Computer Information Systems, Associate in Science

Overview

Narrative

Northampton's associate's degree in Computer Information Systems parallels the first two years of most information systems bachelor's degree programs. By working closely with your advisor, you can earn transferable credits that will allow you to enter a four-year institution with the first two years of course material completed. You'll save thousands of dollars on your education in the process.

Our curriculum includes computer programming, introductory computer architecture, and general education courses. A computer science elective will allow you to expand your knowledge in the area of operating systems or microcomputers.

Features

Depending on your plans and available time, you can complete this program in two years of full-time study with day and evening classes, or in three years of part-time evening study.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Career Potential: Systems Manager

NCC students have transferred to: DeSales University, East Stroudsburg University, Muhlenberg College, Rutgers University, Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Millersville University

Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Possess a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of the current field of computing upon which future growth within the field can be realized.
  • Be equipped with computer competencies necessary to compete in the business world.
  • Use critical thinking to evaluate computing problems and explore options for their solution.
  • Apply effective approaches for problem solving and data modeling.
  • Solve problems related to business computing and implement these solutions.
  • Possess an awareness of the ethical concerns of computing professionals.

Courses

First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

CISC115Computer Science I

4 credits

MATHMathematics Elective (QL) +

3 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

General Education Elective (SSHB)

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Second Semester

CISC125Computer Science II

4 credits

CMTH102Introduction to Communication

3 credits

 

MATH165Applied Calculus

3 credits

OR

MATH180Calculus I

4 credits

 

ENGL151LEnglish II

3 credits

Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Third Semester

CISC230Data Structures & Algorithm Analysis

4 credits

General Education Elective (AH)

3 credits

Science Elective (SCI)

4 credits

Electives

6 credits

Total Credit Hours:17

Fourth Semester

CISC225Computer Organization

4 credits

 

CISC280Law & Ethics of Computer Security

3 credits

OR

CISC286Linux Administration

3 credits

 

General Education Elective (SIT)

3 credits

Electives

6 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 63-64

+ Mathematics Electives: MATH140, MATH145, MATH160, MATH175, MATH176, MATH181, MATH210, MATH211.

  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).
  • The General Education Electives specified above must be selected from the list of approved courses in each of the categories: Arts and Humanities (AH); Social Science: Society and Institutions over Time (SIT) and Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • All Electives must be chosen from the list of courses which are applicable to AA and AS degrees, and should be chosen with transferability in mind. 
  • Two courses must be taken in Writing Intensive (WI) sections. One must be selected from among the General Education Electives; the second must be selected from: PHIL111G, PHIL202G, or PSYC103G.