NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Ferris State University - University Center & Big Rapids Campus

Program: Computer information systems

The Computer Information Systems program is designed to prepare students for positions as computer programmers, program/analysts, or systems analysts in business and industry. A programmer is a technician who writes the instructions which the computer must follow to solve a given problem. Starting positions include application programmer/analyst, business analyst, systems analyst, networking administrator, consultant, software developer, computer support specialist, systems administrator, project leader, and web developer.

Example descriptions:

A SYSTEMS ANALYST examines existing business problems in detail and improves current procedures or develops new systems, using computers when appropriate to solve problems.

A PROGRAMMER/ANALYST engages in both activities, to some extent, depending upon the problem to be solved.

Information Systems is a fast-changing field, and the FSU CIS program stays abreast of the changes. Equipment is replaced as newer models are developed, and courses are continually being revised to give students the most relevant and up-to-date preparation.

This program also provides the necessary related business skills for immediate employment in Information Systems and for advancement to management positions.

Admission Criteria

  1. 2.5 GPA (Some programs may be more competitive.)
  2. Ferris requires a 2.0 or higher in each class to transfer starting in the fall of 2009.
  3. Completion of ENG 111 and MTH 111 or competency via ACT, SAT or Accuplacer.
  4. Completion of an Associate degree or an accumulation of 48 transferable semester hours.
  5. It is strongly recommended that students with transfer credits from other institutions work in conjunction with FSU's advisors. Students should make contact with FSU as early in their academic career as possible. Because of the nature and constant change in this program, students should stay in contact with FSU throughout their career at NMC.
  6. The following courses will complete the Associate in Science and Arts degree.

Ferris contact:

Ferris Statewide, University Center Contact, Traverse City: FerrisNorth@ferris.edu, (231) 995-1734

CIS Advisor Contact:

Main Campus, Big Rapids: (231) 591-2420

A student could choose an Applied Associate degree in Computer Information Systems or an Associate in Science/Arts degree from NMC and transfer into FSU's CIS program. The MTA agreement is incorporated below. If you choose an Applied Associate degree in CIS you will need to complete either FSU general education, or NMC's general education.

Basic Requirements

Completion of the Basic Requirements, as listed, at NMC will fulfill most of the general education requirements at FSU. Upon request the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED."

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111

English Composition


ENG 112

English Composition




Select 2 classes representing 2 departments from the Humanities Division


Select 1 Cultural Enrichment or Cultural Enrichment Activity course from this list that transfers to FSU at 200-300 level (blue or green highlight)


Natural Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Natural Science list including one LECTURE/LAB


Social Science

ECO 201



ECO 202



Select one course (not ECO) from Group 1 Social Science list




MTH 131

Introduction to Probability and Statistics


Additional NMC Requirements

Required Classes



ACC 121

Accounting Principles I


ACC 123

Accounting Principles II


BUS 261

Business Law


MGT 241

Principles of Management


MKT 201

Principles of Marketing


MTH 111

Intermediate Algebra or competency via ACT, SAT or Accuplacer.


COM 111

Public Speaking


CIT 110

Program Logic and Design


CIT 178

Relational Databases


CIT 195

.NET Applications Prog.


CIT 218

Web APP Programming ASP .NET


CIT 228

Data Sources


CIT 255

.NET Object-Oriented Programming


CIT 280

Systems Analysis and Design


Directed Electives

Chosen in consultation with Ferris State University


Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2023