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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

First Semester

ACC 103 - Accounting I
BUS 101 - Intro to Contemporary Business
CIS 101 - Intro to Information Systems
ENG 101 - English Comp I
HIS 101 - INtro to Western Civilization* OR
Modern Language*

Second Semester

ACC 104 - Accounting II
CIS 102 - Applications Program Development I**
ENG 102 - English Comp II
HIS 102 - Intro to Western Civilization I* OR
Modern Language*
MAT - Mathematics Course***
PSY 101 - General Psychology

Second Year

First Semester

BUS 201 - Business Law I
CIS 201 - Applications Program Development II**
ECO 201 - Principles of Economics I
MAT - Mathematics Course***

Second Semester

CIS 202 - Structured Systems Analysis
ECO 202 - Principles of Economics II
PSY 102 - Psychology of Personality OR
SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology

Students are encouraged to take Bio 111 before Bio 112.

* A one-year sequence in either.
** See program coordinator for alternative courses
***See program coordinator to choose an appropriate mathematics course
****Electives recommended:
ENG 128, Fine Arts

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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