Associate in Science (A.S.)
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. in 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 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
FLCC's online learning offers you a flexible and convenient way to reach your educational goals. With this option, you can pursue your A.S. in Information Systems at least 50 percent online. Learn more about FLCC online learning.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:
- Apply computational concepts and analytical thinking in the development of computer algorithms and solutions.
- Compare information systems and technologies used in organizations, explaining their impact on the success of organizations.
- Apply computer algorithms and solutions to solve theoretical problems in businesses and/or organizational operations.
- Analyze the social context of computing as it impacts individuals, organizations and society (including ethical, legal, security and global policy issues).
Graduates earning baccalaureate degrees will be prepared for positions in areas such as:
- Computer Programming
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Business Intelligence
- Technical Support
- 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 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, Newark, 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.
As an Information Systems major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the Brenda S. (Brockman) Beck Memorial Scholarship. For information on this scholarship, contact the FLCC Foundation.
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 associate degree levels.