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Computer Information Systems (CIS)

From business to programming to support, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) will help you Move Mountains.

Arapahoe Community College Student

Today’s world is even more connected than ever before, with more in-demand jobs than ever before! Our Computer Information Systems Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees provide flexible options and skills needed for employability or 4-year university transferability. You have a choice of concentrations: Business, Computer Support, and Programming.

Nina Amey
Faculty / Department Chair
Computer Networking Technology
nina.amey [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

Get access to industry standard equipment and software technology you will encounter in the workforce. Depending on which Computer Information Systems concentration you choose, you’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to be able to:

  • Apply PC applications
  • Understand networking concepts
  • Understand database concepts
  • Understand network security
  • Apply hardware principles
  • Apply object oriented concepts
  • Understand the syntax of a computer language

CIP 110101 (BIZ2)

The Computer Information System (CIS) degree is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree that prepares students with a solid set of skills and knowledge in the Computer Information System field. The degree allows students to further their knowledge by pursuing an area of emphasis towards industry certification, computer programming or transferring to a 4-year university. *

Major courses are carefully selected in areas of Information Systems, Computer Networking, and Computer Programming to provide students with an exceptional foundation in the field.

Job opportunities exist in entry-level positions as a computer support professional or technician, systems analyst or computer programmer.

*The Business concentration allows students to transfer to Metropolitan State University - Denver (MSU-Denver) toward a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. Please see an advisor for more information.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (22 credit hours)
4 Credits OR higher *
Note(s):

*Students transferring to MSU-Denver must take MAT 121

Business Concentration (13 credit hours)
Note(s):

Note: Students completing this Concentration and all prescribed coursework are eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems at MSU-Denver.

Total: 60 credit hours

CIP 110101 (CSP2)

The Computer Information System (CIS) degree is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree that prepares students with a solid set of skills and knowledge in the Computer Information System field. The degree allows students to further their knowledge by pursuing an area of emphasis towards industry certification, computer programming or transferring to a 4-year university. *

Major courses are carefully selected in areas of Information Systems, Computer Networking, and Computer Programming to provide students with an exceptional foundation in the field.

Job opportunities exist in entry-level positions as a computer support professional or technician, systems analyst or computer programmer.

Program Requirements

Major Courses (25 credit hours)
Note(s):

*Required for students transferring to MSU-Denver

Computer Support Concentration (14 credit hours)
Choose one elective from the following:
  • or another CNG course with Department Approval
Total: 61 credit hours

CIP 110101 (CIS1)

The CIS certificate has been constructed to provide the prospective student with skills in a broad variety of topics. With knowledge of accounting, management, marketing, office software, databases and economics, the recipient is prepared for a wide variety of entry-level positions within many different industries.

Program Requirements

Major Courses (18 credit hours)

Select a minimum of 18 credit hours from course offerings below.

At least 10 credit hours must be from CIS, CNG or CSC prefixes.

3 Credits (Publisher)
3 Credits (Linux)
  • CSC 116 - Logic and Program Design 3 Credits
  • CSC 154 - Visual Basic.net Programming 3 Credits
4 Credits (C++ or Java)
Note(s):

**CIS 128 Windows Complete is acceptable

Total: 18 Credit Hours

Job Potential

Employment in the field of computer information systems is projected to grow between 9-28% from now through 2026, greater than the average for all occupations. Now is your time to join the fastest growing industry! Your degree can help you become a:

Computer Repair Club

As a student you can get involved with the Computer Repair Club to hone those newly acquired skills. Learn and practice repairing computers for the ACC community.

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