Cerro Coso Community College

Computer Information Systems Certificate

Computer Information Systems Certificate

The Computer Information Systems Certificate

  • Provides students with skills to enter the job market as help desk providers, computer support specialists, entry level programmers, networking technicians, information assurance technicians, and cybersecurity technicians.
  • Prepares students to transfer to a Baccalaureate program in Computer Information Systems, Management Information Systems or related programs.

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates degree.
  • Enhance career opportunities as a:
    • Computer Programmer
    • Computer Repair (A+ Certified)
    • Computer Help Desk Support
    • Computer Support Specialist
    • Network Technician
    • Information Assurance Technician
    • Cybersecurity Technician

This is an approved Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges program.

As technology advances, computer specialists are in more demand than ever before. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the computer information systems profession will grow at a faster than average rate through 2020, by 22 percent.

  • To demonstrate competency in client computing and user support including the ability to configure, install, diagnose, and support hardware and software issues.
  • To demonstrate competency in database and information management including the ability to design, implement, query, and manage relational databases.
  • To demonstrate competency in networking and convergence including the ability to design, analyze, and support computer networks.
  • To demonstrate competency in problem solving, programming, and application development including the ability to design, test, debug, and implement complex computer programs.
  • To demonstrate competency in working with servers, storage, and virtualization including implementing and evaluating network security solutions.
  • To demonstrate an ability to read and interpret technical information, as well as communicate with and write clearly for wide ranges of audiences.

Program Learning Outcome Assessments

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Complete all of the following courses:

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an examination of information systems and their role in business. Focus is on information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, computer systems hardware and software components. Students develop computer-based solutions to business problems. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes in Fall of even years.

Advisory: CSCI C101.

This course provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals. The fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of an ICT professional are introduced. This course prepares students for the CompTIA's A+ certification exam. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every Fall.

Advisory: CSCI C142 or 1 year equivalent building and/or maintaining computer systems which includes setting up equipment, installing software and repairing. Additional experience in setting up computers on a network is needed.

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for further study of computer networks. It uses the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) and TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. This course prepares students for the current version of CompTIA's Network+ certification exam. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every Spring.

Advisory: CSCI C101 and C142 or 2 years equivalent experience in the Information Technology field.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and topics of Information Technology Security and Risk Management at the organizational level. It addresses hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures with respect to organizational Cybersecurity and Risk Management. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Advisory: CSCI C101.

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and models of application development including the basic concepts of program design, data structures, programming, problem solving, programming logic, and fundamental design techniques for event-driven programs. Students receive hands-on experience with a modern application programming language and development platform. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every Spring.

Advisory: CSCI C101, ENGL C070.

This course provides the students with an introduction to the core concepts in data and information management. It is centered around the core skills of identifying organizational information requirements, modeling them using conceptual data modeling techniques, converting the conceptual data models into relational data models and verifying their structural characteristics with normalization techniques, and implementing and utilizing a relational database using an industrial-strength database management system. The course also covers basic database administration tasks and key concepts of data quality and data security. In addition to developing database applications, the course helps the students understand how large-scale packaged systems are highly dependent on the use of Database Management Systems (DBMSs). Building on the transactional database understanding, the course provides an introduction to data and information management technologies that provide decision support capabilities under the broad business intelligence umbrella. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every Fall.

Select 4-5 units from the following courses:

Prerequisites: MATH C053, MATH C055

This course covers data analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics. Graphs and computations include measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, and presentation of data on a histogram, scatter plot, box plot, and the normal curve. Probability concepts include those for discrete and continuous random variables. Sampling and hypothesis testing are covered for means and variances. 72 hours lecture.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Bishop, Lake Isabella, Mammoth Lakes, and Tehachapi every Spring.

Prerequisites: ENGL C070, MATH C053, MATH C055. Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

This course covers elements of descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, dispersion and presentation of data. Included are concepts of probability, random variables and normally distributed random variables. Sampling error, sampling processes and the distribution of sample means are applied to real life examples. Students will conduct hypothesis testing of means and proportions for one and two populations and linear regression testing using the least squares criterion. Students use descriptive and inferential methods employing linear regression and study one and two way analysis of variance. The honors section provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 90 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of even years.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

Finite Mathematics is designed for students majoring in Business/ Economics, Computer Information Systems, and Social Sciences. Topics to be covered include matrices, linear programming, mathematics of finance, sets and Venn diagrams, descriptive statistics, probability and combinations. 72 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Fall.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

This course emphasizes the concepts of differential calculus and integral calculus as they relate to business and economics. The course integrates rates of change, interest formulas, concepts of demand and elasticity, as well as exponential and logarithmic applications. 72 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Spring.

Prerequisite: MATH C141, MATH C142

This course provides the student with a good foundation in differential and integral calculus with emphasis on both basic skills and applications. Topics covered include functions; limits; derivatives of polynomial, trigonometric, parametric, and implicit functions; applications of differentiation; the indefinite integral; the definite integral; applications of the definite integral. 90 hours lecture.

Offered online every Spring and in Ridgecrest every Fall.


All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: CC Online

Pathway to Completion

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

This certificate requires 23.0 units and will likely take 2 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

23.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $1,058 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,380* for books and supplies

Total cost $2,438 for 2 semesters


23.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $5,934 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,380* for books and supplies

Total cost $7,314 for 2 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

For general questions, contact:

Valerie Karnes
Business and Information Technology
Phone: (760) 384-6261
Email: vkarnes@cerrocoso.edu
Matthew Hightower
Business and Information Technology
Phone: (760) 872-5312 / (760) 924-1600
Email: mhightow@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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