Computer Information Systems Degree (CIS)

This degree will prepare students for the information technology field especially related to IT support specialist and helpdesk entry positions.  Students will utilize software applications, networks, and web servers; query database applications to locate, evaluate, and use data; create web pages and web graphics; create written documentation and oral presentations; configure, monitor, secure, and administer network resources; as well as demonstrate technical skills and ability in analyzing, assessing, diagnosing, and trouble-shooting hardware, software, network, and other desktop issues.  Additionally, students will gain knowledge related to a broad overview of information security.

Number Suggested Course Order

Cr

Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
CIS109 Programming in Basic

3

    FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
  Social Science Elective

3

    Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG101 English Composition I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS140 Microcomputer Networking

Applications

3

    FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
CIS123 Microcomputer Database      Management

3

    MAT092 or placement; CIS120 or CIS127, or permission of division dean
  Professional Elective

3

    Electives: BUS112, BUS125, ENG106, SPC113
ENG102 English Composition II

3

    ENG101
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)

3

    MAT096 or placement
CIS143 Computer Service and Repair

3

    FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
  CIS Elective

3

    CIS118 or higher
  CED203 or

CIS Elective

3

    Prerequisites for CED: QPA of 2.5 or higher, 21 earned credits, permission of division dean

Notes: See above CIS Electives; CED203 recommended

  CGD Elective or

CIS Elective

3

    Electives: Any CGD course

Note: See above CIS Electives

  Science Elective

3/4

    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
  ACC/BUS/MGT/MKT Elective

3

    Electives: ACC, BUS, MGT, MKT
CIS219 Principles of Information Security

3

    Completion of 24 CIS credits or permission of division dean

Note: Only offered in Spring

  CIS Elective

3

    Note: See above CIS Electives
  Humanities Elective

3

    Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE
  Health Elective

3

   

 

Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER130
  General Elective

3

    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
                                                          Total:60/61 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed online or during the day at the Gardner Campus.

Helpful hints: To be successful, students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments. Access to a computer with the appropriate software is essential. MWCC provides computer access in various labs and in the library, as available.

Transfer options: Although this program prepares students for entry-level positions, students also transfer to four-year colleges and universities. For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: Students are required to complete the CIS courses as listed. Prior to enrolling in each course, students must ensure they meet the course prerequisites. The Principles of Information Security course serves as the program’s final, or capstone, course. The college’s adaptive computer lab, providing assistive technology for students with disabilities, is available. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Careers in the information technology fields including: programming, networking, web systems development, and software application support. A recent survey of graduates indicated employment as Software Associate, IT Help Desk/Programmer, Systems Support, IT Systems Administrator, and Software Quality Assurance.

Earning potential: $32,110 to $53,640 per year.

Program Competencies for CIS

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate excellent presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent written skills for technical documentation, reports, and instructions.
  • Develop skills to gather accurate and relevant information to solve a problem.
  • Develop the ability to work productively with others in a team environment.
  • Develop skills to work with constantly changing technologies.
  • Demonstrate technical skills and ability in analyzing, assessing, diagnosing, and troubleshooting hardware, software, network, and other desktop issues.
  • Develop technical skills in maintaining hardware systems, software systems, and user accounts.
  • Acquire basic knowledge of computer and network security.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with customers, peers, staff, and vendors.

Technical Standards* for CIS, ITC, and OAC

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 68.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Read from a computer screen.
  • Learn to operate a computer.
  • Possess manual dexterity to operate computer devices such as a keyboard and mouse.
  • Work at a computer for a minimum of two hours.