The Computer and Information Systems Associate of Applied Science is designed around a core curriculum and three distinct options. The program’s core provides an introduction to computer concepts, software applications, operating systems, networking, database, computer servicing, internet, math, human relations, and writing. Graduates work in information technology for a wide variety of commercial businesses, education, federal/state/local governments, e-commerce, publishing, and real estate. Careers typically include positions such as technician/customer support, network administrator, web developer, draftsperson, database administrator, systems administrator, and related managerial and administrative roles.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Describe the methods for solving both hardware and software information technology problems.
- Communicate via speech and writing with end users about a broad spectrum of information technology concepts.
- Maintain currency in information technology knowledge and skills through continuous education and research.
- Manage the acquisition and setup of computer hardware, including mobile devices.
- Design and secure networks for homes and businesses.
- Diagram information technology processes as part of the systems development life cycle.
- Present an information technology plan with specific examples of solutions for a small business.
Academic Entrance Requirements
- High school diploma or GED
- Completion of WR 065 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking II or higher or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 7
- Completion of MTH 060 Beginning Algebra or higher or minimum placement Math Level 10
- Basic computer competency or CIS 010 Computer Keyboarding and CIS 070 Introduction to Computers: Windows
Other Entrance Requirements
All enrolled program students may have to pass a criminal history check (CHC) as a condition of their acceptance into a worksite for cooperative work experience. Students who do not pass the CHC may not be eligible to complete requirements at affiliated practicum sites or be hired for some professional positions. Students who believe their history may interfere with their ability to complete the program of study should contact the program director or department chair.
Additional Program Costs (beyond standard tuition/fees and textbooks)
- 16 to 64GB portable storage (USB or SSD drive): $20 to $100
- A desktop or laptop computer capable of running the latest version of the Windows operating system and the latest version of Microsoft Office: approximately $800
- Reliable high-speed internet access
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|CIS 101||Information Technology Orientation||3|
|CIS 122||Introduction to Programming||4|
|CIS 124||IT Fundamentals||4|
|CIS 131||Software Applications||4|
|CIS 135DB||Database Theory/SQL||4|
|CIS 140||A+ Essentials I||4|
|CIS 145||A+ Essentials II||4|
|CIS 178||Internet in Depth||4|
|or CIS 179CL|| Cloud Essentials|
|CIS 179||Networking Essentials||4|
|CIS 195||Web Development I||4|
|CIS 244||Information Systems Analysis||4|
|CIS 279WC||Windows Client||4|
|or CIS 179L|| Linux Essentials|
|CIS 297||CIS Professional Capstone||4|
|BA 214||Business Communications||3-4|
|or WR 227|| Technical Writing|
|COMM 111||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3-4|
|or COMM 218|| Interpersonal Communication|
|or COMM 219|| Small Group Communication|
|MTH 102||Applied Technical Mathematics (or choose one course from the foundational requirements math list)||4|
|WR 121||Academic Composition||4|
Planning is important. Most option courses are offered once per academic year and many need to be taken in sequence. Some core classes are offered once every two years. Students may take non-program support courses any term to build skills related to prerequisites.
This program is designed for students planning to enter their chosen careers upon graduation. Often only selected credits are considered transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions.