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Clifton Quinn
Department Chair
Office Hours: Mondays at 10:00 – 11:00 am and 1:00 - 3:00 / Tue, Thu, 11:30 - 12:30 in room 54-510-B
Phone: 619-644-7485


Computer Science and Information Systems

CSIS is a combination of both Computer Science and Information Systems, which have some similarities, yet are quite different. 

What is Computer Science?

Computer science is the study of computers and computing concepts. It includes both hardware and software, as well as networking and the Internet. The hardware aspect of computer science overlaps with electrical engineering. It covers the basic design of computers and the way they work. A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science also includes courses in Math and Physics.

Topics in this science include: theory of data structures, algorithms, programming languages, networks, operating systems, compilers, databases, artificial intelligence, robotics, and graphics. 

In general, Computer Science requires a study of mathematics and some physics compared to Information Systems, which is a Business-related major. Either major can give you the necessary skills to pursue careers in computer programming, systems analysis, database and more

Key Skills for a career in Computer Science:

  • Strong Background in Computer Coding
  • Written / Oral Communication Skills
  • Analytical Thinking / Mathematics ability
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Organizational Skills

Career Possibilities (among many others)

  • Software Developer / Programmer / Architect
  •  Software Engineer / Systems Engineer
  •  Systems Analyst / Systems Developer
  •  Business Analyst / Web Developer / Communications Engineer
  •  Network Engineer / Database Administrator

What is Information Systems?


IS Bachelor’s Degrees at most universities are found in their BUSINESS departments.  As an Information Systems expert you would share a broad responsibility to develop, implement, and manage an infrastructure of information technology (computers and communications), data (both internal and external), and organization-wide systems; to track new information technology and help in the organization's strategy, planning, and practices; and to support departmental and individual information technology systems.

Computer Information Systems is the application of technology in managing the needs of businesses, so you'll get your technical skills to work in a business setting. Students in the Computer Information Systems major learn how to work with and within company IT systems to solve operations issues. That's good news if you're trying to decide between a degree in business and a degree in technology, since you can be able to choose both.


Skills for a career in Information Systems:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Business and Communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Problem-Solving Abilities
  • Programming Language Knowledge

Career Possibilities (among many others)

  • IT Consultant / IT Management
  • Software Developer / Programmer
  • Systems Analyst / Data Analyst / Data Science
  • Business Analyst / Web Developer /
  • Sales and Sales Support / Cybersecurity
  • Database Administrator / IT Security Analyst


Note: to transfer to a 4-year institution and study Information Systems, typically you will be receiving a degree in Business, so look at the Business Transfer requirements. 

Area of Emphasis - Computer Programming



CSIS 112 – Windows Operating Systems
CSIS 113 – Introduction to UNIX
CSIS 119 – Intro to Computer Programming
CSIS 165 - Assembly Language / Machine Architecture
CSIS 250 - Intro to Python
CSIS 293 – Intro to Java Programming
CSIS 294 – Intermediate Java Programming
CSIS 296 – Intro to C++ Programming
CSIS 297 – Intermediate C++ Programming

Area of Emphasis - Cybersecurity and Networking



CSIS 113 – Introduction to Linux   
CSIS 121 – Introduction to Cybersecurity
CSIS 125 – Network + Certification
CSIS 250 – Introduction to Python Programming
CSIS 263 – Security + Certification

Area of Emphasis - Web Design



CSIS 110 – Principles/Information Systems
CSIS 112 – Windows Operating Systems
CSIS 132 – Introduction to Web Development
CSIS 133 – Intermediate Web Design
CSIS 135 – Javascript Programming
CSIS 151 – Intro to Photoshop
CSIS 293 – Intro to Java Programming

Other CSIS Courses



CSIS 105 – Intro to Computing
CSIS 160 – Intro/Video Game Development
CSIS 172 – Intro Microcomputer Applications

Want to know more about the IS major at San Diego State University and opportunities in the field of Information Systems? Drop by the SDSU IS Major web site On the site you can read an overview of the IS major, see job projections and a salary survey for IS majors and read recent alumni.

Last Updated: 01/14/2020
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CSIS Department Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020

The college main number is (619) 465-1700

FAX: (619) 644-7922 (please include a cover sheet, as this is a shared machine)

Grades and enrollment information may be obtained through the College Connection at (619) 668-4040


Clifton Quinn
Department Chair
Office Hours: Mondays at 10:00 – 11:00 am and 1:00 - 3:00 / Tue, Thu, 11:30 - 12:30 in room 54-510-B
Phone: 619-644-7485

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