Computer Programming & Systems

Why Choose NPC's Computer Programming & Systems?

Nearly every kind of business organization relies on computing and computer technology to operate efficiently, and those organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies. Employers may train you in their business, but they expect you to know your "business" -- computer systems and how to develop them and keep them running smoothly.

About Our Program

The NPC Computer Information Systems (CIS) program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in an area of specialization also named Computer Information Systems. Using a survey approach, instructors provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills training that cover a variety of fundamental areas including: computer programming languages, database applications for business and systems analysis and design. You take specific courses addressing A+ basics, the Linux operating system, introductory Java programming, graphics communications technology and more!

Degree/Certificate Options

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) ∙ 64 credits including 30 hours of core requirements, 18-20 hours of required electives (you select the most appropriate courses from a pre-determined list) and 16 hours of general education credits.
  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) ∙ 36 credits, the 30 hours of core requirements plus six additional credits in pre-selected courses in English and mathematics: ENL 101 (College Composition I) and MAT 112 ( Algebra II: Intermediate).

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012), employment of computer analysts, programmers and software engineers is projected to increase faster than average for all occupations for the next decade with job prospects best for those with degrees and relevant experience. Average salaries for programmers and analysts in rural Arizona range from $31,580 to $53,900, but are generally higher in metropolitan areas.

Online Course Options

Currently, three CIS courses are available online:

  • CIS 105 (SUN # CIS 1120) Computer Applications and Information Technology
  • CIS 150 Digital Culture
  • CIS 286 Educational Technology

University Transfer Options

Some courses within the program, but not all, may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Always work with an NPC academic adviser to ensure you are taking the right courses to meet your educational and career goals.

Contact Us

Kristen Williams, Secretary to the Dean

Career & Technical Education Division
Silver Creek Campus -- Snowflake/Taylor
Student Center (SNC), Room 124

(800) 266-7845, ext. 6232
Fax: 
928-536-6228