• Commonly Asked Questions


    What is the Computer Information Systems Program? 

    The Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Computer Information Systems Program offers practical experience in programming, databases, and networking using various systems, such as Windows, UNIX, and NOVELL.

    Students seeking a career in computer science can opt for a degree in computer information systems or a transfer degree in computer science.

    What Will I Learn?

    Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

    Students in the Computer Information Systems Program will learn to:

    • Design, implement, manage and use traditional and non-traditional dedicated and multi-user databases and applications.
    • Create table instances, queries; manage and provide database security.
    • Use techniques for PL/SQL programming to customize database by implementing data structure management using transaction management techniques while applying PL/SQL in 3GL and Web environments.
    • Create forms and reports, conduct queries and maintain a database.
    • Implement operating systems using Linux/UNIX and Windows/DOS environments in single- and multi- user
    • platforms.
    • Configure a Windows Server Network Infrastructure providing in-depth coverage for industrial certification exam objectives and focuses on the skills needed to manage the network system.
    • Use commands to navigate through operating systems from the command prompt.
    • Implement security measures in computer network settings and identify ways the computer systems can easily be compromised by attackers.
    • Develop applications with emphasis on critical thinking approach to programming.
    • Diagram application code and develop step-by-step procedures through appropriate documentation.
    • Design, create and publish websites.
    • Select and use appropriate technologies and coding for interactive components of websites.
    • Use the database concept to create dynamic websites.
    • Use desktop publishing applications to prepare professional publications.
    • Prepare presentation materials with various applications utilizing features such as slide transition and adding multimedia elements like music, animation and graphics.

    What Careers Use These Skills?

    Computer information systems and computer science graduates go on to a wide variety of professions, including computer systems analyst, database administrator, network administrator, and computer programmer.

    • Computer support specialists can receive a starting salary of $36,775. The median income for the occupation is $53,675.
    • Computer systems analysts start on a salary of $55,625 and earn a median income of $82,925.

    What Degree or Certificate Can I Earn?

    The following options are available to students:

    • Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

    The Computer Information Systems degree emphasizes business computer design and development.

    What Courses Will I Take?

    Always check with an advisor to determine what courses to take. All BCCC students must meet the College’s computer literacy requirement in order to receive a degree or certificate. All students are required to complete the PRE 100 course within the first six credits. PRE 100 is an academic achievement preparation course earning one credit. The following is a list of courses.

     

    Course

    Credits

    Preparation for Academic Achievement

    1

    Introduction to Operating Systems: DOS/Windows

    3

    Principles of Computer Information Systems

    3

    Structured Design

    3

    Introduction to UNIX: The Operating System

    3

    English Writing

    3

    HLF Health Life Fitness Elective

    2

    Database Management Systems

    3

    Programming with VISUAL BASIC

    3

    Finite Mathematics

    3

    Fundamentals of Speech Communication

    3

    Introduction to Business

    3

    Telecommunications

    3

    CIS-Approved Elective*

    3

    Advanced Visual Basic Programming

    3

    Object Oriented Programming for Business Applications in C++ 

    3

    Database Programming

    3

    PC Local Area Networks

      3

    Choose any General Education Course

    3

    CIS-Approved Elective*

    3

    Systems Analysis and Design

    3

    The American Economy I: Macroeconomic Theory

    3

    Modern Elementary Statistics or Precalculus I: College Algebra

    3-4

    CIS-Approved Elective* Any ACCT, BUAD, MGMT, MKTG 3-credit course

    3

    Biological or Physical Science

    3

     

    Program Total 72-73