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Information Technology

Are you comfortable around computers and people? If you like working with computers and other technology, this career sector could be for you. The Information Technology (IT) industry offers a dynamic and entrepreneurial working environment that has had a revolutionary impact on the economy and on society. No other career sector offers as much diversity as information technology. You can take the skills learned in these pathways and apply them to any sector of our economy. The IT sector contains some of the fastest-growing industries, such as software publishing, Internet publicizing, service providers, Web search portals, and data processing services.

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Degrees & Certificates at ARC

Computer Information Science

From programming to networking, we have something for anyone with a passion for computers. With so many different specializations, you’ll be able to develop websites, build mobile apps, setup servers and databases, or troubleshoot computers. 


  • CIS Computer Networking Management 
  • CIS Computer Programming 
  • CIS Database Management 
  • CIS Microcomputer Applications 
  • CIS PC Support
  • Computer Information Security Essentials
  • Information Systems Security
  • Network Admin Essentials – Windows 
  • Technical Communications
  • Web Developer 
  • Web Publishing


  • A.S. Computer Science 
  • A.S. CIS: Computer Network Management 
  • A.S. CIS: Computer Programming 
  • A.S. CIS: Database Management 
  • A.A. CIS: Microcomputer Applications 
  • A.S. CIS: PC Support Management 
  • A.S. Information Systems Security
  • A.A. Technical Communications

Learn more about CIS

Geographic Information Systems

Go deep into the technology behind mapping and geospatial modeling, then see how it applies to other industries like environmental assessment, criminal justice, real estate and more. You’ll also learn about the tools used in combining maps with industrial data, statistical analysis and visualization. 


  • Geographic Information Systems 


  • A.S. Geographic Information Systems 

Learn more about GIS

Start your application

Whether your educational goal is to earn an Associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a 4-year institution, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach that goal.

Application Process

American River College

American River College is a public community college that primarily serves residents of the six-county Greater Sacramento region. The college offers traditional classroom instruction, off-campus centers, and distance education online. Visit the ARC website

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