Computer Information Systems


The Computer Information System (CIS) program at Elgin Community College (ECC) is flexible and enables you to select classes. Pick what best suits your interests, skills, strengths, and educational goals, and you'll enjoy a good salary, steady work, and opportunities to advance in your career.

ECC's curriculum covers computer systems and cybersecurity fundamentals, operating systems, hardware, structured and visual programming languages, system troubleshooting and helpdesk fundamentals, network technologies, cyber law and ethics, digital forensics, and database administration. You'll develop proficiency in popular applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, and Internet publishing.

You can achieve CompTIA and Microsoft certifications along the way to ensure students have the necessary skill sets to meet employer expectations now and in the future.

Prepare for Immediate Employment

The U.S Department of Labor Statistics estimates that the computer information systems industry is projected to grow 16 percent from 2021 to 2031. There are an estimated 48,500 job openings for computer information system workers projected on average year over year over the next decade, (accessed October 05, 2022).

With the accelerated advancements in automation, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality presence (VR), and electric transportation (EV) there will be an astonishing unprojected increase in the need for computer engineers, network engineers, programmers, and systems developers into the future.

Employment in this field is projected to grow as organizations rely more heavily on information technology (IT). People will oversee computer hardware and software needs, and with an increase in cybersecurity threats implementing more sophisticated policies will be critical to managing to save sensitive information. Check out the Career Coach site to learn more about related professions and compensation.

Median Pay Rates

Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the computer information systems plan of study and course descriptions.

Associates of Applied Science

Basic Vocational Certificates

Vocational Certificates

Careers in CIS

Graduates of our associate degree and certification programs found jobs in a wide variety of fields and positions.

  • Application Analyst
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Research Scientist
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Data Scientist
  • Information Systems Manager
  • IT Technical Support
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Video Game Designer
  • Web Developer

CIS Certificates and Associate Degrees

Elgin Community College offers several essential and vocational certificates that emphasize career readiness and prepare jobs within 8-12 months, depending on your program of study. Start your career with a two-year Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems. Are you already working in information technology? Additional certifications in Cybersecurity, Computer Network Specialist, and Computer User Support Specialist broaden your resume and give you skills that could lead to a pay raise and career advancement in your current company.

Should I get a degree in CIS?

At ECC, you'll have an academic advisor on day one to work with you on everything career-related. You'll work together to design an educational plan tailored to your goal of getting out into the workforce or starting at a community college and then transferring to finish a bachelor's degree. Your advisor will help you with a clear pathway to follow and help you get all the necessary information to make a well-informed decision about your future. Our specially negotiated transfer partnerships help you get ahead:

  • Loyola University Chicago - Information Technology - AAS Computer Information Systems to BA Information Technology
  • Western Governors University - AA/AS to BS Business - Information Technology Management
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale - AS to BS Technical Resource Management (fully online)

Learn more about Associate Degree and Certifications in CIS at ECC!

Earning an AAS degree or certificate in a STEM field at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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