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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems, AS

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Total Credits: 60

Major Number: 5107
CIP Code: 11.0401

Program Description

This degree starts the student on the path to becoming an information systems professional. Coursework is designed to develop the student’s analytical and problem-solving skills, in conjunction with gaining broad-based, hands-on programming experience and proficiency. The program has been designed to equip students to transfer into a typical baccalaureate Information Systems degree program.

Program Prerequisites

Course placement into MATH 1061  or completion of MATH 0070 with a grade of C or higher. Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.

Special Instructions


Program Requirements

Total Credits: 12

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements

Select 18 credits
Consult with academic advisor/counselor or CSCI faculty to ensure appropriate selection based on academic and transfer goals.

Total Credits: 18

MnTC/General Education Requirements

Goal 1: Communication

Total Credits: 7

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Fulfilled when all MnTC goals for this degree are complete.

Goal 3 and/or 4: Natural Sciences/Math/Logical Reasoning

Minimum 8 credits.

Total Credits: 8

Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences

Minimum of 6 credits. Two courses from two different disciplines.

Total Credits: 6

Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts

Minimum of 6 credits. Two courses from two different disciplines.

Total Credits: 6

Goals 7-10: Theme Goals

Three credits in each of two Goal areas selected from Goals 7, 8, 9 or 10 are required. Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goals 7-10. One course may fulfill a maximum of two Goals. Credits count only once.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

Goal 8: Global Perspectives

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Goal 10: People and the Environment

Total Credits: 30

MnTC Elective Requirements

Total Credits: 3

Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note

  1. A grade of C or higher in all career/occupational courses is required.
  2. A grade of C or higher in specific general education courses is required.
  3. For students with little or no prior programming experience, CSCI 1060  or CSCI 1071  is recommended.
  4. Courses will be counted only once in the overall total. When a Mathematics course is selected to fulfill the Career/Occupational Elective Requirement and also fulfills Goal 4, it may be necessary to complete additional
  5. credits to meet the 60 credit total.

Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This degree program is designed for both employment preparation and transfer. Some of the courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan.
This degree transfers into the Computer Science Bachelors degree at Metropolitan State University through an articulation agreement. See your advisor or counselor if planning to pursue a computer-related bachelors degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Perform computer information systems analysis activities to include troubleshooting, systems monitoring, and computer information systems analysis activities.
  • The ability to function and communicate effectively as ethically and socially responsible computer information systems professionals.
  • Design, write, test, and debug computer programs written in contemporary structured and object-oriented languages.
  • Ability to develop algorithms which underlie common programming tasks.
  • Prepared to transfer into a typical four-year Computer Information Systems degree program.
  • Correctly implement given specifications when writing programs.

Program Contact Information

Zakaria Baani 651.779-3945 Room 3077 West
Robert Niemann 651.779.3252 Room 3075 West

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 14

Semester 3

Total Credits: 16

Semester 4

Total Credits: 15


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