Computer Technology and Information Systems

Program Description

The program introduces the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level IT professionals. In the process of taking the needed courses for the degrees the student will be able to gain standardized certificates from CompTIA; such as A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications. 


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Computer Technology and Information Systems:

Current Offering

FastTrack Offering

New Proposed Degrees and Certificates

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Contact Professor Bhrigu Celly for information about classes and special offerings:

Career Opportunities

Over the past two decades, there has been a sharp rise in the use of computers and information technology in every sector of our economy. The overall demand for computer tecnology professionals (systems analysts, database administrator, infrstructure support engineers, and computer networking technicians) continues to expand, increasing every year with the future seemingly limitless. Many professions demand an understanding of information technology beyond computer literacy. This anticipated growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surpasses all other occupations.

The associate degree in Computer Technology and Information Systems provides a firm foundation of coursework, including programming principles, database concepts, end-user support, security, networks, and operating systems. 


Jobs given to computer technology graduates are continuously among the top ten highest paid. Students can use their knowledge of computers in every sector of their lives. As our society faces global climate change those people in computers are ever important in planning solutions to the balance of technology and the environment.


We offer programs that can be completed in one, two or Summer only semesters . We also have a relaunch program to obtain an AS Degree in 17 months. 

Industry Academy Partners

We currently are in partnership with several industry partners to provide cutting edge labs and curriculum. 

  • Cisco Network Academy
  • Red Hat Academy
  • Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy
  • Juniper Network Cloud and Automation Academy
  • Oracle Academy
  • Coursera
  • VMWare IT Academy
  • Google Education
  • CompTia Academic Partner

Computer Technology Faculty

Name Position Email
Bhrigu Celly Professor of Computer Science

Class Offerings

Number Class Title Certification Preparation Objectives
CTIS-02 Introduction to Programming Concepts and Methodologies  
CTIS-03 Information & Communication Technology Essentials CompTia A+ / Google IT Support 1
CTIS-04 Programming with Python  
CTIS-05 IT Project Management CompTia Project+
CTIS-06 Python Programming for Cyber Security  
CTIS-07 Linux Shell Scripting and Programming Red Hat Certification / Juniper Networks
CTIS-08 Introdution to System Analysis and Design  
CTIS-09 Cloud Computing Infrastructure and Services CompTia Cloud+/AWS Cloud Practioner 
CTIS-10 Introduction to Database Managemenet Systems Oracle Certification
CTIS-11 Linux System Adminstration CompTia Linux+
CTIS-12 Windows Server System Administration Windows Server Certification
CTIS-14 Advance Python Programming  
CTIS-15 Computer Network Fundamentals Cisco CCNA 1/ CompTia Network+/Google IT Support 2
CTIS-16 Routing and Switching Cisco CCNA 2
CTIS-17 Systems and Network Administration Google IT Support 3/ CompTia Server+
CTIS-18 Network Security and Automation Cisco CCNA 3
CTIS-19 Cyber Ops Cisco Cyber Ops
CTIS-20 Introduction to Information Security CompTia Security+/ Google IT Support 4
CTIS-21 Introduction to CyberSecurity : Ethical Hacking CompTia Pentest+/ CEH
CTIS-22 Digital Forensics Fundamentals IACIS Cert
CTIS-23 Network Security Cisco Security
CTIS-25 Application Development in Amazon Web Services AWS Certified Developer Associate
CTIS-26 Machine Learning, Analytics and Big Data in Cloud Services AWS Analytics Speciality, AWS Machine Learning Speciality 
CTIS-27 Cloud Security Cloud Security Alliance - CCSK
CTIS-29 Cloud Computing with Microsoft Azure Miccrosoft Azure Adminstrator 
CTIS-30 Cybersecurity Analysis CompTia CySA+
CTIS-32 Threat Hunting, Incident Response and Crisis Management  GIAC-IH
CTIS-33 Firewalls and VPN IJOS/IJSEC JUNOS Juniper Networks
CTIS-35 Security Policies and Compliance