Sep 20, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Catalog

Pathway Degree with Computer Information Systems Concentration, A.A.


Academic Program Code: P10

This Pathway Program with a concentration in Computer Information Systems is designed for those students who are still deciding which specific area within the Academic Pathway they would like to study or for those who intend to transfer in a related area for which GRCC does not offer an academic program.  Students who have decided on an academic program within the Academic Pathway offered at GRCC should select that program and follow the coursework plan outlined in that program.

Students who graduate from this program will earn an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and may be eligible to earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) credential. 

The coursework needed to complete this program is listed below.  The highest priority courses are listed in order and are organized to give students both an opportunity to explore the field and complete general education requirements for the degree. The open elective coursework allows students the opportunity to work with a GRCC advisor or faculty member to select courses and create an individualized transfer plan. Transfer plans are created by identifying an academic program at a 4-year institution, and choosing general education and open elective courses that will allow the student to complete the first two years of that 4-year program at GRCC.  It is recommended that students select an academic program and/or transfer institution as early as possible to minimize taking unnecessary coursework.

Academic Placements


Students with academic placements should follow these guidelines when selecting coursework for Priority I.

College Readiness: Strategies for College and Life Success (PY 100 ) must be taken in the first semester at GRCC.

Math:  Math courses should be selected based on ALEKS placement score.

Reading/Writing:  Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) courses should be taken in the first semester at GRCC. See the table below for courses that can be taken with IRW courses.

IRW 97 COM 131 , CIS 100 , CIS 103 , CIS 116, CIS 120  
IRW 98 COM 131 , COM 135 , CIS 100 , CIS 103 , CIS 116 , CIS 117 CIS 120 , CIS 123 CIS 127 , CIS 129 , CIS 132 , CIS 135 , CIS 148 , CIS 149 , CIS 171 CIS 175 , CIS 176 , CIS 178 , CIS 223 CIS 227, CIS 265, CIS 266  
IRW 99/EN 101 COM 131 , COM 135 , CIS 100 , CIS 103 , CIS 116 , CIS 117 , CIS 120 , CIS 123 , CIS 127 , CIS 129 , CIS 132 , CIS 135 , CIS 148 , CIS 149  , CIS 171 , CIS 175 , CIS 176 , CIS 178 , CIS 223 , CIS 227 CIS 265 , CIS 266 , PL 205 , SO 260  

Priority I


Students should select courses from the Priority I list based on the number of credits they wish to take during the semester. If students are unable to schedule Priority I courses they should move to and select from the list of Priority II courses. 

When selecting a math course, students should consider the requirements at GRCC or their transfer institution.

Priority I Elective Options


Students should select two (2) Electives from either Software and Systems Development; Infrastructure, Operations, and Security; or Web Design and Graphics Software courses below, based on their education and career interests.

Software and Systems Development


Students interested in Computer Science should take CIS 123  and a Math Elective.  Students interested in Computer Programming should take CIS 116  and CIS 171 .  Students interested in Computer Information Systems should take CIS 116  and CIS 171 .

Infrastructure, Operations, and Security


Students interested in the Computer Support Specialist, Network Administration, or Cybersecurity should select from the courses below.

Web Design and Graphics Software


Students interested in Web Design should take CIS 149 .  Students interested in Graphics Software should select CIS 120 .

Priority II Courses


After completing the Priority I courses, students should consider if this Pathway Program still meets their education and career goals. 

  • If a student wishes to move into a specific academic program or to a different Academic Pathway, they should initiate this change using the Declaration of Academic Program in the student Online Center and begin taking the courses in the academic program.
  • Students who wish to remain in this Pathway Program or who are still deciding on an academic program should take the Priority II courses listed below. If students are unable to schedule Priority II courses, they should prioritize taking the remaining general education course requirements needed for this program.
  • Students should review progress toward degree completion in MyDegreePath.

When making the decision to select EN 102 , COM 131 , or COM 135 , consider the program requirements at GRCC or transfer institution.

Priority II Elective Options


Students should select two (2) Electives from either Software and Systems Development; Infrastructure, Operations, and Security; or Web Design and Graphics Software courses below, based on their education and career interests (must be different than the courses selected in Priority I).

Software and Systems Development


Students interested in Computer Science should take CIS 223  and a Math Elective.  Students interested in Computer Programming should take CIS 116  and CIS 171 .  Students interested in Computer Information Systems should take CIS 123  and CIS 117 .

Infrastructure, Operations, and Security


Students interested in the Computer Support Specialist, Network Administration, or Cybersecurity should select from the courses below.

Web Design and Graphics Software


Students interested in Web Design should take CIS 149 .  Students interested in Graphics Software should select CIS 120 .

Priority III


After completing the Priority II courses, students should consider if this Pathway Program still meets their education and career goals.

  • At this point, it is very important that students work with a GRCC advisor or faculty member to get help with course selection and to map out their future coursework based on their academic and career goals.
  • If students wish to move into a specific academic program or to another Academic Pathway, they should initiate this change using the Declaration of Academic Program in the student Online Center and begin taking the courses in the academic program or Academic Pathway Program.
  • If students want to remain in this Pathway Program or are still deciding on an academic program they should:
    • Review progress towards academic program completion in My Degree Path.
    • Complete the General Education requirements for this program (listed under Degree Completion & Graduation).
  • Once the coursework in Priorities I and II, and the General Education requirements for this program are completed, any courses may be taken to complete this degree. The remaining number of courses will depend on the number of credit hours needed to reach the 60 credits required for graduation. For students intending to transfer to a 4-year institution, remaining courses should be selected based on the identified program or major at the college or university they plan to attend.

Degree Completion & Graduation


In order to fulfill the GRCC General Education requirements for this degree, students must complete at least 30 credit hours of coursework through the following course requirements:

  • EN 101 English Composition I;
  • EN 102 English Composition II OR COM 131 Fundamentals of Public Speaking OR COM 135 Interpersonal Communication;
  • 2 Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas;
  • 2 Social Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas;
  • 1 Mathematics General Education Elective (must meet MTA requirements);
  • 1 Lab Natural Sciences General Education Elective and one (1) Lab or Non Lab Natural Sciences General Education Elective.  Must be from two (2) different subject areas.

Once students have completed the general education and course requirements outlined in Priorities I, II, and III, they should take the following steps:

  1. Review progress towards academic program completion in My Degree Path.
  2. Ensure they have declared the correct academic program and have the correct catalog year.
  3. Work with a GRCC faculty member or advisor to identify and complete the remaining requirements and open elective coursework needed to graduate from GRCC and to transfer to a 4-year institution. 
  4. Apply to graduate.

Total Credit Hours


60