Computer and Information Science offers extraordinary career opportunities to individuals who possess fluency in the English language, solid keyboarding skills, and a desire to work with computers on a daily basis. Students in the Computer and Information Science program at College of San Mateo are trained primarily on PC microcomputers and receive the finest training and experience available in areas such as programming, data communications, applications development, network support, end-user support, and hardware/systems support. This training is intended to lead to employment in the computing industry, or transfer to a baccalaureate institution for continued study in the field, and to provide advanced study for computing professionals. Career opportunities include applied scientist, communications technician, computer maintenance technician, computer operator, data base specialist, documentation specialist, information specialist, Local Area Network (LAN) administrator, PC specialist, programmer, software engineer, software technician, systems analyst, systems test engineer, technician support representative, and as sales personnel skilled in marketing methods for computer systems. While some students secure employment following completion of the A.S. degree or Certificate program, many transfer to four-year universities to complete a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field.
For all of the course work described in the CIS program, fluency in the English language and keyboarding skills are essential. Testing for proficiency in the reading and writing of English is done regularly through the testing facilities of CSM Student Services. Students who wish to be tested should contact the Testing Office in Building 10, Room 370. Keyboarding skills may be improved in the Business Skills Lab.
Job requirements vary among companies, and students' course selection for the A.S. degree in CIS, the Computer Science Applications Development Certificate, or the Computer Support Specialist Certificate should be guided by these requirements. Therefore, it is important for students to check these requirements with companies for which they plan to work. For this, the Career Services office may be able to help.
General interest in computers
For students who do not plan to major in CIS but wish to learn about computers, CIS 110 is recommended as a beginning course. Those who wish to learn some programming should begin with CIS 125 or CIS 254.