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Computer Information Systems, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CN_CIST

Control Number: 18193

Financial Aid Eligible

This program will meet major requirements for the Associate in Science degree but has not been articulated with any particular four-year institution. Students should not expect that they will necessarily meet the lower-division requirements at specific colleges or universities. Students should consult a counselor for specific transfer information.

This option provides the student with the lower-division transfer courses for some of the business oriented majors. Students are advised to check course transferability with an Orange Coast College counselor prior to enrolling in CIS courses.

Program Outcome

Students will be prepared for employment in entry-level positions in the computer and information systems industries.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Courses
ACCT A101Financial Accounting4
ACCT A102Managerial Accounting4
BUS A110Business Law3
CIS A111Introduction to Computer Information Systems3
ECON A170Microeconomics3
ECON A175Macroeconomics3
MATH A140Business Calculus4
or MATH A180 Calculus 1
Select one of the following:4
Python Programming I
Introduction to C#.NET Programming
Introduction to Visual Basic.NET Programming
C++ Programming Language 1
Java Programming 1
Total Units28

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ACCT A101 Financial Accounting 4
ECON A170 Microeconomics 3
CIS A111 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3
Business Calculus
or Calculus 1
Semester 2
ACCT A102 Managerial Accounting 4
ECON A175 Macroeconomics 3
BUS A110 Business Law 3
Python Programming I  
Introduction to C#.NET Programming  
Introduction to Visual Basic.NET Programming  
C++ Programming Language 1  
Java Programming 1  
 Total Units28