Associate of Science

Computer Information Systems

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Program Overview

Program Overview

You’ll gain a strong technical knowledge in the core areas of information systems, with an emphasis in:

  • computer programming    
  • database 
  • operating systems 
  • computer networking 
  • network security 
  • systems analysis
  • project management

Your degree program will also reinforce a broad understanding of other disciplines related to information systems, such as accounting, math, management and communication. You may tailor your degree to your interests. Choose from a wide range of electives as you work towards your degree. Not sure what to pick? We’ll help you connect your skill strengths with your career interests until you find your own area of focus.

Earn a degree

  • Degree options include:
  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in computer systems information and information technology. Typical positions for which graduates are qualified include: computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, computer support specialists.
  • Transfer seamlessly to a CT State College or University with the CSCU Pathway Transfer: Computer Science Studies degree.

Earn a certificate 

Networking, Object/Oriented Programming, and  Management Information Systems (MIS) certificate programs are available to students who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study.

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Quick Facts

Computer Information Systems Quick Facts

Fast Job Growth
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Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

In Demand Skills
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CIS and MIS combine business and technical skills. The Connecticut Department of Labor projects demand in Computer Science to increase by 17.4% between the years 2012 and 2022.

Utilize a Broad Range of Skills
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Combines analytical, business, communication, decision making, leadership, and organizational skills

Additional Details

A degree in CIS is your gateway to one of the fastest growing and highest-paid job fields in the market.

As a member of one of the College’s original and longest-standing degree programs, you’ll learn from a continuously updated and evolving curriculum that reflects the needs of today’s technology professionals. 

As a CIS student, most of your classes will take place in Technology Hall.

You’ll learn in “smart classrooms,” which feature advanced audio and video communications systems. 

  • Every CIS classroom includes student workstations with current software loaded.
  • Networking lab courses are held in one of three specialized smart classrooms connected to an adjacent server room. 

The CIS degree can lead directly to employment as a:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Web Software Developer
  • Network Administrator
  • Database Specialist
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Systems Analyst and more...

You will also have the option to transfer your credits to a four-year college or university with similar degrees.

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Program Requirements

Computer Information Systems Technology A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics or MAT*H172 College Algebra or higher 3
Scientific Knowledge Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 4
Scientific Reasoning CSC*H250 Systems Analysis and Design or CSC*H252 Project Management 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed—Prefer ENG*H102 Literature and Composition or ENG*H200 Advanced Composition 3
Program Requirements CST*H130 Networking Essentials I 3
CSC*H205 Visual Basic or CSC*H113 Programming I 3
CST*H120 Introduction to Operating Systems 3
CSC*H231 Database Design I 3
ACC*H113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
CSC Programming Elective 1 3
CSC Programming Electives 2 12

Total Credits: 61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Choose one of the following:
CSC*H206 VISUAL BASIC II
CSC*H211 VB & ASP .NET Web Programming
CSC*H213 Object-Oriented Programming Using C++
CSC*H214 Advanced C++ Programming
CSC*H217 Object-Oriented Programming Using C#
CSC*H220 Object-Oriented Programming Using JAVA
CSC*H227 Web Programming with JAVA
CSC*H228 Mobile Device Programming
CSC*H229 Programming II
CSC*H232 Database Design II
CSC*H237 Database Programming with VB.NET 3

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

2Choose four of the following:
CSC*H205 Visual Basic I or CSC*H113 Programming I
(if both are taken, one can be used to meet the 4 elective requirement)
CSC*H206 VISUAL BASIC II
CSC*H211 VB & ASP .NET Web Programming
CSC*H213 Object-Oriented Programming Using C++
CSC*H214 Advanced C++ Programming
CSC*H217 Object-Oriented Programming Using C#
CSC*H220 Object-Oriented Programming Using JAVA
CSC*H227 Web Programming with Java
CSC*H228 Mobile Device Programming
CSC*H229 Programming II
CSC*H232 Database Design II
CSC*H237 Database Programming with VB.NET 3
CSC*H183 Information Systems in Organizations
CSC*H236 Introduction to Client/Server Systems
CSC*H252 Information Systems Project Management
CSC*H295 Co-op Education Work Experience
CST*H235 Network Systems
CST*H236 Advanced Network Systems
CST*H239 Servicing & Support of Local Area Networks
CST*H248 Practices in Security Management
CST*H274 Network Security Technology
ACC*H117 Principles of Managerial Accounting

††Choose not more than two of the following:
CSA*H135 Spreadsheet Applications
CSA*H205 Advanced Applications
BMK*H216 Internet Marketing
CJS*H224 Computer Crimes
CJS*H234 Computer Security and
Data Protection
DAT*H101 Introduction to Digital Arts
DAT*H108 Digital Imaging I
DAT*H205 Multimedia Authoring II
DAT*H215 Multimedia Web Authoring

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate desirable attitudes and work habits–creative thinking, the ability to solve problems, cooperation, good judgment, responsibility, and self-reliance.
  2. Understand and respect the employer-employee relationship and appreciate the need to produce high quality work.
  3. Communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  4. Demonstrate sufficient understanding of information technology for entry-level employment and advancement in the field.
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to professional organizations through attending meetings, seminars, and continuing education programs.
  6. Apply knowledge of interpersonal and motivational skills and communication techniques learned in English, speech, psychology, and social sciences when working with customers, peers, and subordinates.
  7. Develop sound ethical, philosophical, and moral professional characteristics.
  8. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, and toward the working environment.
  9. Acquire a level of math skills appropriate for student's area of concentration.
  10. Be able to list and describe emerging technologies.

CSCU Pathway Transfer: Computer Science Studies A.A./A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H186 Pre-Calculus 4
Scientific Reasoning BIO*H121, CHE*H121, or PHY*H221 4
Program Requirement CSC*H113 Programming I1 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Scientific Knowledge BIO*H122, CHE*H122, or PHY*H222 4
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirement CSC*H229 Programming II1 3
Program Requirement MAT*H254 Calculus I1 4
THIRD SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Program Requirement CSC*H231 Database Design I1 3
Program Requirement MAT*H256 Calculus II2 4
FOURTH SEMESTER
Continuing Learning/Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning/Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Program Requirement CSC*H227 Web Programming with Java 3
Program Requirement EET*H252 Digital Electronics2 4
Program Requirement MAT*H210 Discrete Math1 3

Total Credits: 60

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Must earn a C or above on these courses.

2 Must earn a C- or above on these courses.

Certificate in Computer Networking

Course No. Title Credits
CSC*H205 Visual Basic I 3
or
CSC*H113 Programming I
CST*H120 Intro to Operating Systems 3
CST*H130 Network Essentials I 3
Three Elective Courses (9 credits) from this list
CST*H235 Network Systems 3
CST*H236 Advanced Network Systems 3
CST*H239 Servicing & Support of LANS† 3
CST*H274 Network Security Technology 3
CST*H248 Practices in Security Management 3
CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
Total Credit Hours 18

†Please see advisor for alternative classes.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Provide the student with the personal computer skills necessary to effectively function in today’s workplace.
  2. Offer a “hands-on” learning experience in the personal computer networking software most commonly used in business and industry.
  3. Provide the opportunity for a more advanced technical understanding of personal computer local area networks, their design, installation and management.
  4. Provide entry-level opportunities to individuals seeking positions requiring computer networking skills.
  5. Upgrade the personal computer knowledge and skills of individuals currently employed.

Certificate in Management Information Systems

Two Required Courses (6 credits)

Course No. Title Credits
CSC*H205 Visual Basic I 3
or
CSC*H113 Programming I
CSC*H231 Database Design I 3
Four Elective Courses (12 credits) selected from this list
CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
CSC*H183 Information Systems in Organizations 3
CSC*H205 Visual Basic I e
or
CSC*H113 Programming I (if both are taken, one can be used to meet the 4 elective requirement)
CSC*H206 Visual Basic II 3
CSC*H211 VB & ASP .NET Web Programming 3
CSC*H227 Web Programming with Java 3
CSC*H228 Mobile Device Programming 3
CSC*H229 Programming II 3
CSC*H250 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CSC*H252 Information Systems Project Management 3
CSC*H237 Database Programming with VB .NET 3
CST*H130 Networking Essentials I 3
Total Credit Hours 18

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Acquire a familiarization with terminology and structure of various programming languages.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use software tools for program development.
  3. Write, compile and run effective business applications.
  4. Troubleshoot common programming problems and test solutions.
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of relational database concepts.

Certificate in Object Oriented Programming

Two Required Courses (6 credits)

Course No. Title Credits
CSC*H205 Visual Basic I 3
or
CSC*H113 Programming I
CSC*H231 Database Design I 3
Four Elective Courses (12 credits) from this list
CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
CSC*H205 Visual Basic I 3
or
CSC*H113 Programming I (if both are taken, one can be used to meet the 4 elective requirement)
CSC*H206 Visual Basic II 3
CSC*H211 VB & ASP .NET Web Programming 3
CSC*H213 Object Oriented Programming Using C++ 3
CSC*H214 Advanced C++ Programming 3
CSC*H220 Object Oriented Programming Using Java 3
CSC*H227 Web Programming with Java 3
CSC*H228 Mobile Device Programming 3
CSC*H229 Programming II 3
CSC*H237 Database Programming with VB .NET 3
Total Credit Hours 18

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of objects in application programs.
  2. Define and implement efficient object-oriented solutions using C++, JAVA, and Visual Basic.
  3. Write, compile, and execute programs using C++, JAVA, and Visual Basic programming languages.
  4. Create applications using object-oriented features.
  5. Use inheritance and interfaces to create robust, reusable, programming code.
  6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of relational database concepts.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

This certificate program will prepare students for applications and system programming positions within a business environment. Courses are designed to offer students immediate positions in industry, and will also provide a solid foundation for continuation in our two year associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems Technology.


This certificate is for individuals who desire an understanding of personal computer networks and their use in the workplace. The course of study will provide you with a thorough knowledge of local area network design, network management, installation, servicing and support. Students will possess an understanding of PC network technology and programming, set-up, communications, utilities and system management.


The Object-Oriented Programming certificate educates students in the areas of object-oriented programming and systems design, with students taking courses in the area of object-oriented systems (OOS). Programming languages include C++, VISUAL BASIC and JAVA.

An introduction to client/server systems applications is also included in this certificate program. Courses are designed to educate students for immediate positions in the industry and provide a solid foundation for continuation in our two-year associate degree in Computer Information Systems Technology.

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Academic & Transfer

Transfer options are available for students who choose this course of study.  Talk with your advisor.

Career Paths

After you graduate, you’ll join thousands of successful NVCC graduates who already work in information technology. Specialize in areas like: management information systems, microcomputer networking administration, and object-oriented programming. Or, prepare for a career as a:

  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer Support Specialist

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