A.S., Computer Science
A.S., Management Information Systems
C.S., Android Developer 
C.S., iOS Developer 
C.S., Internet Applications Developer


Computer Information Systems encompasses the fields of Computer Science and Information Systems. Primary fields of study include software development, programming, and applications. Careers in today’s information systems require knowledge and hands-on experience in microcomputer applications as well as programming.  Professionals in the computing field seek to advance the fundamental understanding of how information is processed, as well as the practical design of software and hardware to accomplish specific functions. The Associate in Science degree requirements are designed to satisfy core requirements for many Computer Science and Information Systems transfer patterns. However, students should consult a counselor and especially the catalog of the intended transfer institution for specific transfer requirements in the major.  The program in Computer Information Systems offers students an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree as well as coursework in general CIS electives for students in other fields of study campus-wide.  The program also offers certificates and courses for high-demand skill areas such as mobile device development. 


An Associate Degree, depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field.  To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must: 

(1) complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a “C” grade or better,

(2) complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements,

(3) achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective), and

(4) submit an Associate’s Degree Application to Admissions and Records.

A Certificate Program is designed for students who desire specific training to meet an immediate occupational or personal goal, or for promotion or lateral transfer within their existing field of employment.  

To qualify for a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Specialization, a student must

1) complete all courses required for the Certificate with an overall grade point average of 2.0,

2) earn at least 12 units in residency at Cuesta and

3) submit a Certificate Application to Admissions and Records.


Career Opportunities

Applications Programmer  Programmer Analyst 
Applications Specialist Project Manager 
Computing Applications Specialist Software Engineer 
Data Administrator  System Administrator 
Database Administrator  System Manager 
Database Manager System Operator 
Help Desk Technician  Systems Analyst
Information Specialist  Systems Integrator 
Mobile Applications Developer Systems Programmer 
Network Administrator  Web Designer 
Network Technician   Web Developer 
Programmer  Webmaster


Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer