Frequently Asked Questions

Is Computer Information Systems (CIS) for you?

Are you interested in any of the following:

  • Programming, web development or game programming or design?
  • Excel, Access, SQL, Oracle or Linux/Unix?
  • Becoming more computer literate?

CIS is for you.

Are you interested in building and repairing computers and networks, Cisco or CompTIA certifications, computer forensics or network security?
Computer and Information Technology (CIT) is for you.

Are you interested in Graphic Design, Illustrator and Photoshop? Graphic Design is for you.

Would you like to learn computers skills to become an administrative assistant, office manager, work in a medical office or be an event planner?
Office Technology Information (OFTI) is for you.

If you still aren’t sure, ask a CIS faculty member or ask a question below.

What computer course do I take?

You can refer to the table on the Getting Started page to help you determine which CIS course to take. If you still aren’t sure, ask a CIS faculty member.

I don't have a computer at home. Can I still take a computer course?

You do NOT need to have your own computer to take a computer course. Computer labs are available at the Glen Ellyn campus. The main computer lab is the Academic Computing Lab on the third floor of the Student Resource Center.

Thinking about computer programming?

Do you like working with computers? Do you like solving puzzles? Are you attentive to even the smallest details? Are you good at organizing, planning and prioritizing your work? Computer programming may be for you. To help you decide, try beginning programming at Hour of Code or Codecademy.

Can I proficiency any courses?

The Testing office offers the opportunity to gain credit for CIS classes by taking a proficiency exam. Currently there are proficiency tests available for these classes:

  •  CIS 1120 (The Internet)
  •  CIS 1130 (Windows Basics)
  •  CIS 1150 (Introduction to CIS)
  •  CIS 1160 (Windows Command Line)
  •  CIS 1221 (Intro to Spreadsheets)
  •  CIS 1230 (Microcomputer Database Application)
  •  CIS 1400 (Programming Logic and Technique)

 For a list of topics covered on the tests, contact the Assessment and Testing office


Do you have questions about the CIS Program at College of DuPage?


Contact Information

Dr. Sam Shamsuddin, Program Co-coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1530B, (630) 942-2940

Stephen Santello, Program Co-coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1530C, (630) 942-2654

Kim Groesbeck, Program Support Specialist
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1433, (630) 942-2599

Nazia Naqvi, Program Advisor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1530A, (630) 942-2081

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592