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Learn how to solve business problems using computers
The computer information systems program provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of computer programming and software development. You’ll also be introduced to the process of creating a web-based database.
You will also gain an understanding of business basics such as accounting and business communication.
Additionally, you’ll select from a liberal arts general education core that includes ethical reasoning, creative thinking and global awareness.
Opportunities to study:
- Computer programming
- Agile software development
- Business communication
- Computer information systems
Prepare for a career as a computer programmer
Your degree will prepare you to help a business develop software to improve their operations. You will be able to write code and design databases. You’ll also be able to communicate with clients and customers throughout the software development process from determining business requirements to testing prototypes.
Employment of computer support occupations is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some possible paths include:
- Computer programmer
- Database administrator
- Web development
- Computer support
- Database support
- Programming support
Associate vs. Bachelor: What's the difference?
Associate degree programs focus primarily on general education and can typically be completed in two years. Graduates are prepared to either enter the workforce or transition into a bachelor's program. Bachelor's degree programs provide advanced study in a specific subject area and can increase career opportunities.
Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.
Dr. Yihsiang Liow
"In some areas of study where you study the theory, in computer science, you actually implement the theory. You can understand the logic behind a computer game, and then you can write your own game."Read about Yihsiang
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Available program formats
- Core requirements 35-36 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 60 credit hours
Some courses you may take
This course is an introduction to software development with agile processes. Topics include: Scrum, Lean, Extreme Programming, Kanban, agile requirements, coding, testing, version control, and project management. Prerequisites: CISS 170, CISS 171, or CISS 176.
This course is an introduction to the basic techniques and theory in relational databases. Topics include: database concepts and architecture, data modeling, database design, normalization, denormalization, SQL, relational algebra, and database programming. Prerequisites: CISS 170 or CISS 171 or CISS 176.
This course introduces students to computer programming. Students design and build a substantial system using the Python language. The system will be selected from the following: 2-D/3-D games, CD player, image authoring tool. Prerequisites: C or higher in MATH 150 or MATH 180, or higher level math class other than MATH 250, or a score of 26 or higher on the math portion of the ACT, or a score of 610 or higher on the math portion of the SAT.
Program design and development using C++. A disciplined approach to problem solving and algorithm development is stressed using top-down design. Topics include syntax and semantics, input/output, selection, iterative constructs, functions, data types, arrays, strings, pointers, and recursion. Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in MATH 150, or a score of 24 or higher on the math portion of the ACT or 540 or higher on the math portion of the SAT.