SUNY Jefferson

Computer Information Technology AAS

Program Type: Career
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: Passion for technology, working with computers, figuring out how things work
Skill Development: Problem evaluation and problem-solving, computer system development
Career Options: Business, government, education, public service
Program Code: HEGIS 5104

Graduate ready to meet the IT needs of area businesses

To create the Computer Information Technology A.A.S. program, Jefferson consulted with local businesses and organizations to determine the skills and knowledge companies need. The College designed a program that prepares you to be a technology generalists able to solve today’s challenges with computers and technology.

You’ll gain hands-on experience in a variety of information technology (IT) areas, including software application use and customization, programming, database design and implementation, web page development, and networking technology. 

This program offers:

  • IT generalist focus to prepare you to work and lead a small team
  • Career readiness for a variety of IT jobs and industries
  • Business and management classes for greater marketability

Computer Requirements: Students entering this program are required to purchase or lease a professional computer system for home use. Computers are an integral part of all course instruction within the Computer Information Technology A.A.S. program.

Build the skills you need for a growing IT profession

There is a strong demand for graduates with a degree in computer information technology. In fact, the field is expected to grow at a rate much faster than other professions—by more than 10 percent over the next 10 years.

You’ll prepare for the field by working in computer laboratories and solving real-world challenges. You will learn to be a creative problem-solver who is able to plan, coordinate, and implement computer-related solutions and computer systems that meet organizational goals. 

And you’ll gain the business and management skills you need for immediate employment as a computer programmer or analyst, networking professional, database administrator, web designer, or IT support specialist.

Learn to develop and customize computer technology

When you graduate with a Computer Information Technology A.A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Customize software and computer applications to meet client/user needs
  • Design, implement, and maintain computer networks
  • Understand database and web page design principles
  • Develop basic computer programs

Go beyond your associate's

If you are interested in further study you should research bachelor’s program requirements to maximize transfer credit. SUNY Morrisville, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY Canton are popular transfer schools. You may want to explore Jefferson’s Computer Information Systems A.S. or Computer Science A.S. programs. They are both designed specifically for transfer.

“Teaching in this discipline is like having the ground move under your feet. The material is ever changing.”Jack N. Donato
Professor of Computer Science


Degree requirements for Computer Information Technology A.A.S.

Computer Information Systems (28 credit hours)

CIS 100: Information Technology Orientation 
CIS 110: Introduction to Computing and Applications 
CIS 111: Operating System Environments 
CIS 116: Introductory Programming 
CIS 119: Introduction to Web Page Design 
CIS 210: Advanced Computing with Microcomputers 
CIS 212: Analysis and Logical Design 
CIS 216: Advanced Programming 
CIS 221: Computer Architecture 
CIS 222: Physical Design and Implementation 

Network Technology (6 credit hours)

NET 100: Networking Fundamentals 
NET 131: Local Area Networks 

Business (3 credit hours)

BUS 112: Introduction to Business 

Liberal Arts (22 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing 
Economics Elective: ECO 101: Macroeconomics or ECO 102: Microeconomics
MTH 155: Algebra, Functions & Modeling or higher 
Mathematics Elective 
Lab Science Elective 
Social Science or Humanities Elective1

Free Elective1 (3 credit hours)


Total 62 credit hours


1Students considering transfer to a SUNY baccalaureate program should use these electives to fulfill additional SUNY General Education requirements.

Program contacts

Jack N. Donato
Computer Science/Energy Department Chair and Professor of Computer Science
jdonato@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2455

C.J. Jackson
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
cjackson@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2429

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
admissions@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522