Understanding Differences Among CS, CIS, & IT Degrees
JCC students can choose from a variety of computer-related programs. All students in these disciplines take courses involving an overview of computers, hardware, networking, programming, and web technologies. Where the disciplines differ is in how they approach technology.

Computer Science (CS) focuses on the design and development of software. Computer Information Systems (CIS) examines how to make technology best fit an organization’s objectives, and its focus is on how the web can be integrated into business goals. Information Technology (IT) examines the hardware side of technology and how it interacts. IT inspects how data are transmitted, exchanged, stored, or displayed. 

An academic advisor can assist you with choosing a computing discipline. When choosing a computing-related discipline consider the following:

  • What are your goals?
  • Describe the job you want when you finish your studies.
  • Do you intend to transfer? If so, where?
  • Do you prefer to work with people, with concepts/ideas, or both?

A. S. Computer Science
The A.S. Computer Science program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to major in computer science.

  • CS focuses on software design and development.
  • Students also study computer architecture and organization, as well as database design.
  • Advanced courses in mathematics and computer theory are required for a CS degree.

A.A.S. Computer Information Systems
The A.A.S. degree in Computer Information Systems is intended for students who want to understand and be able to use computers for data gathering, information processing, and data analysis. Students will develop skills in web page development and programming, as well as the use of these systems in a business environment.

  • CIS centers on making technology fit organizational objectives.
  • Front-end and back-end web development.
  • Business courses are required for CIS majors.
  • Students who obtain an A.A.S. Computer Information Systems degree often transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in management information systems.

A.A.S. Information Technology
Graduates earning the A.A.S. Information Technology degree will have both an in-depth understanding of computing technology fundamentals and the skills necessary for implementation in selected environments.

  • IT centers on technology which enables communication.
  • Computer hardware, networking, and network administration are the focus of IT.
  • IT personnel can expect to work with people as they work to solve end users' computer and networking problems. 
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