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.