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Information Systems & Technology, Associate of Science

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The Information Systems & Technology Associate of Science degree prepares students for transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at four-year colleges and universities. The area of information systems, under the headings of Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT), has become critical to the operation of many organizations. The field has evolved from a cost center to one where IS and IT operations are providing strategic value to corporations. The knowledge required to be effective in this field has also grown. IS and IT staff must understand not only how computers operate, but also how they can be effectively networked together. The use of internet technologies has become pervasive and database management has also become an integral function. The Information Systems & Technology Associate of Science degree is designed to provide students who intend to transfer to four-year institutions with a strong and broad background in the area of IS and IT. Key courses are provided in the area of web development, networking, and database development. In addition, the program develops strong programming skills in a programming language of the student’s choice.

Graduates are able to:

  • solve IS and IT problems within the context of business systems
  • communicate effectively within an organization
  • work productively in team and individual settings
  • demonstrate professionalism and ethical behavior
  • adapt to emerging technologies and new environments

Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities.  Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in

Curriculum – A.S. Degree

First Semester

  • 3 Credits
  • Computing & Programming Fundamentals Track 4 Credits 3
  • Mathematics 3-6 Credits 1
  • Social Science 3 Credits 2
  • Free Elective 3 Credits

Second Semester

Third Semester

  •  Computing & Programming Fundamentals Track 3-4 Credits 3

Fourth Semester

Total Credits 61 - 66

1 Students must select two courses from the following list:  ( MATH 112 Precalculus I  and MATH 113 Precalculus II  ) or MATH 114H Precalculus - Honors ; MATH 151 Calculus I ; MATH 152 Calculus II ; MATH 256 Linear Algebra ; MATH 255 Discrete Mathematics ; or MATH 110 Statistics I . Some four-year colleges require two semesters of calculus and a statistics course. Since there are only two mathematics courses required in the A.S. program, it is suggested that students use the Free Elective in the fourth semester to satisfy the third math course for transfer. Students should check with a transfer counselor about their requirements and the transferability of the math courses and other electives.

2 Select a course or courses from the appropriate category of the General Education  list. Students should check with a transfer counselor about their requirements and the transferability of the electives. For the Science courses, many four-year institutions require a two semester sequence of a Lab-Science (e.g. PHYS 101 General Physics I  and PHYS 102 General Physics II  for Physics or CHEM 103 General Chemistry I  and CHEM 104 General Chemistry II  for Chemistry).

3 Students with no prior course in computing concepts or programming are encouraged to take Track 1. Students may choose either Track 1 or Track II as listed below: 

Track I:  1st Semester: CISY 103 Computer Concepts and Programming   
   2nd Semester: CISY 105 Foundations of Computer Science 
   3rd Semester: CISY 254 Data Structures  
Track II:  1st Semester: CISY 105 Foundations of Computer Science   
   2nd Semester: CISY 254 Data Structures   
   3rd Semester: Select one from: CISY 249 Java , CISY 238 C Programming , CISY 242 Object Oriented Programming , CISY 224 Introduction to Visual Basic.NET . 


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