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Computer Information Systems / Computer Science / Computer Programming Skills / Bioinformatics Foundations Overview

Computer Information Systems / Computer Science / Computer Programming Skills / Bioinformatics Foundations

Career/Program Overview

Rochester Community and Technical College offers several Computer Careers program/degree options. These options include an AS in Computer Information Systems, an AS in Computer Science, an AS in Bioinformatics Foundations and a certificate in Computer Programming Skills.


The AS degrees in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, and Bioinformatics Foundations require Computer Science Concepts, Programming & Problem Solving and Algorithms & Data Structures. These AS degrees target a broad range of students interested in Computer Science/Information Systems and are intended for students planning to transfer to a variety of CS, CIS, IT and associated four-year degree programs.

Program/Degree Options

The Computer Information Systems (CIS), Bioinformatics Foundations (CIS) and Computer Science (CS) A.S. degrees are intended for students planning to transfer to a four-year degree program. The degrees are articulated with a variety of four-year degree programs (primarily with Winona State University). The Computer Programming Skills certificate is 16 credits and consists of five courses.

Program Start Date(s)

General course work can be taken any semester.  It is possible to complete the programs on either a part-time or a full-time basis.

Career Opportunities/Information

For Computer Science/Information Systems and Bioinformatics Foundations, the Department of Labor predicts that employment is expected to increase much faster than the average as organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies.

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/comp/
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Overview content updated: 2016-03-14
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