Mar 23, 2019  

Computer Information Systems: Computer Software Technology

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(076) Associate in Applied Science

Graduates of the Computer Software Technology program are prepared to enter the workforce as information support staff, administrative assistants, or other office positions in private business and governmental organizations. 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. The degree allows the student to choose electives towards a student-selected specialization in information systems support, administrative assistant roles in general business, legal offices, or medical offices.

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, governmental 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. Click here for further career information:

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 Business and Computer Information Systems, 815/835-6358;
Kevin Megill, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815/835-6251;

General Education Requirements - Sem/Hrs: 15-16

  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Physical/Life Science 3 Semester hour(s) (BIO 108 [4 Semester hour(s)] recommended for OAS Medical Office Assistant Track)

SVCC Requirement - Sem/Hrs: 1

Emphases Options for Administrative Specialist Track -Sem/Hrs: 2-3


Financial Services Representative

Legal Office

Medical Office

Total Hours Required for A.A.S. Degree: 60-62

Suggested Program - Administrative Specialist Track

First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16

  • HUM/FA or SOC 3 Semester Hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 14-15

  • CHOOSE Electives for Administrative Specialist Track 2-3 Semester Hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 14-15

  • Physical/Life Science - 3-4 Semester Hour(s)   BIO 108 is recommended for the Medical Office Administrative Assistant Track

Suggested Program - Information Systems Support Track

Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 14

Electives: Hum/FA or SOC - 3 Semester Hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15

  • HUM/FA or SOC - 3 Semester Hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16-17

  • Physical/Life Science 3-4 Semester Hour(s)

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