Computer Information Systems A.A.S.


The Computer Information Systems (CIS) A.A.S. degree is a hands-on program that covers a wide variety of topics including computer programming, hardware, operating systems, web design, and database management. This program will prepare students for entry level positions in the following areas:

  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Hardware Maintenance and Repair
  • Web Design
  • Database Management
  • Help Desk / Computer Support 

The mission of the Computer Information Systems A.A.S. degree program is to prepare students for employment in various information technology related areas and/or for the pursuit of advanced degrees in information technology by educating them in the fundamental concepts, knowledge, and practices in computer programming, database, web design, hardware, operating systems and networks.

The Computer Information Systems A.A.S. program will:

  • Prepare students to demonstrate knowledge and practical competence in the major areas of the IT field.
  • Prepare students to conduct the research required to successfully complete computer-related projects consistent with current business/industry practice at the apprentice level.
  • Prepare students for further study within the computer field at the junior level in requisite institutions of higher learning.
  • Prepare students to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, as well as interact effectively within the work environment.

Discipline Category Descriptions

Minimum Degree Requirements (61-62 credits)
Effective Fall 2024
English (6 credits)
ENG 101 English Composition
ENG 102 Literature & Composition
Humanities (3 Credits)
COM 101 Public Speaking
History or Social Science (3 Credits)
--------> US History or World History or Social Science Gen. Ed. Course


Computer Science (33 Credits) 
CSC 121 Fundamental Concepts of Computing 
CSC 152 Computer Security & Society                 
CSC 202 Database Systems
CSC 217 Computer Programming
CSC 220 Operating Systems
CSC 225 Computer Hardware
CSC 230 Introduction to Networking
CSC 240 Networking II
CSC 280 Technology Internship

Track Electives (6 credits)
CSC 215  Web Design & Programming
CSC219  Developing Mobile Applications
CSC 250  Computer Security I
CSC 260  Computer Security II
Math (3-4 Credits)

Mathematics Gen. Ed. Course
(MAT105 Technical Math I recommended)
Science (4 Credits)
--------> Any 4-credit natural science course with a lab
Free Electives (9 Credits) 
--------> General education elective (3 credits)
--------> Any course that receives college credit

Degree Requirements Worksheets

Students earning a Computer Information Systems A.A.S. degree are prepared for entry-level work in a variety of computer-related fields.

Some popular career options are:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Technician
  • Database Manager
  • Network Administrator

Some CIS graduates transfer into bachelor's degree programs, such as SUNY Plattsburgh's Informational Technology program.


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