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Computer Information Systems

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Computer Information Systems?

The Associate in Applied Science degree, offered through the College of Business at Ferris, prepares students to support computing systems by providing programming, systems analysis, network administration, and some database management skills.

Entry-level positions include jobs such as programmer/analyst, network administrator, systems analyst, computer support specialist, and other related positions in the field.

This program has close relationships with industry through a program advisory board and requires internships as a practical hands-on experience. The hands-on approach gives graduates a real-world look at their professional field.

Career Opportunities

With an AAS in CIS, typical positions include Web-based jobs such as:

  • Web architects or programmers are responsible for the overall technical construction of the website.  They create the basic framework of the site and ensure that it works as expected.  Web architects also establish procedures for allowing others to add new pages to the website and meet with management to discuss major changes to the site.
  • Web designers are responsible for how a website looks.  They create the site’s layout, integrate graphics, implement applications (such as retail checkout tools), and manage the content of the site.  They also write web-design programs in a variety of computer languages, such as HTML or JavaScript.
  • Webmasters maintain websites and keep them updated.  They ensure that websites operate correctly and test for errors such as broken links.  Many webmasters respond to user comments as well.
  • Web developers design and create websites.  They are responsible for the look of the site.  They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle.  They also may create content for the site. 

    The AAS in CIS helps professionals integrate their computing and business skills to radically improve the ways in which all organizations collect, manage, and use data to achieve their goals.  They also facilitate communication between technical and business specialists in order to identify optimal computing solutions.


The CIS program provides maximum flexibility for students, and easily changes with the market place. The curriculum core is aligned to a national standard (IS 2002) produced by the ACM, AITP, and AIS professional societies. This core was created from skills and attributes listed in thousands of job advertisements for IS positions.

The Associate in Applied Science degree is aligned to easily flow into the four-year bachelor degree in CIS.

Admission Requirements

New Students SAT Scores

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Two of the Three Criteria:

  1. SAT ERW score of 450 or higher

  2. SAT Math score of 500 or higher.  Placement in MATH 109/110 will be considered (SAT Math score of 480 or higher).

  3. SAT Composite of 900 or higher

New Students ACT Scores

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Two of the Three Criteria:

  1. ACT English score of 16 or higher

  2. ACT Math score of 19 or higher

  3. ACT Reading score of 19 or higher

Transfer Students

  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended.  GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more.  Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.

  • Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; or SAT ERW score of 450 or higher; or Accuplacer English score of 6 or higher.

  • Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 114/115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; SAT Math score of 500 or higher; or Accuplacer Math scores:  Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0-49. 

More Information:
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business web page under the Admissions tab.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree are here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives. 

 Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Computer Information Systems program at Ferris leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major, and overall.

More Information

Accountancy, Finance & Info Systems
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  Next Accreditation Review is February 2028.

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Computer Information Systems - 61 Credits

Professional Component - 12 Credits
Princ. of Financial Accounting
Introduction to Statistics
Contracts and Sales
Principles of Marketing
CIS Major Requirements- 12 Credits
Fund of Prog Design and Logic
Fundamentals of Database Sys
A+ Certification 1
A+ Certification 2

Choose ONE concentration from below:
Systems Support Concentration - 12 Credits
Windows Client Administration
Windows Server 1
Windows Server 2
Choose one:
Network +
Linux Administration
Programming Concentration - 12 Credits
Intro to Java Programming
Mobile Application Development
Web Application Development
Advanced Java Programming
Custom Concentration - 12 Credits
Courses must be pre-approved by Faculty Advisor or Program Coordinator