Computer Information Systems Certificate of Achievement

Computer Information Systems (CIS) is the study of the tools and techniques used to effectively and efficiently transform raw data into useful information.

Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in CIS commonly include office administration, general business, web design, software installation and maintenance, software quality control, database management, electronic bookkeeping, network administration and customer support.

Careers in the discipline that generally require higher level degrees include programming, system analysis, database design, network design and administration, and security management.

Even students who choose not to major in CIS find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to think analytically, solve problems, organize thoughts and information, and utilize new technology more efficiently and effectively.

Our discussions with industry representatives indicate that in today’s world employers expect and demand a certain minimum of computer skills as a given, much as they expect an employee to be able to read, write, and use basic math. College of the Desert’s CIS curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline, as well as courses dealing with more advanced software concepts and tools used in the business environment.

The College offers appropriate certificates and degrees in Computer Information Systems. In addition to the immediate employment benefits of certificates and associate degrees, coursework at College of the Desert prepares the way for further study at the Baccalaureate level within the California State Universities and University of  California systems, and other colleges nationwide.

Required CoursesUnits
CIS 006Business Research1
or LIS 001 An Introduction to Basic Research Skills
CIS 010Computer Literacy4
Computer Applications
Select 14 units from the following:14
Introduction to Microsoft Word
Computer Survival Skills
Current Topics in Technology
Professional Office Procedures
Business Data Management with Microsoft Access
Information & Communication Technology Essentials
Computer Network Fundamentals
Routing and Switching Essentials
Systems and Network Administration
Information Systems Security
Intro to Cybersecurity: Ethical Hacking
Website Design
Dynamic Website Design
Visual Basic Programming
Required Electives
Select 12 units from the following:12
Financial Accounting
Fundamentals of Bookkeeping
Principles of Management
Introduction to Business
Small Business/Entrepreneurship
Business Calculations
Human Relations in the Workplace
Business Communications
Computer Graphics 1A
Computer Graphics 1B
Computer Graphics 2
Computer Information Systems Work Experience (Maximum of 4 units may be used for work experience)
Accounting Work Experience
Business Management Work Experience
Required Subtotal5-6
Computer Applications14
Elective Subtotal12