Rock Valley College

Computers & Information Systems 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.

Core Requirements (33 credits)

Number Title Credits
  CIS-102 Intro to Computers & Info Systems (3)
  CIS-170 Programming Logic & Design (3)
  CIS-180 Intro to Visual Basic Programming (4)
  CIS-240 Intro to Java Programming (4)
  CIS-254 Database Programming (4)
  CIS-276 Introduction to C/C++ Programming (4)
  CIS-279 Visual C# Programming (4)
  PCT-110 Networking Essentials (3)
  WEB-101 Programming Related to the Internet (4)
  WEB-102 Adv Programming Related to the Internet (4)

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

General Education Course Requirements (15 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  ENG-103 Composition II (3)
  MGT-170 Business Communications (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 from the following list:

Number Title Credits
  CIS-245 Programming Android for Mobile Devices (4)
  CIS-277 Advanced C/C++ Programming (4)
  CIS-280 Programming iOS Apple Mobile Devices (4)
  PCT-270 Introduction to Unix/Linux (3)
  WEB-233 Introduction to Javascript (4)
  WEB-234 PHP Programming (4)