Computer Information Systems at Aquinas College

Computer Information Systems Web Design Minor

Minor Requirements: Twenty-eight (28) semester hours.

  • At least twelve (12) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • No more than six (6) combined semester hours of Independent Study, Life Experience, and Field Experience may be applied toward the minor.
  • For a CIS minor to be declared in conjunction w/another major or minor, no more than two (2) courses or a maximum of eight (8) semester hours may overlap.
  • Only courses with a grade of C or better will count toward the minor.
CS154 Database 1.0
CS158 Web Page Design 1.0
CS161 Image Editing 1.0
CS170 Principles of Operating Systems (coreq. CS180) 3.0
CS180 Structure and Logic (corequisite CS170) 4.0
CS182 Data Structures (CS180, MS151 or MS252) 4.0
CS220 Survey of Programming Languages (CS158, CS182) 3.0
CS242 Database Theory (CS154, CS170, CS180) 3.0
CS244 Web Programming with Database (CS220, CS242) 4.0
CS258 Advanced Web Page Design (CS158) 1.0
MS151 Elementary Statistics or MS252 Statistics 3.0


  • CS154 Database (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers basic database and file management functions using Microsoft Access. It is a software application class, not a programming course, and introduces skills such as creating reports, setting up input forms, and looking up database information. Database software packages are used to create and manage data files such as employee records, inventory files, names and addresses, and business contact lists. This course would be beneficial to students of all backgrounds.

  • CS158 Web Page Design (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers web page design using Adobe Dreamweaver. Basic HTML coding is introduced, but programming experience is not a prerequisite. Some prior experience with computers and the Internet, however, is presumed. Students must have access to the Internet and an email account outside of class. (Aquinas student accounts are available.) Course projects introduce skills such as using templates, integrating graphics and images, forms, and frames.

  • CS161 Image Editing (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers the creation and editing of professional quality graphics. These graphics can be used to enhance web pages, professional presentations (with photography), and other non-chart graphics. Students will scan, manipulate, and compress digital images. The course is currently taught using Adobe software.

  • CS170 Principles of Operating Systems (3)

    Fundamental concepts in operating systems and how they are used in computing will be explored. Hands-on exposure to Windows and a UNIX-type operating system are included. A study of disk layouts and management as well as memory management will be presented. Windows and UNIX command prompt manipulation will complete the requirements. Co-requisite of CS180 recommended.

  • CS180 Structure and Logic (4)

    Fundamental concepts in structured object-oriented programming. Structures include sequence, selection, repetition, writing, and the use of methods and objects. Programs will be designed using the Warnier-Orr diagramming tool. Designs will be coded, debugged, and tested using a programming language. Co-requisite of CS170 recommended.

  • CS182 Data Structures with C# (4)

    Programs using classes, objects, error handling, arrays, and array-based lists will be designed coded, debugged, and tested using the Windows GUI interface and the C# programming language. Prerequisites: MS151, CS180.

  • CS220 Survey of Programming Languages (3)

    Fundamental concepts of programming in low- and high-level languages, compiled and interpretive languages, procedural and non-procedural languages will be studied. As this is primarily a programming course, students will be designing, writing, testing, and debugging programs in several languages. Prerequisites: CS158, CS182.

  • CS242 Database Theory (3)

    Introduction to concepts and technology of database management systems; physical data organization; hierarchical, network, and relational models; reading and writing basic structured query language (SQL) statements using a commercial relational database management system. Prerequisites: CS154, CS170, CS180.

  • CS244 Web Programming with Databases (4)

    Students will design and implement an application using a database engine and a programming language that supports web development. Students will study and use advanced SQL statements, and will be required to design, code, debug, and test a web-based application. Prerequisites: CS220, CS242.

  • CS258 Advanced Web Page Design (1)

    This course is the second of two courses in web design. It is designed to teach advanced topics such as XHTML formatting, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash, Fireworks, JavaScript and dynamic HTML and animation. Prerequisites: CS158.

  • MS151 Elementary Statistics (3) QR

    Designed primarily for students who have had no more than two years of high-school mathematics or its equivalent. Includes the fundamental concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: MS107. This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.

  • MS252 Statistics (3)

    Designed for students who have had at least three (3) years of high-school mathematics or its equivalent. Topics to be covered include frequency distributions, variability, probability, sampling, estimation, testing, hypotheses, analysis of variance, regression and correlation analysis, and nonparametric tests. (Course counts as three (3) semester hours toward a minor, but only one (1) semester hour toward a major.) Prerequisite: MS114.This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.