Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Common Core Requirements

Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-114: College Algebra and Trigonometry for Technical Students1
MA-128: Calculus for Technical and Business Students1 
MA-260: Pre-calculus & Elements of Calculus for Bus. Students1
MA-321: Mathematics in Contemporary Society

REQUIRED CORE: 1C. Life & Physical Sciences (Select one course)2 3-43
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. ECON-101: Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON-102: Introduction to Microeconomics

FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A.2B.2C.2D.  Humanities elective (Select one course)4 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A.2B., 2D., or 2E.  Social Sciences or History elective (Select one course) 3
Subtotal 21-233

Major requirements

Courses Credits
BU-101: Principles of Accounting I 4
BU-201: Business Organization and Management 3
BU-203: Principles of Statistics 3
CIS-101: Introduction to Microcomputer Applications 3
CIS-102: Computer Programming Fundamentals for Business 3
CIS-152: Computer Programming for Business I 3
CIS-153: Microcomputer Operating Systems & Utility Software 3
CIS-201: Local Area Network Management 3
CIS-208: Database Management Systems 3
CIS-251: Analysis and Design of Systems Projects 3
Subtotal 31

Electives (choose 6 credits from:)

Courses Credits
CIS-202: Computer Programming for Business II 3
CIS-203: Object Oriented Programming for Business 3
CIS-204: Web Design 3
CIS-206: Spreadsheet Business Applications 3
CIS-252: Application Development for Mobile Devices 3
CIS-254: Data Security for Business 3
Subtotal 6

Major Electives

Courses Credits
Laboratory Science5: BI-132, BI-171, CH-102, CH-111CH-121, ET-842 or PH-112 0-1
Subtotal 0-1


Courses Credits
Free electives 1
Subtotal 1

Total Credits Required


1 Students intending to transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree should consult with an adviser to take either MA-128 or MA-260.

2 Laboratory science elective required for students who do not take STEM Variant in Required Core 1C.

3 The credit range accounts for Math credit variation in 1B and STEM variant in 1C.

4 Select one course from the Flexible Core designated as a Humanities Elective by a double asterisk (**) on page 76.

5 For students who do take 4 credit STEM Variant in Required Core 1C this laboratory science elective is not required. All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.A.S. in Computer Information Systems

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning
  5. Apply scientific methods and reasoning to investigate issues or problems in the natural and social sciences in order to draw conclusions

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on April 13, 2021.

Program Outcomes

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in computer information systems
  2. Make ethical judgements while recognizing multiple perspectives
  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives
  4. Use business application software and analytical reasoning and apply technological tools to solve business problems by creating and analyzing databases, developing and evaluating spreadsheets, and constructing web pages
  5. Create solutions to business problems by writing computer programs and mobile applications using modern programming languages
  6. Use technical tools and analytical reasoning to implement solutions to business problems by managing operating system and networking software and creating a secure computer environment
  7. Use foundational business principles to evaluate and solve problems for accounting, business management, and statistics

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