Award: Certificate in Computer Information Systems
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Asst. Prof. David Law, 443-412-2264, dlaw@harford.edu; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

This certificate program is recommended for students with a baccalaureate degree wishing to explore and/or make a career change to the computer field. The courses prepare students to solve business, administrative or statistical problems by utilizing computer software, language, and systems.

Upon successful completion of this program of study, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze the use of commercial software applications, hardware, networks, programming, and other technologies in information systems at a level of competence appropriate to joining the workforce.
  2. Use, maintain and modify existing information systems.
  3. Design and implement new information systems.
  4. Demonstrate the skills to work in a business environment including working in teams, project management, and professional and effective communication with a wider audience.

 NumberTitle Credits
 BA 101Introduction to Business 3   
 CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3   
 CIS 104Computer Operating Systems 3   
 CIS 111Programming I: C/C++ 
 CIS 205Introduction to Visual Basic.NET Programming 4   
 CIS 115Fundamentals of Programming 3   
 CIS 221C++ Programming Language 4   
 ENG 101English Composition 3   
 ENG 209Technical Writing 3   
 CSI/CIS Elective *3-4 
 Programming Elective **3-4 
 Total Credits32-34

* Any CIS/CSI course(s) may be taken to satisfy the CIS elective.
** Programming electives include CIS 111, 201, 205, 207, 214, 215, 217, 219, 221, 225, and CSI 131 and 132.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that careers in the computer industry are expected to increase by 11% adding over 88,500 positions by 2026. The report indicates continued growth of the computer industry.


Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018, and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.

Computer Information Systems - Programming
Program Level - Undergraduate certificate
Program Length 1.5 years

Occupations: Software developers and computer programmers
CIP Code: 11.0202
SOC Code: 15-1131.00
Link to O*Net: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1131.00

*How much will this program cost me?
In-State (in-county) Tuition and fees: $5,398.00
Out-of-State Tuition and fees: $8,475.00
Books and supplies: $1,325.00
On-campus room & board: not offered

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *

* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2016-2017, *% finished in 18 months.

*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2016-2017. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2016-2017 is *%.

* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Template: http://ww2.harford.edu/gedt/11.0202-GEDT.html