Computer and Information Science offers 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 on PCs and Macs and receive instruction and experience in areas such as programming, data science and Big Data, Web and mobile application development, applications development, internet programming, database programming, and DevOps methodology. 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 also provides advanced study for computing professionals. Career opportunities include data scientist, Big Data engineer, database administrator, database programmer, DevOps engineer, automation engineer, programmer, front-end developer, back-end developer, software developer, system administrator, quality assurance and testing, mobile app developer, Web developer, and sales personnel 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 a student's course selection for an A.S. degree in Computer and Information Science, Computer Science Applications Development, or Web and Mobile Application Development 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 introductory programming should take CIS 111 or CIS 254.