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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 who can provide effective technical solutions to meet the specific needs of their business. This goal requires that employees possess both information technology skills and an understanding of business processes. Through the Associate in Science Information Systems degree program offered by Finger Lakes Community College, students can gain the fundamental preparation needed to meet the need for 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 Associate in Science Information Systems degree program is designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions into business division studies, primarily into the management information systems (MIS) area. Students can transfer to four-year colleges and universities such as SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Morrisville, Rochester Institute of Technology, and others.*

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which our 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: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

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 in 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 who earn baccalaureate degrees will be prepared for positions in areas such as computer programming, systems analysis and design, business intelligence, technical support, operations, database management, and 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, 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 students to enroll in fundamental courses during their first semesters and work with faculty advisors to determine which degree program is best suited for their career and academic goals.

Resources and Technology: Computer resources for student learning are extensive and varied at FLCC.  Our classrooms and computer labs are equipped with state-of-the-art personal workstations connected to a local area network (LAN).  We also provide wireless network capabilities for all students with laptops and tablets.  Full access to the internet is available throughout the campus. Courses on campus are taught utilizing multiple platforms; 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. 

The College also offers computer certification and testing at the Victor Campus Center, where students can take exams for Microsoft, Cisco, CompTia, and other technologies.

The Scholarships

The Brenda Brockman Beck and Pat Nettnin Scholarships are awarded annually to students who meet specific criteria of the award. For details, contact a member of the Computer Science faculty or the Financial Aid Office.

The Faculty

The Computing Sciences faculty bring to FLCC a wide breadth of talent and a great depth of experience both in academia and industry. Each faculty member specializes in a particular area of the discipline, and continually strives to stay current in that area. We are committed to providing students with the most up-to-date programs and courses, and strive to provide our students with an excellent education at the certificate and associates degree levels.