Computer Information Systems - Certificate Program

This certificate program is designed for the working student who has achieved a career-oriented position in a computer programming or related business area and desires to improve his/ her skills. Students take 9 credits of core requirements, 15 required credits in the CIS major and then choose 6 credits of CIS electives.

Typical employment opportunities include: software developer, programmer, systems analyst, application software support, web developer, database administrator, information security analyst, help desk, computer support specialist. A broad range of industrial and governmental employment opportunities in computer information systems is currently available, and these opportunities are expected to grow in the future. They cover diversified areas, including the business, scientific, social science, educational, and medical fields.

All courses carry college credit and may be applied toward an Associate or Bachelor’s degree.

Students are advised to check course descriptions for prerequisites and corequisites.

Students with Computer Information Systems/Computer Programming Experience may earn credit for specific required courses through written examinations. Course credit granted for work/study experience is limited to six credits.

 Common Core Requirements

degree program course listing table
Common Core Categories Courses Credits
ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A, 2B., 2C., 2D. or 2E. Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (Select two courses) 6
Subtotal 9

Major Requirements

Major requirements for the degree program
Courses Credits
CIS-101: Introduction to Computers  3

CIS-102: Computer Programming Fundamentals for Business


CIS-153: Microcomputer Operating Systems and Utility Software

CIS-206: Spreadsheet Business Applications 3
CIS-208: Database Management Systems 3
Subtotal 15

Electives (choose 2 courses from:)

Electives for the degree program
Courses Credits
CIS-152: Computer Programming for Business I  3
CIS-201: Local Area Network Management 3
CIS-204: Web Design 3
CIS-251: Analysis and Design of Systems Projects 3
Subtotal 6

                                                                               Total Credits Required


Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

Computer Information Systems - Certificate Program

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

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