Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems program prepares students to work in the Information Technology (IT) industry, either in an IT company or on an IT support team in another industry and in their own IT repair businesses. Students will learn to install, configure, and troubleshoot computer hardware, software, security, and networks. Individuals with the skills to design, implement, and maintain computer systems and networks are in high demand.

Certificates and Degrees

Nature of Work

Computer networking specialists provide a variety of services from design to administration of the local area network, which connects staff within an organization. These individuals oversee the network and its computing environment, including hardware, systems software, applications software, and all other computer-related configurations. This program is part of the Information Technology Career Cluster.

Employment Opportunities

  • Computer technician
  • Network technician
  • Computer forensics examiners
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Network administrator
  • Server administrator

Faculty

For information about the Computer Information Systems program, contact an advisor at (309)647-4645.

Gainful Employment

Computer Information Systems

AAS Degree​​

Computer Information System: 64 Credit Hours
Fall Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
CIS107 ​Intro. to Operating Systems3​
CIS108​Introduction to Computing​​3
​CIS160​Computer Hardware Concepts​3
​CSC101​Computer Applications for Business​3
ENG101​Composition I​3
  ​15
Spring Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
CIS109Introduction to Programming​3
CIS136Networking Essentials​3
CIS150​Fundamentals of Networking​3
CIS209​Windows Server Operating Systems​3
GT 150​Applied Mathematics​3
GT 235​Problem Solving Techniques​2
  ​17
Fall Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
CIS208​Network Security Concepts​3
 ​Humanities OR Social/Behavioral Science​3
 ​Health Science*​2 or 3
 ​Elective*​6 or 7
  ​15
Spring Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
CIS222​Computer Forensics​3
CIS245​Computer Information Systems Projects​4
CIS205​CIS Internship​4
 ​Elective​6
  ​17
*If a 2 credit hour Health Science is taken, then Elective must be a General Education course

Certificates​​​

Computer and Network Technician Certificate: 12 Credit Hours

Credit Hrs.
CIS107Intro to Operating Systems3
CIS160Computer Hardware Concepts3
CIS136Networking Essentials​3
CIS150​Fundamentals of Networking​3

Computer Forensics Certificate: 26 Credit Hours

Credit Hrs.
​CSC101​Computer Applications for Business​3
CIS107Intro to Operating Systems3
CIS160Computer Hardware Concepts3
CIS150Fundamentals of Networking3
CIS208Network Security Concepts3
CIS222Computer Forensics3
CIS109Introduction to Programming​3
GT 235​Problem Solving Techniques​2
CJ 102Survey of Criminal Investigation3

Computer Information Technology Certificate: 26 Credit Hours

Credit Hrs.
​CSC101​Computer Applications for Business​3
CIS109Introduction to Programming​3
CIS107Intro. to Operating Systems3
CIS160Computer Hardware Concepts3
CIS150Fundamentals of Networking3
CIS209​Windows Server Operating Systems​3
CIS208Network Security Concepts3
GT 150Applied Mathematics3
GT 235Problem Solving Techniques2

Cyber Security Certificate: 18 Credit Hours

Credit Hrs.
CIS107Intro. to Operating Systems3
CIS109Introduction to Programming​3
CIS136Networking Essentials​3
CIS150Fundamentals of Networking3
CIS208Network Security Concepts3
CIS211Cyber Security3

Enterprise Computer Network Specialist Certificate: 15 Credit Hours

Credit Hrs.
CIS107Intro to Operating Systems3
CIS160Computer Hardware Concepts3
CIS136Networking Essentials​3
CIS150Fundamentals of Networking3
CIS208Network Security Concepts3

Server Administrator Certificate: 15 Credit Hours

Credit Hrs.
CIS107Intro. to Operating Systems3
CIS109Introduction to Programming​3
CIS160Computer Hardware Concepts3
CIS136Networking Essentials​3
CIS209​Windows Server Operating Systems​3