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Earn a Computer Information Systems Certificate

Build expertise in a computer information systems subject area in two or more semesters with certificates from Aims Community College. Learn from subject matter experts in a state-of-the-art computer lab with hardware systems that major organizations currently use. Career Services can help you to develop a plan to earn the certificates that can make the greatest impact on your career.

In the tech world, information systems certificates and certifications are important hiring qualifications. Because certifications demonstrate competence in a certain skill, employers often look for certified candidates when hiring for that role. As a result, certificates are a great way to start or move up in your career, because they teach you essential skills and prepare you to take certification exams.

Basic Web Design Certificate

This certificate is geared toward high school students in concurrent enrollment at Aims who want to learn the basics of web design. Learn design principles in page layout, navigation, typography for the web, style sheets and editing for web browsers. This is a Graphic Design and Rich Media certificate with a focus on computer information systems.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Explores the complete set of web authoring skills using HTML and/or other languages. The course covers links, backgrounds, controlling text and graphic placement, tables, image maps and forms. Three credits.

3
required

Concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe Photoshop as an illustration, design and photo retouching tool. Students explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to photos, graphics and videos. Course competencies and outline follow those set out by the Adobe Certified Associate exam in Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop. Three credits.

3
required

Concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe Illustrator as an illustration, design and vector drawing tool. Students learn how to use the tools to create digital artwork that can be used in web design, print media, and digital screen design. Course competencies and outline follow those set by the Adobe certified Associate exam in Visual Communication using Adobe Illustrator. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces web site planning, design and creation utilizing HTML through industry-standard development tools [may list specific software]. Emphasis is placed on applying stylistic decisions using cascading style sheets. Web-based considerations regarding color, typography, aesthetics, user interface design, and process integration with visual-based design tools will be explored. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 111 and CWB 110 with grades of "C" or better

3
Total Credits for Certificate 12

CIS Information Technology Certificate

Develop the general technology skills needed to work as a help desk specialist. Learn a broad set of skills to support computer systems, hardware and software.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
required

Prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification examination. PC hardware and operating system installation, configuration and troubleshooting are practiced and reviewed using A+ techniques. Four credits.

4
required

Explores an array of database skills. Includes table, query, form, and report creation and modification. Also includes application integration and automation of database tasks within the database. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CIS 118 or CIS 155 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Introduces the concepts and techniques of managing computer-based information resources. Includes hardware, software, personnel, control techniques, and the placement and integration of information systems resources within the organization. Three credits.

3
required

Provides students with the knowledge necessary to understand, identify and perform necessary tasks involved in supporting a network. Covers the vendor-independent networking skills and concepts that affect all aspects of networking, such as installing and configuring the TCP/IP. This course also prepares students for the Networking II: Network + course. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on a general introduction to computer programming. This course emphasizes the design and implementation of structured and logically correct programs with good documentation. It is centered on basic programming concepts, including control structures, modularization, and data processing. A structured programming language is used to implement program designs. It emphasizes the writing of multiple programs following the software development process, from start to finish, including design, implementation, and testing. Course is repeatable under different titles. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the C# programming language. This course covers all syntactical components of the language including arrays, structures, methods and classes. Content will focus on writing clear, properly structured, and well-documented programs using object-oriented methodology, .NET Framework, and the Visual Studio environment. Four credits.

4
required

Introduces students to the discipline of computer science and programming. Algorithm development, data representation, logical expressions, sub-programs and input/output operations using a high-level programming language are covered. Intensive lab work outside of class time is required. This class uses C++ or JAVA. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

CSC 119 with a grade of "C" or better.

(C++)
4
required

Explores the complete set of web authoring skills using HTML and/or other languages. The course covers links, backgrounds, controlling text and graphic placement, tables, image maps and forms. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 30

Computer: C# Programming Certificate

Learn the general-purpose, object-oriented programming language C#. Build the skills to develop modern front-end or back-end applications and prepare for A+ certification.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
required

Prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification examination. PC hardware and operating system installation, configuration and troubleshooting are practiced and reviewed using A+ techniques. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on a general introduction to computer programming. This course emphasizes the design and implementation of structured and logically correct programs with good documentation. It is centered on basic programming concepts, including control structures, modularization, and data processing. A structured programming language is used to implement program designs. It emphasizes the writing of multiple programs following the software development process, from start to finish, including design, implementation, and testing. Course is repeatable under different titles. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the C# programming language. This course covers all syntactical components of the language including arrays, structures, methods and classes. Content will focus on writing clear, properly structured, and well-documented programs using object-oriented methodology, .NET Framework, and the Visual Studio environment. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on advanced features of the C# programming language and .NET Framework by having students write complex Windows Applications. The relationships between C# and the .NET Platform and Framework are explored. Students will develop clear, properly structured, and well-documented C# programs that emphasize writing and utilize classes as abstract data types, collections, inheritance, and generics. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

CSC 150 or CSC 236 with a grade of "C" or better

4
Total Credits for C# Programming Certificate 18
row Note: The * identifies courses that are part of the Required Computer Classes in the Computer Information Systems A.A.S. Degree.

Database Administration Certificate

Learn to manage and administer enterprise-level databases. Develop basic and advanced database and SQL skills while preparing for A+ certification.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
required

Explores an array of database skills. Includes table, query, form, and report creation and modification. Also includes application integration and automation of database tasks within the database. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CIS 118 or CIS 155 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Introduces the basic concepts of relational databases, data storage, and retrieval. Covers database design, data modeling, transaction processing, and introduces the Structured Query Language for databases. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces Structured Query Language (SQL) including creation of database structures and how to store, retrieve, and manipulate data in a relational database. This course also covers creating tables and views, using indexes, and developing stored procedures and triggers .Three credits.

3
required

Expands knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL). Covers advanced techniques for complex queries and manipulation of data in a relational database.Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CIS 243 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification examination. PC hardware and operating system installation, configuration and troubleshooting are practiced and reviewed using A+ techniques. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on a general introduction to computer programming. This course emphasizes the design and implementation of structured and logically correct programs with good documentation. It is centered on basic programming concepts, including control structures, modularization, and data processing. A structured programming language is used to implement program designs. It emphasizes the writing of multiple programs following the software development process, from start to finish, including design, implementation, and testing. Course is repeatable under different titles. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 22
row Note: The * identifies courses that are part of the Required Computer Classes in the Computer Information Systems A.A.S. Degree.

Cyber Security Specialist Certificate

Learn the fundamentals of cyber security, cyber law, vulnerability assessment and digital forensics. Learn to implement a multi-layered approach to the latest threats and vulnerabilities to secure information.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Covers the structure and fundamentals of the UNIX operating system. Includes the file system and file processing, various utility programs, shell, multi-user operation, text processing and communications. Three credits.

3
required

Delivers a comprehensive overview of network security, including general security concepts. Communication Security is studied, including remote access, e-mail, the Web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. Common network attacks are introduced. Cryptography basics are incorporated, and operational/organizational security is discussed as it relates to physical security, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Computer forensics is introduced. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces fundamentals content on cloud computing including system analysis, requirements, configuration, deployment, and testing. This course includes information on management, business continuity, security, maintenance, updating, and troubleshooting as related to cloud computing. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces concepts of cloud architecture, cloud security, and the law as it pertains to cloud deployment. Focuses on the mechanics of security in the cloud service models: Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). Three credits.

3
required

Introduces students to the design and implementation of firewalls. Covers such topics as firewalls using CISCO Routers, Microsoft server platform and UNIX platform. Focuses on how firewalls function in these environments and the basic steps to plan and implement firewalls. Three credits.

3
required

Presents students with an introduction to vulnerability assessment. Vulnerability assessment skills are necessary to understand how companies address vulnerabilities in the business environment. Students gain a better understanding of how information technology security integrates into the corporate world and how a balance must be achieved between security and functionality. Three credits.

3
required

Exposes the student to the field of digital computer forensics and investigation. This class provides the student with methods to properly conduct a digital forensics investigation including a discussion of ethics. Topics covered include fundamental concepts, history of computer forensics, file structures, data recovery techniques, computer forensic tools and analyses. Four credits.

4
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Cyber Security Specialist Certificate 25

Network Analyst Certificate

Develop the ability to install, lay out and maintain network components. Learn to identify problems on both the business and technical side of a business and prepare for A+ certification.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the concepts and techniques of managing computer-based information resources. Includes hardware, software, personnel, control techniques, and the placement and integration of information systems resources within the organization. Three credits.

3
required

Demonstrates problem-solving skills in data communications, telecommunications and networking. Covers workstation operation, wiring and cabling, network construction using a variety of network/internetwork devices, and configuring and managing Novell and Windows 2000 operating systems. Three credits. 

Course Prerequisites

CNG 102 or CNG 125 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification examination. PC hardware and operating system installation, configuration and troubleshooting are practiced and reviewed using A+ techniques. Four credits.

4
required

Provides students with the knowledge necessary to understand, identify and perform necessary tasks involved in supporting a network. Covers the vendor-independent networking skills and concepts that affect all aspects of networking, such as installing and configuring the TCP/IP. This course also prepares students for the Networking II: Network + course. Three credits.

3
required

Continues to provide students with the knowledge necessary to implement and support a network. Focuses on the vendor-independent networking skills and concepts that affect all aspects of networking. The Networking I and II: Network+ courses prepare students for the Network+ certification. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CNG 101 or CNG 124 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Delivers a comprehensive overview of network security, including general security concepts. Communication Security is studied, including remote access, e-mail, the Web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. Common network attacks are introduced. Cryptography basics are incorporated, and operational/organizational security is discussed as it relates to physical security, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Computer forensics is introduced. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on a general introduction to computer programming. This course emphasizes the design and implementation of structured and logically correct programs with good documentation. It is centered on basic programming concepts, including control structures, modularization, and data processing. A structured programming language is used to implement program designs. It emphasizes the writing of multiple programs following the software development process, from start to finish, including design, implementation, and testing. Course is repeatable under different titles. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 25
row Note: The * identifies courses that are part of the Required Computer Classes in the Computer Information Systems A.A.S. Degree.

Object Oriented Programming: Mobile Applications Certificate

Learn how to program mobile applications in C# or Java, depending on your preference. Develop the fundamentals of computer science and computer programming within the context of mobile digital ecosystems.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification examination. PC hardware and operating system installation, configuration and troubleshooting are practiced and reviewed using A+ techniques. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on a general introduction to computer programming. This course emphasizes the design and implementation of structured and logically correct programs with good documentation. It is centered on basic programming concepts, including control structures, modularization, and data processing. A structured programming language is used to implement program designs. It emphasizes the writing of multiple programs following the software development process, from start to finish, including design, implementation, and testing. Course is repeatable under different titles. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the C# programming language. This course covers all syntactical components of the language including arrays, structures, methods and classes. Content will focus on writing clear, properly structured, and well-documented programs using object-oriented methodology, .NET Framework, and the Visual Studio environment. Four credits.

4
required

Introduces students to the discipline of computer science and programming. Algorithm development, data representation, logical expressions, sub-programs and input/output operations using a high-level programming language are covered. Intensive lab work outside of class time is required. This class uses C++ or JAVA. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

CSC 119 with a grade of "C" or better.

4
(C++) *CSC 160 - Computer Science 1: (C++) Credits: 4AND
(JAVA) CSC 160 - Computer Science 1: (JAVA) Credits: 4
required

Learn how to develop mobile apps using key features and frameworks. Students will learn application design and development using a mobile development platform software development kit (SDK) and corresponding programming language. Main features include: handling UI triggered and touch events, data management, simple and complex UI views, drawing, location and application settings. (This class uses iOS development platform.) Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CSC 160 with a grade of "C" or better

3
note CSC 246- Mobile App Development (iOs): 3 credits ANDCSC 246 Mobile App Development (Android): 3 credits 
Total Credits for Certificate 21 or 22
row Note: The * identified courses are part of the Required Computer Classes in the Computer Information Systems A.A.S. Degree. (10 or 11 credits towards the degree.)

UNIX Certificate

Learn to provide support for all UNIX/Linux-based software. Develop versatile skills to work with computer analysts and engineers to create, test and debug common software.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
required

Covers the structure and fundamentals of the UNIX operating system. Includes the file system and file processing, various utility programs, shell, multi-user operation, text processing and communications. Three credits.

3
required

Demonstrates problem-solving skills in data communications, telecommunications and networking. Covers workstation operation, wiring and cabling, network construction using a variety of network/internetwork devices, and configuring and managing Novell and Windows 2000 operating systems. Three credits. 

Course Prerequisites

CNG 102 or CNG 125 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification examination. PC hardware and operating system installation, configuration and troubleshooting are practiced and reviewed using A+ techniques. Four credits.

4
required

Delivers a comprehensive overview of network security, including general security concepts. Communication Security is studied, including remote access, e-mail, the Web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. Common network attacks are introduced. Cryptography basics are incorporated, and operational/organizational security is discussed as it relates to physical security, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Computer forensics is introduced. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on a general introduction to computer programming. This course emphasizes the design and implementation of structured and logically correct programs with good documentation. It is centered on basic programming concepts, including control structures, modularization, and data processing. A structured programming language is used to implement program designs. It emphasizes the writing of multiple programs following the software development process, from start to finish, including design, implementation, and testing. Course is repeatable under different titles. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 19
row Note: The * identifies courses that are part of the Required Computer Classes in the Computer Information Systems A.A.S. Degree.

Full Stack Web Developer Certificate

Learn to develop and design websites and web content. Build your skills in programming, web presentation, client-side and server-side scripting and web content management systems.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
required

Prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification examination. PC hardware and operating system installation, configuration and troubleshooting are practiced and reviewed using A+ techniques. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on a general introduction to computer programming. This course emphasizes the design and implementation of structured and logically correct programs with good documentation. It is centered on basic programming concepts, including control structures, modularization, and data processing. A structured programming language is used to implement program designs. It emphasizes the writing of multiple programs following the software development process, from start to finish, including design, implementation, and testing. Course is repeatable under different titles. Three credits.

3
required

Explores the complete set of web authoring skills using HTML and/or other languages. The course covers links, backgrounds, controlling text and graphic placement, tables, image maps and forms. Three credits.

3
required

.Covers control of presentational elements of documents by effectively separating page structure from the presentation or design of that page using a style language, controlling page formatting, image inclusion, page layout, and hyperlinks. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CWB 110 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Explores the client-side programming skills necessary to create dynamic web content using a markup embeddable and procedural scripting language executed on the client web browser. Course is repeatable under different titles. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CWB 110 and CSC 119 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Explores the creation of dynamic web pages and applications using server-side scripting with database interactivity, server-based scripting languages, and database manipulation languages. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CWB 110 and CSC 119 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Explores the use of open source Content Management Systems (CMS) to simplify the creation and maintenance and maintenance of web sites. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CWB 204 with a grade of "C" or better

3
Total Credits for Certificate 25
Row Groupings Note: The * identifies courses that apply to the A.A.S. degree.

Web Design Certificate

Learn the basic skills you’ll need to design and build websites. Study basic coding practices, style sheets and HTML markup and learn how color, typography, layout and design principles combine to create websites. This is a Graphic Design and Rich Media certificate with a focus on computer information systems.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Focuses on a general introduction to computer programming. This course emphasizes the design and implementation of structured and logically correct programs with good documentation. It is centered on basic programming concepts, including control structures, modularization, and data processing. A structured programming language is used to implement program designs. It emphasizes the writing of multiple programs following the software development process, from start to finish, including design, implementation, and testing. Course is repeatable under different titles. Three credits.

3
required

Explores the complete set of web authoring skills using HTML and/or other languages. The course covers links, backgrounds, controlling text and graphic placement, tables, image maps and forms. Three credits.

3
required

.Covers control of presentational elements of documents by effectively separating page structure from the presentation or design of that page using a style language, controlling page formatting, image inclusion, page layout, and hyperlinks. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CWB 110 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Covers the creation and production of graphic projects, emphasizing the layout creative design process, problem solving, and research. Provides experience producing thumbnails, roughs and digital layouts emphasizing refined creative typography. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 112 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe Photoshop as an illustration, design and photo retouching tool. Students explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to photos, graphics and videos. Course competencies and outline follow those set out by the Adobe Certified Associate exam in Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop. Three credits.

3
required

Concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe Illustrator as an illustration, design and vector drawing tool. Students learn how to use the tools to create digital artwork that can be used in web design, print media, and digital screen design. Course competencies and outline follow those set by the Adobe certified Associate exam in Visual Communication using Adobe Illustrator. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces web site planning, design and creation utilizing HTML through industry-standard development tools [may list specific software]. Emphasis is placed on applying stylistic decisions using cascading style sheets. Web-based considerations regarding color, typography, aesthetics, user interface design, and process integration with visual-based design tools will be explored. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 111 and CWB 110 with grades of "C" or better

3
Total Credits for Certificate 21

Web Design Specialist Certificate

Build on skills gained while earning the web design certificate. Learn advanced techniques using style sheets, work with different content management systems and create content for mobile devices. This is a Graphic Design and Rich Media certificate with a focus on computer information systems.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Explores the client-side programming skills necessary to create dynamic web content using a markup embeddable and procedural scripting language executed on the client web browser. Course is repeatable under different titles. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CWB 110 and CSC 119 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Explores the creation of dynamic web pages and applications using server-side scripting with database interactivity, server-based scripting languages, and database manipulation languages. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CWB 110 and CSC 119 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Explores the use of open source Content Management Systems (CMS) to simplify the creation and maintenance and maintenance of web sites. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CWB 204 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Stresses creation of animation and dynamic interactive media for web and multimedia applications to a professional standard. Students will learn how to develop projects for time-based media, key-frames, tweens and symbols. Students will learn how to use actions to trigger timeline events to create interactive behaviors. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CSC 119 and CWB 110 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Develops and reinforces image composition techniques learned in Adobe Photoshop I, MGD 111. Fundamentals are continuously reinforced as new design techniques are introduced. Students may enroll in MGD 111 and MGD 211 in the same semester, but courses may not be taken concurrently. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 111 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Expands on previously learned fundamentals of HTML introducing cascading style sheets, DHTML, Java Scripts and CGI forms. Color usage and interface design principles are emphasized in this course. In this course we'll examine Web sites that employ more complex structures, optimal site architecture and navigation necessary for larger and more complex sites. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 141 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Stresses the complex creation of 2D animated motion graphics concentrating on the prior skills learned and the use of scripting and behaviors. Students will create motion graphics using these skills and apply them to web sites. Web site justification of motion graphics will be stressed, appraised, and weighed. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CSC 119, CWB 110, and MGD 143 with grades of "C" or better

3
Total Credits for Certificate 21