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Computer Information Systems, A.S. (050.4) ♦


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Allegheny, Boyce, North, South, Online
Associate of Science

This program prepares students with a broad knowledge in computer information systems for transfer to a four-year institution. Students may continue in their studies at another college and earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information science or information technology.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will:

  1. Explain how a computer system’s hardware components impact performance of software.
  2. Implement programs using various data structures and abstract data types.
  3. Design a database application system with a representative database management system (DBMS).
  4. Create advanced graphical user interface components in a program or database.  

Degree Requirements


Total: 16 Credits


Total: 16–17 Credits


Total: 14–15 Credits


Total: 14–15 Credits


Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60–63


Students transferring to a college involved with PA-TRAC (Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center) and pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science can transfer seamlessly by taking the appropriate electives. Students must see an advisor or counselor regarding electives in the following areas:

1 Humanities Elective: Two courses from the approved PA-TRAC list of humanities electives recommended. See Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation .

2 Restricted Elective: Take one course of computers, math, science, social science or humanities electives.

3 Social Sciences Elective: Two courses from the approved PA-TRAC list of social science electives recommended. See Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation .

4 Mathematics Electives: Students transferring to a TAOC institution must take Discrete Mathematics (MAT-135), Probability and Statistics (MAT-165) and Calculus 1 (MAT-201).

5 Science Electives: Take two lab-based science course sequence such as General Chemistry (CHM-151 and 152), General Biology (BIO-151 and 152), Anatomy and Physiology (BIO-161 and 162), or non-calculus Physics (PHY-141 and 142).

Data Structures Elective: Choose CIT-244 or CIT-245

Students transferring to a non-TAOC institution or transferring to an Information Science, Cybersecurity or Information Technology degree other than a Bachelors in Computer Science should consult with a transfer counselor and their preferred baccalaureate institution when choosing a course to fulfill any elective.

Transfer Opportunities


The keystone icon indicates that this particular CCAC program is a Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (TAOC) approved Associate Degree program. All credits earned in this program are accepted by any state system college in Pennsylvania that offers a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems or Computer Science, including California University of Pennsylvania, Carlow University, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University. Other articulation agreements are available for students to complete the Associate Degree and transfer to La Roche College, Point Park University, Pennsylvania State University Commonwealth Campuses, Robert Morris University, University of Pittsburgh, West Liberty University and Westminster College.

Students may also transfer to Capella University , La Roche College , Pennsylvania College of Technology , Pennsylvania State University Commonwealth Campuses , Robert Morris University . It is important that students consult with a counselor early in their program to develop a course plan most appropriate for the school to which they intend to transfer. See www.ccac.edu/articulation for details.

It is important that students consult with a counselor early in their program to develop a course plan most appropriate for the school to which they intend to transfer. See www.ccac.edu/articulation for details.

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