Rock Valley College

Computers & Information Systems Degree

Computer & Information Systems Degrees

Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science - 65 credits
Program contact: Division of Business /Computers & Information Systems, (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
  CIS-102 Intro to Computers & Info Systems
  CIS-170 Programming Logic & Design
  CIS-180 Intro to Visual Basic Programming
  CIS-240 Intro to Java Programming
  CIS-254 Database Programming
  CIS-276 Introduction to C/C++ Programming
  CIS-279 Visual C# Programming
  PCT-110 Network Essentials
  WEB-101 Programming Related to the Internet
  WEB-102 Adv Programming Related to the Internet

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

General Education Course Requirements (15 credits)

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


CIS Electives (10 credits):

With the approval of the CIS Academic Chair, select courses from the following list:

Potential Careers & Wages