Computer Information Systems

Business & Technology

Degree awarded: Associate in Science

Program 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.

Program 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.

Program 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.

Computer Information Systems

Associate in Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
CISC 115 Computer Science I 4
ENGL 101 English I 3
MATH___ Mathematics Elective (QL) + 3
---------- Social Science: Society and Institutions over Time Elective (SIT) 3
---------- Elective 3
Second Semester
CISC 125 Computer Science II 4
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 151L English II (Literature) 3
MATH 165 or
MATH 180
Applied Calculus or
Calculus I
---------- Elective 3
Third Semester
CISC 230 Data Structures & Algorithm Analysis 4
---------- Science Elective (SCI) 4
---------- Arts and Humanities Elective (AH) 3
---------- Elective 3
Fourth Semester
CISC 225 Computer Organization 4
CISC___ CISC Elective ++ 3
---------- Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior Elective (SSHB) 3
---------- Electives 6
Total Credits: 62/63

+ Mathematics Elective options: MATH 140, 145, 160, 175, 176, 181, 210, 211
++ CISC Elective options: CISC 104, 270

  • 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).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).
  • 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: PHIL 111G, PHIL 202G, or PSYC 103G.
  • 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.

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