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Associate in Science in Computer Information Systems

Division of Engineering Technologies and Computer Sciences – Curriculum Code: 2002

A Dual Admissions Program with Kean University
Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

 

Why major in Computer Information Systems?

This program prepares students to transfer upon graduation to four-year institutions to pursue baccalaureate degrees in Computer Information Systems or Management Information Services, or to enter the information technology field directly. With the rapid growth in information technology, demand has increased for qualified individuals to serve in such capacities as technical support specialist, network technician, database application specialist, PC technician, and Help Desk technician.

If I major in Computer Information Systems can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. You may choose to participate in the Dual Admissions Program with Kean University and have all your credits applied to the first two years of Kean’s bachelor’s degree program, or you may transfer to one of many other four-year colleges and universities and apply most or all of your courses toward a bachelor’s degree program.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 17 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. Part-time students can complete the program in three or four-years.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-4400.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts and theories of computer science including issues of computability, data organization, data manipulation, data storage, and data retrieval;
  • Utilize various problem-solving and critical-thinking techniques to construct algorithms;
  • Utilize a high-level computer language that incorporates object-oriented design techniques including encapsulation, abstraction, inheritance, and reusability to map the algorithm onto the digital computer; and
  • Apply business organization and management concepts to information technology environments.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

(35 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 and ENG 102 (two 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (10 credits)

MTH 113, MTH 114, and MTH 136 (one 4-credit and two 3-credit courses)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)

Choose one of the following lab science courses: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 104, BIO 121, BIO 122; CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 103, CHM 104; PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 103, PHY 104, PHY 113, or PHY 114 (one 4-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108 or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)

And choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

 

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(26 credits)

CIS 212 Systems Analysis & Design (3 credits)
CIS 215 Data Communications (3 credits)
CSC 121 Computer Science I (4 credits)
CSC 122 Computer Science II (4 credits)
CSC 225 Data Structures (4 credits)
CSC 221 Computer Systems & Architecture, CSC 228 Operating Systems, or CSC 235 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming (one 4-credit course)
CSC 231 Database Design (4 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(7 credits)

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I – Financial (4 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization & Management (3 credits)

Total Credits Required for Degree: 68

 

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

 

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
CSC 121 Computer Science (4 credits)
MTH 113 College Algebra with Trigonometry (4 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
CSC 122 Computer Science II (4 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization & Management (3 credits)
MTH 114 Unified Calculus I (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Summer Session
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
CIS 212 Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
CSC 225 Data Structures (4 credits)
ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I – Financial (4 credits)
MTH 136 Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
CIS 215 Data Communications (3 credits)
CSC 221 Computer Systems & Architecture, CSC 228 Operating Systems, OR CSC 235 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming (4 credits)
CSC 231 Database Design (4 credits)
Lab Science requirement (4 credits)

 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.