May 18, 2021
Academic Program Code: 450
The Computer Information Systems Pre-Major is designed for students who plan to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. A bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems prepares students to apply practical applications of technology to support organizations that use computers to organize and process information. This includes database management, networking, software design, and systems analysis.
This degree allows students to select specific courses that are equivalent to those offered in the freshman and sophomore years at four-year institutions. Transfer institutions may have specific admissions requirements or require particular courses be taken as part of the A.A. degree, both within general education and electives. Students who plan to transfer are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the transfer institution.
General Education Courses
Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list. Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.
English Composition and Communications
Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas. Only one (1) Foreign Language cousre can be used for the Humanities requirement.
Select two (2) Social Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Select two (2) Natural Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different sugject areas; one (1) must be a lab.
Select one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.
General Education Total Credit Hours
Select the elective courses for this program based on the course requirements of the Computer Information Systems program at the 4-year institution you plan to transfer to.
Essential Abilities/Technical Standards
The Grand Rapids Community College Computer Information Systems department has specified essential abilities and technical standards critical to the success of students in any academic program within the Computer Information Systems department. Students must demonstrate these essential abilities to succeed in their program of study. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria, and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria. Both are expected to meet the essential abilities and technical standards described below, with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Essential judgment skills to include: ability to identify, assess, and situations for the purpose of problem solving in the field of Computer Information Systems, and coming to appropriate conclusions and/or course of actions. Essential judgment skills include:
- Ability to utilize a set of software applications appropriate for the task
- Develop practical solutions to technological problems
- Deploy those solutions and provide for their maintenance and administration
- Essential physical/neurological functions to include: Behaviors that demonstrate essential neurological and physical functions include, but are not limited to: observation, listening, understanding relationships, writing, and psychomotor abilities consistent with course and program expectations. This includes:
- Ability to effectively integrate research methods, appropriate theory, mathematics, and computational technology to analyze and solve problems encountered in the development of technological solutions
- Essential communication skills to include: ability to communicate effectively with fellow students and faculty. Skills include verbal, written, and nonverbal abilities as well as information technology skills consistent with effective communication. Specific examples include:
- Ability to effectively elicit requirements for a problem requiring the use of computer technology to solve, and the written and oral communication of results to technical and non-technical colleagues and clients.
- Essential emotional coping skills: ability to manage potential stressors that accompany tasks necessary to safely engage in the practice of Computer Information Systems work determined by professional standards of practice. Essential emotional coping skills include the ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues.
- Essential intellectual/conceptual skills to include: ability to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in order to be productive and competent in the Computer Information Systems field. This includes:
a. Ability to effectively integrate research methods, appropriate theory, mathematics, and computational technology to analyze and solve problems encountered in the development of technological solutions.
b. Ability to assimilate new methodologies and advances in computer technology in an ever-evolving discipline.
- Other essential behavioral attributes: ability to engage in activities relevant to the Computer Information Systems field without demonstrated behaviors of addiction to, abuse of, or dependence on, alcohol or other drugs that may impair behavior or judgment. The student must demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions as a student in the Computer Information Systems department and as a developing professional in the field of Computer Information Systems consistent with accepted standards of practice. Finally, the student must be able to integrate the ethical standards of the profession and their professional knowledge and skills to contribute to society.
Grand Rapids Community College strives to be more than ADA compliant. We strive to be accessible and welcoming to all students of all abilities. After reviewing the Essential Abilities/Technical Standards for this program; your responsibilities as a student entail determining if you can complete all associated coursework either:
- With Accommodation. I am otherwise qualified to meet the same academic standards as any other student entering the program. However, based on a medically documented condition or diagnosis, I would qualify for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). I will meet with Disability Support Services on campus to arrange those accommodations in an interactive process with the department of Computer Information Systems.
- Without Accommodation. I am able to complete the program without need for reasonable accommodation or modification. In the event my medical documentation reveals otherwise or a condition manifests that would necessitate an accommodation; it is my responsibility to inform a responsible authority figure within the department of Computer Information Systems and work with Disability Support Services to see if a reasonable accommodation or modification can be made.
If you have a medically documented condition or diagnosis, please contact the Computer Information Systems office, or contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at email@example.com or by phone at 616.234.4140 to arrange accommodations through our interactive process.