Areas of Interest

Computer Information Systems

CIS programs for Arts, Media, and Entertainment

About the Computer Information Systems Program

A Career in Computer Information Systems Adds Up to More than 1s and 0s

Technology and greater access to information via the Internet have completely changed the way we communicate, consume content, and do business both on domestic and international fronts. With continued technological advances comes the need for a highly skilled workforce with an aptitude in a variety of software applications.

Business applications are critical for office skills, financial record management, project management, database management, marketing, customer relationship management, resource management, and communication on a variety of platforms. Web design applications create professional, engaging websites.

Depending on your career goals, select the application's courses for developing the skills you need. With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Degree - Website Software Specialist

31 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Website Software Specialist

31 units

A Website Software Specialist needs to be knowledgeable in a variety of Internet technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and server-side scripting), as well as Web-authoring applications such as Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and WordPress. These specialists are primarily responsible for developing user-friendly and interactive webpages, integrating and optimizing different multimedia components, and implementing hosting, publishing, and development workflow strategies.

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Certificate of Achievement - Digital Publishing

17 units

This program provides students with specific skills that make them job-ready for the publishing industry, whether it is for printing or the Web. Digital Publishing Specialists use Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator programs, along with Microsoft Word, to format and combine text, numeral data, photographs, charts, drawings, and other visual graphic elements to produce digital and/or printed publication-ready materials.

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Certificate of Achievement - Website Creator

15 units

This program provides students with the basic skills needed to create websites. Students will use Web-authoring programs for webpage creation and site management. They will extend their skills in the development of websites through the use of XHTML, cascading style sheets, and client and server-side scripting. The focus will be on the creation of effective user interfaces and website design principles using various state-of-the-art technologies used for the Web. Upon completing this certificate, students will be ready to plan, build, promote, and maintain a personal website.

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Department Certificate - Website Development Management

13 units

This program provides students with the knowledge needed to develop website projects in a real-world setting. Students learn how to develop websites while applying the skills needed to plan and budget resources in development projects from conceptual design to deployment.

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Other Computer Information Systems Programs

SMC & Department Resources

Department Certificate Applications

Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Desktop Publishers Associate Degree $52,824
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants Associate Degree $68,267
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers Bachelor Degree $57,524
Brokerage Clerks Bachelor Degree $53,830
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping Bachelor Degree $40,664
Fundraisers Bachelor Degree $67,633
Social and Community Service Managers Bachelor Degree $63,212
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes Bachelor Degree $63,704
Credit Authorizers Bachelor Degree $39,437
City and Regional Planning Aids Master's or Professional Degree $54,118
Procurement Clerks Associate Degree $42,349
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products Bachelor Degree $67,007
Online Merchants Bachelor Degree $70,007