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Computer Information Systems

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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The Computer Information Systems program is a two-year sequence of classes designed to prepare you for employment in the computer field as an entry-level network administrator, computer support specialist, web designer, or computer programmer, while developing general problem-solving and troubleshooting skills that can be applied to networking, server, computer, web, and business programming environments.

At UCC, you will learn to program in a high-level programming language and to apply programming concepts in a variety of environments. You will become proficient as a user and manager of server and desktop operating systems, and routers and switches. You will also learn how to configure and modify the hardware components of server and desktop systems. In addition, the CIS program provides a strong foundation in basic business and accounting principles and practices. Finally, the program develops verbal and written communication skills.

This curriculum is designed to train you in a variety of modern Internet and business-oriented computer skills. You will initially develop software and hardware problem-solving skills using programming logic and hands-on lab situations. You will learn to efficiently use common office applications, receive practical experience with current mainstream operating systems (OS), and work with typical hardware configurations.

Advanced databases (DBMS), Internet resource design (web pages and database use) systems analysis (project management), Microsoft Server management, Cisco Networking and networking security are focal areas in the second year.

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A number of UCC's courses are taught so that you can become Microsoft and Cisco certified. Microsoft Certified Server Administrators (MCP/MCITP/MCSA/MCSE) and Cisco Certified Networking Associates (CCNAs) are highly-desired by employers throughout the state. UCC owns and manages the Sutherlin Cisco Networking Academy.

You can view more information about industry-recognized certifications and how their outcomes are mapped to UCC courses.

UCC is a Vue and Prometric testing center. You can take all Microsoft and Cisco certification exams on campus. Please contact the UCC Testing Center at 541-440-4610 for testing information.

Alumnus Spotlight - Joseph ZieglerCareers

In UCC's CIS program, several classes map directly to leading industry certifications such as the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) and the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) credential. The CIS program is designed to prepare you for employment in (or for a job path leading to) any one of several career opportunities as listed by the Department of Labor.

Watch video about alumnus Joseph Ziegler and his career path to Google and Uber.

Computer support specialist, computer operator, computer and information systems manager, computer programmer, network administrator, network systems and communications analyst, Internet service technician, and database administrator are among those targeted job paths or job market careers.

Network Administrators install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet system or a segment of a network system. They maintain network hardware and software, monitor the network to ensure network availability to all system users, and perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. They may supervise other network support and client server specialists and plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures.

This occupation is expected to grow much faster than the statewide average. Total job openings are projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average.

OLMIS data on Network and Computer Administrators (151142)

Computer programmers write detailed instructions that list the steps the computer must follow to organize data, solve a problem, or do some other task. They test programs to be sure instructions are correct and will produce the desired information. If errors occur, programs must be changed and rechecked until they produce the correct results. They prepare instruction sheets for computer operators who will run the programs. Applications programmers write software to handle specific jobs. System programmers maintain the software that controls the operation of the entire computer system. Website programmers create and maintain interactive websites.

This occupation is expected to grow at the statewide average. Total job openings are projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average.

OLMIS data on Computer Programmers (151131)

Computer Specialists test software, design websites, perform some computer programming functions, and develop various computer software applications. Computer specialists work in a variety of disciplines within the development environment.

This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average. Total job openings are projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average.

OLMIS data on Computer User Support Specialists (151151)


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Program Requirements

Completion of MTH 095 or placement test scores indicating MTH 105 or higher and WR 121 or higher is required for entry into the CIS program.

It is strongly recommended that CIS degree-seeking students have access to a personally-owned, 64-bit Windows 10 laptop with at least 16 GB of RAM, 1-2 TB hard disk, and other standard laptop accessories. You can purchase Microsoft Office in the UCC campus store at a very low, discounted student price.

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Why UCC?

Why UCCAt UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:

• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes


Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

John Blackwood, MS - Contact
Associate Professor, CIS
Phone: 541-440-7686

Vince Yip, MS - Contact
Associate Professor, CIS
Phone: 541-440-7886