Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program is the ideal preparation for careers in the rapidly expanding Information Technology. The CIS program emphasizes state-of-the-art technology along with the most popular programming languages and software.  The program uses leading edge, competency based models designed to build critical skills to compete in the job market.  CIS majors choose from seven areas of concentration that parallel current high demand technical specialties.

ATTENTION CIS Cyber Investigation Technology students:  In order to enroll in CIS 2808 you will need to successfully pass a background check. Please contact the department office 512-2412 for important information regarding CIS 2808 (Procedures will be available the term prior to course offering).

Why major in Computer Information Systems?

Information technology is one of the most exciting and dynamic fields in today's world. There are CIS programs to prepare you for exciting careers in various fields including: software and web development; managing and securing networks; cyber forensics; and, user support. CIS programs have been recognized for their excellence and our students are working today in challenging and well paying careers. In addition to acquiring highly valued job skills and earning industry recognized certifications, your CIS program can also prepare you to transfer to many different institutions to complete additional degrees.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You want to be part of a challenging and dynamic career field
  • You want to contribute to the success of an organization by using today's technology
  • You want to be part of a high-performing team
  • You want to earn above average salaries

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Available Programs

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Associate of Applied Science
Computer Information Systems/Network Engineering

Students learn Cisco routing protocols, troubleshooting the routing protocols, components, methods and technologies required for network and Internet communications, operation of IP addressing services, network security threats and functions of common security appliances and applications, wireless network standards and components, basic switching concepts, operation of Cisco switches, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) to create logically separate networks. Sinclair is a Regional Cisco Academy.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Computer Information Systems/Secure System Administration

Students are prepared in problem solving, designing and documenting programs, system and network administration, and computer operating systems. Students learn to manage and configure computers, using various operating systems, to provide critical network services to diverse clients in a secure manner. Security concepts that are vendor neutral and applicable to all system types are discussed; those concepts are then applied to specific systems using various operating systems. The overall objective, to securely and efficiently administer networked systems of client and server machines, is emphasized throughout.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Computer Information Systems/Software Development

Students learn software programming and system design for entry-level software development positions. Students are prepared in logical problem solving, designing and documenting programs, network administration, microcomputer and network operating systems and business applications using current computer languages.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Computer Information Systems/User Support

Students learn hardware and software troubleshooting, personal computer and system maintenance, documentation and are prepared in logical problem solving, designing and documenting programs, computer and network operating systems and business applications using current computer languages.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Computer Information Systems/Web Development

Students design and develop websites and web applications and are prepared in logical problem solving, designing and documenting programs, microcomputer and network operating systems and business applications using current computer languages.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Cyber Investigation Technology

The Cyber Investigation Technology degree will prepare students for careers and transfer degrees in the areas of computer network protection, managing networks and operating systems, and IT criminal investigation, which includes evidence procedures and computer forensics. The degree incorporates preparation for industry-recognized certifications, articulated credit for Law Enforcement and Corrections entities, and transfer students for four-year degree transfer opportunities.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Associate of Technical Studies
Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology degree will prepare students for careers in management of health information, securing systems and information, troubleshooting hardware, operating systems, and network components, hospital administration. This degree is part of a 2 + 2 with Miami University (Regional) Health Information Technology bachelors.

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One-year Technical Certificate
Data Analytics

This certificate prepares students for entry-level data analytics positions requiring knowledge, setup and usage of business intelligence and data analysis solutions. Data analytics is expanding in businesses, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations, enabling them to make better decisions utilizing appropriate data and information. Students will have the ability to structure data and prepare reports in a way that is meaningful to business, government agency and not-for-profit organization users. Course work will include database concepts, data modeling, SQL, data analysis, data mining tools, mathematical and statistical techniques, project management and systems analysis. Emphasis is placed on strong communication skills necessary to interact with key users and understand their requirements.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Business Operations Systems Support

Students completing this certificate will have the written and oral communication skills, as well as the computer skills, needed to effectively support computer operations for small, medium or large companies. These skills apply equally well to an entry-level help desk support position. Technical course work emphasizes operating systems and troubleshooting skills.

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Fast Track Programming

This certificate assures that individuals are equipped with current software development skills. It is intended either for experienced programmers looking to update their skill set or for people wishing to make a career change into the Information Technology field. The certificate focuses on the latest software development languages and approaches, object-oriented concepts and database theory.

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Geospatial Technology Programming Specialist

Students learn advanced applications in geographical information system software, ArcGIS; C++ software programming skills; how to design and implement websites for internet delivery of data; design and administer relational databases; query databases using SQL.

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Information Systems Security

This certificate will help prepare students and working professionals to perform effectively in the Information Assurance area of Information Technology. The courses required for this certificate have been reviewed and validated by the NSA/DHS. Students completing the courses outlined here will receive the ISSC Certificate jointly issued by Sinclair Community College and NSA/DHS. Because the specified content in these six courses has been approved, course credit earned by articulated or proficiency cannot be accepted.

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IT Fundamentals

This certificate provides the fundamental courses needed to prepare for any of the multiple Computer Information Systems (CIS) programs or areas of specialization. It allows students to experience introductory courses in various disciplines as preparation for their chosen degree objective. All courses in this certificate apply to the various degree programs in the CIS Department.

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Linux Security & Network Essentials

The Linux Security and Network Essentials Short-Term Certificate is an information technology certificate concentrating on teaching specific skills pertaining to the fundamentals of the Linux operating system, Linux security and network and data communications.

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Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate

This certificate and the associated courses will help students prepare for the certification exams needed to earn the designation of Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA). This credential and the technical competence, as demonstrated by the certification exams, will help students earn employment in the areas of Network Management, Network Administration and System Administration.

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Network Engineering Associate

This certificate program will provide the student with state-of-the-art networking skills taught via the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum. The curriculum includes all aspects for an introductory network engineering position. This program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to understand and participate in basic networking design, installation, configuration and troubleshooting corporate network infrastructure. Included in this program are networking theory, Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, networking media, physical and logical design, maintaining networking equipment, designing and implementing internet protocol schemas, the basics of all current internal routing protocols, beginning security information and safety.

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Network Engineering Entry Level

This certificate program will provide the student with networking skills taught via the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum. The Cisco Certified Entry Level Networking Technician (CCENT) designation validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network including basic network security. With the CCENT, a networking professional demonstrates the skills required for entry level network support positions. The curriculum covers networking fundamentals, wide area network (WAN) technologies, basic security and wireless concepts, routing and switching fundamentals and configuring simple networks. The CCENT is the first step towards achieving the CCNA designation.

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Network Engineering Security Associate

This certificate will provide the student with state of the art network security skills taught using the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum. This program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to understand basic security threats and to configure and manage Cisco devices to provide appropriate network security. Cisco switches, routers, firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) methods will be used.

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Web Programming

The Web Programming certificate is designed to provide an individual with current web development skills. It focuses on techniques for developing web-based distributed applications using standard languages and protocols such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, XML, PHP and ASP.NET. It is designed for experienced software developers to update their skills and for individuals wishing to make a career change into the Information Technology field. The certificate focuses on web application development in a client/server networked environment.

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