Santiago Canyon College offers two major programs which are described below.
Computer Information Systems (CIS) is a program for students interested in the application of computer hardware and software to business. CIS courses prepare students for entry-level positions in programming, networking, or computer support. These courses may be used for job advancement, an Associate Degree or Certificate of Competency, or transfer to a four-year institution. CIS courses cover major programming languages (Visual BASIC, C++, Java) as well as software used in business for database management, spreadsheets, and networking. The introductory course for the CIS program is Business 150.
Computer Science courses are designed to meet the varying goals of students interested in employment or education in the computer field. There are courses on specific languages for professionals who want to supplement their skills with the knowledge of a current programming language (PC assembler, C++, Visual BASIC, Java). A certificate in computer science can be earned by those students desiring to enter the workplace at entry-level positions. Also, an Associate Degree can be earned by those students desiring to transfer to a four-year institution with a major in Computer Science.
The Computer Science courses provide instruction in low level and high level languages, intermediate and advanced techniques in programming, and hardware organization. Refer to Computer Science in the courses section of this catalog and to the schedule of classes for specific information.