Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems Degree

Offered at: Boulder, Larimer, Westminster, Online

A.A.S. in CIS

60 credits
(2 years)

An A.A.S. CIS degree makes you job-ready with training on up-to-date software and hardware.

CIS degree: See required courses.

See CIS course descriptions.

Offered at all campuses and online.

In addition to the core CIS classes, you must choose one area of concentration: CISCO CCNA – Computer Wide Area Networks, Microsoft Network Administration, Programming or Web Developer. Students can also choose an individualized area of concentration, but must discuss with their advisor ahead of time. See requirements for each concentration.

CIS Certificates

Applications Specialist

12 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program prepares you for entry-level employment positions as data entry and data processing operators using most major types of business applications: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics.

Offered at all campuses and online.

Applications certificate: See required courses.
   

CISCO Network Associate

10 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program prepares you for entry-level employment in the computer-networking field. It is oriented toward support of a broad range of technical customers who use networking products in business and industry networking applications for the Internet. This program prepares you to take the CISCO Certified Network Associate examination.

CISCO Network certificate: See required courses.
   

Computer Technician A+

8 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program prepares you for an entry-level position as a computer service technician. It provides an in-depth look at personal computer hardware, operating systems features, and security concepts. It also covers operating system support, maintenance, and troubleshooting, and interpersonal skills. This certificate helps prepare you for the CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam and the A+ 602 Exam.

Computer Tech A+ certificate: See required courses.
   

Computer Technician Network+

6 credits
(1 semester)

 This certificate program gives students the knowledge necessary to implement and support a computer network. Upon successful completion, students are prepared to take the Network + certification exam through the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

Computer Tech Network+ certificate: See required courses.
   

Microsoft Network Administration

14-15 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you for senior roles as network administrators and for the core Microsoft Certified Professional examinations leading to the MCSA and MCSE.

Microsoft Network certificate: See required courses.

   

Programming

20 credits
(2 semester)

This certificate program prepares you for the application of programming languages such as C++, Java and Visual Basic. It includes courses in a combination of computer information systems as well as computer science.

Offered at all campuses and online.

Programming certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Web Authoring

12 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program provides entry-level skills in web page creation and web site maintenance. It is designed to provide students with the ability to create and/or manage a personal or business web site.

Offered at all campuses and online.

Web Authoring certificate: See required courses.
   

Web Developer

29 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program provides entry-level skills for web development, including PL/SQL, Javascript, PHP, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, cascading stylesheets, DHTML, JavaScripts, and CGI forms.

Web Developer certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

CIS Jobs &  Salaries

  Entry Average Experienced
Computer Network Support Specialist $43,008 $66,486 $78,225
Computer Programmer $53,195 $90,500 $109,152
Computer User Support Specialist
$35,195 $53,574 $62,764
Network and Computer Systems Administrator $54,786 $78,957 $91,042
Web Developer $37,534 $66,029 $80,276

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Statistics Survey (2013)

Transfer Options

Regis University

FRCC students can transfer their their A.A.S. CIS degree to Regis and choose to pursue a B.A.S. degree in computer information systems or a B.S. degree in computer information systems, computer networking, or computer sciences. Learn more.

Other Colorado Four-Year Schools

If you intend to transfer into a computer-related major at a four-year college or university, consult your FRCC faculty advisor.

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