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Computers/Info Management (AAS) - 60 credits

Why Choose Computers/Information Management?

This is a high wage career that pays well above the statewide median range. The information learned in the program will allow you to stay on top of current trends in the field.

Skills Acquired


People who have worked in Computers/Information Management typically perform the following tasks:

  • Using computers.
  • Collecting information from different sources.
  • Creating and maintaining interpersonal relationships.
  • Thinking creatively.
  • Keeping up-to-date with new knowledge.
  • Developing and building teams.
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Evaluating information to determine compliance with standards.


Normandale's Computers/Information Management Program is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Careers in Computers & Information Management

Projected Job Growth

According to there is a 13.9% growth rate in the computer information management field.

Types of Jobs

 Titles for managers:

  • Data Processing Manager
  • Information Systems Director (IS Director)
  • Information Technology Director (IT Director)
  • Computing Services Director
  • Director of Application Development
  • Information Systems Manager (IS Manager)
  • Information Systems Supervisor (IS Supervisor)
  • MIS Director (Management Information Systems Director)
  • Technical Services Manager
  • Information Technology Manager (IT Manager) 


Average State Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage is:

  • $56.14 per hour ($123,950) for managers
  • $38.31 per hour ($79,680 annually) for analysts
  • $37.06 per hour ($77,080) for database administrators
  • $34.88 per hour ($72,560) network and computer systems administrators.


More than just fixing worms and viruses, this field requires a lot of discipline to just keep current. At the managerial level, you'll have to be a people person in order to lead a team of technical professionals. You'll also have to be a good gatherer of information in order to troubleshoot problems or recommend improvements. Everyday learning is part of this field, along with constantly changing protocols and procedures.

Degrees & Certificates in Computers/Information Management

The department focuses on general computing courses providing skill development using popular software packages and information about computers and how they impact communication in our personal and professional lives.

The department offers the following awards:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Computers/Information Management (60 credits)
  • Computers/Information Management Certficate (15 credits)

The Computers/Information Management degree is designed for students interested in employment after graduation or enhancing current skills. The program provides students with the knowledge of business and technology skills that facilitate the delivery and management of information. Students will use the latest computer technology and software programs in managerial decision making. Graduates from this program can enter careers in administration, management, sales, marketing, or technology departments within a business or organization. 

Normandale's Computers/Information Management Program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Core Courses - 18 credits

Code Title Credits
CIM 1000 Computer Keyboarding 3
CIM 1201 Information Technology Concepts and Business Software 1 3
CIM 1220 Business Problem Solving Analyzing - Excel 3
CIM 1600 Computer Training Practicum 3

*CIM 1000 is not required if speed is at least 30 wpm with accuracy; skill will be measured in CIM 1600.

Choose two of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
CIM 1230 Business Information Management - Access 3
CIM 1240 Business Word Processing 3
CIM 1250 Intro to Project Management Software 3
CIM 1260 Presentation Software 3


Additional Required Courses - 42 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
or COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3
ENGC 2102 Business and Technical Writing 3
ECON 2201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
or ECON 2202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3

Complete at least 7 credits selected from MnTC Goals 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Complete additional courses in one of the following areas. Consider completing one of the related certificates:

  • ACCT
  • BUSN (Except those courses prefixed CIM or BUSN or completed General Education)
  • COMT

Other Degree Requirements

  • If needed, complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.  

    Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.