Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems program offers five degree and five certificate options.

For more information, please contact program coordinator Tim Brown at 618-222-5502 or

Degree Programs

Associate in Applied Science - Computer Information Systems (0010)

The Computer Information Systems program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree for computer specialists and for application programmers. The program provides the technical skills and knowledge required for the effective use of computers in the business environment. View Cost Sheet.

Associate in Applied Science - Tech Support/Help Desk (010A)

The Computer Information Systems - Tech Support/Help Desk program will meet the demand for information technology professionals trained to support desktop computer users. Students completing the program will be qualified to troubleshoot hardware and software problems in the work environment. Graduates will be expected to have the skills needed to support users on all major applications. A basic understanding of the Internet and of a networked environment will enable graduates to aid in conflict management and effective user training. The skills gained in the program should allow graduates to adapt to any environment. View Cost Sheet.

Associate in Applied Science - Database Development and Management (010B)

The Computer Information Systems Database Development and Management program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree to prepare students to be database developers and managers. Application Database Developers perform tasks that involve construction, documentation, installation or maintenance of database systems. Database managers work with database management systems software and determine ways to organize and store data. They also set up computer databases and test and coordinate changes to them. View Cost Sheet.  

Associate in Applied Science - Software Development (010C)

The Computer Information Systems Software Development degree provides students with technical skills and knowledge to handle object-oriented programming requirements in support of the business community. Successful students will use various software development tools to develop platform independent applications written in one or more object-oriented programming languages. Students will develop data-driven software applications that query and manipulate data in a relational database management system. Before completing the degree, students will develop browser-enabled applications using client and server side programming languages and technologies. View Cost Sheet.

Associate in Applied Science - Computer Management Information Systems (0116)

Computer Management Information Systems is an Associate in Applied Science degree that provides students with two paths. The degree is designed to prepare students for entry into the job market as computer specialists or entry-level software developers while providing students with the prerequisite knowledge for transfer to a senior institution. Upon completion of the degree, students may seek employment and/or apply for a seamless transition to a senior institution. View Cost Sheet.

Certificate Programs

Database Programming Certificate (010D)

Approximately 20 percent of all new Information Technology positions require database development skills. The Database Programming Certificate provides the skills required for database development. View Cost Sheet.

C++ Programming Certificate (010E)

The C++ Programming Certificate prepares students for employment as C++ programmers. View Cost Sheet.

Visual Basic Programming Certificate (010F)

The Visual Basic Programming Certificate will prepare students for employment as Visual Basic programmers. View Cost Sheet.

C# Programming Certificate (010J)

The C# Programming Certificate prepares students for employment as C# programmers. View Cost Sheet.

JAVA Programming Certificate (011F)

The Java Programming Certificate will prepare students for employment as Java programmers. View Cost Sheet.

Accelerated Degree Option

Students with an associate or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college may earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems by completing at least 27 semester credit hours of program related course work.

A plan of specific courses required for the degree must be obtained from the program coordinator and approved by the Dean of the Business Division and the Vice President for Instruction.

Only those courses completed at Southwestern Illinois College, and not included as part of the requirements for a previously earned degree or certificate, can be considered for this option. Students must meet all institutional requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Career Opportunities

A graduate of the Computer Information Systems programs is prepared to work as a(n):

  • Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Customer Support Specialist
  • Software Specialist
  • Information Specialist
  • Applications Programmer
  • Help Desk Coordinator
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Help Desk Customer Support Representative
  • Help Desk Analyst
  • Help Desk Specialist
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Developer
  • Database Web Developer
  • Database Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Computer Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Software Engineer