Computer Information Systems Degree & Certificates

Degree Programs

Computer Information Systems Associate in Applied Science Degree

At Southwestern Illinois College, students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in Software Development or Web Development. Students also can earn certificates in Software Development and/or Web Development.

The Software Development program 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. In addition, students will develop data-driven software and browser-enabled applications using client and server-side programming languages and technologies.


The Web Development program provides the technical skills and knowledge required for the design, development, and maintenance of websites and services. Students completing the program may be responsible for all the technical aspects of a website, including performance issues. In addition to web-specific applications, instruction includes commonly used programming.

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.

Certificate Programs

Software Development Certficate

Students completing the Software Development Certificate will learn the technical skills and knowledge to handle object-oriented programming to construct software applications. Emphasis will be placed on various software development tools to develop platform-independent applications written in one or more object-oriented programming languages.

Web Development Certificate

Students completing the Web Development Certificate will learn software and coding principles required to construct websites. Emphasis will be placed on good coding skills in HTML, JavaScript, and object-oriented programming languages.