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 four-year universities in majors such as Computer Science, Engineering, Data Science and many other majors that required CIS courses.


Department News

Attention! Some Courses have Changed Number

The good news is that each of these classes with new numbers are now transferable to UCs:

New Number & Name Formerly
CIS 6 Introduction to Data Communication & Networking CIS 66
CIS 37 Java for Mobile Development  CIS 53
CIS 38 iOS Development  CIS 55
CIS 43 Systems Design CIS 63
OnlCIS 44A Database Management Systems CIS 64A
CIS 44F Introduction to Big Data and Analytics CIS 64F
CIS 44H R Programming CIS 64H
CIS 45A Internet Concepts and TCP/IP Protocols CIS 75A
CIS 46 Digital Security  CIS 56
Network Security

CIS Remote Tutoring!

Free Noncredit Classes!

De Anza now offers free, noncredit CIS courses in programming, office software, personal computer security and more! These courses do not count toward an academic degree or certificate, but they offer a new way to gain valuable skills and explore career options, without worrying about grades or tuition.

Registration   Let the CIS Department know about a course you need that was not offered.

Strong Showing by Programming Club

De Anza's Competitive Programming Club made an impressive showing in the Pacific Northwest Regional session of the 2022 International Competitive Programming Contest. De Anza was the only two-year college in the competition!

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

Summary Transfer of Courses for CSUs and UCs

Excel view of same

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

For classes requiring students to work on a computer, CIS maintains a computer lab in the Advanced Technology Center, AT 203.ATC 203 Computer Information Systems Lab
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


Mary Pape

Mary Pape

Department Chair

Email: papemary@deanza.edu

Phone: 408.864.8877

Office: AT 203C

Schedule an appointment

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Special transfer program: University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites you to join Computing Servingness
Program, a program dedicated to supporting transfer students.

Academic and Career Counseling

Trisha Tran

Trisha Tran
Career Training Counselor


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