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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

Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of currently popular software packages or suites. Includes word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software and the integration of these applications.

CIS 101 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides students with an introduction to computer and information systems used in business environments. Includes computer hardware and operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, database management software, networking and Internet, information systems, programming concepts, and computer security and ethics. IAI BUS 902

CIS 106 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to computer programming using a currently popular programming language. Includes program logic, program structure, subroutines/functions/methods, variables, conditions, loops, arrays, files/data access, and object-oriented programming. A variety of programs are created throughout the course.

Prerequisite: Math placement in MTH 101 or higher. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

ENG 101 3 Communications

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

Mathematics1 3 Mathematics

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
CSC 121 4 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces a disciplined approach to problem solving and algorithm development. Introduces both procedural and object-oriented design strategies; selection, repetition, and sequence control structures; containers (mathematical manipulation, searching, sorting, etc.); and file manipulation. Emphasizes program design, testing, and documentation using good programming style in a high-level, object-oriented programming language. Emphasizes mathematics, engineering, science, and computer science applications. Designed as the first of a sequence of courses (CSC 121, CSC 122, CSC 216, and CSC 217) for students majoring in Computer Science. IAI CS 911

Prerequisite: MTH 140 with a grade of C or better, or placement into MTH 200, or consent of instructor. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

CIS 143 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to database concepts. Primary focus is on the relational model of database management and querying databases using Structured Query Language (SQL). Existing relational databases are examined and manipulated, and new relational databases are created.

Prerequisite: CAS 160 or CIS 101 or WEB 110 with a grade of C or better and math placement in MTH 101 or higher. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

ENG 102 or

Description: Continues ENG 101. Reading literature and writing of various types of prose. Introduces methods used in writing investigative papers. IAI C1 901R

Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor or department chair.

SPE 101 3 Communications

Description: Theory and practice of oral communications. Development of poise, confidence and skill in speech organization and delivery. Emphasis on frequent speaking, development of standards of criticism and selection and organization of material. IAI C2 900

Humanities, Natural Science or Social/Behavioral Science+ 3 Humanities, Natural Science or Social and Behavioral Science
WEB 150 3 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces the foundational skills needed to create web pages utilizing HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Topics include Web design best practices, web site hosting, Internet protocols, graphics, media and security. Students utilize the skills learned to create a business-oriented web site project. IAI MC 923

Recommended: WEB 110 or CIS 106 or GRA 101 are strongly recommended courses in preparation prior to WEB 150.

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

Description: Provides students with hands-on experience implementing and maintaining computer networks. Includes networking standards, architecture, operations, security and troubleshooting using current network operating systems.

Prerequisite: CIS 101, NET 105, or WEB 110 with a grade of C or better.

NET 122  F   3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides students with a detailed examination of Internet addressing and protocols. Includes IP addressing, routing, IP, ICMP, ARP, TCP, UDP, DHCP, DNS, HTTP, FTP, and SMTP. Uses protocol analyzers to monitor and examine network traffic.

Prerequisite: CIS 101 or NET 105 or WEB 110 with a grade of C or better.

WEB 200 3 Program Requirement

Description: Builds on web foundation skills taught in WEB 150 with a focus on development of interactive web pages using HyperText Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript. Students utilize the skills taught to create a business-oriented web site.

Prerequisite: WEB 150 with a grade of C or better AND math placement in MTH 101 or higher.

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
CIS 211  S   3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to Information Technology project management. Includes project selection, initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and closure. Hands-on activities are performed using a currently popular project management software package.

Prerequisite: CAS 105, CAS 115 and CAS 125 with grades of C or better, OR CAS 160 with a grade of C or better; AND math placement in MTH 101 or higher. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

CIS 245 3 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces data analysis using current statistical computing and graphics software. Includes descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, regression, and hypothesis testing of large data sets used to make data-informed decisions.

Prerequisite: MTH 165 or MTH 225 with a grade of C or better.

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.

Resources

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.