Why Study Computer Information Systems?

The need for innovative programmers and developers to design and build increasingly sophisticated and capable computer information systems continues to grow. For those who enjoy challenge, logic, systems, and technology, the field offers rewarding careers for developers who initiate and design software programs, and programmers who create the instructions (code). The AS degree in Computer Information Systems is meant for students who want to work in the field of software engineering, computer programming or program development. Students who complete the degree will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to continue their education and attain their career goals.

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Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.

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At Rockland Community College, you are provided with a Student Success Team that will help you with your academic journey, career exploration, transfer planning, support service referrals, and more! Your Team includes your Dean, Program Director, Faculty Advisor, Student Success Advisor, Connection Center Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Peer Mentors, and if you’re involved in any of these special programs, your Athletics, Honors, TRiO, and Veterans Advisors. During your first semester, you will take an ‘Introduction to the School’ course that will outline the various College offices and departments that can help you on your path.

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Career Outlook

The AS degree in Computer Information Systems provides students with a broad-based programming and mathematics background in preparation for a career as a computer programmer or developer. Students who complete this degree program, and programs to which they may transfer, may find positions in the computer programming or software engineering fields.


Internships may be available to support entry-level programming needs.

Job Roles

Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Systems Analyst


This program is of value in all fields today including healthcare, finance, government, retail, etc.


Computer Systems Analysts

$116,560 NYS Average
National Average $110,800 annually

Computer Programmers

$116,230 NYS Average
National Average $107,750 annually

Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

$123,920 NYS Average
National Average $108,460 annually

Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov

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