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Computer Information Systems Associate of Arts (AA)

About the Program

The Associate of Arts in Computer Information Systems is designed to prepare students in a wide range of information systems skills applicable to the "real business world," such as office productivity applications (spreadsheets and databases), web development, systems analysis and design, programming, data communication and networking, communication technologies, and internet protocols. These skills will prepare a student to enter into or advance within careers requiring practice knowledge and experience with workplace applications and systems. The degree is also designed provide a foundation for those students who plan to complete a four-year program in computer information systems or related fields of study, and upgrade skills to facilitate assumption of greater responsibility in a current employment position.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities include, but are not limited to, administrative assistant, office administration, general business, web designer/ webmaster, software installation and maintenance, software quality control, database management, help desk specialist, system analyst, network administration, and technical customer support.

Program Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the AA in Computer Information Systems, students are able to analyze a business problem and develop a solution using appropriate applications software.

Required Core: (23 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CIS 43 Professional Communications 3
CNT 43 Professional Communications 3
CS 43 Professional Communications 3
CIS 50 Introduction to Computing Information Technology 3
CIS 54 Excel: Introduction to Spreadsheets 4
CIS 55 Integrating Office Applications 4
CIS 57 Database Concepts 3
CIS 66 Networking Fundamentals 3
CNT 52 Networking Fundamentals 3
CIS 88A Introduction to Microsoft Word 1.5
CIS 88B Adv Microsoft Word 1.5

List A: Select from the Following (12 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CIS 59 Web Dev: HTML/CSS/Javascript 3
CIS 59C Web Programming - JavaScript 3
CIS 60 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CIS 62 Project Management 3
CIS 81A Introduction to Cloud Computing 3
CIS 81B Database Essentials in the Cloud 3
CIS 82A AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification Prep 2
CIS 9002 Introduction to Database Management 3
CNT 51 CompTIA's A+ Certification Computer Technician 4
CS 7 Introduction to Computer Programming Concepts 3

Total Units for the Major: 35

The Associate Degree is conferred upon those students who complete the required 60 or more semester units of the degree pattern with a grade-point average of 2.0 or better, of which 12 units must be earned at Las Positas College. In addition, students must complete a General Education pattern in order to earn a degree: see the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Arts (AA) Degree, California State University General Education-Breadth, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program, the optional course(s) taken, and the GE pattern selected. Elective units are degree applicable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.