Computer Science (AS)

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

The computer science program at Alfred State was one of the originally established programs in the SUNY (State University of New York) system. It is a comprehensive program, which includes both the study of the underlying theories of computing as well as the specific applications of information manipulation and problem solving.

Most students who enroll in computer science do so with the intent of continuing their education after graduating from Alfred State. The degree granted is an Associate in Science (AS), and supports exceptionally well the needs of the transfer student. Though primarily a "transfer" program, many students do, however, elect to enter the job market upon graduation or continue at Alfred State pursuing a bachelor degree.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the computer science 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.
  • Demonstrate the scientific method in one area of natural science.
  • Assess and implement appropriate data structures within a programming project
  • 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
  • Demonstrate proficiency with mathematical principles through the level of calculus or discrete.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry
Recommended: Pre-calculus, Physics


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

Features & Facilities: 
  • Provides experience in computer programming and applications
  • One of the first computer science programs in the SUNY System
  • Transfer oriented
  • Provides a strong foundation in computer science, math, and science
Graduation Requirements: 

Must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of required CISY courses and one professional elective approved by adviser with a 2.0 cumulative index. A minimum cumulative index of 2.0, along with other requirements as stated in the College Academic Regulations, must be met by candidates for the AS degree. A minimum of 62 credit hours of course work and one credit of physical education. Thirty credit hours in liberal arts are required.

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

Alfred State computer science graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

The primary focus of the computer science program is transfer. The AS degree granted is specifically designed to maximize transfer credit to four-year programs. Transfer into the information technology programs: network administration, Web development, and applications software development is possible at the junior status with careful selection of courses for electives.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Computer science 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
CISY1023Intro to Information Tech3
CISY1113Intro to Computer Prog3
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
MATHxxx3Pre-Calculus 1054 or above3
SOCIxxx3Social Science Elective*3
Second Semestercredits
CISY4103Visual Program’g & Devel3
CISY2153Database Appl & Prog I 
 xxx3Gen Ed - Other3
LITR2603Introduction to Literature3
MATH 1084Calculus I OR  
MATH 2163Discrete Mathematics3-4
Third Semestercredits
CISY3223Intro to Web Page Development3
CISY4033Networking I3
 xxx4Gen Ed Natural Science w/Lab4
 xxx3Professional Elective3
 xxx3Open Elective3
Fourth Semestercredits
CISY4053Linux/Unix Admin and Scripting OR 
CISY5403Database Concepts3
CISY4003Intro to Data Structures3
 xxx3Liberal Arts Elective3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective "Other"3
HPEDxxx1Physical Education1

*Social Science elective may include economics, history, political science, psychology, or sociology.

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 Degrees122
Responding to Survey1 (100%)2 (100%)1 (50%)
Employed--1 (50%)--
Employed in Field--0 (0%)--
Transferred1 (100%)1 (50%)1 (100%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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