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    Lackawanna College


    Computer Information Systems

    Degree information

    The aim of this curriculum is to provide a conceptual and practical basis for the understanding and application of modern computer information systems. Theoretical principles acquired in the formal class sessions are refined and become usable skills through the utilization of the College’s computer laboratories. Over the course of this program, each element of a computer information system will be explored.

    From this curriculum, students can progress in either of two directions. Those who wish to continue their education will find they have acquired an excellent foundation for further study in Computer Information Systems or other related fields. Students who intend to work with computers professionally upon graduation will find Lackawanna’s program has given them the experience they need to succeed in a highly competitive market.



    • To acquaint the student with selected programming languages and applications packages
    • To acquaint the student with the syntax used in selected programming languages
    • To acquaint the student with computer program design using both object-oriented methodology and top-down structured methodology
    • To acquaint the student with the practical uses of programming languages and applications packages
    • To provide students with the mathematical background needed to work in a computer programming environment
    • To provide students with the mathematical background needed for transfer to bachelor’s degree studies in a similar major
    • To provide the student with foundation knowledge of the principles used in the field of Management Information Systems regarding computer systems, telecommunications, electronic commerce, security, privacy, and ethical considerations

    Essential Skills

    • To develop programming skills of each student to a level of mastery that will allow him or her to quickly adapt to working with programming languages and applications packages other than those covered
    • To develop the skills needed to determine which computer application program or programming language would best suit a particular task
    • To develop logical and step-by-step thinking skills in order to develop, write, and debug programs

    Information Resources

    Information resources used by CIS students include any of the following:

    • Internet resources can be used to acquire:
      • Programming Development Kits (compilers, interpreters, documentation, sample code)
      • Integrated Development Environments/IDEs (source program editor that interfaces with a compiler)
      • Vendor-supplied service packs (bug fixes)
      • Programming language tutorials
      • Product updates and announcements
    • Library resources (print) can be used for supplemental instructional and reference texts for programming and application packages/office suites
    • Library resources (non-print) can be used for computer based tutorials in programming and application packages

    View the curriculum guide (for students beginning in Fall 2015) – PDF

    Computer Information Science degrees are currently available only at the Scranton campus.