Computer Information Systems/Computer Science

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Career and Technical
Institute: Science & Technology
College: PAC

Computer Information Systems is an industry with continued local and national job growth. Businesses have a need for people with the computer skills to perform daily routine tasks in their offices. Salaries for qualified computer personnel range from $29,000 to $80,000 per year.

Students interested in working with computer hardware or software should consider pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems or Computer Science. Students interested in networks, computers, communication, and technology in general should consider pursuing a degree in Network Administration. 

This program is a THECB-approved Field of Study, which means all coursework completed on the degree plan will fully transfer to satisfy the first two years of a Computer Science degree at any four-year public college or university in Texas.

Program Highlights

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification* is considered
an industry standard. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Employment is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Computer networks are an integral part of business, and demand for these workers will increase as rms continue to invest in new technologies. Excellent job prospects are expected.”

*Palo Alto College does not offer the CCNA Certification Exam. These are courses of instruction that help in Certification Exam preparation and count as college credit. The CCNA Certification Exam is offered by Cisco and its af liates. Currently, the CCNA Exam is given at Pearson VUE testing centers. 

Career Areas & Employment Positions

  • Network Technician & Admin
  • Network Engineer & Designer
  • Computer Programmer & Data Analyst
  • Computer Hardware or Software Engineer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer Support Specialist 

Degrees Offered

Certificates Offered

Computer Programming Intermediate Level 2 Certificate 

Cisco Certified Network Associate Level 1 Certificate 

Computer Programming Basics Level 1 Certificate 

Computer Support Specialist Level 1 Certificate 

Computer Forensics Level 1 Certificate 

Information Assurance & Cybersecurity Level 1 Certificate 

Personal Computer Skills Level 1 Certificate
 

Contact

Information

John B. Dunn
Associate Professor/Interim Department Chair

Location:
Sabine Hall (SABINE 221)

Phone:
210-486-3315

Joe Corrales
Professor

Location:
Sabine Hall (SABINE 225)

Phone:
210-486-3313

 

 

Steve Hicks
Professor

Location:
Sabine Hall (SABINE 217)

Phone:
210-486-3317

Dr. Neven Jurkovic
Professor

Location:
Sabine Hall (SABINE 205)

Phone:
210-486-3316

 

 

Lee Ming Ross
Professor

Location:
Sabine Hall (SABINE 219)

Phone:
210-486-3321

Brian Sanders
Assistant Professor

Location:
Sabine Hall (SABINE 223)

Phone:
210-486-3320