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2017-2018 Official General Catalog 
2017-2018 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Computer Information Systems: A.A.S.

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Associate in Applied Science

CIP CODE: 5101.00

The Computer Information Systems program consists of a broad spectrum of courses in the information systems and information technology fields. Upon completion of the required courses, the student will receive an Associate in Applied Science and be ready for immediate employment.

Core courses give the student a strong foundation in applications programming, networking, database systems, productivity software, system security, Internet programming, and systems analysis. Students can also select a variety of CST and/or BUS electives to suit their interests.  Students can attend full-time or part-time.  Courses may be offered day, evenings, or online.

Students seeking immediate employment will find opportunities in a variety of organizations as application programmers/analysts, computer operators, database specialists, or IT support. Students planning to transfer should seek the advice of the department chairperson and the transfer institution. Students can potentially pursue transfer to Bachelor of Science programs in Computer Information Systems, Management Information Systems, or Information Technology.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Analyze, design, develop, implement, and support solutions to Information Systems problems using discipline-specific vocabulary, collecting appropriate data, utilizing appropriate software, applying industry-standard methodologies and logic, and identifying then troubleshooting problems.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing and integrating business-oriented software applications (Windows-based, spreadsheet, database, and Web-based).  Students will be able to select the appropriate application, collect appropriate data, and communicate information (documents, spreadsheets/charts, databases, programs).
  3. Model business processes, define requirements for information technology resources, access information from the Internet to obtain vendor specific information that can be used in Network design.  Plan, install, configure, manage resources, connect, run applications, monitor, optimize, and troubleshoot network and program-specific computer software and computer hardware.
  4. Identify and describe changing computer technology trends both domestically and internationally.

Program supervised by:
Peggy Sniezek, Chairperson
Office: Applied Technology Building, Room 011
Telephone: 607 778-5022
E-mail:  sniezekpa@sunybroome.edu



Fall Semester 16 Credits

  • CST or MIS Elective Credits: 3
  • Civic Education Elective Credits: 3
  • Natural Science Elective: 4

Spring Semester 15 Credits

  • CST or MIS Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Elective Credits: 3


On-Line Course Recommendations:

It is recommended that all students taking on-line courses through a CMS (Course Management System) should have high-speed Internet connections.  The software used by on-line student may come bundled with the course textbook, and/or be available on-line.  Some on-line courses will require a student to purchase the software necessary to complete the course.

Computer Recommendation:

A student seeking a career in the computer programming profession should have a home computer with an Internet connection.  Students will have to have access to a computer and the internet in order to write programs, analyze problems, make presentations, and write reports and submit assignments in online courses.  Many assignments cannot be completed without access to a computer.  While the College provides access to computers, in open labs, these labs are not available at all times.  Students are strongly urged to purchase a computer that can run the current version of Microsoft Windows, has at least two processing cores with speeds of at least 2.8 GHz, with 4 GB of RAM memory, and a 250 Gigabyte hard drive.  The Computer Science Department currently uses Microsoft Visual Studio.NET as its main development environment.


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*The Security Sequence is added as a possible sequence.

The program may take more than two years to complete depending on a student's academic background.  Preparatory courses are offered for students not meeting entry requirements into the regular Computer Science program.  Courses taken to meet prerequisite requirements will not count as credit towards the Computer Science degree.  Students can attend full-time or part-time, both day and evening.

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