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Computer Information Systems - Information Technology


The Computer Information Systems-Information Technology degree program provides a solid foundation in computing areas most important in today’s workplace—including PC operating systems, common applications software, data communications and networking, database management systems, computer programming, and systems analysis and design.  In addition to required courses all students take in the program, elective courses may be chosen to develop specialization in a selected area of computing or to obtain a broader understanding of computer technologies and how they fit together. (Many of our students use their elective courses to earn a related Proficiency Certificates in addition to their degree, such as the Computer Programming and Software Development Proficiency Certificate or Network and Systems Administration Proficiency Certificate or Cybersecurity I Proficiency Certificate.)

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Use technology effectively to communicate and analyze information related to computer information systems.
  • Work as a part of a professional team to analyze, design and implement computer information systems.
  • Install, configure and maintain computer information systems, including the system’s operating system and common computer hardware and software.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of computer information systems terminology and practices, including those related to networking and data communications technology.
  • Effectively use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation graphics and database management software in a professional office environment.
  • Design and implement a relational database.
  • Develop solutions to common programming problems using the structured sequential logic of computer programming languages.

Program Entry Requirements:

This program is open to interested students. However, new students are normally required to take the College’s placement test at their time of entry.

Students who have had prior computer-related experience may be placed in more advanced courses after consultation with and approval of the department chairperson.

Students identified as needing developmental work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

A total of 60 credit hours as prescribed must be satisfactorily completed with a grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average).

Computer Information Systems - Information Technology Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
First Semester
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
CIS 106 - Introduction to Computer Programming   4  
CIS 105 - Computer Systems Maintenance   4  
Second Semester
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or above   3 Mathematics
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
CIS 150 - Network Technology   4  
MATH 121- Computer and Logic or
MATH 163 - Discrete Math
For MATH 163 a Prerequisite of MATH 161 with a grade of “C” or better or MATH 162 or higher 3/4  
CIS 205 - Database Management Systems CIS 103 or (CSCI 111 and CSCI 112) 4  
Third Semester
CIS or CSCI Concentration Course*   3/4  
Natural Science Elective   3/4 Natural Science
CIS or CSCI Concentration Course*   3/4  
CIS 270 - Systems Analysis and Design CIS 205 4  
CIS or CSCI Concentration Course*   3/4  
Fourth Semester
Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities
CIS or CSCI Concentration Course*   3/4  
CIS or CSCI Elective (if necessary to reach the minimum of 15 credits of CIS or CSCI electives)*   3/4  


*Concentration Courses:

Cybersecurity Concentration Courses

  • CIS 152 – Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • CIS 155 - Principles of Operating Systems
  • CIS 114 - Java Script
  • CIS 204 Fundamentals of Linux and Unix
  • CIS 252 - Windows Server Configuration
  • CIS 259 - Computing & Network Security
  • CIS 261 - Cyber Investigation
  • CIS 274 - Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing

Web Design Concentration Courses

Programming Concentration Courses

  • CSCI 111 - Computer Science I with Java and Python
  • CSCI 112 - Computer Science II with Java and C++
  • CSCI 125 - Introduction to Video Game and Simulation Development
  • CSCI 211 - Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CSCI 213 - Computer Organization
  • CSCI 215 - Introduction to Android Development
  • CIS 204 - Fundamentals of Linus and Unix

Networking Concentration Courses

  • CIS 252 - Windows Server Configuration
  • CIS 253 - Windows Server Administration
  • CIS 256 - Cisco Routing Technology
  • CIS 257 - Advanced Cisco Routing and Switch Technology
  • CIS 259 - Computing and Network Security
  • CIS 297 - Network Technology Capstone

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements to help in your selection.

* CIS 100 and CIS 104 are for non-majors and do not count toward degree.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8785; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.