Question? 1-800-957-5412

Request Info   Enroll Online  

CALL ME NOW!!!
Computer Information Systems Associate Degree

Associate of Science Degree in
Computer Information Systems

Our Computer Information Systems Associate Degree program provides comprehensive instruction in programming, networking, PC repair, website design, database maintenance, management methods, business principles and more. Enhance your ability to succeed in this booming profession.

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Lessons & Exams
  • Program Length: 6 to 12 Months per Semester (Total 4 Semesters)

See all Associate Degree Programs  

4th SEMESTER
at NO COST. Get Info  

  What You'll Learn

The Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems curriculum provides a well-rounded combination of general education courses and core courses in the computer information career discipline. Each course is developed with the input of industry professionals, ensuring exceptional career relevance. Choose from a generous array of electives, too. The flexible curriculum makes it easy to transfer eligible college credits into our online computer information systems associate degree program.

Request Info   Enroll Online  

View Associate of Science Curriculum  

Semester 1

EN110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

This course will help students sharpen skills that will help in achieving maximum learning as they complete their degree programs. Taking this course will unlock students’ undiscovered potential and will help them discover their multiple intelligences and best ways to learn. This course will also help students uncover strengths and build from them, as well as explore the areas where they might change behaviors to ensure college success.
Credit Hours: 3

SP180 - Principles of Public Speaking 

This course teaches the students fundamental principles while emphasizing skills development in the practice of public speaking. It covers purposes, methods and steps in preparing speeches, develops communication skills in listening, speech criticism, audience analysis and writing, and provides effective delivery techniques to present a variety of speeches.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today’s office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

K01 - Windows Operating Systems  

This course provides a full exploration of how Microsoft Windows affects the PC desktop and works with files, disks, data, and applications. Topics include personalizing your computer, printers and hardware devices, the Internet and networking, network security, and troubleshooting techniques.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   K02 - MS Office Applications I  

This course is designed to help the student get started in the world of computing. Students will learn about similarities among Office applications and will focus on Word and Excel, the word processing and spreadsheet programs included in Microsoft Office.
Credit Hours: 3

K03 - MS Office Applications II  

In this course, students will focus on Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook, which respectively are the database, presentation, and e-mail/scheduling programs included in Microsoft Office. PowerPoint is a graphics and audio-visual application and is the most visual and creative of the Microsoft applications. Access is a database system for retaining and using essential information, and Outlook is an e-mail program used for sending and receiving messages.
Credit Hours: 3

K11 - Database Processing  

This is an introduction to the design and development of databases, using data modeling tools, normalization, structured query language (SQL), database application design, and Internet technology.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

General Education Elective (Behavioral/Social Science 100-200 Level)   General Education Elective (Humanities/Fine Arts 100-200 Level)   K07 - Computer Programming I  

This is the first of two courses designed to familiarize students with computer programming and Visual C#. Students will be exposed to fundamental programming concepts and will be introduced to object-oriented programming by way of the C# development language. This is an ideal course for business and systems analysts, as well as those simply wishing to learn a programming language.
Credit Hours: 3

K08 - Computer Programming II  

This is the second of two courses designed to familiarize students with computer programming and Visual C#. Students will be exposed the foundations of the Internet and Web development. The course focuses on a variety of critical elements, including arrays and structures, styles and validator controls, ASP.NET, the Visual Studio Environment, reading from and writing to data files, and the concepts behind object-oriented programming.
Credit Hours: 3

K09 - Web Site Design  

This course provides an introduction to the effective use of web page design principles, the basics of HTML coding, website strategies, how to maintain web pages, creating an online brand, e-commerce, and the online customer.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

C17 - College Mathematics or MA240 - College Algebra*  

C17: This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

MA240: This course introduces the major concepts of college-level algebra. The course begins with basic concepts such as sets and numbers but quickly moves into intermediate algebra topics, emphasizing concepts most often used in computer science. The student will gain extensive experience in evaluating and manipulating expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

K12 - Systems Analysis and Design  

This is an examination of the computer systems development environment, from planning and selecting the systems through implementation and operation. Students also learn how to determine and structure system requirements, design the human interface, and design the database.
Credit Hours: 3

Elective (100-200 Level)  

View Elective (100-200 Level) offerings.

Elective (100-200 Level)  

View Elective (100-200 Level) offerings.


*If students expect to complete a bachelor's degree, MA240 is required.

Close Curriculum Details  

  What You Get

Earn your Computer Information Systems Associate Degree on your terms. Start any time, study at your own pace and move ahead fast. We’ve erased the barriers to career advancement so that you can easily succeed.

Carefully selected computer information courses ensure a balance of essential theory and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive, career-relevant textbooks
  • Learning guides with discussion questions and projects
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
  • Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®

Graduates receive a diploma suitable for framing and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your online Computer Information Systems associate degree sets the stage for advancement in an in-demand career and will impress prospective employers with your commitment to professional success. Your credits apply toward any Ashworth College bachelor’s degree program.

  • Computer Information Systems Training Books

    Textbooks

  • Computer Information Systems Training Diploma

    Diploma

  • Graduation Video

    Ceremony

Or, consider our...
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Management Degree Program

The curriculum is more occupation-oriented, combining a broad general education with core skill-based courses to prepare you for the workplace. This program is ideal for those who don’t intend to attain a further degree. Call 1-800-957-5412 to enroll in our Associate of Applied Science degree program. (For all Applied Science programs, enroll by phone only)

View Associate of Applied Science Curriculum  

Semester 1

C01 - Introduction to Business  

This course offers a broad overview of the business world for both business and non-business majors. It is an introduction to the business environment, business ownership, management, marketing, technology and information, and finance.
Credit Hours: 3

C02 - Business English  

This course presents the basic principles of communication that are particularly applicable in business and industry, providing a foundation for more effective communication skills. It focuses on the proper use of English grammar in business settings.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: EN130

C17 - College Mathematics  

This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

K01 - Windows Operating Systems  

This course provides a full exploration of how Microsoft Windows affects the PC desktop and works with files, disks, data, and applications. Topics include personalizing your computer, printers and hardware devices, the Internet and networking, network security, and troubleshooting techniques.
Credit Hours: 3

K02 - MS Office Applications I  

This course is designed to help the student get started in the world of computing. Students will learn about similarities among Office applications and will focus on Word and Excel, the word processing and spreadsheet programs included in Microsoft Office.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

K03 - MS Office Applications II  

In this course, students will focus on Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook, which respectively are the database, presentation, and e-mail/scheduling programs included in Microsoft Office. PowerPoint is a graphics and audio-visual application and is the most visual and creative of the Microsoft applications. Access is a database system for retaining and using essential information, and Outlook is an e-mail program used for sending and receiving messages.
Credit Hours: 3

C04 - Introduction to Psychology  

This is a survey of the field of psychology, including the development of behavior, physiological mechanisms of behavior, perception, motivation and emotion, consciousness, learning, memory, personality, and mental health.
Credit Hours: 3

K04 - Computer Hardware Management  

This is the first of two courses designed to train students in the personal computer maintenance skills tested by the A+ certification exam. Students will study the characteristics of motherboards, memory, drives, and other components, and learn basic troubleshooting techniques. The course will not only provide the information necessary to pass the certification test, but give you the confidence to work on and troubleshoot your own computer.
Credit Hours: 3

K05 - Computer Software Management  

This course provides instruction for installing, maintaining, and servicing IBM-compatible personal computers. The Windows operating system is discussed at length, as are networks and the protocols and hardware that allow it all to work together. Other topics include tools and computer based commands that can assist in troubleshooting basic network problems, how to address software related computer problems, and wireless technology.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

K07 - Computer Programming I  

This is the first of two courses designed to familiarize students with computer programming and Visual C#. Students will be exposed to fundamental programming concepts and will be introduced to object-oriented programming by way of the C# development language. This is an ideal course for business and systems analysts, as well as those simply wishing to learn a programming language.
Credit Hours: 3

K08 - Computer Programming II  

This is the second of two courses designed to familiarize students with computer programming and Visual C#. Students will be exposed the foundations of the Internet and Web development. The course focuses on a variety of critical elements, including arrays and structures, styles and validator controls, ASP.NET, the Visual Studio Environment, reading from and writing to data files, and the concepts behind object-oriented programming.
Credit Hours: 3

K09 - Web Site Design  

This course provides an introduction to the effective use of web page design principles, the basics of HTML coding, website strategies, how to maintain web pages, creating an online brand, e-commerce, and the online customer.
Credit Hours: 3

C08 - American Government  

This course provides an overview of the structure and operations of the federal government, including constitutional principles, rights and liberties, the political process, and the relationships among the three branches of the federal government.
Credit Hours: 3

C15 - Principles of Management  

This is an introduction to the principles and practices of management, with emphasis on the management functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Topics also include effective leadership and motivational techniques, communication, social responsibility and ethics, managing change and conflict, and control.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

K10 - Programming in JavaScript  

This course is an introduction to the process of adding interactivity to web pages using JavaScript. Projects give students hands-on opportunities to practice what they are learning.
Credit Hours: 3

C05 - Business Communication  

This course presents the basics of written communication in business. It also explores differences in approach and format for various business documents, and covers techniques for planning, researching, organizing, and writing reports.
Credit Hours: 3

K11 - Database Processing  

This is an introduction to the design and development of databases, using data modeling tools, normalization, structured query language (SQL), database application design, and Internet technology.
Credit Hours: 3

A01 - Introduction to Accounting  

This course reviews the fundamentals of double-entry bookkeeping and the debit/credit method of recording transactions. The bookkeeping cycle, from recording transactions to preparing financial statements, is included. Emphasis is placed on service concerns operating as sole proprietorships.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite for BU330

K12 - Systems Analysis and Design  

This is an examination of the computer systems development environment, from planning and selecting the systems through implementation and operation. Students also learn how to determine and structure system requirements, design the human interface, and design the database.
Credit Hours: 3

Close Curriculum Details  

We’ve cleared the way. Start your Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems program today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.

VISIT MOBILE SITE