Computer Information Systems AS
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Computer Information Systems AS

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Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Transfer
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Passion for technology, working with computers, figuring out how things work
  • Skill Building: Problem evaluation and problem-solving, computer system and software design, creativity
  • Career Options: Business, government, education, not-for-profit
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5104

Skills for a changing and popular field

Technology is ever-changing and Jefferson's Computer Information Systems A.S. is built to provide a solid foundation in what companies are looking for in a computer professional and to provide a solid transfer path to a bachelor's degree program of your choice.

As a student, you’ll gain hands-on experience in business and computer information systems, how to create the systems and the appropriate structure. 

If you are in the program, you are required to buy or lease a computer for home use.

This program offers:

  • Transfer readiness for a variety of IT and computer science bachelor's degrees - parallel to the first two years of a four-year degree
  • Hands-on learning with seasoned faculty members
  • Cost savings on general education classes

Learn to develop and customize computer technology

When you graduate with your Computer Information Systems (CIS) A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Develop skills in analysis and design for systems
  • Build programs using an object-oriented approach
  • Hone problem-solving skills and use algebraic methods
  • Perform quantitative analysis
  • Communicate effectively

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 A.S. program.

Get the career you want in a growing industry

This program prepares you to analyze business information needs and prepare specifications and requirements for appropriate data system solutions. Once you complete you bachelor's degree, you can land many jobs including:

  • Entry-level programmers or programmer analysts
  • Microcomputer support specialist
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems integrator
  • Systems designer
  • Database manager and/or administration
  • Interface specialist
  • Product support professional and/or technical support specialist


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday


Transfer to the bachelor's degree program of your choice

You will have many transfer opportunities to consider.  Many CIS graduates transfer to 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 programs.

Currently, formal transfer agreements exist with:

  • SUNY Empire State College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Franklin University - transfer programs include: Computer Science, B.S.; Digital Communication, B.S.; Information Technology, B.S.; Management Information Systems, B.S.


“Teaching in this discipline is like having the ground move under your feet. The material is ever changing.”Jack N. Donato
Professor of Computer Science


Degree requirements for Computer Information Systems A.S.

Effective Fall 2015 

Computer Science Requirements (15 credit hours)
Computer Science Requirements (15 credit hours) 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
Accounting Requirements (8 credit hours)
Accounting Requirements (8 credit hours) Credit Hours
ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1 4
ACC 102: Accounting Principles 2 4
Liberal Arts Requirements (35 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (35 credit hours) Credit Hours
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 Elective1 3
Mathematics Electives2 11
Science Electives3 6
Social Science Elective4 3
Elective Requirements (6 credit hours)
Elective Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
Free Elective 3
Restricted Elective5:
Select from BUS, MTH, BIO, CHE, GEO, PHY, or SCI

Total Credit Hours 64


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1Select from the areas of The Arts or Foreign Language in the SUNY General Education Course List  
2Select from the area of Mathematics in the SUNY General Education Course List  
3Select from the area of Natural Sciences in the SUNY General Education Course List  
4Course must be a Social Science elective from one area in the SUNY General Education Course Listing for Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, and Other World Civilizations.  
5Courses tailored to the career needs of the student, to be chosen in consultation with academic advisor from the Business, Science, or Mathematics offerings.  


Program contacts

Jack N. Donato

Professor of Computer Science
(315) 786-2455

Donna Stevenson

Professor of Mathematics
Chair, School of STEM and Health Professions
(315) 786-2518