About the Program

Information systems are revolutionizing our world.  Robots, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, the internet of things are just a few of the many technologies changing how we live and work. Computer Science and Computer Information Systems are the fields that studies these information systems.  The Computer Science Department offers degrees in these fields.  Students learn how they work, how to create them and how to use them.  Students are first given a broad foundation of conceptual knowledge.   Because of this broad educational foundation, graduates can go into many different specialties.  Students with a 4-year degree can pursue careers in Software Engineering, Database Administration, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and many others.  And because information systems are used everywhere, graduates can also work in many different types and sizes of organizations ranging from large corporations and government agencies to small businesses and manufacturing.   At Century, the CSCI Department focuses strongly on preparing students to transfer to 4-year institutions and Century has excellent transfer agreements with all the major public universities and programs in Minnesota.  However, students also receive substantial practical skills and in a good job market, students can seek immediate employment.  For more information about CSCI degrees and certificates please see Overview of Century CSCI Programs.

Computer Information Systems AS Degree

This degree starts the student on the path to becoming an information system professional. Coursework is designed to develop your analytical and problem-solving skills, in conjunction with gaining broad-based, applied hands-on programming experience and proficiency. This program has also been designed to prepare students to transfer to a variety of information systems-related degrees at area colleges and universities.
Specific transfer plans, with the college of choice, should be made as early in the degree as possible to ensure an appropriate program is planned for enrollment at Century and at the four-year school.

Cost & Financial Aid

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    Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities.

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs qualify for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.

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Potential Job Titles

Faculty working with students in a computer lab.
  • Software Developers*
  • Computer Systems Analysts*
  • Software Engineers*
  • Web Developers*
  • Mobile Apps Developers*
  • Database Administrators*
  • Cybersecurity Analysts*
  • Data Scientists*
  • Cloud Developers and SysOps Admins*

* with bachelor’s degree

Salary Data

Median Hourly Wage in 7 County Twin Cities Area
(from CAREERWISE Occupations in Demand)

Applications Software Developers* $47.32
Computer Programmers* $41.09
Computer Systems Analysts* $45.00
Computer and Information Scientists** $64.19
Computer and Information Systems Managers* $70.54
Database Administrators* $45.45
Information Security Analysts* $46.94
Systems Software Developers* $55.69
Web Developers* $39.73

* with bachelor’s degree.
** with master’s degree.