The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Program is designed to prepare the student for entry-level positions in the field of information technology. The degrees under this program are targeted toward developing proficiency in software applications, computer programming, and Web site development. Students receive extensive hands-on training in using current software and information technology techniques. For the Associate of Applied Science degree, the student will take a core of basic courses and choose one option: Web Design or Software Applications. The Web Design option has courses that are designed to teach programming fundamentals and Web site design and development. Programming languages include Java, HTML, C#, PHP, ASP.NET, and Web authoring packages. A one-year certificate in Web Development is also offered.
The Software Applications option has courses that are designed to teach fundamentals and integration of the most commonly used business applications. These packages include word processing, spreadsheets, database operations, presentation graphics and basic Web page design and development.
The intensity and standards of the Computer Information Systems Associate of Applied Science Degree are high. Therefore, all courses in the Recommended Program of Study must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Any Computer Information Systems student who does not earn a grade of "C" or higher must repeat the course.
Students in the Computer Information Systems must complete all courses in the recommended program of study and complete an approved certification examination in order to graduate. If a student fails to pass the appropriate certification exam prior to the expected graduation date, the student will have one calendar year to pass the exam and reapply for graduation. A graduate of the two-year instructional program is awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree.