Personal Computer Specialist Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 33.0

Term Effective: Spring 2009

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2009

Previous Versions:

Personal Computer Specialist - effective Summer 2007
Personal Computer Specialist - effective Summer 2006
Personal Computer Specialist - effective Spring 2001


The Personal Computer Specialist Certificate of Achievement program is an in-depth study of Windows-based computer systems including: programming, operating system, utilities, application software, hardware selection and installation, and telecommunications. Students are required to take some business English and Math courses as well as computer related courses.

The student may not necessarily be employed in the technology industry, but rather support and use personal computers in any field. There is an opportunity for advancement from the entry-level position as skills are developed through experience.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. More information about Computer and Information Sciences programs can be found at the Computer and Information Sciences Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:
1. Use a Windows-based computer on a variety of levels including application software, Windows operating system and programming;
2. identify and install computer hardware components;
3. apply principles of telecommunication to computer hardware and software;
4. accurately use computer terminology when describing a computer problem or solution; and
5. exhibit basic math and English skills related to computer use.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Personal Computer Specialist program are:

  • Complete 33.0 units from
    • Personal Computer Specialist Requirements

Personal Computer Specialist Requirements - complete 33.00 units
CIS 50.13Virus Protection/Disk Backup0.50
CIS 50.91Exploring Microsoft Windows3.00
CIS 51.12Windows Command Line/Microsoft DOS3.00
CIS 78.11ATelecommunications 11.50
ELEC 88.81Computer Hardware1.50
ELEC 88.82Advanced Computer Hardware/A+1.50
BOT 73.12AMicrosoft Word--Core Level for the Office Professional1.50
BOT 73.12BMS Word--Expert Level for the Office Professional1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BGN 71Business English Grammar3.00
BMG 52Written Communication in Organizations3.00
ENGL 100College Reading and Writing4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BMG 54Quantitative Skills/Math3.00
MATH 150AElementary Algebra 13.00
MATH 150BElementary Algebra 23.00
MATH 151Elementary Algebra5.00
MATH 155Intermediate Algebra4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
MATH 2ACalculus, Third Course3.00
CIS 16AIntroduction to Programming with Visual BASIC4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CIS 55.11ANetwork Fundamentals (Cisco Networking 1)4.00
CIS 56.21Principles of Computer Security4.00
CIS 58.62ADreamweaver, Beginning1.50
CIS 58.62BDreamweaver, Intermediate1.50
CIS 73.35BAdobe Illustrator 21.50
CIS 150.1Security for Cable and DSL Home Networks0.50

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


A grade of C or better must be earned for all courses taken as part of this certificate program.

CS 82.51 was CIS 50.13
CS 80.11 was CIS 50.91
CS 80.13 was CIS 51.12
CS 61.11 was CIS 61.31
CS 84.21 was CIS 66
CS 82.41A was CIS 78.11A
CS 60.11A was BOT 73.12A
CS 60.11B was BOT 73.12B
CS 10 was CIS 10
CS 19.11A was CIS 16A
CS 81.21 was CIS 50.71
CS 82.21A was CIS 55.11A
CS 82.55 was CIS 56.21
CS 55.13 was CIS 58.41
CS 50.11A was CIS 58.51A
CS 50.11B was CIS 58.51B
CS 81.61 was CIS 69.53
CS 71.11B was CIS 73.35B
CS 115.11A was CIS 115.1A
CS 182.51 was CIS 150.1
CS 175.11 was CIS 173.21A
(Part of BOT/CIS to CS conversion. Curriculum Office 5/28/09)

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