Computer Information Systems
As a Computer Programmer, you will write code to create software programs, and turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. You must also test programs to ensure that they produce the expected results.
Computer programmers are responsible for:
- Writing programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
- Updating and expanding existing programs
- Debugging programs
- Building and using Computer-Assisted Software Engineering (CASE) tools to automate the writing of some code
Did you know that a majority of the Computer Information Systems program can be completed online?
- Computer Information Systems AS (50% or more can be completed online)
Visit our Office of Online Learning for more information!
GCC's Computer Information Systems curriculum will provide you with the first two years of a baccalaureate Computer Information Systems degree. GCC's expanded microcomputer and mainframe facilities, classrooms, and laboratories will give you the extensive experience necessary for further study at the baccalaureate level.
Possible transfer options include:
- Computer information systems
- Management information systems
- Database administration
- Information technology
- Department of information science and technology
After getting your GCC degree, some occupations you may consider are:
- Business Intelligence Analysts
- Computer and Information Research Scientists
- Computer and Information Systems Managers
- Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
- Data Warehousing Specialists
- Database Architects
- Document Management Specialists
- Geographic Information Systems Technicians
- Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
- Search Marketing Strategists
- Software Developers, Systems Software
- Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
- Web Administrators
Please contact our Career Center for more information.
Starting at GCC saves many students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition. With an A.S. or A.A. degree you will be able to seamlessly transfer within the SUNY network of 64 college and universities as well as to many 4-year private institutions. GCC's A.S. and A.A. programs were developed as part of the SUNY seamless transfer initiative allowing students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree as a freshman and a sophomore at a community college, then seamlessly transfer to a SUNY four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. Please reference the SUNY Transfer Pathways for degree programs to learn about any campus specific requirements. Visit the SUNY Core Course Finder to plan out the courses you should complete to transfer to a 4-year SUNY School.
If you are planning to transfer to a 4-year private institution you should work with our Transfer Services office to learn about possible articulation agreements and pathways that exist for many or our degree programs. Some GCC A.A.S. programs also have transfer opportunities.
To learn more about these opportunities and agreements contact the Transfer Services Office, we are more than happy to work with you and answer any questions you may have on building your own personalized transfer plan.
Transfer opportunities can include, but are not limited to:
- Niagara University
- SUNY College at Alfred State
- SUNY College at Brockport
- SUNY College at Buffalo State*
- SUNY College at Canton*
- SUNY Empire State College
*GCC has transfer agreements with the above noted institutions.