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Computer Information Technology A.A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5104)

This career program will prepare students for employment as computer professionals in a variety of industrial, business, government, and public-service settings.

Specifically, the CIT A.A.S. program will educate students as "generalists" in multiple computer-related skill areas, including programming, web design, networking technology, database design, and applications. The program is intended to prepare computer professionals who will be employable in small organizations typical in the North Country, which often have the resources to hire only one or two computer-related staff members and which are not large enough to employ an array of computer “specialists.”

The program will provide students with hands-on experience in a variety of information technology areas, including 34 credit hours of coursework that focuses on software application use and customization, programming, database design and implementation, web page development, and networking technology. An additional six credit hours provide students with general business/management communications principles.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Effectively analyze and determine client/user needs
  • Demonstrate the ability to customize software applications
  • Design, implement, and maintain computer networks
  • Understand database design principles
  • Understand web page design principles
  • Develop basic computer programs
  • Prepare written technical documentation

The required courses develop problem definition, problem solution, and application coding skills. Students who are enrolled in this program attend hands-on laboratories associated with most computer courses. This program includes courses in the areas of applications customization, web design, database design, networking technology, and programming.

Students who want to pursue advanced studies may consider SUNY Morrisville, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY Canton. Those planning to transfer are advised to research baccalaureate requirements to maximize transfer credit.


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 Technology program. 

Career Opportunities

This program provides students with skills and knowledge that match the needs of local employers for technology generalists who have a broad background and the ability to solve problems with a wide variety of technology tools. The program parallels a national standard in Information Technology Education developed by the Association for Computing Machinery.

Typical career opportunities for graduates of this program include:


  • Local Area Network Technician
  • Network Maintenance and Operations
  • Network Technician

Information Services and Database

  • Database Administrator
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Developer

Programming and Software Development

  • Entry (Junior Level) Programmer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Software Applications Specialist
  • Software Designer
  • Software/Application Support
  • Systems Analyst

Interactive Media, Multi-media and Web

  • Web Content Designer
  • Web Designer

Technical and Customer Support

  • Call Center Support Representative
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Help Desk Technician
  • LAN Applications Support Analyst
  • Software Application Specialist
  • Technical Sales Consultant

Systems Engineering and Staff Analyst

  • Computer Analyst
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Systems Analyst


Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2015) Credit Hours
Computer Information Systems (28 Credit Hours)
CIS 100: Information Technology Orientation 1
CIS 110: Introduction to Computing and Applications 3
CIS 111: Operating System Environments 2
CIS 116: Introductory Programming 3
CIS 119: Introduction to Web Page Design 3
CIS 210: Advanced Computing with Microcomputers 3
CIS 212: Analysis and Logical Design 3
CIS 216: Advanced Programming 4
CIS 221: Computer Architecture 3
CIS 222: Physical Design and Implementation 3
Network Technology (6 Credit Hours)  
NET 100: Networking Fundamentals 3
NET 131: Local Area Networks 3
Business (3 Credit Hours)  
BUS 112: Introduction to Business 3
Liberal Arts (22 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing 3
Economics Elective: ECO 101: Macroeconomics
     or ECO 102: Microeconomics
MTH 155: Algebra, Functions & Modeling or higher 3
Mathematics Elective 3
Lab Science Elective 4
Social Science or Humanities Elective* 3
Free Elective* 3
Total 62

*Students considering transfer to a SUNY baccalaureate program should use these electives to fulfill additional SUNY General Education requirements.


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