Computer Information Systems

Program Type: Face-to-Face, Fully Online
Program Level: Pre-Majors/Transfer, Online
Department: Mathematics, Engineering & CIS
Institute: Science & Technology
College: SAC
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What is the Computer Information Systems program?

The IT courses in the CIS department develop skills that are in demand by employers in both the public and private sectors.

Instructional techniques that emphasize hands-on activities with computer hardware, software, and systems are designed to give students an understanding of their professional responsibilities and necessary occupational skills. The central purpose of all programs is to develop occupational competency. Students should be able to:

  • Apply skills as indicated by the various degrees and certificates with a minimum of supervision.
  • Operate practically any computer equipment after a brief orientation period.
  • Prepare necessary documentation and communicate in a satisfactory manner with other personnel concerned.
  • Direct their educational background and ability toward mastering new and special techniques as the need occurs.


Cyber Security is the newest and fastest-growing sector of the Information Technology profession today.

What will I learn?

A student who obtains a Computer Programming degree/certificate will learn the popular programming languages of today's computing environments such as Java, C++, Visual Basic.NET, SQL, PHP, Linux. The students will also learn how to program web pages using HTML, JavaScript, Windows, and more. The Computer Support Specialist will learn to support users using multiple operating systems and various hardware platforms within a networked environment. The Computer Network Administration student will learn network and system administration skills in the Windows and Linux operating environments. Students will also gain the skills required for A+ certification, CISCO CCNA certification, Microsoft Windows Server certifications, and Linux + certification. Students will learn in the Information Assurance and Cyber Security how to provide network and system administration skills with additional security concerns and skills. Firewalls, Intrusion detection, forensics, and TCP/IP skills are taught and practiced in this degree program. 

What's special about the program?

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated San Antonio College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education. The CIS department courseware has been reviewed by national-level information assurance subject matter experts as part of the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program and determined to meet all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011 and Senior Systems Managers, CNSSI No. 4012.



SAC Cyber Workforce Development Project

SAC Cyber Workforce Development Project | Link


This scholarship focuses on the NICE Cybersecurity workforce framework roles.  The roles targeted are:

Technical Support Specialist: Network Operations Specialist; Systems Security Analyst; Cyber Defense Incident Responder; Cyber Defense Analyst; and System Administrator.



  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Must have 1) a high school diploma or GED; 2) at least one year of prior work experience as a first responder, in the military, or in business/finance and/or an undergraduate or graduate student who is pursuing a degree in criminal justice or finance: 3) enrolled in targeted SAC courses full-time.


Scholarship Recipients shall: 

  • Maintain full-time student status in one of the three Certificate programs offered at SAC: 1) Information Assurance and Cyber Security Level 1 Certificate; 2) Computer Forensics, Level 1 Certificate; 3) Cyber First Responders Occupational Skills Award
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for all courses
  • Complete the certificate requirements successfully
  • Participate in the San Antonio College chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) club. (ACM fee will be paid by the grant)
  • Participate in National Cyber League competitions or similar competitions (fee will be paid by the grant)
  • Pass the CompTia Security+ certification(Certification exam fee will be paid for by grant)
  • Receive full tuition support as well as textbooks, fees, professional certifications fees, and supplies.

Students will be assigned class schedules based on experience/proficiency Cyber roles and will not deviate from class schedule.

All course must be taken at SAC-In person or remote learning


Please contact Kim Muschalek at for more information

Teach Cyber!

The Teach Cyber program, will include:


  • A two-day, on-campus workshop and weekly follow up meetings online for two months after to inspire and better prepare participants for transitioning to adjunct or tenured cybersecurity teaching positions;
  • Financial support for participants who wish to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in cybersecurity to ensure they have the proper academic credentials to teach postsecondary courses;
  • Assistance with finding employment with prospective or existing CAE programs;
  • Mentorship throughout their first two semesters of teaching to ensure Teach Cyber! graduates remain in the classroom.


All Teach Cyber! participants will have the opportunity to earn degrees in cybersecurity -- either a bachelor’s or master’s depending on their current credential -- from CAE-designated universities at no cost to them to better prepare them for the transition to teaching. After graduation, all Teach Cyber! participants must teach for an existing or prospective CAE-designated program for the same amount of time as they received scholarship support.

All participants will receive up to one year of mentoring support via individual outreach and at least monthly video conferences with current faculty, and fellow Teach Cyber! graduates who have been placed in adjunct or tenured roles at community colleges and university programs throughout the Southwest.

Current or former military members

Please contact Mr. Andres Vianes at 210-486-1069 or Kim Muschalek at 210-486-1059 for more information on this new opportunity for San Antonio College Students.

Contact Us

Henry Griffith
Department Chair
(210) 486-1305

Pete Ortega
CIS/CS/Programming Program Coordinator
Nail Technical Center (NTC) 221
(210) 486-1049

Kim Muschalek
Networking/Cyber Program Coordinator
Nail Technical Center (NTC) 219
(210) 486-1059