Computer Information Technology AAS
SUNY Jefferson
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Computer Information Technology AAS

Computer programmer working on software development
50% or more of this program can be completed online.

Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career
  • 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 development
  • Career Options: Business, government, education, public service
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5104

Graduate ready to meet the IT needs of area businesses

To create the Computer Information Technology A.A.S. program, Jefferson consulted with local businesses and organizations to determine the skills and knowledge companies need. The College designed a program that prepares you to be a technology generalist able to solve today’s challenges with computers and technology.

You’ll gain hands-on experience in a variety of information technology (IT) areas, including software application use and customization, programming, database design and implementation, web page development, and networking technology. 

This program offers:

  • IT generalist focus to prepare you to work and lead a small team
  • Career readiness for a variety of IT jobs and industries
  • Business and management classes for greater marketability

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 A.A.S. program.

Build the skills you need for a growing IT profession

There is a strong demand for graduates with a degree in computer information technology. In fact, the field is expected to grow at a rate much faster than other professions—by more than 10 percent over the next 10 years.

You’ll prepare for the field by working in computer laboratories and solving real-world challenges. You will learn to be a creative problem-solver who is able to plan, coordinate, and implement computer-related solutions and computer systems that meet organizational goals. 

And you’ll gain the business and management skills you need for immediate employment as a computer programmer or analyst, networking professional, database administrator, web designer, or IT support specialist.


Learn to develop and customize computer technology

When you graduate with a Computer Information Technology A.A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Customize software and computer applications to meet client/user needs
  • Design, implement, and maintain computer networks
  • Understand database and web page design principles
  • Develop basic computer programs


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


Go beyond your associate's

If you are interested in further study you should research bachelor’s program requirements to maximize transfer credit. SUNY Morrisville, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY Canton are popular transfer schools. You may want to explore Jefferson’s Computer Information Systems A.S. or Computer Science A.S. programs. They are both designed specifically for transfer.


“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 Technology A.A.S.

Effective Fall 2015

Computer Science Requirements (28 credit hours)
Computer Science Requirements (28 credit hours) 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 Requirements (6 credit hours)
Network Technology Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
NET 100: Networking Fundamentals 3
NET 131: Local Area Networks 3
Business Requirements (3 credit hours)
Business Requirements (3 credit hours) Credit Hours
BUS 112: Introduction to Business 3
Liberal Arts Requirements (22 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (22 credit hours) Credit Hours
ECO 101: Macroeconomics or
ECO 102: Microeconomics
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing 3
MTH 155: Algebra, Functions & Modeling or higher 3
Lab Science Elective 4
Mathematics Elective 3
Social Science or
Humanities Elective1
Free Elective Requirement
Free Elective Requirement (3 credit hours) Credit Hours
Free Elective1 3

Total Credit Hours 62


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1Students considering transfer to a SUNY baccalaureate program should use these electives to fulfill additional SUNY General Education requirements.  

Program Contacts

Jack N. Donato

Professor of Computer Science
(315) 786-2455

Kirk Angello

Instructor of Computer Science

Donna Stevenson

Professor of Mathematics
Interim AVP for STEM, Health Professions, Business, & Hospitality & Tourism
(315) 786-2518