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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Management Information Systems, AA

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The Management Information Systems (MIS) degree is designed to allow students to transfer to a four-year program and additionally qualifies students for positions as programmers or information technology specialists. Students planning on transferring to a four-year college/university may complete their freshman and sophomore requirements at Des Moines Area Community College. Since requirements vary at senior institutions, students should become familiar with the specific course requirements of the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer. The Management Information Systems (MIS) degree program offers a Programming/Database concentration emphasizing business applications programming. The student studies several programming languages and database systems.

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Locations: Urban, Ankeny

Select courses in this program are offered at other campuses as well as on the internet as online courses.

Students may start any semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. ALEKS score of 30% or better.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a DMACC MIS AA Degree, a student must complete the standard core requirements for the degree, plus the MIS required courses and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 4


To complete this program, you must meet the Diversity Requirement with a grade of “C” or higher. See the AA  section of this catalog for more information about which courses can count toward this requirement.

Total Credits Required to Complete this AA Degree - 64

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Books (approximate 800 650 800 800

Approximate total for the program: $12,458*

* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Analyze problems and design solutions.
  • Write instructions for machines and people.
  • Programming: designing, coding, debugging, maintaining, documenting programs.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Demonstrate logical reasoning and abstract thinking.
  • Utilize good interpersonal skills.
  • Communicate effectively in both writing and speaking.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving when required.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Programming classes require much more time outside of class.
  • Programming and database professionals may have periods of long or unusual hours.
  • Programming and database adminstration is a secure, steady job with increasing demand for people.
  • The work is exacting but there is excellent compensation.
  • Work is usually done in a modern office environment.

What are the Salary Expectations?

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, Database Specialist, Mobile Development Technology. Completion of the related certificate combined with the MIS degree can increase employment opportunities.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator may be contacted at 515-964-6857.  For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850. (2016)

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