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Degree: 64 credits
Advanced Learning Lab: Show Low Campus
No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required
Computer Information Systems is one of the fastest-growing career fields in the nation and will be for years to come! If you love working with technology, have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, are detail-oriented, and have a good memory, this may be the career for you.
NPC's Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree and certificates provide students with hands-on experience and industry certifications such as CompTIA's A+, Network+, Linux+, and Security+ that employers look for on résumés. You'll study and practice personal computer repair, networking, programming, Microsoft and Linux operating systems, cybersecurity fundamentals, database management, systems analysis and design, and more!
This degree is designed to give you a broad, foundational knowledge and help you get started in your Computer Information Systems career.
- For more information about this program, please contact an NPC Academic Adviser. Also, see the current NPC College Catalog and class schedule.
Read our story about A+, Network+ training training program in NPC's Career Focus magazine.
Labs and Classrooms
The CIS department has an advanced, dedicated computer lab at the Show Low campus. This lab is separated from the college’s network to allow faculty and students to have flexibility and control of the instructional environment without negatively impacting the college’s network.
All CIS courses are available online. Students have the option to attend remotely using Zoom web conferencing or may elect to join their instructor and/or fellow students on campus. Recordings are available for all scheduled class sessions.
In order for students to complete assignments outside of class, students are required to have access to their own computer and high-speed internet connection. NPC does provide open computer labs at all locations that students may use to complete some or all course requirements, depending on the specific course.
Show Low Campus computer lab and online
Future job possibilities in Computer Information Systems will be found in every area that touches human lives: the sciences, engineering, business, entertainment, government, education, and more. And once established in the computing field, your training and experience can open doors to evermore challenging positions with increasing pay.
Salary potential ranges widely based on experience, education level, and national certifications. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the salary range for computer occupations from $45,320 to the median annual wage of $93,760. (May 2019)
Potential Job Titles
Computer technician, network technician/administrator, systems administrator, help desk, web developer/designer, software developer, computer systems analyst, and more.
NPC is a proud Academy Partner of CompTIA – the voice of Information Technology. Prepare for your A+, Network+, Linux+, and Security+ industry certifications at NPC.
Although this is not a transfer degree, some of NPC's computer courses may transfer to the state's three public universities and other colleges. Check with an NPC academic adviser and AZTransfer.com to see which NPC courses may be accepted for transfer credit. Always work with an academic adviser at the college or university you plan to attend to ensure courses you complete at NPC will transfer.
Students who successfully complete NPC's Associates of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems will be able to:
- Explain how hardware and software allow individual users and organizations to obtain the benefits of computation in a wide range of scenarios.
- Describe how common network hardware, software, and protocols are used to connect computers together in order to enable modern computing environments and explain the common security concerns associated with networks.
- Interpret and apply algorithms to develop well-structured computer programs while using appropriate data and control structures.
- Examine a problem by breaking it down into individual requirements and synthesizing a solution of appropriate complexity.
- Produce written reports and deliver oral presentations that are well organized to address information appropriate to a topic and demonstrate effective communication skills that foster collaboration and project success while working in a team environment.