The Computer Information Systems - Programming program provides students with the courses needed to seek employment as computer programmer or transfer to a four-year school as a programming major. The student may seek an Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate of 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, consultants, systems analysts and developers.
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 expecting long-term employment in programming and beyond should plan on a minimum of a four-year degree, with career opportunities thereafter dependent on job performance and perhaps additional education.
Students following a Computer Information Systems program may qualify for either the Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences degree or the Associate of Arts degree, which most transfer institutions require. Those who wish to earn the Associate of 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 Information Systems students.
A layout of the courses for this program is available on the right. These 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 62 academic credits is needed for graduation.