Computer Programming

What Will I Learn?

A computer programming degree generally involves studying a variety of programming languages. It allows students to work in a diverse industry within the information technology environments. Computer programmers are in high demand in today’s technologically advancing industries, and students enrolling in this major will receive formal, hands-on computer programming training that is necessary for today’s growing market.

This major allows students to explore a variety of computer programming including Java, C++, or Visual Basic., and students may choose to specialize in specific language by selecting appropriate sequences. The most marketable areas include C++, Java, and object oriented programming.

Students willing to continue their education for a bachelor’s degree can do so by transferring this degree to a four-year institution.

What is Unique About This Program?

The Computer Information Systems - Programming Option A.A.S. is available to students completely online. 

Additionally, students can contact H. Low at (815) 280-2441 or R. Raghuraman at (815) 280-2334.

Scholarship Information

The Richard W. and Judith B. Manthei Endowed Scholarship is available each year for a sophomore CIOS student (32 credit hours or more) who is a district 525 resident with a 3.0 GPA or above. 

FAFSA must be completed. Registration for this scholarship is open January 1 through April 1, and scholarship will be effective the following Fall.

Contact Pam Dunn at or visit the Scholarships webpage for more information.

Degree Requirements

What Are My Career Opportunities?

The most common career tracks for qualified students include:

  • Computer software engineer
  • Computer system analyst
  • Computer operator
  • Applications programmer
  • Systems programmer
  • Computer instructor
  • Software administrator