Jun 25, 2018  

Computer Information Systems: Microcomputer Applications

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(076) Associate in Applied Science

This program is designed to provide a graduate with the entry level job skills necessary in the computer information systems field with a specialization in microcomputer applications. Majors study the theory, design, development, and application of computer technology to computer information systems, and develop in-depth knowledge on the operation and structure of major business software packages.

Work and Employment

The rapid spread of computers and computer-based technologies in recent years has generated need for skilled, highly trained workers. Computers have become essential to the operation of stores, banks, colleges and universities, government agencies, hospitals, factories, and many other profit and non-profit entities in our society. Employment for CIS graduates is expected to grow as organizations seek new applications for computers and improvements to the software already in use. Employers are increasingly interested in employees who can combine areas of technical expertise or who are adaptable, are able to learn and incorporate new skills, and are able to find opportunities for increased efficiency through the use of automation.

Special Consideration

Workers usually have the following skills and aptitudes: work independently, quickly and accurately, think logically and use good judgment, concentrate, possess mechanical and mathematical aptitudes, patience and persistence.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354;
Dr. Mary Lou Kidder, Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815/835-6358;
Kevin Megill, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815/835-6251;
Valarie Sleger, Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815/835-6388.

Minimum Hours for Major Field Requirements: 44

General Education Requirements - Sem/Hrs: 18-19

  • Communications 6 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Physical/Life Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Mathematics (MAT 106 or higher required) 3-4 Semester hour(s)

SVCC Requirement - Sem/Hrs: 1

Total Hours Required for A.A.S. Degree: 63-64

Suggested Program

First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17-18

  •   MAT 106 Applied Mathematics (or higher Math) 3-4 semester hour(s)

Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17

  •  Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 14

  • Physical/Life Science 3 Semester hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15

  • Humanities/Fine Arts-3

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