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AA*, AS* = An associate degree that allows you to transfer in as a junior to Colorado four-year public schools.

Computer Information Systems & Networking Degrees

Offered at: Boulder, Larimer, Westminster, Online

A.A.S. in CIS

60 credits
(2 years)

An A.A.S. CIS degree makes you job-ready with training on up-to-date software and hardware. Depending on your area of emphasis, you could qualify to work as an entry-level programmer or web developer.

Offered at all campuses and online.

In addition to the core CIS classes, you must choose an area of emphasis from the following:

  • Programming - learn about Access databases, C++ programming language, Java, and Visual Basic.
  • Web Developer- learn about SQL, Javascript, PHP, and various graphic design programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and motion graphic design software.

CIS degree: See required courses.
See CIS course descriptions.

Note: Electives must be selected from the Approved General Education Electives List for the AAS degree.



A.A.S. in Computer Networking

60 credits
(2 years)

An A.A.S. Computer Networking degree prepares you for employment in the computer networking field working with Cisco and Microsoft technologies.

Offered at all campuses.

In addition to the core computer networking classes, you must choose an area of emphasis from the following:

  • CISCO CCNA - prepare for CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification by learning about installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting medium-size routed and switched networks.
  • Individualized area of concentration - design your own area of emphasis to meet your specific career goals.
  • Microsoft Network Administration - prepare for senior roles as network administrators and for the core Microsoft Certified Professional examinations that lead to the MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert).

Computer Networking degree: See required courses.

See computer networking course descriptions.

Note: Elective must be selected from the Approved General Education Electives List for the AAS degree.

Certificates

Applications Specialist

12 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program prepares you for entry-level employment positions as data entry and data processing operators using most major types of business applications: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics.

Offered at all campuses and online.

Applications certificate: See required courses.


CISCO Network Associate

10 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program prepares you for entry-level employment in the computer-networking field. It is oriented toward support of a broad range of technical customers who use networking products in business and industry networking applications for the Internet. This program prepares you to take the CISCO Certified Network Associate examination.

Offered at Boulder County Campus only.

CISCO Network certificate: See required courses.


Cloud Computing & Virtualization

12 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program prepares you for entry-level employment working with cloud and virtualization technologies that are being broadly adopted and implemented in organizations of all types and sizes.

Offered at Larimer & Westminster Campuses only.

Cloud Computing & Virtualiztion certificate: See required courses.


Computer Technician A+

8 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program prepares you for an entry-level position as a computer service technician. It provides an in-depth look at personal computer hardware, operating systems features, and security concepts. It also covers operating system support, maintenance, and troubleshooting, and interpersonal skills. This certificate helps prepare you for the CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam and the A+ 602 Exam.

Computer Tech A+ certificate: See required courses.


Computer Technician Network+

6 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program gives you the knowledge necessary to implement and support a computer network. Upon successful completion, students are prepared to take the Network + certification exam through the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

Computer Tech Network+ certificate: See required courses.


Cyber Security Specialist

13 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program provides a comprehensive overview of network security, including general security, remote access, email, the web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. Students will learn about common network attacks, computer forensics, cryptography, disaster recovery, and business continuity.

Offered at Larimer & Westminster Campuses only.

Cyber Security certificate: See required courses.



Microsoft Network Administration

14 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you for senior roles as network administrators and for the core Microsoft Certified Professional examinations leading to the MCSA and MCSE.

Microsoft Network certificate: See required courses.



Programming

20 credits
(2 semester)

This certificate program prepares you for the application of programming languages such as C++, Java and Visual Basic. It includes courses in a combination of computer information systems as well as computer science.

Offered at all campuses and online.

Programming certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.



Web Developer

24 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program provides entry-level skills for web development, including PL/SQL, Javascript, PHP, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, cascading stylesheets, DHTML, JavaScripts, and CGI forms.

Web Developer certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

CIS Jobs & Salaries


Entry Average Experienced
Computer Network Support Specialist $43,008 $66,486 $78,225
Computer Programmer $53,195 $90,500 $109,152
Computer User Support Specialist
$35,195 $53,574 $62,764
Network and Computer Systems Administrator $54,786 $78,957 $91,042
Web Developer $37,534 $66,029 $80,276

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Statistics Survey (2013)

Transfer Options

Regis University

FRCC students can transfer their their A.A.S. CIS degree to Regis and choose to pursue a B.A.S. degree in computer information systems or a B.S. degree in computer information systems, computer networking, or computer sciences. Learn more.

Other Colorado Four-Year Schools

If you intend to transfer into a computer-related major at a four-year college or university, consult your FRCC faculty advisor.

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