Business Systems Option/A.S. Degree

Program Advisor: Gregory Panczner, 413-236-4574 

Business Systems Option

The Business Systems option in the Computer Information Systems degree program provides students with the skills and knowledge to transfer to a baccalaureate institution for further study; or to pursue a career in a business environment, usually as an applications program­mer. A solid background in structured programming in two high-level computer languages, systems application, and analysis and design is emphasized, and course work in business is required.

To complete most computer assignments, students will need to use either BCC's computer lab or an off-campus computer.

Related majors at the baccalaureate level include computer infor­mation systems and management information

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Apply fundamental concepts of programming languages and software development to solve a diverse array of problems and recognize these concepts in different languages
  • Apply fundamental concepts of business such as accounting and economics to real world situations
  • Analyze business problems through data analysis and create viable solutions through the use of technology
  • Apply business ethics and procedures
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and succinctly through written and verbal means.


To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 66 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below. 

Program               44 Credits
BSS 202 Microsoft® Access 3
BUS 111 Principles of Accounting I 3
BUS 112 Principles of Accounting II 3
CIS 102 Fundamental Computer Literacy 4
CIS 124 C++ Programming I 4
CIS 125 C++ Programming II 4
CIS 155 Web Development 3
CIS 203 Systems Analysis & Design 3
CIS 231 Computer Science I with Java 4
CIS 232 Computer Science II with Java 4
ECO 211 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MAT Mathematics (see footnote 1) 3
Professional Elective (see footnote 2) 3

NOTE: A minimum of three CIS courses must be taken in the five years prior to graduation.

General Education 21 Credits
COM  Communication 3
ECO 212 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT 123 Elementary Statistics 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Additional As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio 4 items
Forum 4 Units
Health/Fitness 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Average - Overall & Area of Specialization 2.000



The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester 17 Credits
BUS 111   Principles of Accounting I 3
CIS 102  Fundamental Computer Literacy 4
CIS 124  C++ Programming I 4
MAT  Mathematics (see footnote 1) 3
ENG  English Composition/Writing 3
Second Semester 16 Credits
BUS 112  Principles of Accounting II 3
CIS 125  C++ Programming II 4
ENG  English Composition/Writing 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Third Semester 16 Credits
BSS 202  Microsoft® Access 3
CIS 155  Web Development 3
CIS 231  Computer Science I with Java 4
ECO 212  Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MAT 123  Elementary Statistics 3
Fourth Semester 16 Credits
CIS 203  Systems Analysis & Design 3
CIS 232  Computer Science II with Java  4
ECO 211  Principles of Microeconomics 3
COM  Communication 3
Professional Elective (see footnote 2) 3


  1.   MAT requires MAT 102 or higher to meet program requirements.
  2.   Professional Electives chosen from courses designated CIS, BSS 201 and BUS 220. Note: A minimum of three CIS courses must be taken in the five year prior to graduation.