The Business Information Systems program concentrations are intended for the student who is interested in an entry-level programming career in a client/server environment or in the areas of electronic commerce, mobile device technology or database applications. This is especially true of the career opportunities in the PC-related programming fields, as well as the newer fields of electronic commerce, mobile development and databases.
The BIS degree will enable a student to study a variety of different areas related to PC programming and associated applications. This program emphasizes flexibility to allow a student to take courses that relate to specific areas of interest. It is also possible for the student to take coursework from several different but related areas of study. For example, many electronic commerce applications use databases as an integral part of their business. These combined skills will give the student a more marketable background in this competitive field.
Information Technology careers require more diversity of skills and abilities than in the past. Employers are looking for employees with a variety of skills in related areas. Many projects today require a variety of computer-related skills and business knowledge. This degree will address those demands through more flexible course selection and exposure to a variety of programming skills and tools.
More information concerning this program is available online at https://www.dmacc.edu/it/Pages/cis.aspx.
Locations: Ankeny, Urban
Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.
Students may start any semester.
Program Entry Requirements
- Complete an application for admission.
- Satisfy the assessment requirement.
- Attend any required information/registration session.
Option 1 - Select 1 Course
Option 2 - Select 1 Course
Option 3 - Select 1 Course
Total Credits Required to Complete the Degree - 64
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
Approximate total for program: $12,064**
**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
You may work as an entry-level junior programmer or assistant programmer. Tasks may include:
- Analyzing problems and design solutions.
- Writing computer software for a variety of business applications.
- Editing and correcting computer software.
- Assessing and identifying user’s needs.
- Using a variety of information technology skills to design, create and implement business solutions.
What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?
- Meet deadlines and handle pressure.
- Communicate software and system design orally and in writing.
- Follow instructions.
- Work without supervision.
- Concentrate for long periods of time.
- Ability to visualize the problem and design a solution.
- Create factual data from abstract concepts.
- Ability to learn multiple concepts and techniques in different formats.
What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?
- Coursework represents current technologies that are changing rapidly.
- You will have a skilled trade.
- Consider additional courses in related areas such as Graphic Arts for E-commerce, combining database and E-Commerce,
- combining database and additional programming courses, etc.
- Employers value experience, which many students gain through internships
What are the salary expectations?
Programming: The median annual wage for computer programmers was $74,280 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,850, and the top 10 percent earned more than $117,890. Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages. Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills. In May 2012, the median annual wage for applications software developers was $90,060. The median annual wage for systems software developers was $99,000 in May 2012. Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software.
Related Certificates: Network Security Manager , Informatics , Computer Languages, Diploma , Database Specialist , Mobile Development Technology (Apple or Android ). Completion of the related certificate combined with the BIS degree can increase employment opportunities.
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