Computer Information Systems (AAS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 

The integration of computers into the workplace is progressing at a rapid pace. As more organizations install and employ these networks, a need has developed for the "resident expert" to administer the system, install software, establish security, and train others. Graduates of the computer information systems (CIS) program are well positioned to serve that need. A foundation of programming, database, and networking is provided.

The CIS program is oriented toward today's changing computer environment. It is very contemporary, stressing computer programming, software applications, Web development, and network installation and management. Students can complete the Cisco Certified Network Association curriculum and have a strong foundation to pursue professional certifications for CompTIA A+, Network+ and CCNA. The college has a Pearson Vue testing center.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the computer information systems program. See laptop specifications.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently, both orally and in writing.
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills in developing solutions to problems.
  • Create and modify functional, clear, concise software design and implementation with current programming languages.
  • Create functional web pages using web scripting languages.
  • Install, configure, troubleshoot and administer a simple network
  • Demonstrate proficiency either in two or more operating systems or two or more database systems. Install, configure, troubleshoot and administer a simple network
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic office automation software
  • Solve problems in a team setting as a team member
  • Identify issues of professional ethics including copyright laws, plagiarism, and professional etiquette
  • Solve applied mathematical problems
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry *
Recommended: Algebra 2/Trigonometry

*Students who place into intermediate algebra will be required to take one additional mathematics course.


Alfred State is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 662-5606.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Focuses on the design, installation, programming, and management of microcomputer systems and networking
  • Extensive programming, applications, and networking exposure
  • Full year of computer network management available
Articulation Agreements: 

Students have transferred successfully to schools across New York and other states. At this time most have chosen to continue with one of the bachelor of technology in information technology programs that are offered at Alfred State College. They enter into that program with full junior status.

Graduation Requirements: 

Must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of required CISY courses and nine credit hours of professional electives approved by adviser with a minimum 2.0 cumulative index. Twenty credit hours of liberal arts courses, a minimum overall cumulative index of 2.0, along with other requirements as stated in the College Academic Regulations, must be met by candidates of the AAS degree. Must successfully complete a minimum of 62 credit hours of course work and one semester of physical education.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Network Management
  • Systems Administration
  • Computer Technology
  • Computer Support
  • Computer Programming
  • Web Development
  • Network Administrators
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State computer information systems graduates may enter directly into either the information security and assurance BTech, information technology: applications software development BTech, information technology: network administration BTech, information technology: Web development BTech, or technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

To facilitate the transfer of graduates choosing to continue their education at the baccalaureate level, students are encouraged to make their intentions known to their academic adviser during their freshman year. Through the careful use of elective courses, students can realize excellent transfer credit.

Transfer into the information technology programs: network administration, Web development, and applications software development will place them at junior status.

Typical Semester Layout: 

CIS majors can expect to spend three hours in class (average class size is under 25), two hours in lab, and four hours on homework.

First Semestercredits
CISY1113Intro to Computer Prog 
CISY1123Intro to Comp Prog for IT3
CISY1023Intro to Information Tech3
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
 xxx3Gen. Ed. Elective (Other)3
 xxx3Gen. Ed. Social Sci Elective3
Second Semestercredits
CISY 2153Database Appl. and Prog I3
MATHxxx3College Algebra or higher*3
CISY2143Microcomputer Systems I3
CISY4103Visual Programming3
LITR2603Introduction to Literature3
HPEDxxx1Physical Education1
Third Semestercredits
CISY3223Intro to Web Page Development3
CISY4033Networking I3
MATH1123Statistics I 
MATH2124Statistics Methods and Analysis3-4
ACCT1124Financial Accounting4
 xxx3Professional Elective3
Fourth Semestercredits
CISY4053Linux/Unix Admin and Scripting 
CISY5403Database Concepts3
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective - Other3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
 xxx3Professional Elective3
 xxx3Professional Elective3

* If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

Adviser-approved mathematics course not to include MATH 1003, MATH 1013, MATH 2003, or MATH 1143.

Professional elective may include CISY, business, and selected courses from math or engineering as approved by the adviser.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees111915
Responding to Survey9 (82%)17 (89%)15 (100%)
Employed2 (22%)3 (18%)2 (13%)
Employed in Field2 (100%)3 (100%)2 (100%)
Transferred7 (78%)14 (82%)13 (87%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Less than $20,000 (1)
Prefer not to disclose (1)