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Computer Information Systems - A.A.S.

This degree will prepare you with technical skills, general education, applied knowledge, and work ethic required for a wide range of entry-level positions in the expanding field of information technology.  You will be well prepared to begin a career as systems manager, junior programmer, computer operator, office manager or technical representative.

Students in a computer lab

Computer Information Systems (CIS) students develop abilities for working with computer systems, databases, networks, and web development. Qualified graduates also have the opportunity of completing a four-year program in Information Technology with two additional years of study earning a Bachelor of Technology degree.

Students in this Major:

  • Develop the knowledge and experience for a successful career in the computer industry.
  • Develop teamwork skills throughout the program.
  • Enhance their skill sets by opportunities to electives of interest.
  • Acquire hands-on experience in small, well-equipped laboratories.
  • Work with qualified faculty in small class sizes solving real-world problems.

Career Opportunities:

  • Junior Programmers
  • Network technician/administrator
  • Systems Manager
  • Web Developer
  • Technical Representative
  • Help Desk Manager

Career Outlook:

  • Computer Information Systems is expected to continue as a strong growth area for career opportunities.

Recent Employers of SUNY Canton Graduates:

  • SUNY Canton
  • Clarkson University
  • Fused Solutions
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • St Lawrence-Lewis County BOCES
  • Eclipsys
  • IBM
  • Corning, Inc.

Transfer Opportunities:

  • SUNY Canton: Information Technology and Industrial Technology Management
  • SUNY Plattsburgh: Information Technology

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students must be qualified to enter at least Intermediate Algebra (MATH 106) and Oral and Written Expression (ENGL 102).
  • High school chemistry and physics courses are recommended.
  • High school computer technology courses are strongly recommended.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

Students who do not meet necessary prerequisites may be admitted to the college. However, completing the program may require more than two years.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum 0581-01)

Semester I Credits

BSAD 100 Introduction to Business 3
CITA 152 Computer Logic 3
CITA 163 Survey of Information Technology 3
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Expository Writing (GER 10) OR
Oral & Written Expression (GER 10)
3
  Mathematics Elective (GER 1) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester II Credits

CITA 170 Computer Concepts & Operating Systems 3
CITA 171 Operating System Fundamentals 3
CITA 202 Computer User Support* 3
SPCH 104 Introduction to Speech 3
  Math/Science Elective(GER)2 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester III Credits

ACCT 104 Survey of Accounting6 4
CITA 2201 Data Communications and Network Technology 3
CITA 221 Data Communications and Network Technology Lab1 1
ECON 101
ECON 103
Macroeconomics (GER 3) OR
Microeconomics (GER 3)
3
2-Program Electives1,5 6
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Semester IV Credits

CITA 250 Information Security1 3
  Social Science Elective7 3
  Program Elective1,5 3
  2-General Electives1,2,3,4 6
TOTAL CREDITS 15

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

GER=General Educational Requirement
NOTE: Computer Information Systems students must successfully complete the SUNY Canton computer competency requirement. Although there are several modern well-equipped computer labs on campus, it is expected each student has a personal computer.

1 Any CITA course presented for meeting degree requirements must have a grade of at least C (or transfer credit). No more than 3 CITA credits with a course number below CITA110 may receive credit towards graduation.

2 CIS minimum requirement is MATH 106 Intermediate Algebra. MATH 121 College Algebra and MATH 141 Statistics are required n B. Tech. IT Program.

3 A general elective is any course for which the student has the appropriate pre-requisites; see note 1 above however.

4 Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree should select courses from the following GER areas when feasible. GER 2 Science (CHEM 107/108 Investigative Chemistry/ Lab recommended), GER4 American History; GER 5 Western Civilization; GER 6 Other World Cultures; GER 7 Humanities; GER 8 The Arts; or GER 9 Foreign Language.

5 Program Electives are from Canino School of Engineering Technology, the Business Department (including ACCT 102). Students who plan to pursue the B. Tech. in Information Technology should include CITA 180 Introduction to Programming, CITA 204 Systems Analysis and Design, and CITA 215 Database Systems with Web Applications.

6 ACCT 101 Foundations of Financial Accounting is recommended for students interested in accounting or a business minor or major. MATH121 College Algebra is the lowest level mathematics course accepted in the B. Tech. Information Technology major.

7 Students interested in pursuing the B. Tech. IT degree should choose the social science course General Education Requirement areas 4, 5 or 6.

ADDITIONAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Each CITA/MINS/SOET course used to meet graduation requirements must have a grade of "C" or higher. A transfer student must complete at least two CITA/MINS/ SOET courses (six credit hours) numbered 200 or above which are applicable to the degree.

Computer Information Systems
Robert House
Curriculum Coordinator
315-379-3861
houser@canton.edu

Fall Enrollment Trends
  FT PT Total
2013 26 4 30
2012 39 3 42
2011 39 0 39
2010 39 0 39

Graduation Rate Trends*
Cohort Entering Cohort Size %
Fall 2010 20 30%
Fall 2009 18 11%
Fall 2008 10 40%

*Graduate rates are based on first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen entering in fall and graduating within 150% of time.

Degrees Conferred
  Total
2013-14 13
2012-13 16
2011-12 17
2010-11 12
2009-10 10