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AAS Degree – Code #0581

Evan Enke, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
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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.


  • 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.

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 webpages 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 – 100 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
* Students who place into intermediate algebra will be required to take one additional mathematics course.

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Required Equipment

A tier 2 laptop computer is required for students entering the computer information systems program. Laptop specifications are available at

Computer Information Systems - AAS Degree



CISY 1023 Intro to Information Tech 3
CISY 1123 Intro to Programming for IT 3
CISY 1113 Computer Programming I 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
GLST 2113 Global Perspectives:Spcl Topic 3
XXXX  xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective 3


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


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


CISY 4053 Linux/Unix Admin and Scripting 3
CISY 5403 Database Concepts 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
SPCH xxx3 Effective Speaking Equivalent 3
XXXX  xxx3 Gen. Ed. Natural Science Elective 3
XXXX  xxx3 Professional Elective 3
XXXX  xxx3 Professional Elective 3

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

Adviser-approved mathematics courses do not include MATH 1004,  MATH 1104, MATH 1014, or MATH 1143.

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


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.