The Computer Information Systems - Application Software program provides students with the courses needed to seek employment in the field of computer applications. The degree introduces the student to programming and network administration but concentrates on application software.
Students may seek an Associate in Arts (AA) or an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences (AAAS). The AA degree is a transfer degree, requiring English classes taken from the English Department (EN) rather than from the Business Department (BA). GRCC participates in a Three Plus One baccalaureate program with some universities. Under this program, students take their first three years at GRCC and the fourth year at the participating university. Students with advanced degrees may also be employed as computer information managers.
The employment outlook for careers in this growing, dynamic, technologically rich field is likely to remain strong. Students seeking work immediately upon graduation from GRCC should expect to find employment in smaller organizations or in supporting roles of larger organizations.
Students following a Computer Information Systems program may qualify for either the Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree or the Associate in Arts degree, which most transfer institutions require. Those who wish to earn the Associate in Arts should be sure to meet the communications, humanities, social science, and natural science requirements for that degree.
Strict adherence to the ethics of computer usage is expected of all Computer Applications students.
You can see the layout of courses for the program by clicking the link on the right. The courses may be taken in any order and at any time they are available as long as prerequisites are met. However, students are expected to confer with their faculty advisor and to base choices on both their own goals and the strength of their previous work experience. A minimum of 63 academic credits is needed for graduation.