Computer Information Systems, A.A.S.

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Applied Science

Nature of Program

This program provides knowledge and skills necessary to manage and support computer hardware, software applications, operating systems, networking, and security of computers. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to earn the following industry recognized entry-level certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and Cisco CCENT. Certifications may be taken at the PearsonVUE testing center located in the Potomac State College Student Success Center. Discounted testing vouchers are available to Potomac State students who complete the required course(s).

Career Opportunities

Careers in small to medium-sized business Information Technology departments with job titles such as Call Center Technician, Technical Support Specialist, Junior Network Administrator, Junior Manager of Information Systems, Computer Repair Technician, Computer Systems Technician.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor regarding the GEF courses available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (GEF 1)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
Finite Mathematics 1
Applied College Mathematics
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 2)4
COMM 104Public Communication (GEF 5)3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 8)3
or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
CIS 112Intro to Networking and Security3
CIS 152Principles of Management Information Systems3
CIS 245Applied Programming3
CIS 248System Analysis and Design3
CIS 250Directed Computer Experience 13
CIS 252Database Design 13
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Lower Level Major Elective (Select four of the following):12
PC Hardware Concepts
Microsoft Application 4:Access
Web Page Design
Introduction to Cyber Security
Networking Fundamentals
Electives7
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3COMM 104 (GEF 5)3
CS 101 (GEF 2)4CIS 1123
CIS 1523CIS 2453
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
WVUE 1911 
Elective1 
  
  
 Lower Level Major Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ACCT 2013ECON 201 or 202 (GEF 8)3
CIS 2483CIS 2503
CIS 2523Lower Level Major Elective3
Lower Level Major Elective3Elective3
Lower Level Major Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

Computer information systems, A.A.S.

  • Design client and server machines, using a variety of operating systems, to exist in a networked environment with the highest possible degree of security.
  •  Use operating system commands and tools to configure servers using best practices for secure implementation.
  •  Design, document and implement computer software solutions based on a business need and its requirements.
  • Describe and apply best practices in responsible and ethical use of computer systems.
  • Communicate in writing and verbally in the subject of computing and business concepts using technical terms in order to secure and maintain employment