Computer Information Systems

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Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses.
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.

Associate of Science Degree

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About the Program

Information systems are revolutionizing our world. Robots, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and 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 study 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.

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Cost & Financial Aid

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. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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

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