Computer Information Systems

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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.


Felix Marhuenda-Donate; 760-773-2523

Pablo Romero; 760-776-7305