Computer Information Systems

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
Business and Computer Technology - (313) 845-9645 -

This program, leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree, provides students with in-depth skills and knowledge in a broad range of IT disciplines including programming, database development, PC repair, networking, operating systems, security, web development, and system analysis and design.

ComputerWorld Magazine reports Information Technology (IT) job hiring’s are on the rise for the third straight year with programming and application development jobs #1 with 61% of all IT managers surveyed reporting that they will hire in this area in the next twelve months. Source:

Courses in the CIS program include extensive hands-on laboratory work in current industry technology and software, such as PHP, MySQL, Oracle, .NET, Java and Mobile Application Development. Henry Ford Community College is also a member of Microsoft’s MSDN Academic Alliance Program which allows us to provide students with many of their development tools at an affordable cost.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Application Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Project Manager

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center).  Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Davenport University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Franklin University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Madonna University
  • Siena Heights University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Walsh College
  • Wayne State University

Program Requirements

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Core Courses

Complete two of the following courses:
Complete 3 credit hours from any one or more of the following areas of study:
Web Development:
CIS 121, CIS 123, CIS 126, CIS 172, CIS 211, CIS 222
CIS 227, CIS 235.
CIS 105, CIS 109. CIS 113, CIS 114, CIS 124, CIS 157,
CIS 158, CIS 212, CIS 229, CIS 295.
Programming and Databases:
CIS 132, CIS 160, CIS 162, CIS 186, CIS 215, CIS 230,
CIS 232, CIS 270, CIS 271, CIS 272, and/or CIS 280, CIS 297, CIS 298, CIS 299
Job Experience Training:
ICO 191.

Required Support Courses

Complete one MATH course numbered 100 or above.

The following courses do not meet the requirements for this program: MATH 101, MATH 104, MATH 121, MATH 127, MATH 221, and MATH 225. Students must complete a minimum of 4 credit hours of MATH.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.