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Personal Computer Specialist Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 31.5
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Term Effective: Summer 2006


The Personal Computer Specialist Career Certificate 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 Requirements:

The requirements for the Personal Computer Specialist Certificate program are:

  • Complete 31.5 units from
    • Personal Computer Specialist Requirements

Personal Computer Specialist Requirements - complete 31.50 units
CIS 50.13Virus Protection/Disk Backup0.50
CIS 50.91Exploring Microsoft Windows3.00
CIS 51.13Microsoft DOS/Windows Command Line Basics1.50
CIS 61.31Using Microsoft Excel3.00
CIS 66Management Information Systems3.00
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 150AFirst Half of Elementary Algebra3.00
MATH 150BSecond Half of Elementary Algebra3.00
MATH 151Elementary Algebra5.00
MATH 155Intermediate Algebra4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
CIS 10Introduction to Computer Programming4.00
CIS 16AIntroduction to Programming with Visual BASIC4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CIS 50.71Introduction to UNIX3.00
CIS 56.21Principles of Computer Security4.00
CIS 58.51ACreating Web Pages 1 - HTML1.50
CIS 58.51BCreating Web Pages 2 - HTML1.50
CIS 58.62ADreamweaver, Beginning1.50
CIS 58.62BDreamweaver, Intermediate1.50
CIS 58.81ACisco Networking 13.00
CIS 69.53Structured Query Language1.50
CIS 73.35BAdobe Illustrator 21.50
CIS 150.1Security for Cable and DSL Home Networks0.50
CIS173.21AIntroduction to Adobe Acrobat1.50

Term Effective: Summer 2006

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: Summer 2007

Previous Versions:

Personal Computer Specialist - effective Spring 2001

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.

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