Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2011-2012 Catalog Program: Computer Information Systems Microcomputers for Business Option, A.A.S. Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Computer Information Systems Microcomputers for Business Option, A.A.S.

Program Code: CO240

Degree Requirements


The Microcomputers for Business Option at Joliet Junior College prepares students for an outstanding career in Management Information Systems (MIS). MIS professionals collect and analyze data in various formats. The field of management information systems involves applying computer technology, quantitative techniques, and administrative skills to the information processing requirements of organizations. MIS combines computer technology with management decision-making methods - to analyze, design, implement, and manage computerized information systems in an organizational environment. 

This degree program provides the extensive hands-on experience in Microsoft Office applications. The capstone course of the degree (CIS 175) offers the opportunity to prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification. This highly recognized certification is sought after by companies and corporations. As with any technical career, continual update of skills is highly encouraged. In addition, we encourage students to continue the educational development by continuing with their education after graduation from Joliet Junior College. 

Information-technology professionals are among the most sought-after talent in the job market today - but companies seek candidates with solid speaking and writing skills because presentations to clients and working with sales and marketing teams are part of the normal job requirements. There is strong demand for professionals with experience in so-called “enterprise-wide solutions.” Industry experience is a plus but not necessary to land good job offers. All the major consulting firms are competing for systems analysis talent.

Typical job titles include: systems analyst, database manager, computer specialist, network administrator, software developer, project managers/lead, information technology consultant, and applications developer.  Individuals who work in the field of management information systems can work in industries like: accounting, consumer products, banking, technology, shipping, and government.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this field will grow much faster than average for many years, which provides individuals with more career options and job security.  

For further information (including salary projections) from the US Department of Labor, go to:

General Education Requirements: 18 Semester Hours

Major Core Requirements: 34 Semester Hours

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ACCY 101 - Accounting I
CIS 122 - Computer Information Systems Fundamentals
CIS 126 - Microsoft Office
CIS 130 - BASIC Programming
CIS 145 - Fundamentals of Networking
CIS 152 - Database Management Systems for Microcomputers
CIS 156 - Electronic Spreadsheet Software
CIS 230 - Visual BASIC
CIS 240 - Management Information Systems
CIS 250 - Systems Analysis and Design

Major Core Electives (Select from the following): 6 Semester Hours

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
CIS 150 - Business Graphics for Microcomputers
CIS 158 - DOS Plus UNIX-Operating Systems
CIS 175 - Microsoft Office Certification Preparation
CIS 226 - Advanced Microsoft Office
CIS 242 - Advanced Database Management Systems

Department Electives (Business or CIS): 6 Semester Hours

Total Required Hours: 64 Semester Hours