During the Winter term of 2003, the issue of the meaning of the CS and CIS prefixes was discussed via email. The conclusion of the matter was forwarded on to the state in the form of the following letter.

March 5, 2003

Elaine Yandle-Roth, Oregon Department of Education 255 Capitol Street NE Salem, OR 97310

After your discussion with David Todd regarding the use of CIS and CS prefixes for courses offered by computer science departments around the state, an e-mail discussion has taken place among the chairs of the community colleges and representatives from the computer science departments of University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University and Oregon Institute of Technology regarding the transferability of courses with either CS or CIS prefixes.

The consensus is that the courses for which OCCC provides a common course numbering system are considered to be lower division collegiate and the prefix used is the choice of the institution offering the course.

If you have any questions, or I can be of additional help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.


Steffen Moller, 2003 OCCC Chair