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About the Computer Information Systems Program

A Career in Computer Information Systems Adds Up to More than 1s and 0s

Technology and greater access to information via the Internet have completely changed the way we communicate, consume content and do business both on domestic and international fronts. With continued technological advances comes the need for a highly skilled workforce with an aptitude in a variety of software applications.

Business applications are critical for office skills, financial record management, project management, database management, marketing, customer relationship management, resource management and communication on a variety of platforms. Web design applications create professional, engaging websites.

Depending on your career goals, select the application's classes for developing the skills you need. With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

Find the path that fits your personal ne eds and professional goals:

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Department Certificate More information on the Department Certificate

Gain skills quickly with this short term program, then leverage them to get ahead in your career.

Estimated Timeline:
1 year or less, 18 units or less

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Associate in Science Degree - Business Information WorkerAssociate Degree Icon

21 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Business Information WorkerCertificate of Achievement Icon

21 units This Degree is earnable completely online

The Business Information Worker (BIW) program prepares students for entry-level office and administrative support in a variety of job positions, including general office clerks, retail salespersons, customer service representatives, receptionists, and information clerks. Students learn basic oral and written communications, basic computer application skills, including beginning Excel, Word, and Outlook, and the fundamentals of computer systems. Graduates of this program bring critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as interpersonal skills essential to the workplace. With a solid foundation in Microsoft Windows and Office, as well as strong digital and web literacy skills, students will be prepared to meet the workforce demands of today's business environment.

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Associate in Science Degree - Computer Business ApplicationsAssociate in Science Degree icon

30 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Computer Business Applications Certificate of Achievement Icon

30 units This Degree is earnable completely online

The core of this certificate program provides advanced computer skills and business concepts that can be applied in nearly every industry. Students will learn to use Microsoft Office products, as well as other computer software applications, that can be applied in business situations to create, edit, format and publish documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases.

Students can select from three specializations within the Computer Business Applications Certificate program:

  • Social Media Specialist students will be introduced to the finer points of the most popular social media applications, including search engine optimization, HTML, and Web design.

  • Office Finance Specialist students will develop the skills necessary to handle basic accounting and bookkeeping procedures for small businesses.

  • Microsoft Office Specialist students will develop additional expertise in each of the Microsoft Office applications. This specialization assists in preparation for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams.

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Associate in Science Degree - Website Software SpecialistAssociate in Science Degree icon

31 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Website Software Specialist Certificate of Achievement Icon

31 units This Degree is earnable completely online

A Website Software Specialist needs to be knowledgeable in a variety of Internet technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and server-side scripting), as well as Web authoring applications such as Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and WordPress. They are primarily responsible for developing user-friendly and interactive Web pages, integrating and optimizing different multimedia components, and implementing hosting, publishing, and development workflow strategies.

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Certificate of Achievement - Social Media AssistantDepartment Certificate Icon

15 units This Degree is earnable completely online

Social media has revolutionized the way businesses interact with consumers. This program is designed to give students an understanding of the concepts involved in marketing and the role social media plays in advertising, public relations, branding, and corporate communication strategies. Students will gain practical skills and learn the latest technical tools in social media through various projects and other assignments.

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Department Certificate - Website CreatorDepartment Certificate Icon

15 units This Degree is earnable completely online

This program provides students with the basic skills needed to create websites. Students will use Web authoring programs for Web page creation and site management. They will extend their skills in the development of websites through the use of XHTML, cascading style sheets, and client and server-side scripting. The focus will be on the creation of effective user interfaces and website design principles using various state-of-the-art technologies used for the Web. Upon completing this certificate, students will be ready to plan, build, promote, and maintain a personal website.

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Department Certificate - Website Development ManagementDepartment Certificate Icon

13 units This Degree is earnable completely online

This program provides students with the knowledge needed to develop website projects in a real-world setting. Students learn how to develop websites while applying the skills needed to plan and budget resources in development projects from conceptual design to deployment.

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Department Certificate - Digital PublishingDepartment Certificate Icon

17 units This Degree is earnable completely online

This program provides students with specific skills that make them job ready for the publishing industry, whether it is for printing or the web. Digital Publishing Specialists use Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator programs, along with Microsoft Word, to format and combine text, numeral data, photographs, charts, drawings, and other visual graphic elements to produce digital and/or printed publication-ready materials.

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Desktop Publishers Associate Degree $52,824
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants Associate Degree $68,267
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers Bachelor's Degree $57,524
Brokerage Clerks Bachelor's Degree $53,830
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping Bachelor's Degree $40,664
Fundraisers Bachelor's Degree $67,633
Social and Community Service Managers Bachelor's Degree $63,212
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes Bachelor's Degree $63,704
Credit Authorizers Bachelor's Degree $39,437
City and Regional Planning Aids Master's or Professional Degree $54,118
Procurement Clerks Associate Degree $42,349
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products Bachelor's Degree $67,007
Online Merchants Bachelor's Degree $70,007