Associate in Information Systems

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Strayer University's Associate of Arts in Information Systems curriculum is designed to provide you with knowledge of computer systems planning and development. If you're interested in learning more about this technical program, continue reading.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

If you enroll in Strayer University's Associate of Arts in Information Systems program, you will have the opportunity to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of operating systems, databases, and networks. You will have the chance to gain skills in using logic, scripts, structured query language, and hypertext markup language as well as learn commands for working in Windows and Unix environments. In addition, the program is designed to explore privacy concerns and legalities associated with data security. This program is offered at university campuses and online.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You may have foundational knowledge of how computer systems function. You may also stay up to date on technological trends and innovations. Applicants to Strayer University's programs should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

This undergraduate degree program requires the completion of 90 credit hours: 22.5 core, 36 major, 22.5 general studies, and nine elective credits. Academic advisors will assist you in choosing appropriate electives for your field of study.

Information Systems Course Requirements

Area 1Core Component
ACC 100 Accounting I
BUS 100 Introduction to Business
CIS 105 Introduction to Information Systems
ENG 115 English Composition
MAT 105 Introduction to College Mathematics

Area 2Major Component
CIS 110 Computer Programming Design
CIS 111Introduction to Relational Database Management Systems
CIS 155 Operating System
CIS 175 Introduction to Networking
CIS 210 Systems Analysis and Development
CIS 242

CIS 276
C++ Programming
OR
SQL Programming
CIS 307 Web Page Development I
CIS 324 Computer Ethics
CIS 331 System Modeling Theory

Area 3General Studies Component
ENG 215 Research and Writing
HUM 101 The Origins of Western Culture
PSY 100

PSY 105
The Individual and Society
OR
Introduction to Psychology
SCI 110

SCI 115
Introduction to Physical Science
OR
Introduction to Biology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

Area 4Elective Component


Selected in consultation with an academic advisor

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts in Information Systems program, you could seek opportunities with traditional or Web-based businesses, colleges, government agencies, or not-for-profit organizations. You could work in computer security, website construction, or systems analysis.

Entry-level positions you could pursue include:

  • Helpdesk support specialist
  • Computer programmer
  • Network administrator

Advanced Degrees

After earning your associate's degree, you could go on to enroll in a related bachelor's degree program, which could provide you with the opportunity to strengthen your existing computer training, concentrate in a technical sub-field, or develop your project management skills. If you decide to continue your education by enrolling in Strayer University's Bachelor of Information Systems program, you could be able to apply all of your associate degree credits toward the major. This bachelor's degree program offers a number of specializations, not limited to Web development, security administration, programming, and networking.

Strayer University also offers such related majors as:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Computer Security and Forensics
  • Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in E-Business