ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCES DEGREE2019 - 2020
COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
60
For more information: Contact Asst. Prof. David Law, 443-412-2264, dlaw@harford.edu; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Computer Information Systems (CIS) is the study of the use of computers in business applications. The CIS curriculum presents computer literacy, program design, programming languages and electives in software, network and Internet applications. CIS students may pursue careers as computer programmers, computer simulation/gaming engineers, software specialists, computer user support specialists, network and Internet specialists.

PROGRAM GOALS
Computer Information Systems is a career-oriented program focusing on the use of computers in business. Students who successfully complete the Computer Information Systems degree will:
  1. Analyze the use of commercial software applications, hardware, networks, programming, and other technologies in information systems at a level of competence appropriate to joining the workforce.
  2. Use, maintain and modify existing information systems.
  3. Design and implement new information systems.
  4. Demonstrate the skills to work in a business environment including working in teams, project management, and professional and effective communication with a wider audience.

TRANSFER INFORMATION
The CIS program may transfer to four-year colleges, although it is designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs in the computer field. One option for students interested in a Bachelor’s degree is HCC’s articulation agreement with Towson University. Interested students should contact academic advising or CIS faculty.

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that careers in the computer industry are expected to increase by 12%, adding over 44,200 positions by 2026. The report indicates continuing growth of the computer industry.



Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
  Behavioral/Social Science  Arts/Humanities
  Biological/Physical Science  English Composition
  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues  Mathematics
  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
TO SATISFY THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course . It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit , , course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
BA 101Introduction to Business 3
CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective **3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total13
   
Second Semester Credits
CIS 104Computer Operating Systems 3
CIS 111Programming I: C/C++  
              or  
CIS 119Programming I: Java  
              or  
CSI 131Computer Science I 4
CIS 115Fundamentals of Programming 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Total17
   
Third Semester   Credits
CIS 135Introduction to Networks 3
CIS 221C++ Programming Language  
              or  
CIS 214Programming II: Java  
              or  
CSI 132Computer Science II 4
ENG 209Technical Writing 3
CSI/CIS/ISS Elective*4
CSI/CIS/ISS Elective*3
 Semester Total17
   
Fourth Semester Credits
CIS 203Computer Systems and Procedures 3
CIS 273Cooperative Education: Computer Information Systems  
              or  
 CSI/CIS/ISS Elective *3
CSI/CIS/ISS Elective *3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total13
   

*Any CIS/CSI/ISS course(s) may be taken to satisfy CIS/CSI/ISS electives.
**Students should consult with program advisors for appropriate mathematics course selection.