Computer Information Systems

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Computer Information Systems program is designed to meet the needs of students who are planning to find employment using current computer applications. It is intended for students who may later want to pursue an Associate's Degree in Computer Information Systems, but who do not expect to go beyond the community college program. Students will get experience with a variety of operating systems, database management, and popular programming languages. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) is also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Computer Information Systems (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5671
Total Credits Required
21
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Effective term
Fall 2021
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required within the program.
Consultation with an Academic Advisor is recommended for course selection.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply computer concepts, microcomputer applications, and programming techniques.
  2. Explain and use various Internet communication, resources discovery, and information retrieval tools.
  3. Identify and define the major components of an operating system, both hardware and software.
  4. Design algorithms for simple business problems.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Computer and Information Research Scientists

$130,211

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$141,928

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$82,012

There are additional career opportunities associated with this certificate that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Computer Occupations, All Other
* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I 3
CIS126DA or
CIS126DL or
MST150++
UNIX Operating System or Linux Operating System or Any Microsoft Windows course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS150 or
CIS150AB
Programming Fundamentals or Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals 3
CIS+++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area. 3
CIS+++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area. 3
CIS+++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area. 3
Course Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Computer Information Systems (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=172183).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.