Program Description

The Associate in Science Degree in Management Information Systems is designed for students pursuing degrees in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, or Management Information Systems. Students should determine what other lower division requirements are required by the institution to which they intend to transfer. The Associate in Science Degree in Computer Science is designed for students pursuing degrees in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Computer Science:

Computer Science (AS-T)
Management Information Systems (AS)
Computer Programming (Certificate)

Career Opportunities

Over the past three 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 professionals (systems analysts, programmers, 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.

Graduates of the computer science, computer technology and information systems and MIS Programs often transfer to a four-year college earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, management information systems, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, business management, accounting, statistics, mathematics, physics or electronics. Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.


Jobs given to computer studies 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.

Computer Science Pathways

Creating pathways for ALL students to be successful in Computer Science and Programming.

Program Pathways Mapper

The Program Pathways Mapper is a customized visual representation of the Merced College catalog. Each Pathway allows you to explore a set of program maps that show a semester-by-semester path from program entry to completion. You will also find videos and program learning outcomes that will deepen your understanding of each program and Pathway, helping you build confidence in your program choice.

Computer Science Faculty