Computer Information Systems (A.A.S.)

Computer Information Systems (A.A.S.)

The Computer Information Systems A.A.S. degree provides you with a broad base of knowledge in programming and logic, information resource management, systems analysis/design and database management for computer science, information technology (IT), informatics and technology and computer information systems.

This associate in applied science academic program is primarily designed for those whose primary goal is to gain employment in the information technologies, however it should be noted that the degree transfers well to computer information systems and information technology management four-year degree programs.

The college also offers the following related degree programs:

This program is offered by the Computing and Information Sciences Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The CIS programs are constantly re-evaluated and updated so students learn the most relevant programming languages and information technologies.
  • Degree requirements can be completed on a full- or part-time basis, with courses available during the day, evening or online.
  • According to the federal Department of Labor, systems analysts and computer engineers will be two of the top five fastest-growing occupations in the country during the coming decade.
  • The coursework in the program increases employment opportunities in computing environments of public and private businesses.

Online Program can be completed by attending online.

Evening Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

Common job titles for students completing the Computer Information Systems A.A.S. degree include: Application Programmer, Systems Analyst, Web Designer/Developer, Computer Technician and Help Desk Support. Additional education may be required to qualify for some positions.

Recent employers include: Blackbaud, Inc.; Capital District YMCA; Curious Minds Media; Hudson Valley Community College; Ideum; Infrastructure; Mayfield School District; NYS Board of Elections; NYS Education Department; NYS Office of Court Administration; NYS Public Service Department; Onsight Solutions; SGS Testcom; and NYS State Comptroller.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Computer Support Specialist, $51,470; Systems Analyst, $85,800; Web Developer, $64,970.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  1. Identify, assess, distinguish and utilize data, information and computing systems with respect to their quality, proper use and storage.
  2. Analyze processes and problems and develop and apply information system based solutions.
  3. Demonstrate intermediate database management systems (DBMS) abilities to solve information systems problems.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

James Looby
Department Chair
Brahan Hall, Room 206
(518) 629-7225

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309