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Computer Information Systems | Career Education | College of Marin

College of Marin’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) program is designed to provide education for computer-related careers, professional advancement, as well as transfer preparation.

CIS courses provide hands-on learning, building the skills necessary for employment and personal use of computers.

Program specialties include desktop and network support, desktop publishing, microcomputer management, and microcomputer programming.

Computer Information Systems Options – What does COM Offer?

CLICK on the program award to view costs and required classes for each certificate and degree

Computer Information Systems Certificate of Achievement (21.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):2 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$1107.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$600.00
Required Courses (13.5 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
CIS 102Beginning Microsoft Word1.5
CIS 103Intermediate MS Word1.5
CIS 110Introduction to Computer Information Systems3.0
CIS 113MS PowerPoint Presentations and Publications1.5
 
CIS Electives: Choose a minimum of 7.5 units (7.5 units)
CIS 100 Computer Keyboarding (1 unit); CIS 101 Introduction to Personal Computers and Operating Systems (1.5 units); CIS 111 Google Apps for Business and Personal Use (2 units); CIS 120 IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software (4 units); CIS 126 Introduction to Windows (1.5 units); CIS 137 Advanced Database Design (1.5 units); CIS 141 Introduction to HTML Programming (1.5 units); CIS 142 Intermediate HTML Programming (1.5 units); CIS 155A Systems and Network Administration (3 units); CIS 160 Introduction to Information Systems Security (3 units); CIS 215 Visual BASIC Programming (3.5 units); CIS 237 SQL Programming (1.5 units); CIS 275 Networking Fundamentals and Practices (3 units)

Business Information Worker Certificate of Achievement (17.5 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):2 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$935.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$800.00
Required Courses (17.5 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
BUS 134Human Relations/Customer Service3.0
BUS 144Business Communication3.0
CIS 100Computer Keyboarding1.0
CIS 102Beginning Microsoft Word1.5
CIS 103Intermediate MS Word1.5
CIS 110Introduction to Computer Information Systems3.0
 

MS Office Database Skills Certificate (6.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):1 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$333.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$172.00
Required Courses (6.0 units)
 

MS Office Specialist Skills Certificate (10.5 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):2 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$554.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$300.00
Required Courses (10.5 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
CIS 102Beginning Microsoft Word1.5
CIS 103Intermediate MS Word1.5
CIS 113MS PowerPoint Presentations and Publications1.5
 

Computer Information Systems Certificate of Achievement (21.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):2 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$1107.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$600.00
Required Courses (13.5 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
CIS 102Beginning Microsoft Word1.5
CIS 103Intermediate MS Word1.5
CIS 110Introduction to Computer Information Systems3.0
CIS 113MS PowerPoint Presentations and Publications1.5
 

Computer Information Systems Associates Degree (60.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):4 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$3096.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$2000.00
Required Courses (13.5 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
CIS 102Beginning Microsoft Word1.5
CIS 103Intermediate MS Word1.5
CIS 110Introduction to Computer Information Systems3.0
 
CIS Electives: Choose a minimum of 7.5 units (7.5 units)
CIS 100 Computer Keyboarding (1 unit); CIS 101 Introduction to Personal Computers and Operating Systems (1.5 units); CIS 111 Google Apps for Business and Personal Use (2 units); CIS 120 IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software (4 units); CIS 126 Introduction to Windows (1.5 units); CIS 137 Advanced Database Design (1.5 units); CIS 141 Introduction to HTML Programming (1.5 units); CIS 142 Intermediate HTML Programming (1.5 units); CIS 155A Systems and Network Administration (3 units); CIS 160 Introduction to Information Systems Security (3 units); CIS 215 Visual BASIC Programming (3.5 units); CIS 237 SQL Programming (1.5 units); CIS 275 Networking Fundamentals and Practices (3 units)
General Education (39.0 units)
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* These expenses may not reflect your actual cost to attend College of Marin.
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Tuition cost is for in-state tuition, which is currently $46/unit plus additional fees. For out-of-state tuition, see marin.edu/paying-college.
-For information about opportunities for financial aid, please visit marin.edu/financial-aid
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or financial aid and enrollment questions, contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Some classes may have prerequisites. Please meet with a College of Marin Counselor to plan your education path and determine which classes are necessary for you.

Career Outlook

What work can I get and how much can I earn?

A certificate or degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) allows you to work in just about any aspect of business in virtually any industry. If a business relies on technology for its success it relies on the expertise and creativity of CIS professionals.

JOB TITLE: Computer Network Support Specialist

  • Annual Earnings: $46,670 to $118,440
  • What They Do: Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.

JOB TITLE: Computer User Support Specialist

  • Annual Earnings: $41,030 to $107,180
  • What They Do: Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.

JOB TITLE: Web Developer

  • Annual Earnings: $40,990 to $139,670
  • What They Do: Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement website content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications.

Advanced education in CIS can lead to positions such as Business Analyst, Data Analyst, and Project Manager.

To explore these professions in more detail or find out about other growing professions, visit onetonline.org.
Salary ranges reflect 10% to 90% of annual earnings per data sourced from Economic Modeling Specialists International (www.economicmodeling.com); data includes the North Bay Region (Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma) and San Francisco County.

Key Contacts

Who do I contact if I have questions?

PLAN: Call the Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432

OTHER QUESTIONS: Call COM's Career Programs Dept at (415) 457-8811 x8200

PROGRAM QUESTIONS: Call the Computer Information Systems Dept.

  • Main number (415) 457-8811 x7610
  • A Joe Ritchie (415) 457-8811 x7598

Why Choose College of Marin for Computer Information Systems?

  • Microsoft Office: COM emphasizes MS Office in its CIS programming, which is the industry standard for businesses.
  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents. Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • High-Quality Instruction for High Wage Industries: Our graduates enter the workforce having the ability to be innovative, critical thinkers and with the comprehensive work skills needed to be connected directly to real-world needs. Our instructors are highly experienced industry professionals who are recognized as experts in their respective fields and who understand their industry’s needs and trends.
  • Small Class Size: Most classes have 10-22 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.
  • Location & Scheduling Convenience: COM has two campuses in Kentfield and Novato. Evening, weekend, and online classes are available for a wide range of scheduling needs, with the ability to earn your certificate online.
  • Microsoft Certification: Ability to earn Microsoft Office Specialist certification via exam.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What else should I know?

Are there any pre-requisites?

No, there are no requirements or prerequisites. However, good working English is essential.

Can I take classes in the evening?

Yes, classes are available in the evenings, great for working students!

If I study CIS, what kind of job will I get?

A wide range of job options are available, since this prepares you for the MS Suite, it prepares you for a job in typical business settings. Office skills are fundamental in most jobs and growing job opportunities! Studying Computer Information Systems (CIS) will leverage your future opportunities.

How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)

PLEASE NOTE: This program is subject to change! For the most up-to-date information and to plan an individualized education plan, please see a College of Marin Counselor.
This program is eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). For information about opportunities for financial aid, please contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Gainful Employment - For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit www1.marin.edu/gainful-employment.