AAS Computer Information Systems
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems


This program is designed for students who wish to enter the information-processing field. The program contains a broad general education component and provides students with a solid foundation in computer hardware and software, personal computer maintenance, programming, networking, and web page design. Students earning this degree may enter directly into a variety of positions in the business and industrial community. In addition, there is opportunity for students to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Select and use the appropriate productivity software to analyze data and present information effectively.

  • Design and develop Internet-based systems using sound web design principles.

  • Install, maintain, and troubleshoot personal computer hardware and operating systems software.

  • Configure, manage, monitor, and troubleshoot reliable and secure local area networkingand Internet access.

  • Design and develop desktop applications using Visual Basic programming tools, techniques, and architectures.


Program Assessment


Candidates for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems at Arkansas Northeastern College are required, as a condition of graduation, to participate in the outcomes assessments conducted by the academic units of the College, including general education. The National Occupational Competency Institute (NOCTI) Written Assessment of Computer Technology exam is administered in the semester the student completes their degree requirements.



Key Questions


Do you like a "hands-on" type job or one that involves working behind a desk?

  • Jobs in this field are very "hands-on" in nature.

Do you desire a job that follows a routine or one that changes from day to day?

  • Persons in this career field face a wide variety of challenges on a daily basis.

Do you prefer working alone or working with people to solve problems?

  • Persons in this career field spend much of their time working with other people to help solve their computer problems.

Do you want a job that requires you to constantly learn new technologies or would you prefer to work in a job where the skill set remains relatively constant?

  • Persons in this career field must constantly study and perform research to maintain current knowledge of computer hardware, software, and networks.

Do you like to multitask or do you prefer to work on one thing at a time?

  • Careers in computer information systems require persons to organize and work on multiple projects at the same time.

Degree Plans


Career Opportunities
  • Systems administrator
  • Network administrator
  • Web administrator
  • Technician - Install and troubleshoot computers

Possible Work Settings
  • Business organizations
  • Industrial offices
  • Educational institutions

Key Skills/Aptitudes
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical ability
  • Desire to continuously learn
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Decision-making



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