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Earn a Computer Information Systems Associate Degree at Aims

Become the technology expert who helps keep organizations running smoothly. If you enjoy solving puzzles on computers and working independently, a computer information systems associate degree can create new opportunities for your abilities to shine. This associate in computer information systems degree covers:

  • Database design and management
  • Network security
  • Programming
  • Web development

Computer Information Systems is the study of how computers are used in organizations. You’ll learn how to move, store and protect data, how users interact with these systems and how to improve their usefulness in a business setting.

Learn in the cutting-edge computer labs at Aims Community College on today’s platforms and development tools. You’ll have access to high-end Mac and Windows computers and tablets. CIS equipment that is standard within larger organizations is often out of reach for private users and students. Aims helps bridge that gap with experienced instructors who teach you to navigate rapidly changing information technology.

“I find that gamers do well in this field. If you like using the computer a lot, you like electronic communication, video games or you like solving puzzles, CIS might be for you.”
--Jennifer Bailey, Professor, Computer Information Systems

Turn Your Passion For Computers and Problem Solving Into a Career In Computer Information Systems

Aims Degree Video - Computer - Computer Information Systems

Jennifer Bailey, computer information systems professor explains how the computer information systems associate degree prepares you for a rewarding career.

Learn Computer Information Systems Skills

Learn skills that apply to working with all kinds of computers. At Aims, you start by learning the basic programs such as:

  • Operating systems
  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Access Databases
  • Microsoft Office

Then, you’ll learn a set of important information science skills:

  • Basics of programming
  • Website construction
  • Database management
  • Basics of networking
  • Desktop IT service
  • Hardware and parts of a computer
  • Introductory computer security

Once you have a broad base of computer skills, you can choose a specific area to explore in more detail. Possible areas of focus include:

  • Building mobile apps
  • Advanced database management
  • Network security

All the while, this degree includes core classes that develop teamwork and communication skills. While working with computers is largely independent, computer information systems work requires a team that supports the efforts of a wider organization. Writing composition and communication skills can help you operate well as part of a team and eventually move up within organizations.
 

Earn a Computer Information Systems Certificate

Certificates and certifications can be especially helpful for a technology career because they focus on a specific technology or programming skill. Certificates also prepare you to take certification tests from third-party organizations. Third-party certifications are a major focus for employers and can be earned over the course of a certificate.
 

  • Basic Web Design Certificate
  • CIS Information Technology Certificate
  • Computer: C# Programming Certificate
  • Database Administration Certificate
  • Cyber Security Specialist Certificate
  • Network Analyst Certificate
  • Object Oriented Programming: Mobile Applications Certificate
  • UNIX Certificate
  • Full Stack Web Developer Certificate
  • Web Design Certificate
  • Web Design Specialist Certificate

Careers in Computer Information Systems

A computer information systems associate degree or certificate qualifies you for specific roles depending on the topics you pursue. As work of all kinds becomes more virtual and digital, skilled information technology specialists are needed in all fields. You can apply the technology skills you learn at Aims to a career in the subject that interests you the most.

Careers you can apply a CIS degree to include:

  • Application analyst
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Database administrator
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • IT technical support officer
  • Penetration tester
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
     

Computer Information Systems Faculty and Staff

The CIS faculty at Aims are passionate about making technology available to broader communities through mentorship. While computer and technology skills require self-teaching, mentors and instructors help you navigate the best path to your personal interests. The collective years of practical experience that instructors have at Aims can empower you to make changes in your life and the lives of others.

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    Ellen Swieter

    Professor, Business Technology
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    Jennifer Bailey

    Professor, Computer Information Services
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    Greyson Brown

    Professor, Computer Information Systems
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    Lee Devlin

    Professor, Computer Information Services
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    Kenny McDaniel

    Professor, Computer Information Services