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 .
- 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.
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.
- 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
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.
- Network Management
- Systems Administration
- Computer Engineering Technology
- Computer Support
- Computer Programming
- Database Administration
- Web Development
Alfred State computer science graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.
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.
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.
|CISY ||1023 ||Intro to Information Tech||3|
|CISY ||1113 ||Intro to Computer Prog||3|
|COMP ||1503 ||Freshman Composition||3|
|MATH ||xxx3||Pre-Calculus 1054 or above||3|
|SOCI ||xxx3||Social Science Elective*||3|
|CISY ||4103 ||Visual Program’g & Devel||3|
|CISY ||2153 ||Database Appl & Prog I|
|xxx3||Gen Ed - Other||3|
|LITR ||2603 ||Introduction to Literature||3|
|MATH ||1084 ||Calculus I OR|
|MATH ||2163 ||Discrete Mathematics||3-4|
|CISY ||3223 ||Intro to Web Page Development||3|
|CISY ||4033 ||Networking I||3|
|xxx4||Gen Ed Natural Science w/Lab||4|
|CISY ||4053 ||Linux/Unix Admin and Scripting OR|
|CISY ||5403 ||Database Concepts||3|
|CISY ||4003 ||Intro to Data Structures||3|
|xxx3||Liberal Arts Elective||3|
|SPCH ||1083 ||Effective Speaking||3|
|xxx3||Gen Education Elective "Other"||3|
|HPED ||xxx1||Physical Education||1|
*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.
|Responding to Survey||2 (100%)||1 (50%)||1 (100%)|
|Employed in Field||0 (0%)||--||--|
|Transferred||1 (50%)||1 (100%)||1 (100%)|
|Unemployed & Seeking Employment||--||--||--|
|Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment||--||--||--|