De Anza's Computer Information Systems (CIS) department has been a leading educational institution in Silicon Valley since the college was founded. Over the years it has developed a rich and diverse series of courses in many areas. Our courses meet the needs of both the transfer student and the industry professional. Students who take courses and earn degrees in the CIS department often go on to transfer to 4-year universities in majors such as Computer Science, Engineering, Data Science and many other majors that required CIS courses.


Breaking news:

De Anza Women in Computer Science invites you to attend the following event:
NASA Guest Speaker Event

Women in Computer Science Guest Speaker Event: Katya Echazarreta

Date: Friday, January 29th,

Time: 9:00am to 10:00am

Description: Katya Echazarreta graduated from UCLA in 2019 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. During her time there she was a part-time intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is now a full-time engineer at JPL and has worked on missions such as the Perseverance Rover and Europa Clipper.

To Attend: Advanced RSVP Required Here
Questions: cswomenclub@gmail.com

Testimony from De Anza students transferred to UC Davis

Getting Started  

CIS Transfer Pathways

Where to begin

There are five starting points: CIS Transfer Paths

CIS Transfer Pathways

Prerequisites are enforced!

Always Check!

Always check course advisories/prerequisites when planning your schedule of classes.


If you think you've already met the prerequisite requirement through another college or work experience, plan well in advance to submit the CIS Prerequisite Clearance Request form.


For advisories no clearance is necessary. However, the skills taught in the advisory course are necessary to be successful in the course you wish to enroll in. They have been listed as advisory as opposed to prerequisite only because so many have learned the skills in their job experience and/or have taught themselves the skills.

Certificates & Degrees

Degrees & Certificates

The CIS Degree and Certificate requirements are reviewed annually and updated as appropriate. Generally your studies are determined by the requirements when you declared your major, or the latest requirements, at your option.

The "Grid"

Check to see which certificates/degrees you on your way to earning. You might be closer than you think.

Tentative Scheduling of Classes


It is important to know which program you are following and when the required classes will be tentatively offered throughout the year.

Our Facilities

ATC CIS LabFor classes requiring students to work on a computer, CIS maintains a computer lab in the Advanced Technology Center, AT 203.
Learn more about the computer lab and other classroom facilities available to our CIS students.

Our Faculty & TAs

Numerous CIS faculty come to us from lndustry and teach a variety of courses related to their expertise. 

Winter 2015 Teaching Assistants

Contact Us

Mary Pape

Mary Pape
Department Chair



AT 203C

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