Rockford, Illinois

Computers & Information Systems Degree

Explore certificates related to this degree...Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science - 65 credits
Program contact: Division of Business/Computers & Information Systems (CIS)/Engineering and Technology (EAT), (815) 921-3101

Program overview

Graduates of the Computers and Information Systems (CIS) Program learn the complexities of computer software, hardware, and programming processes to enable them to be successful in the workplace. For those who decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree, the Computers and Information Systems (CIS) Program offers courses that can be successfully transferred to baccalaureate institutions. Students should consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the CIS program.

The Business/CIS/EAT Division also offers degrees in Website Development, Networking, and PC Skills.

Work and employment

Although many graduates of the program begin work as entry-level programmers, opportunities are also available as a programmer/analyst, technical support specialist, PC specialist, operations specialist, and in database support.


Required for both C/C++ and Visual Basic Options (24 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ATG-110 Financial Accounting (4)
  BUS-101 Introduction to Business (3)
  CIS-102 Intro to Computers & Info Systems (3)
  CIS-170 Programming Logic & Design (3)
  CIS-254 Database Programming (4)
  PCT-110 Networking Essentials (3)
  WEB-101 Programming Related to the Internet (4)

Choose one of the following two areas of specialization (16 credits):

C/C++ Programming Specialization: (16 credits)

Number Title Credits
  CIS-276 Introduction to C/C++ Programming (4)
  CIS-277 Advanced C/C++ Programming (4)
  CIS-279 Visual C# Programming (4)
  CIS-180 Intro to Visual Basic Programming, or
  CIS-240 Intro to Java Programming (4)

Visual Basic Specialization (16 credits)

Number Title Credits
  CIS-180 Intro to Visual Basic Programming (4)
  CIS-181 Advanced Visual Basic Programming (4)
  CIS-184 Visual Basic Programming III (4)
  CIS-276 Introduction to C/C++ Programming (4)
  CIS-240 Intro to Java Programming (4)

General Education Course Requirements (15 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  ENG-103 Composition II (3)
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing (3)
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  MTH-120 College Algebra (3)
  MTH-160 Topics From Finite Mathematics (3)
  MTH-220 Elements of Statistics (3)
  BUS-170 Intro to Organizational Behavior (3)
  PSY-170 General Psychology (3)
  SOC-190 Introduction to Sociology (3)

CIS Electives (10 credits):

With the approval of the CIS Academic Chair, select courses with any of the following prefixes: CIS, PCT, or WEB.