Computer Information System, Programming Option, AAB

Associate of Applied Business in Computer Information Systems, Programming (244106AAB)

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Program Description

The Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Computer Information Systems (CIS) - Programming degree option allows students to attain knowledge of effective software application development, client/server application development, and database application development and management for businesses.

The CIS program offers high level training by introducing students to basic computing concepts while allowing them to develop the applied skills required for the workforce. Courses are taught in cutting edge computer labs so students can learn and practice skills. Schedules offer a range of day and evening classes.

Requirements for Admission

  • Admission to The University of Akron.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum of 15 earned credit hours for transfer students.
  • Students must pass a Computer Literacy Placement test before taking any required Computer Information Systems core courses or take CISS:105 Introduction to Computers and Application Software, which does not count towards degree requirements.
  • Students must attain a C or better in each transferred course in the CIS major area.

Program-Specific Degree Requirements

  • Students must attain a C or better in each course in their major area.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum of 15 earned credit hours for Inter- and Intra-College Transfer into all Associate and Bachelor degree programs in Computer Information Systems.
  • Additional classes may be needed to transition into a BS degree in Computer Information Systems.

Career Information

Graduates of the associate and bachelor's degree programs in Computer Information Systems under the Programming option are expected to qualify for such positions as programmer/analysts, software developers, database administrators, and web developers in in government, business, information technology, and other industries.

The following information has official approval of The Department of Computer Science ​and The College of Engineering and Polymer Science, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor. Transfer students should consult their Advisor to identify courses that are equivalent. 



Programming Major Core30
Business Core12
General Education19
Total Hours61

Programming Major Core 

CISS:121Introduction of Logic/Programming3
CISS:134Cybersecurity Fundamentals3
CISS:140Internet Tools3
CISS:145Introduction to Unix/Linux3
CISS:160JAVA Programming 23
CISS:170Visual BASIC 23
CISS:180Introduction to Database Management 23
CISS:240Computer Information Systems Internship 23
CISS:241Systems Analysis & Design 13
CISS:256C++ Programming 13
Total Hours30

Business Core

COMM:107Essentials of Management Technology3
COMM:108Introduction to Business3
COMM:211Essentials of Financial Accounting3
COMM:202Elements of Human Resource Management3
Total Hours12

General Education 

First Writing Requirement3
Speaking Requirement3
Natural Science without Lab Requirement3
Social Science/Domestic Diversity Requirement3
Technical Mathematics II
and Technical Mathematics III
or MATH:145 Algebra for Calculus
ECON:100Introduction to Economics 33
Total Hours19


  • Students entering the Computer Information Systems associate's and bachelor's degree options must pass a Computer Literacy Placement test or complete the following bridge course prior to enrolling in the program.
  • Bridge Course: CISS:105 Introduction to Computers and Application Software 

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
First Writing Course 3
Technical Mathematics II
and Technical Mathematics III 4
COMM:108 Introduction to Business 3
CISS:121 Introduction of Logic/Programming 3
CISS:140 Internet Tools 3
Spring Semester
COMM:107 Essentials of Management Technology 3
CISS:134 Cybersecurity Fundamentals 3
CISS:145 Introduction to Unix/Linux 3
CISS:170 Visual BASIC 2 3
CISS:180 Introduction to Database Management 2 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Speaking Requirement 3
Social Science/Domestic Diversity Requirement 3
COMM:211 Essentials of Financial Accounting 3
CISS:241 Systems Analysis & Design 1 3
CISS:256 C++ Programming 1 3
Spring Semester
Natural Science without Lab Requirement 3
COMM:202 Elements of Human Resource Management 3
CISS:160 JAVA Programming 2 3
CISS:240 Computer Information Systems Internship 2 3
ECON:100 Introduction to Economics 3 3
 Total Hours61

Program Notes 

Policy Alert: By the end of your first 48 credit hours attempted, you must have completed your required General Education Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic, Writing First Course, and Speaking requirements.