Computer Information Systems

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

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. 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. HFC is also a member of Microsoft’s MSDN Academic Alliance Program which allows the College to provide students with many of their development tools at an affordable cost.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Operate a personal computer and productivity software installed on it, including Microsoft Office, file management, the Internet/Web, e-mail, and input/output/storage devices.
  • Explain the importance of personal responsibility and security in a technological world, including copyright laws, netiquette, ethics, privacy issues, and security threats.
  • Design, create and manipulate with an enterprise database.
  • Explain networking standards, protocols, transmission media, and hardware.
  • Write computer programs using several programming languages, both procedural and object-oriented.
  • Explain the client-server model of web development and develop client and server-side web pages.
  • Interface with the Unix/Linux operating system, including the vi editor, file management, and shell scripting.
  • Analyze, design, and implement an information system.
  • Create and deliver a professional team presentation.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 credits total including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete one of the following:

2. Communication: Complete the following:

3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least three hours from the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 15

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Required Core Courses

Complete two courses from the following:
Complete 3 credit hours from any one or more of the following areas of study:
Web Development:
Programming and Databases:
Job Experience Training:
Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
  • Complete as many additional 100-level or above courses as necessary to reach the 60 credit hours required for the Associate in Applied Science degree.
  • For assistance choosing electives, please see an advisor.
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

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.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Business and Computer Technology Division: 313-845-9645,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Kimberly Moscardelli: 313-845-1549,, Technology Bldg, Room: E162-G

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 HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC 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 on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • 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
Career Opportunities: 

ComputerWorld Magazine reports Information Technology (IT) job hiring is 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:

Career Opportunities:

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