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College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems (A.A.S.) (Contains Specializations)


Information Technology Support

Web Technology


A career in modern information systems management and support is possible by starting with an A.A.S. degree from Onondaga in Computer Information Systems.

As a CIS student, you will be exposed to current concepts of information processing including current application software, data communications, distributed processing, user interface, management of internets and intranets, and Web publishing using a diverse hardware environment.

The A.A.S. degree program in Computer Information Systems is oriented toward immediate employment. However, the program’s curriculum is compatible with the curricula of numerous four-year computer information systems programs. If your goal is to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue your bachelor’s degree, you should work closely with an Onondaga transfer counselor to ensure your individual program meets transfer requirements. Developed in conjunction with a survey of the local community, the CIS curriculum follows the National Computing curricula guidelines of the Association of Computing Machinery.

Computer Information Systems is for the student interested in computer applications. Students interested in mathematics and science should consider the Computer Science (A.S.)  degree.

A specialization option must be chosen. Choices include: Networking, Information Technology Support, Web Technology, and Programming. Graduates with an A.A.S. degree in Computer Information Systems are prepared to work as beginning computer programmers, junior systems analysts, web site managers/designers, operations trainees and network trainees. This program offers an opportunity for the currently employed computer information systems professional to update basic skills and to learn new languages, allowing for a great deal of lateral and upward mobility.

Computer Information Systems is constantly changing. Please see your advisor for the current requirements.

Graduation Requirements

All students must earn a minimum grade of C in all required CIS/CSC courses to earn the A.A.S. degree.

All required CIS/CSC courses must be taken within 7 years of graduation, due to the changes in technology and curriculum content.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the components of a computer information system, including application and system software, communication protocols, and networking hardware and software.
  2. Demonstrate a deeper knowledge of at least one area of computing, such as programming, networking, technical support or web technology, enabling the student to gain employment in the computing field.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking in the understanding, evaluation and application of technology solutions to a real life situation.
  4. Articulate ethical and professional standards as they apply to the use of computer systems and computer based data.

Total Credits: 16

Second Semester

Total Credits: 14-15

Third Semester

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

  • Social Science/Humanities Elective Credits: (3)
  • CIS/CSC Specialization Credits: (3-4) 3
  • CIS/CSC Specialization Credits: (3-4) 3
  • Credits: (3)
  • General Electives Credits: (3)

Total Credits: 15-17

Total Program Credits: 60-63


1. MAT 143  or higher (excluding Linear Algebra).

2. Students pursuing the Programming specialization should take CSC 110 .

3. Specialization courses must be selected from the following (a minimum grade of C is required in all CIS/CSC courses to meet degree requirements):

Web Technology

* Choose from ART 142 , ART 224 , ART 244 , BUS 121 , CIS 151 , CIS 271 , CIS 283 , CSC 111 , or CSC 264 


** Choose from CSC 162 , CSC 211 , CSC 222 , CSC 224 , CSC 263 , CSC 264 , CSC 280  , or CIS 231 . Programming electives should be chosen in consultation with the advisor to meet an individual student’s needs. This will include those cores that require 5 courses.