In some courses, the instructor may create a virtual desktop environment that you can use from your Chromebook. This occurs on a course-by-course basis, so discuss with your instructor.
Do I have to install Microsoft Office on my computer or can I use Microsoft Office 365 (online version)?
For many assignments, you would be able to use Microsoft Office 365 (in the cloud). However, some features of Microsoft Office are only available when physically downloaded to your local system. Microsoft Office is freely available to all OC students. Follow this tutorial to install MS Office on your computer:
We teach the vast majority of our CIS courses in a hybrid format, allowing students to come in person or connect via Zoom. If a class is offered only in-person, there is usually also a section that is offered online only. However, if you plan to take industry certification exams, you may be required to take these on ground.
How do I get access to VMWare?
You will receive VMWare automatically in some classes, as they are required for the class. For most classes, contact @email.
Where can I get advising information?
You can find our information sessions and group advising events on the OC Events Calendar:
Computer Science is primarily concerned with the theoretical and mathematical foundations of computing. It covers a wide range of topics, including algorithms, programming languages, operating systems, artificial intelligence, and computer architecture. Computer scientists study the design, development, and analysis of software and hardware systems to solve complex problems.
On the other hand, Computer Information Systems is concerned with the practical application of computing technologies in business and other organizations. Computer Information Systems focuses on the development and management of information systems that can support the operations, management, and decision-making of businesses. It covers areas such as database management, network administration, e-commerce, and project management.
In summary, Computer Science is more focused on the theoretical and mathematical aspects of computing, while Computer Information Systems is more focused on the practical application of computing in organizations. Please speak with Faculty Advisors from both departments if you are unsure which discipline to pursue.