Information Systems FAQs

Program Format

How long will it take to complete the program?

Students pursuing an Associate degree can complete the program in two years if students:

  • have already assessed into ENGL& 101 or completed the course prerequisites for ENGL& 101
  • have already assessed higher than MATH 099 or completed MATH 099.
  • attend full-time during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of the academic year
  • successfully complete all course requirements with satisfactory grades
  • sequence their course prerequisites appropriately (see an academic advisor for help if needed)

Students pursuing a certificate can complete the program in two to three quarters depending on the number of credits contained in the certificate if students:

  • do not have to complete additional prerequisites to enter courses included in the certificate
  • attend full-time during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of the academic year
  • successfully complete all course requirements with satisfactory grades
  • sequence their course prerequisites appropriately (see an academic advisor for help if needed)

Course Selection

Will I need any math and English?

  • ENGLISH: Yes. This degree require that students complete two English courses: 1) ENGL& 101 and 2) ENGL 201 or &235.
  • MATH: Students completing the Associate in Applied Science – T in Information Systems must complete MATH 130 or BA 240.
  • Additionally, students who have not already completed college-level math coursework must take the assessment test to place into MATH& 141 or higher in order to begin taking the PROG sequence of courses. Students placing lower than MATH& 141 are required to take math courses until they complete MATH 099. After completion of MATH 099, students can enter PROG 110, the first of the programming sequence.

Prerequisites

If you have taken courses at another institution that you believe meet our course prerequisites, learn about the procedure to clear these prerequisites for registration purposes.

What should I take my first quarter at Bellevue College?

If this is your first time in college, you are required to meet with an academic or faculty advisor in the Student Services building. During this meeting, your advisor will help you pick the most appropriate classes to begin your time here at Bellevue College. For more information about how to prepare for new student advising and for available times, please see the New Student Advising webpage.

If this is not your first time in college and you require guidance on how to choose your courses, please call the front desk at 425-564-2311 in order to schedule an in-person or phone appointment with an advisor. During this meeting, the advisor can review your unofficial transcripts and discuss possible courses to take during your first quarter. See the section below for information regarding typical first quarter classes.

Choosing Classes for Information Systems

Math and English

For most programs, it is important to take and complete math and English courses as early as possible. Many of the courses required for the program have math and English prerequisites that must be completed early if you hope to complete your program in a timely manner. To determine what math and English courses you will have to take, plan on taking the math and English placement test on campus. After taking this test, you will immediately receive your results. For more information see the Assessment Website.

Technical Coursework

If you intend on attending the college full-time, other courses recommended for you to start with could include PROG 110 and BUSIT 103.

PROG 110

Programming 110 is the first course in a sequence of courses for the software development track.

BUSIT 103

Business Intelligence 103 is the first course in a sequence of courses for the database courses.

Software Development Track

  • MATH 99 or higher & assessment into ENGL 101-> PROG 110 and PROG 109 -> PROG 117 -> PROG 120 -> PROG 210 -> PROG 260 (or PROG 225).
  • BUSIT 103 -> DBA 130 (& placement into ENGL 101) and [PROG 113 or 117]-> PROG 140

Database Administration Track

  • BUSIT 103 -> DBA 130 (& placement into ENGL 101) and [PROG 113 or 117]-> PROG 140
  • BUSIT 103 and ENGL 101 -> BUSIT 105
  • BUSIT 103 -> DBA 130 -> DBA 232
  • [IT 103 OR NSCOM 201] -> NSCOM 221 -> TECH 223

Business Intelligence Track

  • BUSIT 103 and ENGL 101 -> BUSIT 105
  • BUSIT 103 -> DBA 130 (& placement into ENGL 101) and [PROG 113 or 117]-> PROG 140
  • BUSIT 105 and PROG 140 -> BUSIT 205
  • BUSIT 110 and PROG 140 -> BUSIT 210