Programs of Study


The Computer Science Information Systems curricula provides a foundation in computing and information systems serving the diverse goals of the Grossmont community: employment in various phases of the computing industry, transfer to a baccalaureate institution for continued study in the computer and information sciences, training in selected topics for application in other professions for personal enrichment, and advanced study for returning computing professionals. Throughout, emphasis is placed on blending fundamental theory and technique with practical applications in business, scientific and academic computing. A guiding principle is the use of intense hands-on instruction with state-of-the-art computer technology. 


Five related but distinct areas of emphasis designed to provide corresponding job entry points are available as two-year curricula:


Completion of the Computer Science Information Systems core courses or their equivalent plus any one area of emphasis satisfies the major requirements for the Associate Degree.


Certificate of Achievement

Any student who chooses to complete only the
requirements for one of the areas of emphasis in
Computer Science Information Systems qualifies for a
Certificate of Achievement in:


   • Computer Science Information Systems – Computer Programming
   • Computer Science Information Systems – Cybersecurity and Networking
   • Computer Science Information Systems –Web Design

   • Computer Science Information Systems –Information Technology Support Specialist

   • Computer Science Information Systems –Data Science

   • Computer Science Information Systems –Programmable Logic Controller

An official request must be filed with the Admissions
and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the
Academic Calendar.


Certificate of Proficiency

Certificates of Proficiency are designed for the student
who needs to be prepared to enter an entry-level job. A
department-issued certificate may be awarded upon
successful completion of a prescribed course of study.
This certificate will not appear on a student’s transcript.


note: Click on the name of the certificate of achievement for a printable handout. 

Information Technology Technician

This certificate prepares a student with the basic skills to
enter a position in industry as an Information Technology
Technician. The skills to be gained with this certificate
include familiarity with the two most popular desktop
computer operating systems as well as with hands-on
experience with the associated hardware.


Network And Cybersecurity Technician

This certificate prepares a student with the basic
skills to enter a position in industry as a Network and
Cybersecurity Technician. The skills to be gained with the
certificate include familiarity with the Linux operating
system, computer networks, network security, and ethical
hacking or computer forensics.


Data Science 

A certificate of achievement leading to an entry level position which specializes in the fundamentals of Data Science. Students  completing this sequence will have enough basic Data Science skills to enable them to assist managers in small, medium, and large-sized organizations



Programmable Logic Controllers 

This Certificate of Achievement is preparing students for entry level positions programming PLCs for industrial automation. The curriculum provides the student with practical experience using the state-of-the-art software and hardware typically found in the field of industrial automation.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific certificate requirements in this program. Students will:


  1. Students will be able to program the Programmable Logic Controllers and Distributed Controller Systems.
  2. Students will be able to implement industrial automation solutions using Programmable Logic Controllers or Distributed Controller Systems.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate and explain their solutions.