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College Catalog Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Computer Information Systems - AAS

The Instructional Program

The Computer Information Systems program is designed to integrate computer-based technology into the business-education program. The content of the program is structured to provide competence in business management and the information systems that support business decisions. The program also integrates instruction in data processing, word processing, management accounting, and networks. In addition, the instructional program includes computer programming, computer operation, operating systems, and Internet basics.

After completion of the program, graduates are well qualified for employment. They are equally qualified to transfer to baccalaureate programs in the field, including the Bachelor of Business Administration program at SUNY Delhi, providing they meet all entry performance qualifications.

Students are encouraged to participate in the Delhi Computer Club, which provides an extracurricular organization for students interested in the broad range of computer-related technologies. Activities include LAN-based computer gaming, website development, special computer projects, and opportunities to provide technical support to both the campus and the community. Students complement their academic experience by sharing their interests and engaging in a variety of technical pursuits.

Career Options

Career possibilities include positions as a business systems analyst, applications programmer, business consultant, manager of computer operations, office automation specialist, administrative assistant, and office manager. These opportunities exist in government as well as many industries, including manufacturing, retailing, and service organizations.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:



SUNY Curriculum Code:  0581

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.

Technical Standards: In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 61

Major Courses Required - 34 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
ACCT 115  Financial Accounting
ACCT 125 

Managerial Accounting

BUSI 105  Orientation to Business
BUSI 120 Business Communications
BUSI 200  Management I 3
CITA 120 Computer Concepts and Operation Systems
CITA 130  Introduction to Database Systems
CITA 140 Introduction to Programming I
CITA 150 

Introduction to Information Technology

CITA 200

Data Communications and Networking 

CITA 210 

Visual Programming and Development Tools 

CITA 240 

Introduction to Programming II

 General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 21 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
ECON ___ Introductory Macroeconomics OR Introductory Microeconomics 3
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition1 3
MATH ___ College Algebra or higher 2
MATH 115 Statistics 3
  ENGL/LITR/COMM Elective 3
  General Education Requirements by advisement 3 6

Unrestricted Electives by advisement - 6 credit hours


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.  The minimum mathematics requirement for this degree is College Algebra.

3 See the General Education statement above.  Work closely with your academic advisor.


Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Computer Information Systems A.A.S. program should be able to:

    1. Distinguish and apply the terminology and concepts associated with computer systems hardware and software.  
    2. Demonstrate proficiency and problem solving skills through the use of computers and computational techniques.
    3. Demonstrate problem solving skills using a programming language through writing, testing, and debugging programs.
    4. Examine data communications concepts, terminology, hardware, and software
    5. Prepare financial statements and maintain accounting financial records. 
    6. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the different types of accounts: assets, liabilities, equities, revenues, and expenses.
    7. Demonstrate understanding of the principles of business organization, scientific management, decision making, business forecasting, and economic analysis
    8. Understand the fundamentals of economic theory.

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Last Updated: 3/18/13