Computer Science/Information Technology Information
(Advises students on courses, degrees, and certificates in our department)
Questions about classes and programs?
Computer Science and Programming students should contact Sue Krimm
Cybersecurity, Networking, Cisco, and PC Tech students should contact David Schamus
Web Development students should contact Natalia Grigoriants
Cloud Computing and Server students should contact Luis Celada
Computer Science/Information Technology
New Subjects and Course Numbers in SIS
Can't find the classes you need? Recent LACCD Student Information System changes affect the way you should search for classes. There are two major differences:
- The Subject field has changed. For Computer Science, you should now use CS instead of CO SCI. For Computer Information Systems, you should now use CIS instead of CO INFO.
- The course numbers have been changed. All Computer Science departments in the Los Angeles Community College District will now be using a common set of course numbers. So, for example, Pierce's Computer Science 575 now becomes CS 116. Every course number has been changed.
To assist you with this transition, the Computer Science-Information Technology department has prepared a one-page summary of the differences between the old and new subjects and course numbers. It is available at this link.
We are looking forward to seeing you in the Spring 2020 semester!
Cloud Computing at Pierce
Cloud Computing is the on-demand delivery of Information Technology (IT) resources and services via the Internet. If you have watched/streamed any video content online from providers such as Netflix or sports channels you have used the cloud, many of the apps in your phone use the cloud to host their services. The Pierce Course Management System, Canvas, uses Amazon Web Services to deliver online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses to you.
Cloud computing is now the new normal. Companies no longer ask if they are moving to the Cloud but when. Next they ask; do we have the personnel with the right skill set for that type of job. Amazon is the biggest providers of cloud resources and services.
Los Angeles Pierce College, in partnership with Amazon, is preparing students with classes that will enable them to gain the right skills set to become Amazon Web Services (AWS) certified. Certified AWS Architects and Developers can receive an average salary of more than $115,000.
Start by taking CO INFO 590, Introduction to Cloud this Fall. It starts on October 22, 2018. CO INFO 590 prepares you for AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification. This certification makes you eligible for entry level, help-desk type of jobs in cloud computing. Follow up with CO INFO 591, Cloud Computing Architecture; and CO INFO 592, Security in the Cloud in Spring 2019. These two courses prepare you for the AWS Solution Architect Associate Certification test and Systems Administration level jobs.
All classes are taught in an eight-week hybrid or online format. We provide you with all necessary materials — no need to purchase any textbooks or software. Contact Luis Celada (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information!
Certificate Programs: These options give students specific skills in specific technologies and require a minimum of 12 units (4 courses or more). Many of them can be completed in as little as two semesters and provide a pathway to entry, and some mid-level positions in the computer industry.
Associate’s Degrees: These options provide a greater range of skills but have specific focus. We offer associate’s degrees in Programming for Computer Science, Programming for Business, and Computer and Networking Technologies. The associate’s degree in Programming for Computer Science is specifically formatted to help students transfer to either CSUN or UCLA Computer Science programs. While the other two provide broad ranges of skill sets for either programming for business and web environments, network support, and other good-paying jobs.
Transfer Programs: As mentioned above, our Associate’s Degree in Programming for Computer Science is formatted to help students transfer to CSUN or UCLA (and possible other options). Additionally many of our courses are accepted by other institutions offering Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology degrees
Need help choosing?: Professor Sue Krimm (email@example.com) is our department’s advisor and she can help you select courses, certificate, and degree programs specific to your interests and needs. She is great at helping students navigate the many options we offer. Please use her email address to start the process of selecting the right path of courses in our department.
Additionally, students who are interested in transferring to a bachelor’s degree program should also research the specific requirements of the school(s) they want to attend and speak with a college counselor to insure they work towards meeting transfer requirements in the most effective manner.