Computer Information Systems (A.S.)

Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems A.S. degree program is designed to parallel the first two years of a four-year degree in computer science, information technology (IT), informatics or technology and computer information systems.

This is a transfer-oriented program with articulation agreements in place with several colleges and universities.

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.
  • This program is particularly relevant for students seeking careers in computer and information security and game design as these disciplines require a four-year degree.
  • This program has many articulation agreements with four-year institutions that guarantee transfer to the collaborating college or university if the articulation specifications are satisfied. Local institutions include RPI, the University at Albany, SUNY IT, The College of Saint Rose and The Sage Colleges.

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 careers for students completing the Computer Information Systems A.S. degree include: Database Administrator, Application Development Director, Network and Computer System Administrator, Business Analyst, Analyst/Programmer. Additional education may be required to qualify for some positions.

Recent employers have included: Active Network; CEEBS, Infrastructure; Logistics One; Noteworthy; NYS Department of Labor; Regeneron; U.S. Navy; and Key Bank.

Recent graduates have also continued their education at The University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology and SUNY Polytechnic.

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 introductory programming abilities using the appropriate data structures to solve traditional computing tasks.

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