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Computer Information Systems A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5101)

This Associate in Science degree is designed to prepare the student for transfer to a college or university offering baccalaureate programs in computer information systems, computer information science, information technology, information systems analysis and design, systems programming, database management, operations management, or general business administration.

The program provides an introduction to business and computer information systems courses that would reasonably parallel the first two years of a four year degree program. Students who are enrolled in this program attend hands-on laboratories associated with most computer courses.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Computer Information Systems program with an A.S. degree will:

  • Develop skills in analysis and design.
  • Develop the ability to develop programs using a structured approach.
  • Develop the ability to develop programs using an object-oriented approach.
  • Develop problem-solving skills and use algebraic methods.
  • Be able to perform quantitative analysis.
  • Develop skills in written communication.

Computer Requirements: Students entering this program are required to purchase or lease a professional computer system for home use. Computers are an integral part of all course instruction within the Computer Information Systems program.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares individuals to analyze business information needs and prepare specifications and requirements for appropriate data system solutions. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, students can become entry-level programmers or programmer analysts, or pursue occupations related to this program such as microcomputer support specialist, software engineer, systems analyst, systems integrator, systems designer, database manager, database administrator, interface specialist, product support professional and technical support specialist.
Transfer Opportunities
As a graduate of Jefferson you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree. Many CIS graduates typically transfer to the SUNY Polytechnic Institute with full junior status. Additionally, Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs.  Currently, formal agreements exist with SUNY Empire State College, Rochester Institute of Technology and Franklin University.  Franklin University baccalaureate transfer programs include: Computer Science, B.S.; Digital Communication, B.S.; Information Technology, B.S.; and Management Information Systems, B.S.
Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2015) Credit Hours
Computer Information Systems (15 Credit Hours)
CIS 111: Operating System Environments 2
CIS 116: Introductory Programming 3
CIS 216: Advanced Programming 4
CIS 225: Assembly Language 3
CIS 250: Data Structures 3
Business (8 Credit Hours)  
ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1 4
ACC 102: Accounting Principles 2 4
Liberal Arts (38-41 Credit Hours)  
Economics Elective: ECO 101: Macroeconomics
      or ECO 102: Microeconomics
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing 3
Humanities Elective (Select from Arts or Foreign Language General Education Course Lists)
Mathematics Electives* (Select from the Mathematics General Education Course List)
Science Electives (Select from Natural Sciences General Education Course List)
Social Science Elective (Select from American History, Western Civilization or Other World Civilizations General  Education Course Lists)
Free Elective 3
Approved Elective**: (Select from BUS, MTH, BIO, CHE, GEO, PHY, or SCI) 3-4
Total 64

*A total of 11hours of mathematics courses are required under the “Mathematics Elective” section.

**Courses tailored to the career needs of the student, to be chosen in consultation with academic advisor from the BUS, Science, or Mathematics offerings.


For More Information

Jack Donato, Chair-Computer Science/Energy Department and Professor of Computer Science

C.J. Jackson, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522