Computer Information Systems

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Computer Information Systems program is designed to prepare students who are planning to find employment using current computer applications. Students will get experience with a variety of operating systems, database management, and popular programming languages. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2017 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.
Consultation with an Academic Advisor is recommended for course selection.

This program will be replaced by: AAS/3196 Information Technology

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ACC111Accounting Principles I3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I3
CIS126DAUNIX Operating System (3) OR
CIS126DLLinux Operating System (3) OR
MST150++Any Microsoft Windows course (3)3
CIS150Programming Fundamentals (3) OR
CIS150ABObject-Oriented Programming Fundamentals (3)3
CIS159Visual Basic Programming I (3) OR
CIS162++Any C Programming Level I course (3) OR
CIS163AAJava Programming: Level I (3)3
CIS190Introduction to Networking (3) OR
CNT140AAIntroduction to Networks (4) OR
MST140Microsoft Networking Essentials (3)3-4
GBS151Introduction to Business3
GBS233Business Communication3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
CIS+++++Any CIS Computer Information course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course.
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
SBU200Society and Business (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.
  • Identify and describe the fundamental principles and practices of accounting. (ACC111)
  • Apply computer concepts, microcomputer applications, and programming techniques. (CIS105)
  • Explain and use various Internet communication, resources discovery, and information retrieval tools. (CIS133DA)
  • Identify and define the major components of an operating system, both hardware and software. (CIS126DA, CIS126DL, MST150++)
  • Design algorithms for simple business problems. (CIS150, CIS150AB)
  • Use appropriate Visual Basic forms, tools, and language components to code solutions for various problems. (CIS159)
  • Write, debug, document, and execute programs in a C programming language to solve a variety of business problems. (CIS162++, CIS163AA)
  • Describe various LAN topologies and the benefits, uses, and problems associated with them. (CIS190, CNT140AA, MST140)
  • Describe the fundamental characteristics and functions of business in today's environment. (GBS151)
  • Create and analyze internal and external business communications, including various verbal and nonverbal techniques. (GBS233)
Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester: GC, GW, PC

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