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.
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.
Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2026 Occupational Outlook Handbook.
- Junior Programmers
- Network technician/administrator
- Systems Manager
- Web Developer
- Technical Representative
- Help Desk Manager
Recent Employers of SUNY Canton Graduates:
- SUNY Canton
- Clarkson University
- Fused Solutions
- Canton-Potsdam Hospital
- St Lawrence-Lewis County BOCES
- Corning, Inc.
- SUNY Canton: Information Technology and Industrial Technology Management
- SUNY Plattsburgh: Information Technology
- 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 2.0 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||Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10)||3|
|Mathematics Elective (GER 1)||3|
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|
Semester III Credits
|ACCT 104||Survey of Accounting6||4|
|CITA 220||Data Communications and Network Technology1||3|
|CITA 221||Data Communications and Network Technology Lab1||1|
|Macroeconomics (GER 3) OR
Microeconomics (GER 3)
Semester IV Credits
|CITA 250||Information Security1||3|
|Social Science Elective7||3|
* 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 Services
Tatsuhito Koya, Ph.D.
Fall Enrollment Trends
Graduation Rate Trends*
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*Graduate rates are based on first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen entering in fall and graduating within 150% of time.