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2014-2015 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems, AS


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Program Requirements

Typical Program (Full-Time Day)

Typical Program (Part-Time Evening)

Degree/Certificate:    Associate in Science
HEGIS Code:            5101
SUNY Code:             1171
Major Code:             CIS

The Career

All organizations rely on computer and information technology to conduct business and operate more efficiently. The rapid spread of technology across all industries has generated a need for highly trained workers to help organizations incorporate new technologies. The U.S. Department of Labor statistics project computer information systems-related occupations to be among the fastest growing occupations through the year 2018. Employment is expected to grow at a much faster than average rate (17 percent or more) as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies. Job increases will be driven by very rapid growth in computer system design and related services, which is projected to be among the fastest growing industries in the U.S. economy.

Workers in the occupation should enjoy favorable job prospects. The demand for networking to facilitate the sharing of information, the expansion of client-server environments and the need for computer specialists to use their knowledge and skills in a problem-solving capacity will be major factors in the rising demand for information systems specialists.

Career choices for students in this curriculum include computer programmer, systems analyst, information systems specialist, information technology specialist, network administrator and database administrator.

The NCCC Approach

The Computer Information Systems degree program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university.  Programs to which students may transfer include Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Management Information Systems and other computer-related disciplines.

Computer Information Systems is a field studying computing devices, their hardware and software, their applications and their impact on society.  Students will learn how to apply technical knowledge and skills to provide practical solutions to real world problems.

Admission

Students are admitted in September and January.

The Computer Information Systems program is offered as a full-time program, a part-time program or an online program. All required courses are offered in both a traditional classroom setting and online. Students can choose from courses offered in the classroom, online or choose a combination of both to best suit their needs.

Dual Admissions

Buffalo State College - Computer Information Systems
Medaille College - Computer Information Systems
State University of New York at Buffalo - Management Information Systems

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare students for transfer into a computer-related curriculum (Computer Information Systems, Computer Information Science, Management Information Systems or Information Technology) at a four-year institution
  • To assist students in meeting the SUNY General Education Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of degree requirements, a graduate will:

  • Design, implement, test, and debug programs that employ fundamental programming constructs
  • Utilize the three basic principles of object-oriented design:  encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism
  • Work as a team member in a problem-solving situation
  • Apply technical knowledge and skills to provide practical solutions to real-world problems

 

Program Requirements (CIS)


  1. A total of at least 62 credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Computer Information Systems: A minimum of 22 credit hours to include:
      *
      **
     
    Plus 12 credit hours of Computer Science (CPS) or Computer Information Systems (CIS) or Local Area Networks (NET), of which no more than 3 credit hours can be NET. In addition, CPS and CIS courses must have a number of 200 or higher.
  3. Business: A minimum of 6 credit hours to include:
     
     
  4. Free Electives: A minimum of 2 credit hours.
  5. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 2 credit hours.
  6. Humanities/Arts Electives: A minimum of 12 credit hours to include:
      *
     
    ___  ___    Humanities  elective (Humanities electives are courses prefixed by ELA, ENG*, FRE, GER, HUM, ITA, JAP, JRN, LAN, LIT, PHI, SLA or SPA.)
    ___  ___    Arts  elective (Acceptable Arts electives are courses prefixed by ART, DAN, MUS or THA) (Courses with a prefix of DIG are not suitable for this requirement.)
  7. Liberal Arts  Electives: A minimum of 6 credit hours.
  8. Mathematics: A minimum of 6 credit hours to include:
      *
    MAT ___   Mathematics  elective* MAT 110 or higher
  9. Social Sciences  Electives:  A minimum of 6 credit hours.

 

Typical Program (Full-Time Day)


First Semester


Total Credit hours: 16/17


Second Semester


Total Credit Hours: 15


Third Semester


  • ACC 116 - Financial Accounting 3 Cr.
  • CIS or CPS elective 3 Cr.
  • CIS or CPS elective 3 Cr.
  • Health/Physical Education elective 1 Cr.
  • Humanities elective 3 Cr.
  • Free elective 2 Cr.

Total Credit Hours: 15


Fourth Semester


  • ACC 117 - Managerial Accounting 3 Cr.
  • CIS or CPS elective 3 Cr.
  • CIS, CPS or NET elective 3 Cr.
  • Health/Physical Education elective 1 Cr.
  • Liberal Arts elective 3 Cr.
  • Liberal Arts elective 3 Cr.

Total Credit Hours: 16


Typical Program (Part-Time Evening)


Total Credit Hours: 7


Second Semester/Spring


Total Credit Hours: 8/9


Third Semester/Fall


Total Credit Hours: 9


Fourth Semester/Spring


Total Credit Hours: 6


Fifth Semester/Fall


  • CIS or CPS elective 3 Cr.
  • Humanities elective 3 Cr.
  • Liberal Arts elective 3 Cr.

Total Credit Hours: 9


Sixth Semester/Spring


  • CIS or CPS elective 3 Cr.
  • Arts elective 3 Cr.
  • Health/Physical Education elective 1 Cr.

Total Credit Hours: 7


Seventh Semester/Fall


Total Credit Hours: 9


Eighth Semester/Spring


Total Credit Hours: 7


Note:


* Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements

** CPS 120 has a mathematics prerequisite (that can be met concurrently) of MAT 110 or higher

Scholarship Opportunities


There are several scholarships available to NCCC students.  Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships . The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.

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