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Computer Information Systems

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AAS Degree – Code #0581

David Law, Program Coordinator
Email address: LawDL@alfredstate.edu

As more organizations install and employ computer networks, a need has developed for the “resident expert” to administer the system, install software, establish security, and train others. As a graduate of the computer information systems (CIS) program, you will be well positioned to serve that need with a foundation in programming, databases, and networking.

Advantages

  • Students can complete the Cisco Certified Network Association curriculum and have a strong foundation to pursue professional certifications for CompTIA A+, Network+, and CCNA. The college has a Pearson Vue testing center.
  • Our laboratories provide students with ample hands-on experience, giving them a considerable edge in the highly competitive computer and information technology job market.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the computer information systems program. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively and efficiently, both orally and in writing.
  • Employ critical thinking and problem-solving skills in developing solutions to problems.
  • Create and modify functional, clear, concise software design and implementation with current programming languages.
  • Create functional Web pages using Web scripting languages.
  • Install, configure, troubleshoot, and administer a simple network.
  • Demonstrate proficiency either in two or more operating systems or two or more database systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic office automation software.
  • Solve problems in a team setting as a team member.
  • Identify issues of professional ethics, including copyright laws, plagiarism, and professional etiquette.
  • Solve applied mathematical problems.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State computer information systems graduates may enter directly into either the cyber security BTech, information technology: applications software development BTech, information technology: network administration BTech, information technology: web development BTech, the interdisciplinary studies BTech, or technology management BBA degree program.

Continuing Education Opportunities

To facilitate the transfer of graduates choosing to continue their education at the baccalaureate level, students are encouraged to make their intentions known to their academic adviser during their freshman year. Through the careful use of elective courses, students can realize excellent transfer credit.

Transfer into the information technology programs: network administration, Web development, and applications software development will place them at junior status.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Network management
  • Systems administration
  • Computer technology
  • Computer support
  • Computer programming
  • Web development
  • Network administrators

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 42 percent are employed; 58 percent continued their education.

Related Programs

Computer Engineering Technology
Computer Science
Cyber Security
Information Technology: Applications Software Development
Information Technology: Network Administration
Information Technology: Web Development

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry*
Recommended: Algebra 2/Trigonometry
* Students who place into intermediate algebra will be required to take one additional mathematics course.

Computer Information Systems - AAS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

CISY 1023 Intro to Information Tech 3
CISY 1123 Intro to Programming for IT 3
   OR    
CISY 1113 Computer Programming I 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
  xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective - Social Science 3
  xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective - Other 3
      15

Second

CISY 2133 Computer Programming II 3
CISY 2143 Microcomputer Systems I 3
CISY 2153 Database Appl and Programng I 3
MATH xxx3 College Algebra or Higher* 3
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3
      15

Third

CISY 4033 Networking I 3
CISY 3223 Intro to Web Page Development 3
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
   OR    
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4
ACCT 1124 Financial Accounting 4
  xxx3 Professional Elective 3
      16-17

 

Fourth

CISY 4053 Linux/Unix Admin and Scripting 3
   OR    
CISY 5403 Database Concepts 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
  xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective - Other 3
  xxx3 Professional Elective 3
  xxx3 Professional Elective 3
      15

* If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

Adviser-approved mathematics course not to include MATH 1003, MATH 1013, MATH 2003, or MATH 1143.

Professional electives may include CISY, business, and selected courses from math or engineering as approved by the adviser. 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of required CISY courses and nine credit hours of professional electives approved by adviser with a minimum 2.0 cumulative index. Twenty credit hours of liberal arts courses, a minimum overall cumulative index of 2.0, along with other requirements as stated in the College Academic Regulations, must be met by candidates of the AAS degree. Must successfully complete a minimum of 61 credit hours of course work.