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Certificate/Technical Option

Program Advisor: Gregory Panczner, 413-236-4574

The Technical option of the Computer Information Systems Programming certificate emphasizes C++ and WEB programming languages, as well as some general education courses.

Graduates of this program may be employed as programmers using one of the following computer languages: C++, HTML/XTML, or JAVA if selected as a Professional Elective.

Graduates will also have 25-28 credits towards the Computer Information Systems - Computer Science Option A.S. Degree or the Computer Information Systems - Networking Option A.S. Degree.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Apply fundamental concepts of programming languages and software development to solve a diverse array of problems and recognize these concepts in different languages
  • Depending on the elective track either:
    - Analyze business problems through data analysis and create viable solutions through the use of technology
    - Apply computer and networking methods, procedures and principles, and use equipment and software for the purpose of installing, troubleshooting and maintaining LAN's (local area networks)
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and succinctly through written and verbal means
  • Transition into the Computer Information Systems A.S. degree program with either the networking or business option

Graduation Requirements

To earn a certificate in this program, a student must complete all program credits and the additional requirements shown below.

Program 29 Credits
CIS 102 Fundamental Computer Literacy 4  
CIS 124  C++ Programming I 
CIS 125 C++ Programming II 4
CIS 153 Systems Operations 4
COM Communication OR  
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
  Professional Electives* 10

Additional As Shown 


Demonstrated college-level skills in reading and writing

Minimum Cumulative Average Overall


Minimum Cumulative Average in Program 




Suggested block for program completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in one year. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester

15 Credits

CIS 102

Fundamental Computer Literacy


CIS 124

C++ Programming I


CIS 153

Systems Operations



Communication OR



English Composition/Writing


Second Semester

14 Credits

CIS 125

C++ Programming II 



Professional Elective *













*Options for Professional Electives Credits
CIS 155 Web Development 3
CIS 180 Network Fundamentals 4
CIS 181 Router Tech Fundamentals 3
CIS 211 Data Structures 4
CIS 231 Computer Science I with Java 4
CIS 232 Computer Science II with Java 4
CIS 240 Router Protocols and Concepts 4
CIS 241 Accessing Wide Area Networks 4
CIS 255 Fundamentals of Wireless LANS 3
MAT Mathematics (1) 3
Natural or Physical Lab Science 4
Free Elective 4


   1. MAT requires MAT 102 or higher.

NOTES: A minimum of three CIS courses must be taken in the five years prior to receiving the certificate.

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