Computer Information Systems < College of the Desert (2022)

CIS 009Mathematical Modeling for BusinessUnits: 3

The study of functions including polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, absolute value, logarithmic, and power equations and functions. Applications to business, technology, government, science, and other fields. Use of spreadsheets and other technologies for visualization, experimentation, and problem solving. This college level course is designed for students majoring in Business Administration or Computer Information Systems (CIS) for transfer to California State University system.
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH 040 or MATH 049
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: C4b CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 010Computer LiteracyUnits: 4

The study of computer concepts and basic proficiency in modern computer application software. Computer concepts focus on historical development of computers; hardware and software definitions and terminology; categories of system software and application software, overview of machine language and high-level programming languages; the systems development process; careers in data processing; principles of networking; overview of e-commerce; security; the legal, moral and ethical issues associated with computers. Students also develop basic skills in applications including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and database query. (C-ID ITIS 120; BUS 140)
Lecture Hours: 54Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: CIS 005
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU/UC Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: C5 CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 023AIntroduction to Amazon Web ServicesUnits: 2

This course introduces the fundamentals of cloud computing including the different cloud computing models; Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service on cloud platform. This course reviews the basic concepts of server, networking, and storage virtualization. Course participants will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate an overall understanding of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Environment.
Lecture Hours: 18Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU/UC Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 030Introduction to Linux Operating SystemUnits: 3

Introduction to the Linux operating system primarily focused on command line usage. Covers the history, kernel, file systems, shells and user utilities. Also introduces students to the fundamentals of shell programming, processes, communications, and basic security.
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU/UC Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 040Information & Communication Technology EssentialsUnits: 4

CompTIA certifications help students build a solid foundation of essential knowledge and skills that will help them earn employment in technology-related careers. The CompTIA A+ certification assures employers that their applicant is prepared to enter the workforce as an entry-level computer support technician. Computer support technicians provide technical assistance to computer users. They may answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. They may provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. Completion of this course prepares students for the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002) industry certification exams. (C-ID ITIS 110)
Lecture Hours: 54Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 053Computer Network FundamentalsUnits: 3

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for further study of computer networks. It uses the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) and TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers.
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: CIS 040 or CIS 340B
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

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CIS 054Routing and Switching EssentialsUnits: 3

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. This course, along with CIS 053 - Computer Network Fundamentals, should prepare students for the current version of the Cisco Certified Entry-level Network Technician (CCENT) certification exam.
Lecture Hours: 54Lab Hours: NoneRepeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CIS 053 or equivalent
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 055Systems and Network AdministrationUnits: 3

This course will provide a student with the knowledge and skills required to build, maintain, troubleshoot and support server hardware and software technologies. The student will be able to identify environmental issues; understand and comply with disaster recovery and physical / software security procedures; become familiar with industry terminology and concepts; understand server roles / specializations and interaction within the overall computing environment. This course will prepare students for the current version of CompTIA's Server+ certification exam. (C-ID ITIS 155)
Lecture Hours: 54Lab Hours: NoneRepeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CIS 054
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 060Information Systems SecurityUnits: 3

An introduction to the fundamental principles and topics of Information Technology Security and Risk Management at the organizational level. It addresses hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures with respect to organizational Cybersecurity and Risk Management. (C-ID ITIS 160)
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CIS 053
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 064Intro to Ethical HackingUnits: 3

This course introduces the network security specialist working in a red team environment to the various methodologies for attacking a network and gaining access to networks, applications, databases, and other critical data on a secured system. Students will be introduced to the concepts, principles, and the latest hacking techniques, supplemented by hands-on exercises, for attacking and disabling a network within the context of properly securing a network, along with the most advanced hacking tools and exploits, the appropriate defenses, and countermeasures. Students will receive course content information through a variety of methods: lecture and demonstration of hacking tools will be used in addition to a virtual environment. Students will experience a hands-on practical approach to penetration testing measures and ethical hacking. (C-ID ITIS 164)
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CIS 060 or equivalent
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 065Computer Forensics FundamentalsUnits: 3

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This course is an introduction to the methods used to properly conduct a computer forensics investigation beginning with a discussion of ethics while mapping to the objectives of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) certification. Topics covered include an overview of computer forensics as a profession, the computer investigation process, understanding operating systems boot processes, and disk structures, data acquisition and analysis, technical writing, and a review of familiar computer forensics tools.
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CIS 060 or equivalent
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 080Database Management SystemsUnits: 3

This course provides the students with an introduction to the core concepts in data and information management. It is centered around the core skills of identifying organizational information requirements, modeling them using conceptual data modeling techniques, converting the conceptual data models into relational data models and verifying its structural characteristics with normalization techniques, and implementing and utilizing a relational database using an industrial-strength database management system. The course will also include coverage of basic database administration tasks and key concepts of data quality and data security. Moreover, students will develop practical skills in the use of SQL for data design, manipulation, interrogation, and application development. In addition to developing database applications, the course helps the students understand how large-scale packaged systems are highly dependent on the use of Database Management Systems (DBMSs). Building on the transactional database understanding, the course provides an introduction to data and information management technologies that provide decision support capabilities under the broad business intelligence umbrella. (C-ID ITIS 180)
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CIS 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU/UC Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 082CFront End Web DevelopmentUnits: 3

This course teaches students to format World Wide Web pages using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and other technologies including Content Management Systems (CMS). Emphasis is placed on development of effective pages. Students learn to incorporate text, graphics, audio files, video files, animation, forms, and eCommerce databases, among others, into their web pages.
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 085CDynamic Website DesignUnits: 3

This course teaches the fundamentals of client-side and server-side web programming, using JavaScript, PHP, Perl and MySQL. Students learn how to understand and use simple variables, proper programming syntax, arithmetic and string operations, conditional and logical operators, functions and subroutines, loops and arrays, data file operations and database concepts
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CIS 082C
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 086Visual Basic ProgrammingUnits: 3

This is an introductory course in computer programming concepts. Students design, write and debug programs using the principles of structured programming. Topics covered include programming language structure and syntax; algorithm development, logic and design considerations and program development tools; error handling and debugging; functions, subprograms and parameter passing; conditional and relational operators; selection and looping structures; array processing; sequential and random file access; and an introduction to object oriented programming.
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CIS 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU/UC Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 087Introduction To Programming Using PythonUnits: 3

This course provides an introduction to programming and business applications using Python. The course focuses on developing the fundamental concepts and models of application development including the basic concepts of program design, debugging, data structures, structured and object-oriented programming, problem solving, programming logic, and fundamental design techniques.
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CIS 010 or Instructor approval
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU/UC Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

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CIS 088Introduction To Programming Using JavaUnits: 3

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals concepts of computer programming using Java. The course focuses on learning the basic concepts of program design, problem-solving, data structures, and programming logic. The course heavily relies on hands-on experience using Java and a modern integrated development environment (IDE) such as but not limited to Eclipse or IntelliJ.
Lecture Hours: 36Lab Hours: 54Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 095AComputer Information Systems Work ExperienceUnits: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment assists students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes, and skills to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (for a combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and education or occupational goals are directly related to Computer Information Systems.
Lecture Hours: NoneLab Hours: 600Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:CSU Degree Applicable:AA/AS
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 097CODe Computer LabUnits: 0.5

CODe Computer Lab is an open entry/open exit lab designed to develop coding and programming skills for all students in the College community. Emphasis is on high school concurrent enrollment for students who wish to do so. Enrollment in CODe Summer Computer Lab is not a requirement for participation in the CODe Program. Lab will focus on a one-to-one tutorial approach, with time devoted to completing assigned lab projects.
Lecture Hours: NoneLab Hours: 27Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:None Degree Applicable:NAA
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 323AIntroduction to Amazon Web ServicesUnits: 0

INTRO AMAZON WEB SERVICES
Lecture Hours: NoneLab Hours: NoneRepeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: This course introduces the fundamentals of cloud computing including the different cloud computing models; Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service on cloud platform. This course reviews the basic concepts of server, networking, and storage virtualization. Course participants will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate an overall understanding of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Environment.
Transfer Status:None Degree Applicable:NAA
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 330Introduction to Linux Operating SystemUnits: 0

Introduction to the Linux operating system primarily focused on command line usage. Covers the history, kernel, file systems, shells and user utilities. Also introduces students to the fundamentals of shell programming, processes, communications, and basic security.
Noncredit Hours: 162 Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:None Degree Applicable:NONC
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 340AInformation & Communication Technology Essentials IUnits: 0

CompTIA certifications help students build a solid foundation of essential knowledge and skills that will help students earn employment in technology-related careers. The CompTIA A+ certification assures employers that their applicant is prepared to enter the workforce as an entry-level computer support technician. Computer support technicians provide technical assistance to computer users. They may answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. They may provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. Completion of this course prepares students for the CompTIA A+ 220-901 industry certification exam.
Noncredit Hours: 27 Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:None Degree Applicable:NONC
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

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CIS 340BInformation & Communication Technology Essentials IIUnits: 0

CompTIA certifications helps students build a solid foundation of essential knowledge and skills that will help them earn employment in technology-related careers. The CompTIA A+ certification assures employers that their applicant is prepared to enter the workforce as an entry-level computer support technician. Computer support technicians provide technical assistance to computer users. They may answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. They may provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. Completion of this course prepares students for the CompTIA A+ 220-902 industry certification exam.
Noncredit Hours: 27 Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: CIS 340A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:None Degree Applicable:NONC
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 353AComputer Network Fundamentals IUnits: 0

CompTIA certifications help students build a solid foundation of essential knowledge and skills that will help students earn employment in technology-related careers. The CompTIA Network+ certification assures employers that their applicant is prepared to enter the workforce as a network support technician. Computer network technicians analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. Completion of the this course, in conjunction with CIS 353B, prepares students for the CompTIA Network+ N10-006 industry certification exam.
Noncredit Hours: 27 Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:None Degree Applicable:NONC
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 353BComputer Network Fundamentals IIUnits: 0

CompTIA certifications help students build a solid foundation of essential knowledge and skills that will help students earn employment in technology-related careers. The CompTIA Network+ certification assures employers that their applicant is prepared to enter the workforce as a network support technician. Computer network technicians analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. Completion of this course, together with CIS 353A, prepares students for the CompTIA Network+ N10-006 industry certification exam.
Noncredit Hours: 27 Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: CIS 353A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:None Degree Applicable:NONC
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 360AInformation Systems Security IUnits: 0

An introduction to the fundamental principles and topics of Information Technology Security and Risk Management at the organizational level. It addresses hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures with respect to organizational Cybersecurity and Risk Management. CompTIA certifications help students build a solid foundation of essential knowledge and skills that will help students earn employment in technology-related careers. The CompTIA Security+ certification provides a global benchmark for best practices in IT network and operational security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. Completion of this course prepares students for part of the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.
Noncredit Hours: 27 Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: CIS 353B or CIS 053
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:None Degree Applicable:NONC
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

CIS 360BInformation Systems Security IIUnits: 0

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An introduction to the fundamental principles and topics of Information Technology Security and Risk Management at the organizational level. It addresses hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures with respect to organizational Cybersecurity and Risk Management. CompTIA certifications help students build a solid foundation of essential knowledge and skills that will help students earn employment in technology-related careers. The CompTIA Security+ certification provides a global benchmark for best practices in IT network and operational security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. Completion of this course prepares students for part of the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.
Noncredit Hours: 27 Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: CIS 360A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status:None Degree Applicable:NONC
COD GE: None CSU GE: None IGETC: None

FAQs

Is a Certificate in computer information systems worth it? ›

Yes, an information systems degree is worth it for many students. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting 11% job growth in computer and information technology occupations over the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Is CIS a difficult degree? ›

Is a CIS Degree Hard? Getting your degree in CIS is not easy, but many people agree that it's completely worth it. You will likely need to take quite a few coding and math classes, which some people find to be challenging.

How long does it take to get a CIS degree? ›

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems. During a bachelor's degree in computer information systems, students complete four years of general education, computer science, information technology, and business coursework.

What do you learn in CIS? ›

CIS students learn about technology (databases, security, programming, networking) as well as business (management principles, finance and accounting, business laws, economics). Invariably, most CIS programs (bachelor's or master's) also include a capstone project or internship to gain real-life experiences.

Does CIS require coding? ›

Computer Information Systems (CIS)

These systems address how data is gathered, processed, stored, and used. They involve hardware, software, and networks. However, the CIS field focuses on how computers and associated hardware and software are used in a business setting — not the coding that underlies the technology.

Is information systems high paying? ›

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that people who work in the field of computers and information technology earn an average salary of $91,250 per year. Working as a computer and information systems manager is one of the highest-paying jobs related to information systems.

Is CIS a lot of coding? ›

As opposed to computer science, you will probably not do a lot of coding or math work while working in computer information systems. The work in this field is at a slightly macro level, looking at technology systems as a whole or as part of the larger ecosystem of an organization.

Do CIS majors make good money? ›

How Much Does a CIS Major Make? The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that people who work in computer and information technology occupations earn an average of $91,250 per year.

Can you get an IT job with a CIS degree? ›

A lot of industries rely on computer networks, so if you have a degree in computer information systems (CIS), you can find jobs in many different settings. CIS positions range from entry-level to executive management, which means there is plenty of opportunity for growth.

Can I do cyber security with a CIS degree? ›

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) - Cybersecurity degree option allows students to attain knowledge of computer network configuration, computer network and data security, network intrusion detection and prevention, computer network forensics, digital forensics, and cryptography.

Is CIS or computer science better? ›

You may find yourself comparing computer information systems vs computer science. While the two degrees do overlap, computer science programs generally give students a more thorough and complex knowledge of the design of computers and computational processes.

Is CIS a STEM degree? ›

The CIS degree is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classified program.

What skills do you need for CIS? ›

Traits Of A CIS Major
  • Analytical Skills.
  • Ability to work in teams and with others.
  • Oral and written communications.
  • Logical thinking.
  • Ability to learn technical subjects.
  • Detail-oriented.

What pays more IT or computer science? ›

While both of these industries continue to grow exponentially year over year, research shows that computer science has the edge in terms of average salary and career outlook.

Why do people want to study CIS? ›

A CIS degree is great for someone that wants to work with the logic of computers but prefers to have some human interaction thrown into the mix. Information systems are about using computers as tools, and a lot of this career will be about helping users with their technology goals.

Which is harder IT or computer science? ›

Most people weigh the difference between Computer Science and Information Technology in terms of the level of difficulty. They think IT is easier because it has a narrower scope than CS.

Is an information systems degree worth IT? ›

Yes, a bachelor's degree in information systems is worth it for many students. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology jobs are set to grow at 11% over the next 10 years, faster than the average for all occupations.

Can I major in CIS with no prior computer knowledge? ›

Can You Major in Computer Science Without Prior Knowledge? Not only do you not need any prior knowledge to get into and earn a CS degree, but the doors it can open for you also are incredible (and growing every year). It's an especially opportune time to look into computer science careers.

Is there a lot of math in information systems? ›

Management information systems programs involve a fair amount of mathematics, but are more people- and business-focused than computer science. It's common for a CS major to switch to IS because the high-level math is overwhelming.

Which it field is most paying? ›

Here are three high-paying IT jobs: Software Developers. Systems Analysts. Systems Administrators.

Which it field gets paid the most? ›

Here are some of the highest paying IT jobs in 2023:
  • Data Scientist.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Architect.
  • Big Data Engineer.
  • Software Architect.
  • Blockchain Engineer.
  • DevOps Engineer.
  • Cloud Architect.
  • Full-Stack Developer.
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Are CIS majors in demand? ›

People with traditional or online CIS degrees are generally in very high demand and usually benefit from a stable career path that allows them to rise up through the ranks very quickly. CIS jobs are usually in extremely high demand.

Is IT hard to get a job with an IT degree? ›

The fact is that while computer science grads get to enjoy a low unemployment rate compared to many other fields of study, it's still difficult to get a job after graduation. Therefore, don't waste the four years that you're in university simply studying to get your degree.

What can I do after CIS degree? ›

Top 9 Best Computer Information Systems Degree Careers
  1. #1 Computer and Information Systems Manager.
  2. #2 Market Research Analyst.
  3. #3 Computer & Information Research Scientist.
  4. #4 Database Administrator.
  5. #5 Operations Research Analyst.
  6. #6 Computer Programmer.
  7. #7 Network and Computer Systems Administrator.
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Is IT hard to get a cyber security job without a degree? ›

There are countless entry-level cybersecurity jobs available to those who do not have a degree. That said, it is worth noting that many require applicants to have additional training to prove that they have the skills necessary for the job at hand.

What is the highest degree for cyber security? ›

While a bachelor's degree in a related field is required for most cybersecurity positions from entry-level on up, those who aspire to the highest levels of cybersecurity and hope to have a long career in the profession should strongly consider a master's degree.

Which is better IT or cyber security? ›

Although roles and responsibilities may overlap, IT typically has a broader focus on projects, like building and operating computer networks and systems. Cybersecurity focuses on protecting the information within those systems. Cybersecurity and IT use different strategies and skills to achieve many of the same goals.

What branch of computer science pays the most? ›

Here's a look at the highest paying computer science jobs today:
  • Front-end developer. ...
  • Java developer. ...
  • Software engineer. ...
  • Network security engineer. ...
  • Mobile developer. ...
  • Data scientist. ...
  • DevOps engineer. National average salary: $121,996 per year. ...
  • Software architect. National average salary: $139,099 per year.

What is a CIS degree called? ›

Bachelor of Science - Computer Information Systems (120 credits minimum) Prepare for an in-demand career in computer information systems (CIS) with the computer information systems degree from Davenport University.

How do I get a CIS certificate? ›

You can go online via the 'Government Gateway' – or you can Telephone HMRC on the CIS helpline (0300 200 3210) and give your UTR – or your company's UTR if registering as a company – and personal details including your national Insurance number and – if appropriate – your VAT number.

What are the benefits of CIS? ›

The advantage of registering under the CIS is that the contractor only withholds deductions of 20% instead of 30% if you decide not to register (see the example of Oscar above).

Are IT degrees in demand? ›

They can also concentrate in cybersecurity, IT management, or the organization of IT staff, budgets, and projects. The BLS projects that the number of IT occupations will grow 13% between 2020 and 2030, accounting for 667,600 new jobs. IT professionals earned a median annual income of $91,250 in May 2020.

What are the top 3 highest paying jobs in computer science? ›

Highest Paying Computer Science Careers
  • Computer Support Specialist Average Annual Salary: $55,510. ...
  • Website Developers and Digital Designers Annual Average Salary: $77,220. ...
  • Network and Computer System Administrators Average Annual Salary: $84,810. ...
  • Computer Programmer Average Annual Salary: $89,190.

Do you need math for information technology? ›

Computer science is a broad field, so if you're looking to get your computer science degree, the kind of math you'll need to know will depend on your specific program and career path. But generally speaking, most degree programs require a basic understanding of calculus, algebra, discrete mathematics, and statistics.

Is IT better to get a certificate or a degree in IT? ›

IT professionals can further their skills through degree programs and certifications. While certifications are a cost-effective option, degrees offer a more well-rounded education. If you're looking to further your knowledge in IT-related fields, there are two paths to take -- certifications and degrees.

Is IT better to have an IT degree or certification? ›

If you want a strong foundation and an unparalleled breadth of knowledge, a degree is the best path. If you're interested in quickly gaining skills and certifications that will get you employed in IT, certification training is a great option.

What is computer information systems certificate? ›

The Computer Information Systems Certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in programming, networking, website design, database design and administration, cyber-security, project management, or game design. Students learn in a well-equipped technical environment for instruction and lab.

Is getting a certificate better than a degree? ›

Whether you pursue a certificate or a degree might depend on your education and career goals. A degree can often provide you with more opportunities and higher salaries than a certificate. You might also earn a certificate to give you the foundation and prerequisites needed to get a degree.

Can I get an IT job with just certifications? ›

Many top IT careers don't require college degrees. Hiring managers are looking for job candidates who can get the job done, regardless of their academic credentials. Self-education, training programs and certifications could be your ticket to a rewarding tech job.

What degree is best for an IT job? ›

When wondering what degree to get for an IT job, you should definitely consider these seven popular computer degrees:
  • Information Technology and Information Systems.
  • Computer Science.
  • Information Science.
  • Systems & Network Administration.
  • Software Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering.
  • Cybersecurity.
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What is the easiest certificate to get in IT? ›

10 best IT certifications for beginners
  1. CompTIA A+ ...
  2. Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) ...
  3. Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) ...
  4. Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) ...
  5. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner. ...
  6. CompTIA Fundamentals (ITF+) ...
  7. Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals. ...
  8. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
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What is the most popular IT certification? ›

1. ITIL® Foundation. Over 12% of IT professionals have earned their ITIL Foundation certificate, making it the most popular certification in North America. For those planning to pursue certification this year, 7.2% have ITIL Foundation in their sights.

CAN I GET IT certifications without a degree? ›

IT Certifications

And make no mistake – college is not a prerequisite to getting certified. Fernandez earned many IT certifications without having a degree, and so can you. Fact: 69% of CompTIA certification candidates do not have a degree.

Do you make more money with certificate or degree? ›

Does a Degree Mean a Higher Salary in IT? Data shows that while certificate holders can earn more eventually, once they gain experience, degree holders are more likely to start out making more.

Is CIS a computer science degree? ›

Computer Information Science (CIS) is a quickly-growing field which covers a wide range of topics, including those traditionally covered in Information Technology (IT) and Computer Science (CS).

What certifications should I get for CIS? ›

Certifications Requiring CIS Degree or Related Experience
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) ...
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) ...
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) ...
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Is CIS a major? ›

A CIS major is a degree path that teaches students how to manage information through computing. Rather than focusing on the latest technology or software developments, this major teaches students how to help businesses, nonprofits and governments reach their goals through better use of technology.

Do college certificates mean anything? ›

Yes. A certificate may advance an individual's career by providing special expertise. Certifications aid in career advancement by demonstrating expertise. Depending on the field and level, a degree can lead to career advancement.

Can a certificate be called a degree? ›

While certificates do not result in a degree, they are also awarded at undergraduate and graduate levels. And, at some universities, the credits earned through a certificate can be later applied toward earning a degree.

Which online course certificate is valuable in world? ›

Top Online Courses To Look Out for
  • Master Of Science In Machine Learning And AI.
  • PG Diploma In Data Science.
  • PG Diploma In Machine Learning And AI.
  • Post Graduate Diploma In Management (PGDM)
  • PG Program In Management (PGPM)
  • Executive Program In Blockchain Technology Management.
  • Product Management Certification Program.
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