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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, 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. For more information please call (760) 773-2571.
 
Advisors:
 
Felix Marhuenda-Donate, fmarhuenda@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-773-2523
Pablo Romero, promero@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7305

 
 
COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses (5 units):
CIS 6 Business Research 1
or LIS 1 An Introduction To Basic Research Skills (2)
CIS 10* Computer Literacy 4
Computer Applications - select 14 units from the following:
CIS 3 Introduction To Microsoft Word 1
CIS 4 PowerPoint 1
CIS 5+ Computer Survival Skills (no credit if taken after CIS 10) 2
CIS 11 Current Topics In Technology 3
CIS 12 Professional Office Procedures 3
CIS 17 Business Data Management With Microsoft Access 4
CIS 40 Information & Communication Technology Essentials​ 4
​CIS ​53 ​Comput​er Network Fundamentals ​​3
​CIS ​54 ​Routing and Switching Essentials ​3
​CIS ​55 ​Systems and Network Administration ​3
​CIS ​60 ​Information Systems Security ​3
​CIS ​64 ​Intro To Cybersecurity: Ethical Hacking ​3
CIS​ 72D Excel 3
CIS 82C Website Design 3
CIS 85C Dynamic Website Design 3
CIS 86 Visual Basic Programming 3
Required Electives - select 12 from the following:
BUAC 20A Financial Accounting 4
BUAC 66 Fundamentals Of Bookkeeping 3
BUMA 1 Principles Of Management 3
BUMA 10 Introduction To Business 3
BUMA 28 Small Business: Development & Mgmt. 3
BUMA 31 Business Calculations 3
BUMA 32 Human Relations In the Workplace 3
BUMA 94 Business Communications 3
CIS 81A Computer Graphics 1A 3
CIS 81B Computer Graphics 1B 3
CIS 83D Computer Graphics 2 3
CIS 95A Computer Information Systems Work Experience 1-4
or BUAC 95A Accounting Work Experience (1-4)
or BUMA 95A Business Management Work Experience (1-4)
  Required Courses 5-6
  Computer Applications 14
  Required Electives 12
  CERTIFICATE TOTAL 31-32
* CIS 10 is equivalent to CIS 70A + CS 73; no credit for both.
No credit for CIS 5 if taken after CIS 10.
Note: To ensure an individualized educational plan, we strongly urge students to meet with an Academic Advisor before selecting courses from these categories. Some course substitutions may be approved.
 
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses (5-6 units):
CIS 6 Business Research 1
or LIS 1 An Introduction To Basic Research Skills (2)
CIS 10* Computer Literacy 4
Computer Applications - select 18 units from the following:
CIS 3 Introduction To Microsoft Word 1
CIS 4 PowerPoint 1
CIS 5+ Computer Survival Skills (no credit if taken after CIS 10) 2
CIS 11 Current Topics In Technology 3
CIS 12 Professional Office Procedures 3
CIS 17 Business Data Management With Microsoft Access 4
CIS 40 Information & Communication Technology Essentials 4
​CIS ​53 ​Computer Network Fundamentals ​3
​CIS ​54 ​Routing and Switching Essentials ​3
​CIS ​55 ​Systems and Network Administration ​3
​CIS ​60 ​Information Systems Security ​​3
​CIS ​64 ​Intro To Cybersecurity: Ethical Hacking ​3
CIS 72D Excel 3
CIS 82C Website Design 3
CIS 85C Dynamic Website Design 3
CIS 86 Visual Basic Programming 3
Required Electives - select 19 from the following:
BUAC 20A Financial Accounting 4
BUAC 66 Fundamentals Of Bookkeeping 3
BUMA 1 Principles Of Management 3
BUMA 10 Introduction To Business 3
BUMA 20A Business Law I 3
BUMA 27 Marketing 3
BUMA 28 Small Business: Development & Mgmt. 3
BUMA 31 Business Calculations 3
BUMA 32 Human Relations In the Workplace 3
BUMA 94 Business Communications 3
DDP 1A Computer Graphics 1A 3
DDP 1B Computer Graphics 1B 3
DDP 2 Computer Graphics 2 3
CIS 95A Computer Information Systems Work Experience 1-4
or BUAC 95A Accounting Work Experience (1-4)
or BUMA 95A Business Management Work Experience (1-4)
Required Courses 5-6
  Computer Applications 18
  Required Electives 19
COD General Education Pattern 18
Kinesiology Activities 2
  DEGREE TOTAL 62-63
* CIS 10 is equivalent to CIS 70A + CS 73; no credit for both.
No credit for CIS 5 if taken after CIS 10.
Note: To ensure an individualized educational plan, we strongly urge students to meet with an Academic Advisor before selecting courses from these categories. Some course substitutions may be approved.
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