CIS Programming-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.


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


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 4
CIS 125 C++ Programming II 4
CIS 110 IT Essentials 4
COM Communication OR  
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
Professional Electives* 10
As Shown
Demonstrated college-level skills in reading and writing  
Minimum Cumulative Averages Overall: 2.000

Minimum Cumulative Average in Program



The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester 15 Credits
CIS 102 Fundamental Computer Literacy  4
CIS 124 C++ Programming I 4
CIS 110 IT Essentials 4
COM Communication OR  
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
Second Semester 14 Credits 
CIS 125 C++ Programming II 4
Professional Electives* 10
*Options for Professional Electives Credits  
CIS 155 Web Development 3
CIS 180 Network Fundamentals 4
CIS 181 Routing Protocols and Concepts 3
CIS 211 Data Structures 4
CIS 231 Computer Science I with Java 4
CIS 232 Computer Science II with Java 4
CIS 240 Routing Protocols and Concepts 4
CIS 241 Accessing Wide Area Networks
CIS 256 Network Security
MAT Mathematics (1) 3
Natural or Physical Lab Science 4
Free Elective 4

For information about typical program costs, student loan debt, graduation rates, and jobs associated with this program, read the Gainful Employment Disclosure


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.