professor, Computer Science

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Transfer Options

Although the computer information systems A.A.S. degree is not designed primarily for transfer, graduates have continued their educations at four-year institutions. Recent transfer institutions include:

  • University at Albany
  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Ithaca College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

 

Degree Requirements

A.A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 62 credits

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
BUAD106, Foundations of Business, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CAPS123, Advanced Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CAPS152, Web Page Design, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
CIS108, Introduction to Computer Information Systems Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CSCI160, Computer Science I Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ANTH201, Introduction to Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH220, Applied Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
ANTH295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
COMM101, Mass Media, 3 cr.
ECON101, Introduction to Economics, 3 cr.
ECON120, Principles of Microeconomics, 3 cr.
ECON121, Principles of Macroeconomics, 3 cr.
ENVS107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS108, Environmental Psychology, 3 cr.
ENVS110, Food Systems I: Introduction to the U.S. Food System, 3 cr.
ENVS295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
GEOG120, World Regional Geography, 3 cr.
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
HUMS206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
POSC103, American National Government, 3 cr.
POSC104, American State and Local Government, 3 cr.
POSC107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
PSYC101, Psychology of Personal Growth, 3 cr.
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC108, Environmental Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC201, Social Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC205, Childhood Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC207, Adolescent Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC208, Adult Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC209, Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC218, Educational Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC263, Development Across the Lifespan, 3 cr.
SOCE121, Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies, 3 cr.
SOCE201, Human Sexuality, 3 cr.
SOCE205, Organizational Behavior, 3 cr.
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
SOCI201, Sociology of the Family, 3 cr.
SOCI203, Sociology of Race, Power, and Privilege, 3 cr.
SOCI205, Contemporary Social Problems, 3 cr.
SOCI206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
SOCI207, Introduction to Criminology, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 17
CAPS131, Introduction to Databases, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CAPS133, Advanced Databases, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CIS132, Network Design, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CIS213, Programming in C++, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CIS214, Systems Analysis and Design, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
The SUNY GEN ED Mathematics Elective must be MATH 120 or higher.
MATH120, College Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH122, Technical Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives

Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
CIS215, Operating Systems, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CIS220, Database Concepts, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CIS223, Programming in C++ Advanced Topics, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
ENGL201, Public Speaking Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL204, Interpersonal Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ASTR101, Introductory Astronomy, 3 cr.
BIOL100, Human Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL101, Principles of Biology I, 3 cr.
BIOL102, Principles of Biology II, 3 cr.
BIOL104, General Biology I, 4 cr.
BIOL105, General Biology II, 4 cr.
BIOL112, Essentials of Medical Microbiology, 3 cr.
BIOL114, Essentials of Nutrition, 3 cr.
BIOL115, Field Natural History, 3 cr.
BIOL116, Tropical Field Natural History, 4 cr.
BIOL119, Botany, 3 cr.
BIOL131, Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL132, Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIOL201, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL202, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIOL211, Ecology, 4 cr.
BIOL216, General Microbiology, 4 cr.
CHEM101, Principles of Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHEM102, Principles of Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHEM107, General Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHEM108, General Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHEM205, Organic Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHEM206, Organic Chemistry II, 4 cr.
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS116, Soil Science, 3 cr.
ENVS141, Agroecology, 3 cr.
ENVS202, Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr.
GEOL101, Introductory Geology, 3 cr.
METR101, Introductory Meteorology, 3 cr.
PHSC104, General Physics I, 4 cr.
PHSC105, General Physics II, 4 cr.
PHSC211, Physics I (Mechanics and Heat), 4 cr.
PHSC212, Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism), 4 cr.
PHSC213, Physics III (Waves, Optics and Modern Physics), 4 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
BUAD203, Business Communications, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CIS227, Web Programming & Design, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CIS230, Computer Information Systems Internship, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
CIS225, JAVA Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CSCI165, Computer Science II Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
For the Restricted Humanities Elective, select from: ART 101, ART 102, ENGL 102, ENGL 103, ENGL 200, ENGL 233, ENVS 105, MUSI 101, PHIL 101, PHIL 201, and all Foreign Language courses.
ARAB@
ART101, Art History: Ancient to Early Medieval, 3 cr.
ART102, Art History: Renaissance to Contemporary , 3 cr.
ASL101, Beginning American Sign Language I, 3 cr.
ASL102, Beginning American Sign Language II, 3 cr.
CHIN@
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr.
ENGL103, Report Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL200, Screenwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL233, Film Analysis, 3 cr.
ENVS105, Environmental Ethics, 3 cr.
FREN@
GERM@
ITAL@
MUSI101, Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
PHIL101, Introduction to Philosophy, 3 cr.
PHIL201, Contemporary Moral Issues, 3 cr.
RUSN@
SPAN@
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