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Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) curriculum is an option in the Business program. It is a two-year course of study leading to the Associate in Arts degree. It is designed as a transfer program through which students may enter four-year colleges and universities with junior-year standing. Unlike programs in Computer Science, the CIS program does not place a heavy emphasis on mathematics. It is, instead, heavily oriented toward application, less toward mathematical theory.
The CIS program is based on a model developed nationally by the Association of Information Technology Processing Professionals. The Associate degree program parallels the first two years of study at a four-year institution and leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. 

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Create, analyze, and apply appropriate program specifications and documentation.
  • Describe the system development life cycle and its application to development projects.
  • Discuss the social, ethical, and economic implications of the computer and its systems.
  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbal and electronic formats.
  • Assess basic business organization, functions, and processes.
  • Utilize problem-solving skills to troubleshoot and correct problems in a business environment.


First Year

Fall Semester

ACC 103 - Accounting I
BUS 105 - Organization and Management
CIS 101 - Intro to Information Systems
ENG 101 - English Composition I
Humanities Gen Ed Requirement

Spring Semester

CIS 101 - Intro to Information Systems
CIS 116 - Access
ENG 102 - English Composition II
Humanities Gen Ed Requirement
Social Science Gen Ed Requirement


Second Year

Fall Semester

BUS 201 - Business Law I
CIS 204 - Database Management
ENG 122 - Technical & Business Writing OR
ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communications OR
ENG 129 - Public Speaking
Lab Science Gen Ed Requirement
Math 4-credit Gen Ed Requirement

Spring Semester

CIS 202 - Structured Systems Analysis & Design
Social Science Gen Ed Requirement
Math Gen Ed Requirement
CIS/CSC Elective
* Transfer students should consult with transfer institution.

Career Options

Graduates can prepare for a career in biology or for advanced study at a four-year institution. The Biology Department has many articulation agreements with four-year colleges designed to facilitate transfer to these institutions.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Arts Degree

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