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Curriculum Information Guide

Computer Programming and Information Systems

Dr. Jill O'Sullivan, Chair
Computer Systems Department
School of Business


Bachelor of Science Degree

Demand continues to be strong for students skilled in Information Technology. Of the top 10 degrees in demand for bachelor’s degree levels, four are computer related. They include the following degrees:

Computer Science
Information Science and Systems
Computer Engineering
Management Information Systems/Business Data Processing

As reported in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of programmers, web developers, systems analysts and network architects is projected to grow in the range of 22 – 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average projected growth for overall occupations.

The Computer Programming and Information Systems baccalaureate degree program requires a set of core courses that all graduates must take. The Core courses provide the diverse but fundamental foundation in technology necessary to create a technology savvy individual. In addition, the student selects one of five tracks with concentrations in Programming, Systems Development, Networking, Web Development or Database. Each track offers the student a skill set in one discipline of Information Technology and enables him/her to study a particular area in depth.

This program touches on all aspects of computer programming and information systems. It provides a practical hands-on approach to programming with an emphasis on solving business problems.

Typical Employment Opportunities

Computer Support Specialists
Information Technology Specialists
Data Communications Analysts
Quality Assurance Technicians
Systems Analysts
Data Base Analysts
Web Developers
Network Administrators
Software Applications
Computer Network Technologist
CISCO Computer Network Technologist
Infor Applications Specialist for Visual and Cloud Suite Interfaces ERP Software Analyst Oracle Software Applications


Programmers convert project specifications, addressing problem statements and procedures, into detailed coding in a computer language. They will also develop and write computer programs to store and retrieve documents, data and information.

The Systems Analyst analyzes business, scientific and technical problems for application to computer-based systems.

For those interested in networking, our program offers courses in conjunction with the Cisco Networking Academy. Students taking and passing these courses receive training certifications for each course directly from Cisco. These courses prepare each student for taking the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam.

Web Development professionals are in demand due to the growth of the Internet and the expansion of the World Wide Web (the graphical portion of the Internet). This rapid growth has generated a variety of occupations related to the design, development, and maintenance of Web sites and their servers.

Database professionals will be prepared to design and administer the advanced databases that industry relies on.

Computer Programming & Information Systems (BS) Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will be trained as technical problem solvers and will receive the knowledge and skills necessary to function and grow in this high-demand workforce.
  • Graduates will have had experiential learning opportunities such as internships and/or capstone projects.
  • Graduates will have an understanding of social and ethical issues as it relates to information technology.
  • Graduates will be effective communicators and work successfully in teams.

Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 121-123

Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.


1: No student will be permitted to remain in the Computer Programming and Information Systems Program if he/she has received three “F’s” in any BCS course or courses. Candidates for graduation will be required to have a minimum average GPA of 2.0 in BCS courses.
2: For all BCS courses that require a BCS prerequisite, the BCS prerequisite must be completed with a grade of C or better.
3: Students must complete at least 18 credits with BCS designation at Farmingdale.
4: Students with life experience may challenge up to 3 courses (9 credits via credit-by-evaluation).

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.