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Department of Computer Science

A Major in Computer Information Systems

The Department of Computer Science at The College at Brockport has offered an undergraduate degree program in information systems since Fall 1998 as one of the tracks under the computer science major. Recently, the College has received necessary approval from the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to designate the program as a separate major. Thus, starting January 1, 2009, students at The College at Brockport will be able to declare a major in Computer Information Systems.

Requirements for the new major

Requirements for the new major in Computer Information Systems are identical to the ones listed in the College Catalog (2007-09) for the Information Systems track of the Computer Science major. The same information is also available at the department web site www.brockport.edu/cs. Until the information is revised in the College catalog, all references to the Information Systems track of the Computer Science major and the new Computer Information Systems major should be treated synonymously.

Why this change?

Computer science is the study of the theory and practice of computation. Computer information systems is the study of the use of computers for systematic organization of data that supports efficient and accurate collection, processing, analysis and retrieval of information. Both incorporate aspects of several other fields: mathematics, experimental sciences, engineering, and business administration. However, the focus of computer science is technology development; in contrast, the focus of computer information systems is technology application. Please see the department web site for program educational objectives and student outcomes associated with the programs offered by the department. We believe that the new title for the information systems program reflects better its academic content.

With the separation of the information systems program as a new major, students may choose to double major in computer science and computer information systems, or major in computer science and minor in computer information systems (some restrictions in credits and courses apply), or major in computer information systems and minor in computer science (some restrictions in credits and courses apply).

What does this change mean to you?

New admits to the College: The Information Systems track of the Computer Science major is no longer available. Students interested in the academic programs offered by the department must choose either a major in Computer Science (Advanced Computing track or Software Development track) or a major in Computer Information Systems.

Students who matriculated in Fall 2006 or later: The requirements for the Information Systems track of the Computer Science major were last revised in Fall 2006. Thus, a switch to the new major in Computer Information Systems will not impose new requirements. All students who matriculated in Fall 2006 or later are encouraged to immediately switch to the new major in Computer Information Systems by completing a major declaration form. If you choose to stay with the current program, you are encouraged to complete the degree program under the Information Systems track as soon as possible. If for any reason, you drop out and get re-admitted to the College, the new requirements will become effective automatically.

Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2006: You have a choice to complete the degree program with the requirements in effect at the time of your matriculation or switch to the new major in Computer Information Systems. The switch to the new major will require completing CIS 206 IT Tools, CSC 209 UNIX Tools, CSC 442 Electronic Commerce Technology, and the IS Environment requirements. If these additional requirements will be a significant burden, you are encouraged to complete the degree program under the Information Systems track as soon as possible. If for any reason, you drop out and get re-admitted to the College, the new requirements will become effective automatically.

What should you do now?

If you are interested in switching to the new major in Computer Information Systems or declaring an additional minor,

  • meet with your advisor and make sure you fully understand the implications as they apply to your case,
  • complete a major declaration form, clearly indicating your major(s) and minor(s), and
  • submit the form to the department office.