Information Systems Degree

Information Systems Degree at Harper College

Learn data management, software and web development

Career options business icon


  • Database administrator
  • IT analyst
  • Network administrator
  • Web developer

Prepare for a successful career in information systems by completing this 60-credit-hour degree program. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to obtain an entry-level data analysis, data management, software or web development position in the field of information systems after graduation.

Take classes in business software packages, computer information systems, computer logic and programming technology, computer science, web foundations, Internet protocols and more. Many courses are offered online or in blended formats, giving you added flexibility.

Harper College is a great place to study information systems. Three large open computer labs are staffed with certified IT Student Support Assistants who can assist with CIS, CAS and NET coursework. Many classes are designed to prepare you to complete IT industry certifications in programming, networking, server administration, security and more.

AAS degree program requirements

The 60 credit-hour curriculum prepares students for various data analysis, data management, software, and web development positions in the field of information systems, or transfer to a four-year institution. Students take courses in information systems, software development, web development, and general education.

F = Fall only course S = Spring only course U = Summer only course

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
CAS 160 3 Program Requirement
CIS 101 3 Program Requirement
CIS 106 3 Program Requirement
ENG 101 3 Communications
Mathematics1 3 Mathematics

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
CSC 121 4 Program Requirement
CIS 143 3 Program Requirement
ENG 102 or
SPE 101 3 Communications
Humanities, Natural Science or Social/Behavioral Science+ 3 Humanities, Natural Science or Social and Behavioral Science
WEB 150 3 Program Requirement

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
Humanities, Natural Science or Social/Behavioral Science+ 3 Humanities, Natural Science or Social and Behavioral Science
Information Systems electives2 7 Program Requirement
NET 121 or
NET 122  F   3 Program Requirement
WEB 200 3 Program Requirement

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
CIS 211  S   3 Program Requirement
CIS 245 3 Program Requirement
Humanities, Natural Science or Social/Behavioral Science+ 3 Humanities, Natural Science or Social and Behavioral Science
Information Systems electives2 4 Program Requirement

1 - Students must take at least three credit hours in a mathematics course at the level of MTH 103 or above. MTH 225 is recommended.

+ - Students must take nine credit hours in a minimum of two of these areas; three hours must be in a course that meets the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

2 - Students must take a combination of at least 11 credit hours during the third and fourth semesters,selected from any of the following: Business Emphasis - ACC 100, ACC 101, ACC 102, MGT 111; Information Systems Emphasis - CIS 206(S), CIS 216(F), CIS 220, CIS 230, CIS 243(F), CIS 244(S); Computer Science and Mathematics Emphasis - CSC 122, CSC 214, CSC 216, CSC 217, MTH 124, MTH 134, MTH 200, MTH 220, MTH 225; Information Assurance Emphasis - NET 280(S); Web Development Emphasis - WEB 110, WEB 235, WEB 250

Program learning outcomes

  • Apply computer hardware, software, and information systems concepts and techniques to a variety of business environments.
  • Apply common business productivity software to business functions, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation applications.
  • Analyze business problems and develop corresponding structured code.
  • Design, normalize, and administer relational databases.
  • Initialize, plan, execute, control, and close a project.
  • Apply appropriate statistical methods to a given problem.
  • Demonstrate professional and effective communication skills.

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Next steps

For more information about IT courses at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.