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Information Systems

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

For growth and performance, computer information systems are critical to the business operations of most companies and organizations. Businesses today are seeking individuals that can provide effective technical solutions to meet the specific needs of their business. This goal requires that employees possess information technology skills and an understanding of business processes. Through FLCC's A.S. information systems degree program, you will gain the fundamental preparation required for meeting the need of qualified information systems professionals.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of computer systems analysts is expected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and mobile networks will increase demand for these workers.

The Program

The information systems program is designed to prepare you for transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in the business division, primarily in the management information systems (MIS) area. Some transfer options to four-year colleges and universities* include:

  • SUNY Colleges at Fredonia and Morrisville
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Online Learning

The A.S. information systems degree program at FLCC is conveniently accessible on the internet and may be fully completed online. For more information on FLCC's online learning programs, contact the Office of Online Learning at (585)-785-1303 or you can visit the colleges' online degree programs page.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the technical knowledge and skills to develop and implement computer programming solutions necessary for successful transfer to a Management Information Systems (MIS), or related major at a four-year institution of higher learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability for sound reasoning and problem-solving by planning, documenting, implementing, testing, and executing computer solutions for business-related problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic business concepts by conducting system feasibility studies, evaluating and recommending software applications, and creating database solutions from user specifications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics in the development of computer algorithms and solutions.
  • Write clear and concise technical documentation, user documentation, and needs analyses.
  • Locate, research, analyze, and evaluate technical materials and professional technical resource organizations.
  • Effectively organize their thoughts, plan a presentation, and deliver oral presentations to an audience of their peers and instructors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be effective team members, whether in the workplace or in society, by learning how to work together and communicate with each other in order to create a computer solution or final project within a required timeframe.
  • Discuss key ethical issues and global concerns in relation to the field of computer science, and their responsibility to this field as computer science professionals of the future.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research, identify, evaluate, analyze, select, and implement current technologies as appropriate in order to implement effective business solutions.

The Graduates

Graduates earning baccalaureate degrees will be prepared for positions in areas such as:

  • Computer Programming
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Business Intelligence
  • Technical Support
  • Operations
  • Database Management
  • Applications Development

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for computer systems analysts was $79,680 in May 2012.

The Experience

The information systems program incorporates advanced level courses in object-oriented programming (OPP), systems analysis and design, and applied database management. Required business courses include business communications, economics, marketing, and accounting.

The curriculum of FLCC's computer programs is designed to be flexible, allowing you to enroll in fundamental courses during your first semester. In addition, it grants you the opportunity to work with faculty advisors to determine which degree program is best suited for your career and academic goals.

Resources and Technology: Computer resources are extensive and diverse at FLCC. Classrooms and computer labs are equipped with state-of-the-art personal workstations, which are connected to a local area network (LAN). Additionally, if you have a laptop or tablet, wireless network capabilities are provided for you. Full access to the internet is available throughout the campus. Courses on campus are taught utilizing multiple platforms such as Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Computer labs are open evenings and weekends, and are also available at the FLCC Geneva Campus, Wayne County Campus, and Victor Campus Centers.

FLCC also offers computer certification and testing at the Victor Campus Center, where you can take exams for Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, and other technologies.

The Scholarships

As an information systems major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Brenda S. (Brockman) Beck Memorial
  • Patricia Nettnin Memorial

For information on these scholarships, contact a member of the computing sciences department or the financial aid office.

The Faculty

The faculty in the computing sciences department brings extensive talent along with a great deal of experience in academia and industry to the classroom. Each faculty member specializes in a particular area of the discipline, and continually strives to stay current in that area. FLCC is committed to providing you with the most up-to-date programs and courses, and strives to provide you with an excellent education at the certificate and associates degree levels.